Day: August 28, 2014

Fun, family come first for new girls soccer coach

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes AJ Nash’s primary goal as first-year head coach of the McNary High School girls soccer program is to foster a family atmosphere. If the first day of practice was any indication, the Lady Celts might make his job easy. “Today, we had a senior transfer student come out for the team. She fell behind in our run and two of the returning varsity players ran back a quarter of a mile to meet her and run with her the entire time until she caught up with the team,” Nash said. “It was awesome to see what it did for the three that did it, and for the team. They didn’t know who she was when they got here, but they do now.” As tryouts progressed this week, Nash planned on weighing displays of character as a quarter of the overall factors in judging who will make the teams, but he said it will be even more of an element as the season unfurls. “I want to listen to the assistant coaches and listen to the girls and allow them to make this program as fun as they want to make it. If we can have the reputation of having the most fun extra-curricular program, I think it will translate into wins on the field,” he said. Nash takes over the program from...

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More than 6,000 lose power

An accident led to the loss of power for a number of Keizer residents in the early morning hours Thursday, Aug. 28. According to a statement from Salem Electric, at 12:03 a.m. on Aug. 28 a car hit a transmission pole in the Salem area. That led to the Bonneville Power Administration de-energizing the transmission line feeding the Read and Alumina substations. Early numbers showed 6,772 Salem Electric customers in the Keizer area were impacted by the outage. The load was transferred to West Salem substations. Power was restored to all customers by 1:20...

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Cherriots moving forward with new outreach effort

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes No, there aren’t plans to add Saturday transit service back. Salem-Keizer Transit has been holding open houses recently as part of its Moving Forward initiative, a project designed to increase frequency on busy bus routes, establish consistent frequency and reduce coverage in low-ridership areas. One such open house was held Tuesday afternoon in the Keizer Civic Center lobby. Outreach events continue though the end of September; a list of the events can be found at The main emphasis of Moving Forward is to look at the first phase of proposed changes, which could be implemented next June. Adding weekend, holiday or extended evening service times would be in future phases. Jared Choc, Planning and Technology manager at Cherriots, noted the weekend question is a common one at outreach events. “Everyone tells us they want weekend service,” Choc said. “We have a proposal for that. This is preplanning for what Saturday service could be. We’re trying to do more with the resources we have.” Sadie Carney, director of Community Relations at Cherriots, said transit consultants did a bus service analysis which included surveys, polls and workshops. That led to the recommended changes being suggested in the outreach events. “Feedback will go to our planning staff,” Carney said. “Planning staff will come to us with a plan in February.” The Cherriots board is expected...

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