Day: September 22, 2014

Council moves forward on medical marijuana issue

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Some Keizer City Councilors feel the medical marijuana discussion is being dragged out too long. Other councilors feel the city is rushing into decisions that don’t – or shouldn’t – need to be made yet. For the second meeting in a row Monday, those wanting to move forward won on a 4-3 vote. That mirrored the vote on the topic during the Sept. 2 council meeting. With new state laws regarding medical marijuana facilities going into effect earlier this year, cities and counties around Oregon have been grappling with what to do in terms of local regulations. City Attorney Shannon Johnson has been fine tuning a city medical marijuana facility permit process, making changes based on feedback from councilors. Among other things, the ordinance calls for a 1,000 foot buffer from any publicly-owned property, a 1,500 buffer from any school, the permit having to be renewed annually and background checks being required. Councilor Dennis Koho led the group wanting to move forward on the ordinance on Monday, much as he did two weeks ago. Councilor Jim Taylor once again urged councilors to wait until seeing the results of a recreational marijuana ballot being voted on in November. Cathy Clark again sided with Taylor, while Marlene Quinn sided with Koho. “My position hasn’t changed on this, even after reading Measure 91 and seeing the...

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Boys soccer ranked fourth in state

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes It’s not often that two ties and a win will launch a team into the upper ranks of state rankings, but, if you’re on the McNary High School boys varsity soccer team when it happens, you’re not likely to forget the feeling anytime soon. “I’m insane over it,” said Garon Stanley, a McNary senior. “After the past three years when we were just terrible, it’s amazing to be here, now.” The meteoric rise is the result of tying Central High School on Tuesday, Sept. 9. At the time, Central was the third-ranked team in the state among 5A schools, and McNary battled them to a 0-0 stalemate. Looking beyond the score reveals that the Celtics had nine shots on goal to the Panthers’ six. Celt goalkeep Joel Benjamin stymied Central at every turn. A 1-1 tie with Ridgeview High School Sept. 2, the No. 2 team in 5A rankings, also contributed to the rise in ranking. “There’s still a lot of soccer left in the season, but we’ll take it,” said Miguel Camarena, McNary head coach. “The team is getting so much better as a soccer team. We haven’t done that in a long time, we are looking great defensively.” Outshining opponents on defense surprised even Stanley, who thought that would be a weak link in the team’s armor this season. “The...

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“Neverhome” by Laird Hunt

“Neverhome” by Laird Hunt c.2014, Little, Brown & Company $26.00 / $29.00 Canada 256 pages BOOK REVIEW by TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER You needed to take a stand. There was an injustice, a wrong that needed righting, and someone had to say something. That someone was you – and though you’re just one person, just a voice, the movement had to start somewhere.  And so you took a stand. Your two feet were planted and you had no regrets, but how did affect your life?  In the new book “Neverhome” by Laird Hunt, one big decision changed everything. Her mother called her “Constance.” That’s what her husband, Bartholomew, called her, too, until she told him that her new name would be Ash Thompson, and if anybody asked, she was from Darke County, Ohio, and not from a farm in Indiana. The farm had been in the family for a long time; it was hers the day she found her mother swinging from a rope by her neck, which was not long after Bartholomew handed her a zinnia in the field. Those were things she remembered often as she wrote letters home to him, missing him something fierce but he was a gentle soul, not made for fighting. She was a better shot than he, fleeter of foot, and much stronger, so putting on Bartholomew’s clothes and going off to defend the...

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The Big Toy castle?

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes If Rick Day has his way, the Big Toy play structure will get an extreme makeover before it’s even built. Day, owner of Advantage Precast in Keizer, talked about his proposal for the project during the Sept. 3 Community Build Task Force meeting. The play structure, originally scheduled to be built Sept. 17 to 21, is now planned to be built next June. For several months, project general coordinator Mark Caillier had mentioned Day wanted to contribute to the structure with an enhanced castle feature. Having not heard of a decision by CBTF members, Day came to the recent meeting to explain his vision. “Rick asked me a few weeks ago, then again a couple of weeks ago about our decision,” Caillier said. “We want to talk about what this castle could look like. With Rick, we were able to go into the yard and see things. We want to give the group an idea of what we’re talking about, since it would lead to a change in plans.” Day’s proposed castle feature would likely serve as the main entrance for the Big Toy, with an arch and a draw bridge in the center. Granite-style blocks, like the ones used for the Keizer Rotary Amphitheater at Keizer Rapids Park, would be used. The structure would be roughly 42 feet long, with sides measuring...

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