Day: March 8, 2013

Train hits semi in Brooks

BROOKS – A semi truck with trailer may be one of the biggest vehicles on the road. It’s still no match for a train. A collision between a Portland Western Freight train and a 1989 Freightliner truck left the truck destroyed and its driver at Salem Hospital. According to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, Amity’s Allen Parks, 56, left the loading dock at Marion AG Service Inc. at 3635 Brooklake Lake N. in Brooks shortly after 10 a.m. Friday, March 8. Parks, a driver for Halsey-based Simplot Soil Builders, had double trailers filled with 35 tons of ammonium sulfate fertilizer as he started to cross the Portland Western railroad tracks adjacent to the facility. Parks didn’t yield to the freight train moving at about 25 mph on the track. Train conductor Matthew Astle, 38, was unable to stop in time and hit the truck. The impact overturned the truck and trailers, causing a minor diesel and pellet fertilizer spill. The track crossing is not controlled by a signal device. Parks was transported for treatment of head and leg injuries. Neither Astle nor his assistant were injured. Marion County Fire District personnel responded to deal with the spills, with the train expected to block Brooklake for several hours. Pacific Western Railroad is investigating the...

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Knight of Song postponed, will be part of Iris Festival

Sluggish ticket sales have resulted in a postponement of McNary High School’s annual Knight of Song and Madrigal Dinner. The event had been planned for Saturday, March 9, at the Keizer Civic Center and is now slated for May 18 as a featured event during the Keizer Iris Festival. “Unfortunately, the ticket sales were so meager that we would have been lucky to break even,” said Jim Taylor, McNary choir director and one of the event’s organizers. Those who pre-purchased tickets for the event will be receiving a phone call and full refund of their ticket costs. The May event will have an even grander sprawl inside the McNary cafeteria, commons and theater with tickets costing $10. New details can be found at the McNary Fine Arts website,...

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Lady Celts prepped for softball comeback

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes If you’ve never taken time to watch the McNary High School varsity softball team play, Celtic Head Coach Kevin Wise suggests starting this season. “We have a ton of speed and we’re going to use that. We’ll be able to hit in every position. We have girls that can play multiple positions and our pitching is strong,” Wise said. “Everything is going really well.” Wise, the former junior varsity coach for the Celtics, took over as head coach earlier this year, succeeding Jeff Auvinen. After taking the job, Wise hoped to put the focus on being a team, but he had some cause for worry after the girls’ first practice last week. For more of this article and other news from around the Keizer area, pick up a copy of the March 8 issue of Keizertimes, available at stores all around the area. To subscribe for just $25 a year, click on the ‘Subscribe Today’ link at the top of the page, call 503-390-1051 or visit our office at 142 Chemawa Road North in...

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It’s time to retire. But how?

By DON VOWELL Complete inability to play Tetris has helped me to understand that it is time to retire.  We recently re-installed a Paleolithic-era Nintendo game deck and everybody around here can still play the game.   But I can’t. When we first got this machine in 1948, I never rose to the skill level of our children, but I could sometimes guide all the little colored stacks of cubes to the occasional fluke victory.  Saturday night I was completely buffaloed, couldn’t see where to put things and froze up in frustration.  It made me mad—full realization that I am old and useless.  Time to retire. Common wisdom says you should plan for retirement.  We even have a book here telling us how to prepare.  I don’t know why I should start planning now.  None of my life has been planned so rigorously. I was born just like everyone else.  I had a wonderfully average and happy childhood just like I was supposed to.  I went to elementary school just like I was supposed to.  Went through high school and survived many slightly stupid adventures, just like my friends.  Then I made a half-hearted pass at becoming a hippie, because everybody else was.  All of that happened just through following the path of least resistance. The first actually orchestrated event in my life was a persistent and long-term effort...

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Sculptures are in transit

BY ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes When the Salem-Keizer Area Public Transit began looking for the right artist to install work at the new Keizer Station transit center, the search drew interested artists from as far away as the Philippines. In the end, Reno-based David Boyer’s kinetic wind sculptures won the hearts and minds of transit officials. In April, Boyer will be coming to Keizer to install nine poles with machine-crafted “robotic, stylized flying machines, sort of like futuristic windmills” atop. Boyer said he drew inspiration for the project from two primary sources. “Because it is a place where people will be coming and going, I wanted something to symbolize that motion. I also wanted to do something that would use the wind power to fuel it and that ties in with the environmental aspects of the whole site,” Boyer said. For more of this article and other news from around the Keizer area, pick up a copy of the March 8 issue of Keizertimes, available at stores all around the area. To subscribe for just $25 a year, click on the ‘Subscribe Today’ link at the top of the page, call 503-390-1051 or visit our office at 142 Chemawa Road North in...

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