Day: June 7, 2013

Budget OK’d on first pass

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes By the time the 2013-14 budget was discussed Monday by the Keizer City Council, details had mostly been sorted out. Proof of that: a majority of the budget-related discussion centered on funding that might not even come to fruition. In the end, councilors unanimously approved the $39 million city budget, including a $10 million general fund budget. The tax rate is $2.0838 per $1,000 of assessed value. When the public hearing started, none of the 12 audience members – a bigger crowd than usual – offered public comment. “Really?” asked mayor Lore Christopher, eliciting chuckles. “Then what are you all doing here?” Much of the discussion among councilors centered on Keizer Chamber of Commerce funding requests. Susan Gahlsdorf, Keizer finance director, noted such requests aren’t being funded at this point since there is currently no Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) funding. Such funding comes from hotel room fees and Keizer’s only hotel, the Renaissance Inn, is currently undergoing Chapter 13 reorganization and is delinquent on taxes. To read the complete article and other news from around the Keizer area, pick up a copy of the June 7 print edition of Keizertimes, available at stores all around the area. To subscribe to the print edition for just $25 a year, click on the ‘Subscribe Today’ link at the top of the page, call 503-390-1051 or visit...

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Silent no more

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes In a flash, the books were out. Students from the McNary High School Flash Fiction Club gathered as a group around a box May 30. Inside the box were copies of the new book The Music of the Silent, featuring short works written by 11 members of the club, started two school years ago by Eric Howald, associate editor of the Keizertimes. “I was excited,” senior Katrina Foster said of the anticipation of seeing her story Saving Grace in the book. “It’s nice to have your writing on a solid object like this. I wasn’t around for the first unboxing last year, so this was a cool experience.” Taylor Bomar, a freshman and the only male in the group, loved seeing his two stories plus another short work in print. “It’s beautiful,” Bomar said. “It’s fantastic. This is my first time being published. I’ve been looking forward to it for so long. Probably about three years I’ve been waiting for this.” To read the complete article and other news from around the Keizer area, pick up a copy of the June 7 print edition of Keizertimes, available at stores all around the area. To subscribe to the print edition 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...

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Athletes honored for Celtic Pride

  By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes For this year’s four winners of the Celtic Pride Award, presented to those students who compete in three sports every year of their high school careers, the path to attaining that goal wasn’t always easy, but they all share one thing in common: they’d do it all again in a heartbeat. “I do choir and sports and, even though life can be hectic, it’s a lot of fun and you make a lot of friends and lot of memories,” said Jon Kiser. “You just can’t be afraid to do multiple things.” Kiser competed in football, basketball and track and field as a thrower and sprinter during his stint as a McNary High School student and said it was difficult to choose a favorite because each is so different. “In football, it’s very big and like a family. In basketball, it’s a smaller, more connected group. In track, it’s individual, but it’s a team because you have to work as a team to make good things happen,” he said. Of the four honorees this year – the others were Laura Donaldson, Aerial Rice and Stacey Titchenal – Kiser had one of the tougher roads in at least one regard. In football and basketball especially, McNary teams have struggled throughout his tenure, but he focused on what he might take away from the...

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Volcanoes return to Keizer

By HERB SWETT For the Keizertimes Professional baseball resumes play in Keizer next week with a new manager, Gary Davenport. The Salem-Keizer Volcanoes will play a college all-star team at 6:35 p.m. Thursday and open their regular season at 6:35 p.m., June 14. Both games will be at Volcanoes Stadium. A fireworks display will follow the June 14 game. Home games this year will start at 6:35 Monday through Friday and 5:05 p.m. Sunday, according to Jerry Howard, Volcanoes general manager. The 2013 season will feature not only the new manager but also a third Oregon club in the Northwest League, the Hillsboro Hops, who will start their season June 14 as the visitors at Volcanoes Stadium. To read the complete article and other news from around the Keizer area, pick up a copy of the June 7 print edition of Keizertimes, available at stores all around the area. To subscribe to the print edition 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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