Day: February 5, 2014

Streaking Lady Celts dive into toughest week yet

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes On Monday, Jan. 27, the McNary High School girls varsity basketball team was preparing for one of its biggest weeks yet with games on tap against West Salem and South Salem high schools. The Celtics were ranked just behind the Titans in the Central Valley Conference when they met Tuesday, Jan. 28, but the two teams both had 3-1 records. McNary gave eighth-ranked South plenty of scares in the teams’ first meeting earlier this season. “With West, it’s going to be a close game. We’re going to have to stay mentally tough to beat them,” said Lady Celt Sydney Hunter. Head Coach Paul Pickerell hopes the girls draw on their first-game experiences with South this time around. “After that game, we talked intensely about how they are just another team of high school girls no matter where they are ranked,” Pickerell said. “They’re good, but when we played hard and played smart, we stuck right with them.” Junior Emma Jones said the Celts are also a different team this time around. “We were a little bit nervous that first time, but we’ve improved since then and we can take a win,” she said. McNary meets the Saxons at South, game time is 7 p.m. Friday, Jan.31. The Lady Celts defeated both Sprague and McKay High Schools last week cruising to 63-39 and...

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Medical marijuana forum Feb. 11

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes It’s going to be, like, an early meeting, maaaaan. Who wouldn’t want to discuss medical marijuana facilities and grow sites at 7 a.m.? That’s the time for a Feb. 11 community forum on the topic at Keizer Community Center. County Commissioner Patti Milne, chair of the Marion County Public Safety Coordinating Council, sent city leaders a heads up about the event earlier this month. The discussion will be about the multiple facets of House Bill 3460, approved by state legislators last spring and signed into law by Gov. John Kitzhaber last Aug. 14. The law directs the Oregon Health Authority to establish a registration system for medical marijuana facilities (or dispensaries) and grow sites. Medical marijuana was first allowed in Oregon in 1998. The facilities are not allowed to be within 1,000 feet of a school or another facility. More than 200 facilities are expected to register by the end of 2015. Several cities, such as Medford, have already looked at changing rules in relation to HB 3460. Keizer City Manager Chris Eppley said no changes are coming immediately here. “Staff is still reviewing what other cities are doing and brainstorming what options to lay out for council,” Eppley said Jan. 24. “We’re not ready to roll anything out because we’re still evaluating what options are available to us.” Milne believes HB 3460...

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