Day: January 4, 2013

MHS Mat Men take second at NW Duals

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The McNary High School varsity wrestling team placed second in its bracket and pool at the annual Northwest Duals last weekend. The team defeated four of its six opponents in pool play which launched them into the upper tier of the finals bracket where it lost 51-19 to Sweet Home High School in a match for first place. The Celts fell to Glencoe High School 47-28 in the first round, beat Bend High School 49-21 in the second, trounced Hood River High School 40-18 in the third, pounded out a 56-24 win over Snohomish High School in round four, annihilated Lakeridge High School in a 76-6 win, and fell to Dallas in a 39-36 squeaker in round seven of pool play. The Celts also lost a semifinals match with Churchill High School 38-27. The team fielded a number of wrestlers with multiple wins during the tournament. Louis Palos lost his first match by pin in 5:07, but rebounded to win every other match. Highlights for Palos were a 48-second pin against Dallas and a 22-7 technical fall decision over a Snohomish wrestler. Grant Gerstner’s only loss came in a 6-4 match with Churchill High School. He won nearly every other bout by pin or major decision. High points were a 58-second pin over Snohomish and a 19-5 major decision over Lakeridge. Mason...

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The council in 2013

There will be a changing of the guard at Monday’s Keizer City Council meeting. Three councilors will end their terms, three new members will take their place. We salute Councilors Mark Caillier, David McKane, and Brandon Smith for their service.  We welcome their replacements Dennis Koho, Ken LeDuc and Marlene Quinn. The out-going councilors became known for their deliberative style, being sure they knew an issue before they voted on it. All three were well-versed in the topics that came before the council and never shied from asking questions. The three incoming councilors will have to find their own style. They will have to get up to speed on issues they will face in the next few years, and there is no shortage of topics that will garner public opinion. One of the first issues will be to pass judgment on the report Jacque Moir’s task force submits. Moir, a former city councilor, was tapped by Mayor Lore Christopher to head the group that will devise guidelines for how the city council engages with those who testify before it. Two issues the new councilors will have to become conversant in quickly are the Urban Renewal District and its Keizer Station LIDs, and Area C development. It seems there won’t be a shovelful of dirt turned over anytime soon in  the development in Keizer Station’s Area C. Though the city...

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Parting words

By DAVID McKANE As we put another year behind us I find myself reflecting on my eight years as a member of the Keizer City Council.  I moved to Keizer in 1990 and consider myself very fortunate to live here.  Although my wife and I both work in Salem, our family enjoys the amenities of Keizer and the many wonderful activities located so close to our home. It has been both an honor and pleasure to represent the citizens of Keizer the last eight years.   I served on your city council with no agenda.  My goal was to simply provide reasonable, common sense direction for our city.  At times it was difficult.  But it was always a pleasure to serve. The Keizer City Council has made an effort to improve its communication with taxpayers. However, a recent event tells me there is still room for improvement.  A recent city meeting had dozens of citizens attend.  Those holding the meeting were left wondering why so many people were in attendance and who was behind the turmoil.  A curious response considering we constantly encourage people to get involved in their local government. I have made many new friends during the last eight years.  That has been one of the most rewarding benefits of my service.  Sometimes we agreed on issues.  Other times we had differing opinions.  I always appreciated the conversations,...

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