Day: April 19, 2013

Keizerite recalls Boston blasts

  By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Tina Karo-Grunberg had been looking forward to competing in the Boston Marathon for the first time on Monday. The 47-year-old runner from Keizer was still enjoying the day when she crossed the finish line in 3:51.19. “I had tried to get in a year ago, but didn’t get accepted,” Karo-Grunberg said Tuesday. “I got accepted this time. It was real exciting until the big event happened. There are not a lot of words. It took the wind out of the sails for a lot of people.” Karo-Grunberg, a nurse at Salem Hospital, was heading back toward the finish area to pick up her medal when two bombs exploded. As of Wednesday afternoon, there were three confirmed deaths and more than 170 people injured. “I had gotten my medal and went through a couple of streets to gather my gear,” said Karo-Grunberg, who noted other Oregon runners with her were likewise uninjured. “While waiting for my gear is when I heard the explosions. I saw the plumes of smoke. People were panicked and crying, wanting to call people. We didn’t know really what was happening. To read the complete article and other news from around the Keizer area, pick up a copy of the April 19 issue of Keizertimes, available at stores all around the area. To subscribe for just $25 a year, click...

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Equestrian team going for gold this weekend

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The McNary High School equestrian team is heading to the district competition this weekend at the Oregon State Fairgrounds and hoping to make enough of a show to qualify for the state competition in May. “We’re all excited for team penning and getting a few cows into the pen. We’re also excited about the in-hand obstacle relay, it’s a trail course where we’re on foot and the horse’s rein is in our hands and we’re leading them over bridges and poles,” said rider Alyssa Lorimor. Lorimor’s horse is named Misty. In team penning, the four riders and their horses work as a group to corral calves. The Oregon High School Equestrian Team Willamette District Meet will test the team’s skills in a variety of areas Friday, April 19, through Sunday, April 21. To read the complete article and other news from around the Keizer area, pick up a copy of the April 19 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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‘Calm ferocity’ pays off for Lady Celts

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes When a game goes bad, it’s easy for players to lose their cool, but that hasn’t been the case for the McNary High School varsity softball team. As an example, McNary’s Kinsey McNaught offers up last week’s contest with Sprague High School, April 10, and the reaction on the field to the Olys’ three-run homer in the third inning. “You couldn’t see (the effect) on any of our faces,” McNaught said. “We’re really good at keeping our composure.” Celt Dani Saunders said the incident was indicative of the team’s “calm ferocity.” “We don’t get too excited or overwhelmed,” Saunders said. McNary engaged in a see-saw battle with Sprague that had the teams tied 8-8 in the eighth inning when Celt Jordyn Hanson hit a double driving in McNaught for the game-winning run. To read the complete article and other news from around the Keizer area, pick up a copy of the April 19 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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Girls tennis stays UNDEFEATED

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes It’s been rare in recent years for the words undefeated and McNary High School tennis to appear in the same sentence, but as the Lady Celts headed into a match with Sprague High School Tuesday, April 16, that was precisely the situation. “It’s been good for them because we’ve had to focus on maintaining a certain level of play every time out. It’s also been a learning experience because they’ve had to get used to the notion that they are expected to win. They have to keep improving themselves,” said Mark Kohley, McNary head coach. An 8-0 rout of McKay High School last week was a prime example of just how the team has flourished. To read the complete article and other news from around the Keizer area, pick up a copy of the April 19 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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Earth Day, 2013

Earth Day is celebrated around the world each year on April 22; 2013 marks the 43rd anniversary of the first Earth Day. The United States has progressed a long way since 1970; Oregon has one of the highest rates of recycling in the country. Today our society talks about recycling, reducing waste, and sustainable lifestyles.  To some Earth Day may be just a holdover from the 1970s, but it is not. We have one planet we all have to share and we face new challenges those in the 1970s never considered. People can debate climate change with the best of intentions, some say it is man-made, others say it is a natural cycle of the earth (Ice Age, anyone?). Some deplore the fate of polar bears in the Artic due to a melting ice cap. Scientists say that ice in Antartica is melting at its fastest rate ever. Does it matter to people in Keizer that ice caps are melting? Does it matter that a pipeline break spills diluted bitumen in Arkansas? Anything that harms the environment should be of concern to every global citizen. A concern for the environment should not mean we call for draconian regulations and restrictions. There are more than 7 billion people living on the planet, every one using energy and producing waste of some kind. On a local level we endeavor to reduce,...

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