Month: September 2013

Neighbors vent about transit buses in Gubser

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes The Salem-Keizer Transit bus doesn’t stop on Stone Hedge Drive. But residents in the Gubser neighborhood are still upset at how the situation unfolded, airing grievances during the Sept. 19 Greater Gubser Neighborhood Association meeting at Gubser Elementary School. About three dozen neighbors – a far bigger attendance than usual – came to the meeting, many asking questions about the bus service that was added back to the Gubser area earlier this month for the first time since 2009. GGNA president Brad Coy, who recently joined the Salem-Keizer Transit Board, noted he was appointed to the board a week after the issue arose. “It is an ongoing process,” said Coy, who encouraged constructive comments. “Feedback from tonight will be put into consideration.” Residents offered plenty of feedback. Sharon Marsoun was among those noting how busy Stone Hedge often is. “My concern is safety,” she said. “The buses are going down the street with the most foot and vehicular traffic. It’s very congested. You’re putting the most people at the most risk at the worst time.” Melinda Oliver was among those making a similar point. “There are better routes than Stone Hedge, because of the overusage with the school,” she said. “Maybe the bus could continue down McLeod and do a loop?” Though transit officials spoke at a Gubser meeting in the spring, only...

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Tourney may signal turnaround for v-ball

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The McNary High School varsity volleyball team found success in another weekend tournament, but the team is still looking for its first win in a regulation match-up. The Lady Celts traveled to the Rogue Valley Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 21, and came away from the event with four  wins. In pool play, the Celts won a match and split another before sweeping bracket matches. First up was North Medford High School, who the Celts handed a 2-1 loss with set scores of 23-25, 25-17 and 15-10. McNary also beat Crater and Grants Pass high schools in straight sets of 25-19 and 25-22, and 17-17 and 25-22, respectively. “I think the girls finally started to play to win and without a fear of making mistakes,” said Kellie Scholl, McNary’s head coach. “Our block continued to be strong, and our defense picked up especially in our last two matches where we were playing against two very strong offensive teams. Offensively, our hitters did a great job, making far less errors and our serving improved.” The news was less spectacular in McNary’s opening Central Valley Conference match-ups. To read the complete article and other news from around the Keizer area, pick up a copy of the September 27 print edition of Keizertimes, available at stores all around the area. To subscribe to the print edition for...

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Lady Celts start CVC 2-1

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes For a brief moment, the McNary High School girls varsity was off to the best start in the Central Valley Conference, but Miguel Camarena, Celtic head coach, had his sights set on a home match with Sprague High School Friday, Sept. 27. “South Salem and West Salem (high schools) are probably the best two teams in the league, which means it will be Sprague standing in our way of getting into the top three,” Camarena said. “We’ll know where we really stand after that match.” The teams kick off at 7 p.m. The Lady Celts’ first week of the league play was something of a rollercoaster. To read the complete article and other news from around the Keizer area, pick up a copy of the September 27 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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Second-half rebound leads to Celtic win

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The McNary High School varsity football team proved to be the comeback kids with a 26-25 win over Bend’s Mountain View High School on the road Friday, Sept. 20. McNary overcame a 25-point deficit to beat the Cougars by a a single point with just under six minutes left in the game. McNary’s secondary quarterback, Drew McHugh, connected with Tim Hays for the go-ahead touchdown at 5:52 remaining. “It’s was a short route we don’t hit very often,” said Hays. “Drew got a bit of pressure at the edge and started to roll out, that’s when he saw me and made the pass.” The team psyched themselves out in the first half worrying about outcomes rather than taking it one play at a time, said Isaac Parker, McNary head coach. “Momentarily, we didn’t believe in ourselves and it hurt us at times. We still competed decently, like holding them to a field goal on the goal line three times and Kyle Torres making a heads up play on a blocked punt that caused us to give up a safety rather than a touchdown. All those little things kept us in the game,” Parker said. To read the complete article and other news from around the Keizer area, pick up a copy of the September 27 print edition of Keizertimes, available at stores all...

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Where art thou art?

The Keizer Chamber Foundation has held two fundraisers so far this year and received a generous $5,000 donation from Outback Steakhouse. The foundation funnels money to the Keizer Network of Women’s (KNOW) primary project, the Christmas Basket Program that delivers food and toys to underprivileged families and children in Keizer. The foundation also funds and oversees the Keizer Public Art project that has installed art along River Road. The Christmas Basket program is going strong. The public art project? Not so much.  The art program has become anemic; no new art has been installed since 2011. No new art sites have been announced. A city’s public art communicates to visitors and residents alike that it is not insular; it is part of the world at large. Art, whether hanging on a wall at the civic center, or standing along River Road, should elicit conversation and discussion. All art pieces don’t need to promote debate, but it should look good and enhance its surroundings. Public art in Keizer has financial backing from the Chamber Foundation, it only needs a facilitator. We hope that the Keizer Art Association would look beyond its classroom and gallery and help choose sites and jury art to be added to the program. In existence for more than 35 years, the Keizer Art Association has, in some ways, been the cultural center of the city. Its...

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