Month: October 2014

Winning record on line in Oly game

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes  To end the regular season with a winning record, the McNary High School varsity football team will have to snap a two-game losing slide and upset the Sprague Olympians on the road Friday, Oct. 31. The Olys are on a two-game winning streak that included a non-league 16-15 squeaker against Grant High School, and a 48-28 win over North Salem High School last week. Sprague fell to the two league-leading teams, South Salem and West Salem high schools, earlier in the season, but got a win over West Albany High School in early September putting them a game ahead of the Celts in the standing with a 5-2 record. McNary (4-3) lost its match with the Bulldogs in overtime. Oly senior running back Matt Kleinman was a major component in Sprague’s win over North Salem. He carried the ball 29 times for a total of 347 yards and four touchdowns. Two of Kleinman’s scores came in the first four drives of the game and the Olys went into halftime with a lead of 28-14 despite running a quarter of North’s 47 offensive plays. Two weeks ago, Oly starting quarterback Austin Brown, who is battling an elbow injury, voluntarily stepped aside and handed the role off to sophomore Justin Culpepper. Brown moved into a receiver role and has caught four touchdown passes from...

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Area C proposal shown

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Representatives for two companies hoping to build separate facilities in Keizer Station Area C are pooling resources to put in necessary infrastructure. Such infrastructure would improve traffic flow and benefit possible future development. However, both representatives made it clear their companies have no interest in developing the commercial part of Area C. That part has caused plenty of controversy in the past, as plans at one point called for a 116,000 square foot retail space. Instead, Brian Moore from Mountain West Investment Corporation and Ben Settecase from Bonaventure Senior Living talked about their proposals during a meeting with neighbors Tuesday evening at Keizer Christian Church. The meeting drew about 30 people. As mentioned last week in the Keizertimes, Mountain West plans to put in 180 apartments along an expanded McLeod Lane. The apartments would be on both sides of the road, with some adjacent to the 154-unit Bonaventure facility. The senior living community would be an amendment to the Area C master plan amended in 2012 by the Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA). The current plan calls for a medical office, which would have to be changed to allow for the senior living facility. Settecase, director of Development for Bonaventure, noted his company has developed 40 senior living communities in six western states over the last 15 years. One such facility, on...

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Mark your ballot

It could not be easier for citizens to vote in Oregon elections. The ballots come in the mail to registered voters. The ballots can be returned through the mail or dropped off at convienent ballot sites outside the Keizer Civic Center (you don’t even have to get out of your vehicle) and at the U.S. Bank branch on River Road. The only way to make voting easier is via the Internet, but there are security and privacy issues with that type of voting. As with every state-wide election there are important issues and candidates on the ballot this year. Politics is not a pretty business but that is no reason not to exercise one’s right to cast a vote and be part of the democratic process that has been part of this nation for more than 200 years. Those who think their vote doesn’t matter need only be reminded of the races that have been won by razor thin margins across the country. Every vote does count. It is rare that one side or the other in an election has won by one single vote, but some elections have been won by less than 500 votes out of millions cast. Oregon voters will be electing a governor, U.S. Senator, U.S. Representatives, state legislators and hundreds of local officials. They will also vote yes or no on issues that will...

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Increases under two percent?

To the Editor: The news recently was that there would be a 1.7 percent increase in the Social Security cost of living soon. It was noted that the increase would be the third time in a row that the increase would be below 2 percent. The news given was that the inflation rate has also been very low at 2-3 percent, implying good news. The reason the inflation rate is reported so low is because the U.S. government years ago took increases in the price of food and energy out of thevinflationary index.  As you know, the cost of food and energy the last several years has been through the roof.  Food prices are up almost every time you go to the grocery store, gasoline prices have been close to $4 a gallon for the last few years and more occasionally.  The price has just recently gone down to the point where you think paying $3 a gallon is a great deal. So without the increases in the costs for food and energy, the U.S. government is able to report a low inflationary index and misrepresent the cost of living to you.  Then with a low inflationary rate reported they can pay a 1.7 percent increase for Social Security.  The actual inflationary rate is more like 12 -13 percent.  The U.S. government executive branch and your members of Congress,...

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Support for Bill Post

To the Editor: I want to encourage residents in House District 25 to cast your vote for Bill Post. Bill has been serving our community in numerous ways for many years. I’ve known Bill personally for almost 15 years. Back when our sons were going through Little League baseball, I had the opportunity to watch Bill sharing the sport he loves with many of the youth in Keizer both as the opposing coach of my son’s team and as my son’s coach. He treated you with the same friendliness and respect whether you were on his or the opposing team. Then we got to enjoy his play by play talent as the announcer for the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes for a few seasons.  Those of you who have been listening to his radio show (now on the internet) for the past few years have been kept informed on what is going good and bad in Oregon politics. He’s never been afraid to ask the tough questions on any topic or to any elected official. You have also learned who Bill Post is, what he believes and that he truly cares about the folks in our community and beyond. He won’t change those beliefs every time the wind shifts direction like many career politicians seem to do, or his political affiliation in an attempt to get a few more votes. Rick Melhorn...

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