Day: March 27, 2015

Keizer teen brings home heavy metal

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes When Tony Castaneda made the choice to pursue wrestling instead of soccer, his father was a bit disappointed. “Soccer was my sport and I felt like I had a lot I could teach him,” said Richard, Tony’s father. As of this month, there is little doubt Tony made the right decision. On March 14, the 13-year-old won the Oregon Middle School State Tournament. In February, he took second in the OWA Kids State Folksyle Tournament and won the Rumble in Reno Feb. 28. The Rumble earned him the biggest prize, a pro-wrestling-style belt. “I went up to the table figuring I’d get a trophy and they handed me a belt. It was really cool,” said Tony, an 102-pounder. The match that won Tony the belt was actually a rematch with Nevada’s Beau Chacon. Beau had beaten Tony for third place in the same tournament last year. “I knew I could do it last year, but the coaches got into it and there was a lot of that going on,” Tony said. “This year, we were 5-5 in the third round and he is really good at escaping. I did a roll and caught him with a near-fall that put me ahead.” He won the match – and the title – 10-5. A little over a week later, Tony took second in the...

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Lady Celts start 3-1

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes McNary High School’s girls varsity softball team is off to a roaring start for the second time in two years. The girls are 3-1 after four preseason contests. The Lady Celts started the season with a 12-0 win over Grant High School Monday, March 16. McNary already had a 5-0 lead when it unleashed a seven-run sixth inning on the Generals. Senior Megan Ulrey pitched a complete game allowing one hit with seven strikeouts. At the plate, Kiana Villarreal went 3-for-4 with a double, a triple, four RBIs and two runs scored. Madison Oliver also had a triple in the outing. Two days later, the Keizer team edged Silverton High School’s Lady Foxes 1-0. McNary’s only run came in the sixth inning when Emma Kinler brought home Ulrey on a single. McNary stranded eight runners in the game. On Friday, March 20, the Celtics beat Jesuit High School 3-2 in a steady rain. Jesuit rallied for two runs in the sixth inning, but couldn’t overcome the Celtics’ 3-0 lead. Kinsey McNaught was the only batter with more than one hit and went 2-for-3. Villarreal had a double. McNary’s first loss came Monday, March 23, to West Linn High School, but it wasn’t for lack of offense. The final score was 15-14 Lions. After the Celts ran up a 4-0 lead in the...

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Bicyclist recovering after hit

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Keizer’s John Henry Maurice had plans to compete in some bicycle competitions this summer. Those plans appear to be on hold for now, as the main emphasis for the 59-year-old is recovery. As a result, longtime friend Carolyn Homan could be making changes to her usual Friday plans. Maurice was riding his 30-speed road bike near Antelope in Central Oregon on the evening of March 14 when he was struck by a drunk driver. According to a report from the Oregon State Police, 56-year-old Melissa Brooke Herz was driving a 2007 Toyota Tundra and pulling a trailer westbound on Highway 218 in Wasco County when the right side of her pickup hit Maurice. Herz left the scene and later stopped on Highway 97. A trooper noticed a mirror was broken off and later saw a mirror at the crash scene. Herz was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of intoxicants, failure to perform the duties of a driver, reckless driving and second-degree assault. Maurice, meanwhile, was taken to St. Charles Madras and later flown to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend. His wife, Joanne Heilinger, has traveled to Bend to be with him three times since the accident, mostly around her work schedule at the Salem Kroc Center. Heilinger said the injuries have included four broken ribs on the left side,...

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Three men changing education

If Chuck Lee and John Honey get students as excited about the Career Technical Education Center (CTEC) as adults, the facility will surpass all expectations. The Career Technical Education Center—long a dream of the Salem-Keizer School District—is scheduled to open this fall on Portland Road. Budget cuts of more than $120 million a few years ago put the kabosh on the district moving forward. It took the zeal and vision of Larry Tokarski’s Mountain West Investment Corp. to provide $7 million to make the center a reality. Lee and Honey have been making presentations around Keizer and Salem to talk about the vision and creation of CTEC. It is hard not to be infected by their excitement and enthusiasm. The CTEC will prepare students for high-skill, high-wage jobs that will be in high demand as millions of Baby Boomers start to retire from positions in the trades such as mechanics, plumbing, construction, electrical and the like. Accepted students will remain enrolled at their resident high schools; they will take advanced electives as well as math and English at CTEC. The first classes will begin this fall.  The goal is enroll up to 200 students, with an eventual student body of 1,000 within five years. The first class will find a large remodeled facility. Students will have access to transportation from their own high schools to CTEC. They will also...

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Too many bills

From The Capitol By REP. BILL POST Things are moving quickly here in the legislature these days. One short check of the Oregon Legislative Information System (OLIS) where you can see every bill, where they are and everything on committees and floor sessions and you will find some of the craziest ideas you can possibly imagine. Everything from fines for large gatherings in the forests, to banning “Sharia law” in Oregon, to “animal porn,” to….well, you get it. It seems when one gets elected, one is supposed to write all kinds of bills. I just don’t get this burning desire to create more laws. They may have the best of intentions but it’s just more laws. I want to cut government restrictions and red tape and chip away at the already-too-numerous laws we have now. One bill I did introduce, HB 2969,  is a bill to help out small businesses across the state. Last week it was voted unanimously out of committee and hopefully will be voted on in the House soon. So let’s take a look at a hot topic issue from the last couple weeks. Education: The amount of emails I get overall is pretty high and I answer them all, but education is by far the topic I hear the most about. The word on the street is that the legislature is “cutting the K-12 budget.” ...

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