Month: December 2012

Mat men dominate South in dual meet

By HERB SWETT For the Keizertimes McNary wrestlers whipped South Salem 59-18 Dec. 19 at home. The wins included five falls and a tech fall. Jason Ebbs, head wrestling coach of the Celtics, noted that the victory was a big improvement over last year’s close match with the Saxons and that several South wrestlers returned this year. One of the winners by fall was Louis Palos at 126 pounds, over a returning regional place winner, Isaiah Stubenrauch. “Also,” Ebbs said, “Riley Repp is showing some signs of growing into his weight. After last year wrestling the 106-pound class but only tipping the scales at 84 pounds, he filled out and gained a league varsity win, defeating Marcos Leos in a back-and-forth match.” Leading South’s winners was Tanner Stone, who won a decision over Joe Kibbey at 106. The McNary JVs won 18-6. Following are the individual results. 106: Tanner Stones (SS) tech fall over Joe Kibbey 17-1. 113: Riley Repp (McN) fall over Marcos Leos 4:53. 120: Mike Mata (McN) FFT. 126: Louis Palos (McN) fall over Isaiah Stubenrauch 3:37. 132: Raul Villareal (SS) major decision over Mike Phelps 15-5. 138: Hector Maldonado (McN) FFT. 145: Jonathan Mendoza (SS) fall over Jesse Gomez 1:35. 152: Devin Reynolds (McN) tech fall over Jeremy Rosal 16-1. 160: Chad Fortier (SS) dec over Jordan Cagle 10-4. 170: Rob Phelps (McN) fall over...

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Panera Bread opens in Keizer Station

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Perrin Sizemore didn’t have to go without some of his favorite food for long. The 15-month-old and mom Cara were two of the several dozen people who took advantage of a special preview of the new Panera Bread bakery-restaurant in Keizer Station last Friday, Dec. 21. The bakery officially opened for business early the next morning. The Sizemores recently moved back to Keizer, which means the timing was perfect. “We love it here,” Cara said while breaking up part of a grilled cheese sandwich for her son. “We went there all the time when we were in Tualatin. This satisfies my craving for soup and he loves his grilled cheese sandwich.” Dave Hardin, joint venture partner for Panera in Oregon and Southwest Washington, noted the chain has 1,600 locations nationally, including eight in the Portland area. Panera also has a location in Corvallis. “We are definitely ready,” Hardin said. “We’ve been trying to get into Keizer for about two years. Keizer is a great community. The citizens of Keizer definitely deserve a Panera.” Denny Bauldree, general manager of the Keizer Panera, noted more than 50 people have been hired. Some of the employees were trained at stores in either Corvallis or Tualatin, while others were trained in Keizer last week. “Most of our staff is from Keizer,” said Bauldree, who will be doing...

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Blown out of proportion

Citizens should have confidence that their government is working well and transparently. Government in Keizer includes the work completed by numerous boards, task forces and commissions. For a citizen to take a seat on any of those bodies they must first be recommended by the Volunteer Coordinating Committee (VCC). The Volunteer Coordinating Committee, comprised of seven Keizer residents,  is charged with accepting applications for openings, holding monthly meetings including testimony from applicants and members of the public. Each member of the city council, including the mayor, appoint one member. There usually is not much news that comes out of the VCC. Vacancies on boards and commissions occur regularly througout the year. Eligible citizens apply for a committee, submitting an application. They are interviewed by the committee; if approved, their nomination is forwarded to the city council which has the final say on any board appointments. The December  VCC meeting was a different story. About 50 people came to speak out in support of one of four candidates for two openings on the Keizer Parks Advisory Board. The turnout was unusua—past VCC meetings usually drew about 10 to 20 audience members. The four applicants for the slots on the Parks Advisory Board all had their supporters in the audience. Some people were upset over the meeting and charged that the voting by the committee was preordained and rigged. Six people...

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Celebrate our role

To the Editor: There has been a lot of controversy about development in Keizer. It’s been said by some local leaders that it is a difficult place to do business. I think in a lot of ways going to Salem has been a pastime for residents throughout the Mid-Valley who enjoy the adventures and amenities of a ‘big city fix’’ In many ways Keizer is still very much a part of Salem which is one of our strengths. Originally the whole idea of Keizer’s incorporation seemed to center around whether it would threaten the health and vitality of our state capital. The most agreeable arrangement would seem to be that Keizer, being bound by a shared Urban Growth Boundary, would continue to support a focal point with Salem at the center. Something which our current leadership has striven against in its quest to put Keizer ‘on the map,’ whatever that may mean. I believe that as we are still trying to fight for our independence, the stability of the city of Salem will and ought to remain paramount to the sovereignty of Keizer, and supercede any actions which would undermine the interest of the state with that in mind. I know that we are trying to find a niche of our own, but we are and will continue to serve a vital role of ‘support’ rather than justify any...

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Committee meeting as I saw it

By TAMMY READY I attended the Dec. 13 Volunteer Coordinating Committee (VCC) meeting. My husband, 8 year old son, and I went in support of candidate Jacob Martin (Who sought a seat on the Keizer Parks Advisory Board). The meeting started like any other council-type meeting I have previously attended. The largest difference was the amount of support the people of Keizer showed. There were approximately 50 people (20 of those were children) showing their support for various candidates. Many supporters spoke. Noted was the absence of the mayor, but the committee explained she was volunteering by ringing the Salvation Army bell and would be arriving around 7 p.m. Each speaker was given three minutes to express their support of any candidate they chose. Then the candidates themselves were given the opportunity to speak and say basically why they should be voted for. It was all going great. When the committee started voting for the number eight spot, it ended in a tie. So they voted again, and it was a tie again. Before they continued, the acting chair asked the woman taking minutes what the rule was on a tie. The woman went to an office and brought back a book. The acting chair then informed the room all ties were to be broken by putting the two tied names into a bucket. Whichever name was drawn would...

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