Day: February 14, 2014

Swimmers, wrestlers seek to secure state berths

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Ready to bid adieu to that cabin fever? The McNary High School Celts are offering up plenty of chances to get out of the house this weekend without traveling too far. In addition to basketball games at West Salem High School Friday night, the wrestling and swimming teams are headed to district tournaments Friday and Saturday. McNary is hosting the regional wrestling meet beginning at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, and continuing 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15. The swimming teams will be in action both days at the Kroc Center. Races begin at 3:15 p.m. on Friday and continue at 2 p.m. on Saturday. On the swimming front, McNary Head Coach Kim Phillips is is expecting big performances out of Perry Groves in the 50 and 100 freestyles, Alex Fox in the 200 individual medley and Sloane Yerger in the 100 butterfly in boys races. Kiana Briones in the 200 IM and 100 breast and Anjelica Glassey in the 100 backstroke are looking like strong contenders for the girls. Phillips was eager to see how the girls fared against the other Central Valley Conference teams after a season where swimmers kept surprising her with record times in a multitude of races. “Who knows what they’re capable of,” Phillips said. “I think a lot of teams are overlooking us in general.” Phillips also...

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Rawlins, city leaders tell different stories

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes State legislators have delayed approving legislation dealing with contentious parcels in Keizer Station, but that didn’t fully satisfy city leaders on Tuesday. The House Committee on Rural Communities held a work session and accepted public testimony for several proposed pieces of legislation, including House Bill 4017. The bill was written specifically in relation to the Local Improvement District (LID) assessment on two parcels of land in Keizer Station owned by Timm and Linda Rawlins. Linda Rawlins met with lawmakers last June and stated the LID assessment of $6 million was severely out of line with the property appraisal at the time of around $300,000. This year, city leaders and attorneys on behalf of the city have been battling back, making public figures and timeline that paint a different picture. In addition to the pending legislation, the case is also in court. During her State of the City address earlier in the day Tuesday, Keizer Mayor Lore Christopher said a summary judgement on the case is expected on March 7. While the Rawlinses own the two properties in question, a third-party lessee, Northwest National LLC affiliated with developer Chuck Sides, had been making LID payments on behalf of the family, while also paying rent to the Rawlinses. LID payments to the city stopped in 2010. After waiting three years, attorneys for the city began...

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Mayor looks back… and ahead

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Mayor Lore Christopher has long been bullish on how many jobs have been created in Keizer in recent years, even with a slumping economy. But even she has to draw the line somewhere. Christopher gave her final State of the City address Tuesday at the Keizer Civic Center. The speech, sponsored by PGE, was a chance for the mayor to continue her farewell tour. Christopher became mayor in 2001 but has officially announced she will not be running for re-election this fall. Before Christopher took to the stage, she was introduced by PGE’s Richard Goddard, who mistakingly – and rather hilariously – credited Christopher for helping to create 200,000 jobs in Keizer. “So the 200,000 jobs, that was actually 2,000,” Christopher quickly corrected once she started her speech. “But those 2,000 meant as much to us as 200,000 jobs would mean in larger communities.” Throughout her speech, Christopher mixed jokes and self-depreciating humor with reflections and news from around Keizer. She started with a reference to a headline from the Jan. 3 issue of Keizertimes: A year of new starts. “This headline says it all for 2014, don’t you think?” she said. “Thank you very much, I’ll sit down now. But really, 2014 will be a year full of new starts for our city. If you are expecting me to impart some profound...

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