Day: June 3, 2014

Future Celt hoop camp set June 16

The McNary High School boys basketball program is hosting summer camps for boys in June. The camps are planned for Monday, June 16, through Thursday, June 19. Incoming third through fifth graders will meet from 9 a.m. to noon and incoming sixth through eighth graders will meet from 1 to 4 p.m. Camps will focus on developing fundamentals like footwork, shooting technique, passing and catching, dribbling and rebounding. Cost is $55 and includes a T-shirt. Registration forms are available in the McNary main office or downloadable at www.mcnarybasketball.com. Send registration forms and payment (checks payable to McNary Boy’s Basketball Club) to: McNary High School, c/o Boys Basketball, 595 Chemawa Rd. N., Keizer, OR...

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A Sandy issue with students

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes McNary High School principal John Honey is well aware of the problems by the barrier separating the school from the neighborhood on Sandy Drive. “It has been the bane of my existence,” the fourth-year MHS principal said. “It has been a problem probably since the school opened and there were houses on Sandy.” As such, it doesn’t take much to imagine how the neighbors feel. Two of the neighbors, Shabri Vignery and Audra Anderson, spoke of issues with MHS students during a recent Keizer City Council meeting. “There has become a big problem with loitering,” Vignery said. “They stand (around the barrier) from 6:30 a.m. on, smoking cigarettes, peeing in bushes, smoking marijuana. They don’t leave until 4 p.m. Now they’re coming on weekends as well. We’ve tried calling the high school, but they can only do so much. When we see them with the drugs, or urinating in the bushes, we call the police. But by the time the police are there, they are gone and the drugs are put away. They are loitering a long time and we can’t do anything about it. If we ask them to move on or ask why, we get backlash. It’s verbal abuse.” Anderson has lived on Sandy Drive for seven years. “This isn’t something new,” Anderson said. “It has continually gotten worse. It goes...

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When the police and Latinos come together

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes While the Keizer Iris Festival was bringing people together recently, another event was quietly bringing a community together as well. In conjunction with Pastor Jose Dominguez and Roland Herrera, Keizer police chief John Teague spoke to 50 people at Dominguez’s Light of the Valley (La Luz Del Valle) Church on Dearborn Avenue on a Friday evening. Most of the attendees were of Hispanic descent. That was by design. “I’ve learned many Hispanics feel really disenfranchised,” said Teague, who noted conversations on the topic with the American Leadership Forum. “They don’t feel they have access to the government, to the justice system. They want the same things we all want. They want good jobs, security and a bright future for their children. A natural part of my job is to make sure we’re serving all constituents. It’s incumbent upon me to start the dialogue, which is why I started in.” At the same time, Herrera and Dominguez had a similar idea for hosting such a dialogue. “Jose and I got together and we said let’s make it a dialogue,” Herrera said. “A lot of times people react after something happens. This is a proactive approach. We’re making it happen. Jose and I put it together, then approached chief Teague. He was all for it. He was excited.” Dominguez, a 21-year Keizer resident, noted the...

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