Month: October 2015

KFD levy is needed

To the Editor: On behalf of the Keizer Volunteer Firefighters Association members, we the KVFA board are writing to support the Keizer Fire 2015 Equipment Bond measure.  In addition to our regular jobs, we volunteer as firefighters.  We are well-trained and volunteer regularly so that we are able to respond quickly and effectively when there is an emergency.  We can’t do that, however, without reliable equipment. The Keizer Fire District was started by volunteers and continues to use them today as one way to save tax payers’ money.  We would like to urge the citizens of Keizer to help us help you by voting yes for the bond measure for emergency equipment. Keizer Volunteer Firefighters Association President – Bill Herring Vice President – Dale Slater Treasurer – Samantha Howell Secretary – Tony Ling At Large Member – Jason...

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One grocery store?

To the Editor: How can a town of over 35,000 have only one major supermarket?  Talk about a monopoly.  I hope the Chamber of Commerce can come up with something so that we don’t have to go over to Commercial to do our grocery shopping if we want a choice. Marge Willson...

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McNary crumbles under Saxon offense

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes After a rousing start, the McNary High School varsity football team had its will broken by the end of the third quarter en route to a 56-12 loss against the South Salem High School Saxons. The Saxons rode eight unanswered touhdowns to victory beginning in the second half game Friday, Oct. 23, while McNary’s team faded visibly with each ensuing touchdown. While the final score tells one part of the tale, the Keizer team started the game looking ready to upset the Greater Valley Conference-leading South Salem. “We kept them off balance in the first half by throwing on time and holding our blocks and then, all of a sudden, we stopped,” said Jeff Auvinen, McNary head coach. “We stopped blocking, we stopped throwing on time and we stopped catching the ball.” After an unsuccessful first drive, McNary contained the South offense on their first possession and Celt Hayden Sader ended a three-and-out drive with a big tackle. On their next possession, McNary pounded out a 64-yard, 11-play drive with key rushes from quarterback Trent Van Cleave, and running backs Brady Sparks and Kyle Aicher. It ended with an eight-yard touchdown pass from Van Cleave to Matt Aguilar and a 6-0 lead. “We moved the ball well and the defense did our job. We surprised them right out of the gate and...

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Rep. Schrader: Congress isn’t as bad as portrayed

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes The way U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader sees it, Congress isn’t quite as dysfunctional as you may think. Schrader, the Democrat from Canby serving his fourth term in Congress after first being elected in 2008, also praised ousted House of Representatives speaker John Boehner during a Keizer Chamber of Commerce luncheon Oct. 13 at the Keizer Quality Suites. “It’s not been as bad as the media portrays it to be,” Schrader said. “We’re not getting everything done, but there’s a lot more productive stuff going on that the media doesn’t tell you about. Boehner has gone out of his way to bring bills to the floor moderate Democrats like me can vote for. He’s made a real effort to make it more bipartisan. That’s been seen with regulatory changes for businesses and supporting energy projects. That’s a good thing.” Schrader, part of the No Labels group in Washington D.C., feels the spirit of working together is present. “There is pent-up demand in the rank-and-file to work together,” he said. “Take the funding of the Homeland Security. We got caught up in philosophical debate about immigration. The bill was in danger. It needs to be done. The speaker reached out to Nancy Pelosi and we were able to pass a bipartisan Homeland Security bill.” Schrader, now serving on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, has...

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