Day: May 24, 2013

New fire levy could double costs

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The Keizer Fire Board pondered an almost twofold increase in its local option levy at its meeting Tuesday, May 21. If the board acts on the recommendation from its Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC), it would mean that a homeowner with a $250,000 house would pay $147.50 per annum instead of the current $87.50. Residents of the Keizer Fire District would get the opportunity to vote on the increase in November if the board approves a motion to place the levy on the ballot. “(The increase) would improve the level of service and coverage of a medic unit, improve fire response staffing, hire two additional paramedics and solidify our long-range sustainable funding for the next five years,” said Chief Jeff Cowan of Keizer Fire District. Fire district officials assembled an advisory committee that looked over the options for renewing the KFD local option levy in April. Cowan said four possibilities were considered: • No renewal of the levy. • A renewal at the current rate of 35 cents per $1,000. • An increase to 49 cents. • An increase to 59 cents. The first two options would leave the district with immediate budget shortfalls and the third would allow them to maintain the status quo. Only the fourth would allow the district to improve services, Cowan said. To read the complete article and...

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Council OKs plan to fill its vacancy

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes A new member of the Keizer City Council should be in place next month. On Monday evening, councilors formally approved the process that will be used to replace Ken LeDuc, who announced his resignation on May 10. Councilors met in a special meeting May 15 to accept the resignation of LeDuc, who had taken over Brandon Smith’s former spot in last November’s election. The resignation immediately led to speculation of Smith vying to regain his seat. Smith, now a member of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, joined the race late last fall as a write-in candidate. In an e-mail to the Keizertimes May 17, Smith noted a “tremendous number” of people had been urging him to apply for the position, but he wouldn’t be. To read the complete article and other news from around the Keizer area, pick up a copy of the May 24 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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Lady Celts advance to second round

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes If there was a pivotal moment in the McNary High School varsity softball team’s game with Reynolds High School Monday, May 20, it was surely Kinsey McNaught’s step up to the plate in the bottom of the sixth inning. With one out, the score tied at 1-1, Madison Oliver on third base, and Paige Bouska on second, McNaught’s next moves felt like the ones that could dictate the outcome of the game. Two attempts at bunts set her behind in the count. She batted the next two foul, then took two balls from Reynolds pitcher Kelsey Oldham. On the final pitch, McNaught lofted a soft fly ball short of the center fielder to load the bases and keep the Celtic streak alive. “It felt really good to come through for the team. I haven’t been hitting the way as well as I know I can and it felt really good to push through this time,” McNaught said. McNary’s Jordyn Hanson stepped up to the dish after McNaught. She took the first pitch and bounced it out of the infield and over the shortstop’s head. The combination bought enough time for Oliver to score the winning run. To read the complete article and other news from around the Keizer area, pick up a copy of the May 24 issue of Keizertimes, available at stores...

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LAX players nab All-League honors

The McNary High School varsity lacrosse team lost its first playoff game to Glencoe High School Friday, May 17, 15-2. “The boys started the game strong only down 4-1 going into the second quarter, but Glencoe’s depth and experience got the better of us,” said Ryan Bowlby, McNary head coach. The loss ousted the Celts from the tournament, but the team had its most successful season since its inception four years ago. McNary finished with an 8-9 record and took second in its league, the North Valley Division. As a capper, several of the Celts were honored with All-League selections earlier this week. Preston McNeely, Ben Biondi and Jeremy Williams received first team honors. Isaiah Vian, Rob Phelps and Kelly Cowan were part of the second All-League team. Celt goalie Austin Fisher received an honorable mention for his...

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