Day: June 6, 2014

Playing his way to Utah

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Next fall, McNary High School senior Alex Hunter is headed to the University of Utah, but neither he nor his family will be worried about footing the bill. Hunter, a valedictorian and trombone player in the Celtic band, symphony and jazz band, netted a full-ride academic scholarship from U of U and numerous local scholarship awards that will help cover the various extraneous costs like books and fees. “I started applying in November, but I already had a number of them prepared before the opening date,” Hunter said. “The biggest thing was just planning to apply because it meant I didn’t have to scramble once I got accepted.” As a music education major, Hunter had the added task of auditioning for several of the colleges he hoped to attend. “You have to prepare solos or etudes (short, difficult compositions) to be considered, but I got the chance to visit Utah and take a lesson from one of their faculty members. I really enjoyed that and meeting some of the other faculty,” Hunter said. He hopes to do graduate work in jazz performance. Hunter started playing trombone in the fifth grade, and found something in it that spoke to him. “No matter how I’m feeling, I can go pick up my horn and play and it comes out in the music,” Hunter said....

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Egli not running for mayor

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Will anyone battle Cathy Clark for mayor? Clark, the longtime Keizer City Councilor, announced early this year she will be running for the Keizer mayor seat being vacated after 14 years by Lore Christopher. For months, a big question had been whether current council president Joe Egli – who filed for mayor but then dropped out in 2012 – would run. The answer came this week when Egli announced he will not be running for either mayor or council. “I’ve been contemplating it the last three or four months,” Egli told the Keizertimes. “I had some things to take care of. I felt it was the best decision for me and my family not to run at this time.” Egli said he made the decision last Saturday and first told wife Shelly. “I was kind of leaning that way already,” Egli said. “She was very supportive and has been from day one, either way.” Egli, an agent at R. Bauer Insurance, said two main factors played into his decision. “Honestly, it was my workload,” he said. “I’m an independent business person. The more involved I am in the community, the less service that I can give to my customers. It’s important to do a good job at work and with family. I have a daughter at McNary and a son going into McNary...

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Poison oak issue resolved

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes The continued presence of poison oak by a local baseball field ignited some anger. A city councilor’s offhand comment about it on Facebook simply fanned the flames. The poison oak was discovered last month growing over a fence and onto the t-ball field in the northwest corner of the Keizer Little League Park. Keizer Little League is managing the park this year, after the Keizer Youth Sports Association (KYSA) had managed the complex the last few years. The poison oak was taken down last weekend. Roger Schneider, in his first year of coaching son Mason’s t-ball team through the KYSA, said he first alerted KLL president Stephanie Bojorquez about the problem in mid-May. “I first told Stephanie on May 16,” Schneider told the Keizertimes last week. “My father was also there and he found out who to tell. Stephanie was very nice at first. She said she would have her maintenance guy look at it and would do something about it, no problem.” Schneider, whose seven-month pregnant wife became covered over much of her body with poison oak, was alarmed by what he saw at the field later. “We had a game there about a week later,” Schneider said. “It was exactly the same. I thought maybe they didn’t know what to look for. Another week later, it’s still there. So I walked...

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Debate still noisy over tow trucks

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes The debate over tow trucks parking in Keizer neighborhoods heated up once again Monday. Discussion has been ongoing in recent months and was the subject of a special hour-long public forum in front of the Keizer City Council. A city ordinance approved in 2005 makes it illegal for a vehicle more than 10,000 pounds in Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) to be parked on the street. While some on Monday wanted to see if a compromise could be reached, others weren’t interested. Chief among them was John Blake, a Clearview Court resident who also spoke on the issue in April. Blake spoke after Ron Duncan and Jeff Asher from B.C. Towing spoke, with Duncan stating mudholes mentioned by Blake in April were caused by a Chevrolet Silverado, not a tow truck. Duncan also emphasized his driver living on Clearview was talked to. “You need to come out and see what’s been done,” Blake said. “They’re parking in front of a flower bed. These guys have no business in this town. They can’t fix the mess they made. The truck in the picture (Duncan showed) belongs to one of his employees. I don’t know what to do about it. I just heard his lies. “He parked on a water meter and broke it,” Blake added of Duncan’s employee. “They have absolutely no respect for nobody....

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To the Class of 2014

High school and college graduates, you’ll hear a lot of words at your ceremonies. Words about choice, duty, dreams and the lot. Above all, listen to the words in your heart. Be productive, be kind and be happy. You’ll be congratulated for navigating years of high school or college; you’ll be told that you are the future and that the future is in good hands because of you and your peers across the nation. There will be variations on the theme of becoming whatever you set your heart to; you will be told that you’re special and you live in America, the land of opportunity. Many of your peers want to be rich and famous. Not all of you will be famous and not all of you will be rich, let alone superrich. There is always the possibility you can be both; it’s all up to you. Fame and riches are not easily bestowed, both must be earned. If you want to be rich and famous you have taken the first step: getting an education. Millions of people live a life well worth examining without the benefit of renown or wealth. Lives without those two things can yet be bountiful if it includes the search for truth and beauty (scholasticism and art). One of man’s unalienable rights is the pursuit of happiness. There is more to happiness than the...

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