Day: October 18, 2013

Schrader enjoys being back among the ‘living and the sane’

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Less than 24 hours before the event, it still wasn’t clear if U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader would be attending his Keizer Town Hall meeting Thursday evening in person at Keizer Civic Center or via video call. As it turned out, Congress passed legislation Wednesday evening the end the federal shutdown and Schrader flew back to Oregon on Thursday, arriving in time for the town hall. To no one’s surprise, the recent shutdown in Washington, D.C. was a major topic of conversation. Schrader started his short speech taking on the subject head-on. “It is good to be back home among the living and the sane,” the Democrat from Canby said to a roomful of about 40 people. “It’s been a difficult month and a half, to say the least. I apologize up front to everybody here. I’d like to think I’m more of the solution than the problem, but I’m sure every member of Congress feels that way. It was an embarrassing episode for our country. Hopefully we’ve all learned a little humility, to put our country over our politics.” Schrader, who is wary of a potential second shutdown in January, noted he could see this month’s shutdown coming. “Unfortunately when I was back in August, I was pretty pessimistic,” he said. “Unfortunately, I was right. I’m usually an upbeat guy. But I was...

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McKay next for Celt gridders

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The McNary High School varsity football team will be looking to bounce back after its first conference loss when they take on the McKay High School Royal Scots at home Friday, Oct. 18. The Celts lost a closer-than-it-seemed battle to Sprague High School last week putting the Olys at the top of the Central Valley Conference mountain. As the team prepped to take on the Scots, Celt Brett Hildebrand said focusing on the outcome of the Sprague game wouldn’t do the team any favors. “We have to control what we can. We can’t focus on what Sprague does against North Salem or McKay (high schools). We can still make a run in the playoffs and this is a week to work on that,” Hildebrand said. The Royal Scots are trying to snap a six-game losing skid. The east Salem team lost to South Salem High School last week 36-3. “We have a lot of talented players on our team, but we need to get to the point where everyone plays well together at the same time for four quarters,” said Brett Rhodes, McKay head coach. The most consistent Scots this season have been receiver Jorge Garibay, running backs George Smith and Brandon Lao, and linebackers Alex Avilez and Orlando Lupain, Rhodes said. Lao is a former Celtic who transferred to McKay before...

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McNary-area choirs perform Oct. 22

  More than 300 Keizer choral students will take the stage in the McNary High School Ken Collins Auditorium Tuesday, Oct. 22. The McNary area fifth grade honor choir, as well as honor choirs from McNary, Whiteaker and Claggett Creek will perform. The concert begins at 7 p.m. Admission is free, but donations are welcomed. The fifth grade honor choir is an auditioned choir made up of fifth graders from the McNary feeder schools. The students are chosen by the schools’ music teachers based on singing ability and musical experience. Honor choirs are intended to give students an opportunity to expand their musical skills, to give students a window into choral music throughout the years of middle school and high school and to provide the community a window into the quality music education occurring at all grade levels. Students have been rehearsing with the other schools’ members and the area music teachers three days a week after school...

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Foul! Vandals hit KLL Park

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes There was already work being done at Keizer Little League Park in terms of improvements. Now there’s more work to do, but it’s the work no one wants to do. Kurt Barker, president of Keizer Youth Sports Association, confirmed Wednesday morning vandals had struck the youth baseball complex multiple times. “It’s been a rash of damage,” Barker said. “The last 10 days, we’ve probably been hit five or six times. There had been concession stand break-ins, then we fortified that. But then they chopped down a dugout, then destroyed the other one. The score box on Field 6 was torn down. They threw all the picnic tables into the middle of the field, like they were going to set them on fire. They tipped over the portable toilets. It’s unbelievable.” Barker has been with KYSA since it was formed in 2008, and has been involved with the youth baseball field since 2004. “This is the most damage to the fields that I have seen,” Barker said. “It will take the most time to fix this one. The last thing happened on Monday night.” Barker noted there is a $1,000 reward out for information leading to the arrest of people involved. Those with information can contact the Keizer Police Department at 503-390-3713. To read the complete article and other news from around the Keizer...

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Approve fire levy

We all know that freedom and liberty are  not free. Neither is public safety. There is a cost for the personnel, the equipment, the infrastructure and the organization, especially for fire and medical services. The Keizer Fire District is requesting district voters approve a 59 cents per $1,000 valuation five-year levy in the upcoming November 5 election. We agree, as should voters. The district’s current 35 cent levy is expiring and it needs to be replaced. The board of directors of the Keizer Fire District don’t ask for this levy lightly. They understand the realities of politics and taxation today; they also intimately understand the realities of operating an organization that people expect to respond to their fire and medical emergencies. There are costs of which the fire district has no control, namely health insurance and PERS, neither of which are going down anytime soon. Add to that decreased Medicare ambulance reimbursement and increased 9-1-1 costs and it becomes apparent that the levy is necessary to maintain services and assure the quick response Keizer residents have come to expect. Statistics show that the Keizer Fire District is able to respond to emergencies within six minutes 95 percent of the time. Ask anyone in Keizer whose family member has benefited from that kind of response if it is important and they’ll resoundingly say yes. With about 4,000 medical responses a...

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