Month: March 2013

Track team wins icebreaker meet

  By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The McNary High School varsity track and field teams overwhelmed the Sprague High School Olympians in an icebreaker meet last week. The boys took down the Olys 81-61 while the girls took a 81-54 victory. “We have about two athletes in every event coming back from last year and it’s going to give us a good foundation to build on with about 90 freshmen and sophomores coming out for the sport this year,” said Frank Gauntz, McNary head coach. In addition to a core of returners–more than a few of whom have experience from the 2012 state meet as sophomores–the ranks of sprinters and throwers have grown beyond expectation this season. To read the complete article and other news from around the Keizer area, pick up a copy of the March 29 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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Lacrosse team falls to Sisters in first home game

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Headed into their first ever home game at McNary High School’s Flesher Field last week, the Celtic lacrosse team was 3-0 and riding high on their best start to a season ever. “We beat Hillsboro and Century (high schools) right off the bat and they were both ranked higher than us in the state,” said McNary senior Jake Peterson. Unfortunately, the Celts couldn’t withstand the offensive onslaught of the Sisters High School Outlaws Thursday, March 21, and the team took its first loss, 11-3. Goals by Rob Phelps, Ben Biondi and Preston McNeely managed to take the wind out of the Outlaws’ sails only briefly. To read the complete article and other news from around the Keizer area, pick up a copy of the March 29 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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They can speak, but we don’t have to listen

Nine years ago this month, this paper ran a front page story on a local lesbian couple who went to Multnomah County to get their marriage license in the too-brief window when that county was the only one in the state sanctioning same-sex couples. In the wake of the paper hitting stands, we received numerous visits to our office and more cancelations from subscribers who questioned our judgement in placing it on the front page or covering the story at all. We took those hits because we’ve always operated under the mantra: if it happens in Keizer, it should be in the Keizertimes. It was with no small amount of discussion that we chose to put coverage of a “white pride” demonstration on Saturday, March 23, on the same page as we featured that happy couple. Regardless of how the people gathered that day colored their intentions, the history of white pride movements in this country is far too dark, disturbing and disingenuous for their actions to be perceived as anything but disruptive. It also does not help their case to contend that they are not trying exclude to anyone and then pass out Free America Rally (FAR) literature that describes America as “an outpost of Western Civilization, the product not of geography but, rather, thousands of years of genetic and cultural continuity. America has always been defined by...

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