Day: April 26, 2013

Reynolds signs up to wrestle for Beavers

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes McNary High School’s Devin Reynolds will be trading in his Celtic blues for Beaver orange next fall. Reynolds signed a letter of intent to wrestle for the Oregon State University program at a ceremony Tuesday, April 23. “It came down to a final dinner and they threw out an offer that was better than all the rest,” said Reynolds. “It was also the place I originally wanted to go, and that didn’t hurt either.” Reynolds is a two-time regional and state champ in the sport and he added a second world title to his long list of accolades two weeks ago at the Cliff Keen Reno World Championships. To read the complete article and other news from around the Keizer area, pick up a copy of the April 26 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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Celts halt skid, win 2 of 4 in past week

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The McNary High School varsity baseball team had an up-and-down week after snapping a four-game losing skid. The Celts began last week with a 2-1 win over North Salem High School. With the game knotted 1-1, senior Zac Fegles bunted for a single in the bottom of the seventh and then stole second before scoring on a two-out error the next play. Ben Johnson pitched a complete game, retiring six batters. Kaleb Simpson notched an RBI, bringing in Ty Wyatt in the fourth inning. On Wednesday, April 17, McNary battled back from a two-run homer by South Salem High School’s Jake DuFault to tie the game at 2-2, but a five-run fifth inning for the Saxons put the game out of reach. To read the complete article and other news from around the Keizer area, pick up a copy of the April 26 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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Why America is nervous

By GENE H. McINTYRE In August, 1945, at the end of World War II, a mere 68 years ago, a period shorter in time than the lives of millions of Americans still with us today, the most coveted citizenship was American. Americans were the kingpins of the world back then, respected and honored everywhere, while most everyone who aspired for a “greater life and opportunity” wanted to be one. Now, the only truly safe way to travel in Africa, Asia, Central and South America and the Middle East is with a maple leaf on one’s passport.   Actually, what with all the violence afoot inside the USA, it’s hardly safe to travel anywhere inside the USA either.  You can’t even be sure you’ll survive a marathon and we’re not talking here about heart attacks. What has happened to bring such a dramatic change to the lives of most every American?  Mainly, it’s the nation’s foreign policy since the end of the Cold War.  We were warned by a peace-loving president, who personally knew war, Dwight D. Eisenhower, that if we surrendered to the country’s “military-industrial complex,” we’d be headed down a path of ruin.  Fifty-three years after Eisenhower’s presidency, in 2013, any American willing to look at himself in a mirror with eyes wide open, knows that we are nation under siege, by ourselves and so many others who...

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Licenses for illegal immigrants

By KIM THATCHER If Senate Bill 833 becomes law, Oregon will join a few other states in granting driver licenses to people not legally in our country. Debate is understandably emotional and personal for those seeking the licenses; the same applies to folks who’ve witnessed what happens when driving privileges are extended to the wrong people. Case in point:  Craig and Judy Cox from Newberg. In 1980 the couple and others were in a car hit by a drunk driver in the country illegally. Craig’s bookkeeper was killed, Judy was hospitalized and left with seizures for life. Fast forward 27 years:  Another illegal immigrant drunk driver slammed into the Coxes’ car leaving 66-year old Judy dead at the scene and 72-year old Craig a bereaved widower. The perpetrator had six previous DUII convictions and multiple license suspensions. Obviously, not every “undocumented” person is a drunk driver. However, this case shows what can happen when we give driver licenses to people who have already shown disregard for the law. If breaking immigration laws doesn’t matter, why worry about breaking other laws? Judy’s tragic death happened shortly after former Governor Ted Kulongoski’s executive order cracked down on licensing rules “to more effectively prevent fraud and criminal activity.” The 2008 Legislature put the new standards in state law. Testimony from the Oregon Association of Nurseries (OAN), a key backer SB 833, talks...

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Government can do good stuff

By DON VOWELL We could use another Conde McCullough right about now.  Just over 30 when he became head of the Oregon Department of Transportation’s Bridge Division, he designed 600 bridges. I think of him when I drive across the Yaquina Bay Bridge at Newport, a bridge that seems beautiful to me, which was one of his stated design goals.  It was begun in 1934 and finished in 1936 at a cost of $1,301,016. That’s about $21.5 million in today’s dollars.  There’s an example of a government that could do stuff. Fast forward to now.  The proposed bridge across the Columbia River has cost about $130 million so far and the plans still haven’t been approved.  Because it is not high enough to allow some of the upstream manufacturers to move their fabrications to Astoria on a barge, the $130 million design still might not be approved. Or look at one of the largest projects ever undertaken by ODOT, the straightening of Hwy 20 out near Eddyville.  The original cost estimate was $140 million.  Now the price tag is up to $366 million and some of that will be spent blowing up the failed bridges of the first contractor, since departed. Closer to home, we have the Courthouse Square project, which resulted in a condemned building, and an astonishing lack of people willing to take credit for it. One...

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