Day: February 12, 2014

Mat men fall to Olys

  By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes  It said a lot about the quality of competition that in the first eight matches only one ended with a pin. That was the case when the McNary High School varsity wrestling team hosted the Sprague High School Olympians in a dual meet Thursday, Jan. 30. Sprague won the battle 42-24 as the Olympians came up with crucial pins in the middle weight classes. “That was a great duel. We won a few matches that we weren’t so sure about on paper. We have faith in our training, but there’s still questions that need answering,” said Jason Ebbs, McNary head coach. The evening started with a trio of Celtic wins. First on the mat was sophomore Kyle Bond in his first varsity match-up against Oly Justin Vasquez-Ellis. “At first I was a bit scared, but then I remembered to focus and  tried to keep it to the basics of shooting and stand-ups,” Bond said. Bond started the match trailing, but overcame the deficit and more to take the 9-4 win. “He was quicker than I thought, and a bit stronger at first, but I figured out how to use it in my favor,” Bond said. Junior Steven Wilkerson said finding a way to turn the tables on Oly Jacob Nelson was a matter of getting into, and at, Nelson’s head. “Our...

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Vacancies mean changes for city committee rules

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Non-Keizer residents will be allowed to serve on more than two city committees, as long as conditions are met. That was the consensus reached following a joint work session last month between members of the Keizer City Council and the Volunteer Coordinating Committee last month. The issue had come up again since Sherrie Gottfried, the former Renaissance Inn employee now living and working in Salem, applied to sit on a third Keizer committee, the Traffic Safety/Bikeways/Pedestrian Committee. Mayor Lore Christopher noted non-city residents such as Rick Day, Bob Zielinski and Jim Parent do a lot of volunteering in Keizer. “Those are examples I would draw out as good reasons to appoint people who don’t live in Keizer to Keizer boards and committees,” she said. “We want to cast the net broad. We want as many people involved as we can. Ideally, people would be clamoring to be on advisory boards. But the reality is some seats go vacant and stay vacant.” VCC member Chet Patterson said there should be some limits on what boards non-residents should be allowed on. “My feeling is there have to be some exceptions,” Patterson said. “For example, not on Planning Commission and Budget Committee. But something like the Bikeways committee, a lot of bike people could bring expertise to the committee. To me, that far outweighs them not...

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