Day: February 17, 2014

Lady Celts breeze past North Salem

  By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The McNary High School girls varsity basketball team started off looking less polished than it had in several games, but the team quickly built up a substantial lead over the visiting Vikings Tuesday, Feb. 4. The Lady Celts won 68-43. McNary players had more than a few problems with ball control, but the game’s first half was still one of the team’s best, said Paul Pickerell, McNary head coach. “We were trying to work on some offensive options for some of our upcoming opponents and we still have some ‘fine tuning’ to take care of,” Pickerell said. “ I thought they played one of the best first and second quarters of the season. We were aggressive offensively and active defensively.” The Vikings made it to the board first with one from the foul line, but McNary, led by sophomore Madi Hingston, quickly left their opponents in the dust. Hingston accounted for nine of McNary’s 21 first quarter points en route to a team-leading 21 points that included three treys.  Hingston also had nine steals and six assists. Freshman Sydney Hunter had six points and seven rebounds for the Celtics, Baili Keeton put in 11 points for McNary, Ashlee Koenig and Kaelie Flores had seven each, Sydney Hunter and Cammie Decker had six apiece, Reina Strand and Alyx Peterson had four each, Jasmine...

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Concerns at medical marijuana forum

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes It’s an issue that caused a buzz at Keizer Civic Center Tuesday. Early Tuesday morning, the Marion County Public Safety Coordinating Council hosted a community forum on medical marijuana at the Keizer Civic Center. About 60 people attended the forum. The forum was timed well: House Bill 3460, signed into law last summer, goes into affect March 1 and establishes rules for a medical marijuana registration system. Last week, Marion County Board of Commissioners passed a resolution opposing the legalization of the operation of medical marijuana clinics in the county and the legalization of marijuana for recreational use. “This is an important decision,” said commissioner Patti Milne, chair of the coordinating council. “There are many, many complicated facets to this. House Bill 3460 could change the landscape in our county. We’re gotten a number of phone calls at the county asking what we’re going to be doing. That’s what we’re doing here today. What can we do to respond to the community situation?” John Andrade from Bio-Med Testing pointed to the difference in how the human body processes marijuana versus alcohol. “In an hour, a person will metabolize the alcohol and it’ll be gone from the system,” Andrade said. “You’re stone cold sober in an hour. It passes through the system quickly. Marijuana, however, is stored in our fat. If I smoked it...

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