Day: June 27, 2014

No more Honey at MHS

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes With 30 years experience as a teacher and administrator, there’s not a whole lot that keeps John Honey up at night when it comes to the day-to-day operations of a high school. That’s changed in recent weeks knowing he’s to become the planning principal for Salem-Keizer’s new Career Technical Education School. “It’s rejuvenating a bit. I love and enjoy the community and students at McNary, but there’s not a whole lot that’s surprising. I don’t lie awake and wonder what will happen tomorrow here, but with this new opportunity, I’m already lying awake at night coming up with questions we haven’t asked yet,” Honey said. The CTE school will be tasked to work with local industry representatives to graduate students prepared for high-demand, high-wage jobs. Honey was reassigned from North Salem High School to McNary in 2010 and will continue as McNary’s principal through the first semester of the 2014-15 school year when his replacement will take the reins. He’ll continue working from an office at McNary on the CTE planning at least through the end of the school year. “Our assistant principal Sue Smith retired this year, so the plan is to replace her with an associate principal who will move into my office when I transition out. Then, the district will hire a new assistant principal,” Honey said. The plan...

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Volcanoes in third after see-saw week

By HERB SWETT For the Keizertimes June 18: Volcanoes 8, Hillsboro 6 Salem-Keizer overcame a 5-2 Hillsboro lead to spoil the Hops’ home opener and even its record at 3-3. Trailing by three runs after four innings, the Volcanoes scored three runs in the fifth, one in the sixth and two in the seventh. After a rough pitching start by Drew Leenhouts, Cameron McVey struck out seven in 3-2/3 innings, and Eury Sanchez pitched two innings to get his second win. Ian Gardeck had his first save. John Pedrotty was the losing pitcher in relief. The Volcanoes got their fifth-inning runs on two singles, a double, a stolen base and an error. Travious Relaford and Geno Escalante drove in two hits each for the Volcanoes, and Leo Rojas and Shilo McCall had two hits apiece. June 19: Hillsboro 4, Volcanoes 3 This was close all the way, with Hillsboro starter Ryan Doran striking out seven in his 5-2/3 innings and getting the win. Salem-Keizer never led except for scoring the first run of the game before the Hops batted. Tyler Hollick doubled and scored on a single by Relaford. Volcanoes starter Jose Reyes was the losing pitcher, with Kirk Singer and Armando Paniagua pitching scoreless innings in relief. June 20: Hillsboro 2, Volcanoes 1 The Hops’ Elvin Soto singled Justin Gonzalez home in the bottom of the ninth inning...

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Last lap for Keizer pool

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Like the Ford Mustang, the Palma Ciea Swim Club in Keizer has turned 50 years old this year. But whereas the Mustang is having an extended anniversary celebration, that’s not the case with the Keizer pool. The Palma Ciea Swim Club is closed and is currently for sale. Beth Thorndike, president of the pool at 900 Chemawa Road North, took over the pool three years ago but put it on the market last month. “The pool does not support itself financially,” Thorndike said. “There are not enough members and we didn’t get enough the last two years. It was being run poorly when I stepped in. They were losing money. The finances of the pool aren’t good and we weren’t able to generate the business.” Thorndike said anyone could take swimming lessons at the pool, with members getting discounts. “It was significantly less expensive than the Courthouse (Athletic Club in Salem),” she said. “Our instructors were every bit as good. Swim lessons paid for themselves. We made money on swim lessons last year. We also had a swim team, which has always paid for itself.” The problem, according to Thorndike, was not enough financial support outside of those two entities. “There was a core of about 20 to 25 people who stayed with the pool,” she said. “The year I came on (2011),...

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At long last, finish Chemawa

It is time for the city of Keizer to get tough with the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) regarding the completiton of the Chemawa Road project that is, yet again, on hold due to utilities. The discovery of unknown utility infrastructure is the cause of the lastest work stoppage. The neighbors and users of Chemawa Road deserve better. ODOT, in charge of the $3.5 million project, had to stop work earlier this year after unknown utilities were discovered. The project can not proceed until those are relocated. Until that happens Chemawa Road proves to be an obstacle course for pedestrians and bicyclists and an eyesore for the homeowners affected by the deep trenches and gravel driveway entrances. It is hard to fathom how a state agency and its contractors can be stymied by utility wires and pipes. The private sector is implored to call 8-1-1 before their dig on their property. A call to that number lets a property owner know where existing utility wires and pipes are located so they are not disturbed or damaged if they want to dig. How could the contractors not follow this simple task? The city is at the mercy of the contractor and the companies that need to relocate their hardware. The  city’s public works department should not accept this state of affairs and demand that ODOT to complete the project, which...

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