Day: September 11, 2015

Wildcats up next

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes McNary High School junior Kolby Barker thought the Celtics could have come out stronger in their first game last week. He wants to see that change with this week’s game at Westview High School. “We were a little bit nervous. That was part of it, but we need to be more prepared for our next game,” Barker said. “We watched some film and (Westview) seems to be pass heavy. We had pass pretty well locked down against North, but then we still had some mistakes. We have to contain a bit better.” The Celtics beat North Salem High School, 34-21, in their first game. Westview lost their first game of the season in a squeaker to Springfield High School, 26-23. While Brad Emmert, McNary offensive coordinator, was happy to rely on the running game when it was successful against North, he’s hoping for a little diversity in plays when McNary meets Westview. “I want to see us throw for 150 yards or 200 yards. Our goal is to be 50/50 in the run/pass and we weren’t even close to that last week,” Emmert said. “Their defense is a little more familiar to us and I think we’ll get the ball to more players in a lot of different ways. Brendan Van Voorhis and Matt Aguilar will get the ball more frequently, and...

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Volcanoes end season in playoffs

By HERB SWETT For the Keizertimes A 3-3 September record for Salem-Keizer ended the Volcanoes’ regular season before they split two games with Hillsboro in the Southern Division title series. The rubber game was played Wednesday after press time and the Salem-Keizer team lost 6-5 in 13 innings. Playoffs – Monday:  Volcanoes 4, Hillsboro 2 The Volcanoes, in their first of a three-game Southern Division series with the Hops, made the most of their six hits to Hillsboro’s nine and fielded a bit better than their guests to win by two runs. Salem-Keizer scored the first run in the first inning. Hillsboro tied the score in the second and led briefly with a run in the fourth. The Volcanoes scored twice in the bottom of the fourth and added the final run of the game in the fifth. Starting pitcher Mike Connolly, who went six innings to get the win, scattered nine hits, and struck out five with only one walk, pitching himself out of jams in the third, fourth, fifth and sixth innings. Caleb Smith pitched the next two innings, earning a hold, and Ryan Halstead pitched the ninth for a save. Ronnie Jebavy singled in the first, reached third on an error and scored on a sacrifice fly by Miguel Gomez. In the Hillsboro second, Luis Veras singled, went to second on a ground out and scored on...

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Moving our traffic

Anyone who has ever had their house remodeled understands that you have to live through the mess of tearing apart and building anew. It is just part of the process. City streets are no different. To have the clear, smooth roads we want the public needs to accept that means delays and detours. It is the price to pay. Keizer city streets are getting upgrades and make-overs. That is good for everyone. Drivers who fume now about having to wait in a queue during roadwork will be thankful once the project is completed. Many people bemoaned the long reconstruction of Chemawa Road between River Road and Keizer Rapids Park last year. There were delays, traffic stops and bumpy drives. The project added sidewalks and bioswales. Today drivers travel a wide street that is safe for bicyclists and pedestrians, especially going into and out of McNary High School. The pain of the construction project was well worth it. This week Wheatland Road is getting repaved. Sure, the project might cause delays for residents in that area, but once completed people who live on either side of Wheatland will have a repaved, cleanly marked arterial. Preparation work for the traffic round-about at Chemawa Road and Verda Lane causes delays and long lines—to be fair there are long lines going east and west during the rush hour. This initial work is child’s...

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Constitutional privacy?

To the Editor: American colonists fought, sacrificed, and died to establish and preserve the freedoms now guaranteed to us by the Constitution of the United States. The right to privacy has come to the public’s attention through various controversial Supreme Court rulings. Privacy is not specifically mentioned in the Constitution, but over the years the Supreme Court has made decisions that have established that the right to privacy is a basic human right and as such is protected by virtue of the 9th Amendment.  Study the Constitution, know your rights, and know what it says and does not say.  This information was provided by the Anna Maria Pittman Chapter in Keizer, Oregon, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution. Ruby...

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Everyone suffers from food fight

To the Editor: Regarding Food fight escalates (Keizertimes, Sept. 4): It’s hard to know which corporation to believe: Haggan or Albertsons. I do know the promised lower—or same—prices never materialized much to the surprise of the customers and the employees of Haggen. It seems Albertsons has more to gain as it owns the lone grocery store in Keizer (Safeway) which already had long waits in line. What is not noted in the article is how this will also effect the local small businesses. Will Creekside Shopping Center now become another Schoolhouse without it’s “anchor”? I do hope it is filled soon, either Roth’s, Trader Joe’s or WinCo would be welcome. However, when Albertsons sold this particular store it also included the building, and shopping center parking lot which is co-owned by another party. So how will it all affect gaining new tenants? I really hope it dosen’t. There are already too many empty spaces in this town. Tony Grove...

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