Day: January 26, 2015

MCFD1 tabs Henson replacement

A long-time employee of Marion County Fire District #1 has been selected as its new chief. The MCFD1 Fire Board announced Terry Riley as the new chief of the district at its meeting last week. Riley had served as interim chief since the departure of J. Kevin Henson last October. Riley’s appointment was effective immediately. Riley’s firefighting career began with Oregon Department of Forestry in 1989 and he has served in an officer capacity since 1991. He has served as a battalion chief at Applegate Fire District in Jacksonville, and as a division chief for Aumsville Fire District. His career with MCFD1 began in 2008 as the training captain after serving at DPSST for eight years; two years as the fire program manager and six years as a regional fire training coordinator. “Board members have met with all three groups of personnel – career, volunteer, and management staff – and the feedback was overwhelming that Chief Riley was the person supported for this position,” said Tom Marks, a director on the MCFD Fire board. Board President Bernie Otjen stated that he was “pleased that we could promote our next fire chief from within the organization. Chief Riley has proven himself as a leader during the last several months. I look forward to Chief Riley guiding MCFD1 into the future.” An official swearing in ceremony for Riley will be held...

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“Is There Life after Football? Surviving the NFL” by James A. Holstein, Richard S. Jones & George E. Koonce, Jr.

“Is There Life after Football? Surviving the NFL” by James A. Holstein, Richard S. Jones & George E. Koonce, Jr. c.2015, New York University Press $27.95 / higher in Canada 321 pages   BOOK REVIEW by TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER Your favorite player was out for most of the season. Last fall, he took a hit mid-pass and went down like a sack of rocks. They checked him over, took him off the field, and that was that. He hasn’t been back since. Every now and then, someone mentions him and you wonder how he’s doing, whether he’ll ever play again. In the new book “Is There Life after Football?” by James A. Holstein, Richard S. Jones & George E. Koonce, Jr., you’ll get a glimpse of a possible future. A helmet to the head, helmet to the chest, a cleat to the leg, and it’s big news: football is a brutal sport and we all know its potential career-ending effects. But what happens after the cheers go silent? To understand, we have to understand the backstory, too. Many little boys dream of playing football, of course, but the truth is that relatively few actually make it. The journey to the NFL starts with laser-focus on a dream, incessant practice, high school, then college. By that point, future NFLers have been convinced that they’re “special;” college perks underscore that notion. “Dreaming of a...

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Olys’ depth proves too much for Celtics

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The McNary High School girls varsity swimming team had a narrow miss in its meet with Sprague High School Thursday, Jan. 15. The Lady Celts posted relatively few winners in the 88-82 loss, but spread out enough talent in second and third placings to keep things close against a tough Oly team. Freshman Marissa Kuch continued her dominance in the girls sprints. She took first in the 50 free with a time of 25.53 and the 100 free in 56.83. Fellow freshman Sara Eckert won the 500 free for the team with a time of 5:56.06. Junior Kiana Briones won the 100 breaststroke in 1:21.52. On the other hand, the girls junior varsity team fared quite well as far as race wins. Ella Wells won the 100 free in 1:12.65; Chloe Lelack won the 100 butterfly in 1:26.29 and the 100 individual medley in 1:27.73; and senior Korie Chapin won the 100 breast in 1:47.63; The boys varsity team had a tough go of it with Sprague. The Olys won the boys’ side of the meet 110-58. The boys’ 58 points came from placing in a number of races rather than outright wins. Jared Kelson, Tanner Hughes, Evan Alger, Parker Dean, and Marcus Bracamonte all notched several points for their team. In junior varsity races, freshman Matthew Albright won the 50 free...

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Signal is coming to KTC

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Plans are moving forward for the Keizer Transit Center to look the way it was originally designed to. Steve Dickey, director of Transportation Development for Salem-Keizer Transit, said a new signal leaving the transit center in Keizer Station’s Area B should be done within the next year or so. Since the Keizer Transit Center opened in the summer of 2013, the only way to enter has been via a right turn off Keizer Station Boulevard, just north of the intersection of Lockhaven Drive NE and Chemawa Road NE. Similarly, the only exit is a right-hand turn onto Keizer Station Boulevard. That wasn’t the original idea. “This was included in the original master plan for Area B,” Dickey said of the signal. “It will also be an asset for businesses on the other side of Area B (bordering McLeod Lane) once that is developed. When (the city) did the Area B master plan a few years ago, a fully functioning intersection with a signal was part of that plan. It was just a question of when it would be done. “When the first construction estimates came in from the design team, they came in higher than the actual cost,” he added. “But since the estimates came in higher, we had to look at things to trim. That was one of the items we initially...

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