Day: November 6, 2015

Holland looking for help for concert

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Despite a setback Monday evening, Clint Holland is still moving forward with plans for a Dec. 13 Christmas concert at Keizer Civic Center. His request to the Keizer City Council for a waiver in use fees for city hall was denied by a 6-1 vote on Monday, so his request now is for businesses to help him offset the costs. “I’m still going to try and do it,” Holland said following Monday’s vote. “I’m trying to make it an annual event and want it to stay in Keizer.” Holland had brought up the idea during the Oct. 19 council meeting. While there was support expressed for the idea, there were concerns at the time about the city being asked to waive some fees. Those concerns were expressed again this week, starting when city manager Chris Eppley introduced the topic. Holland submitted a report with estimated income and expenses, with expenses estimated at $12,970 and income estimated at $9,350 including 300 tickets at $30 each. The expenses included city fees of $2,575; Eppley said the city fees would be $3,325 including a $1,500 refundable deposit. Eppley said councilors had four options: deny Holland’s request for discounts altogether, waive the deposit, further discount the rental rate of $1,600 or waive the rental rate altogether. However, he expressed concern over precedent being set with a discount....

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Celts draw defending state champs

BY ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes To advance to the second round of the Oregon football playoffs, the McNary High School varsity football team will have to unseat the OSAA 6A champs of the past two seasons. The 28th-ranked Celtics travel to meet fifth-ranked Central Catholic High School Friday, Nov. 6. Kickoff is 7 p.m. at Hillsboro Stadium. “We want to compete and play our best game. Nobody’s seen our best game yet this season and that is our best weapon,” said Celt Hayden Sader. To make an impact in the game, the Celtics will have to put together 48 minutes of offense, defense and special teams, said Jeff Auvinen, McNary head coach. “If we do that it helps our chances tremendously,” he said. The Rams have won seven straight games, but haven’t been the crushing offensive force of seasons past. The last time the two teams faced each other, in 2013, Central Catholic routed McNary 62-7. The Rams have thrived this season on defense. In its last seven wins, the team has held its opponents to 99 total points. The defensive line has had huge help from punter Owen White. Two weeks ago, White kicked a 47-yard field goal and five punts of more than 45 yards. “They’re a better defense than they are an offense so that means I’m going to have to get the ball...

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‘They won’t change on their own’

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Sometimes it starts with the prescription painkiller. Sometimes it is youth wanting to experiment. Sometimes it is curiosity about the old bottle sitting in the medical cabinet. Sgt. Bob Trump and Officer James Young with the Keizer Police Department’s Community Response Unit (CRU) know there are various ways people can get addicted to heroin. They also know it often doesn’t end well. According to stats provided by Cara Steele at the KPD, the most common drug-related charge in Keizer, by a wide margin, continues to be unlawful possession of methamphetamine. Last year, there were 69 charges in that category. A distant second was possession of less than one ounce of marijuana, with 35 charges. Unlawful possession of heroin was in third, with 15 charges last year. Numbers for meth have risen this year, as have the numbers for heroin. But Trump and Young both emphasize the stats don’t show the true number of heroin offenses or the true impact of damage caused by the highly addictive drug in this area. Chasing Dark is a continuing Keizertimes series looking at such an impact. “It’s hard to see the increase with stats,” Young said. “You can see a person clearly on meth or heroin, but there are no stats to back it up.” For example, consider how many people get addicted to opiates like heroin...

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Pay attention to the common man and woman

In his classic play, Death of a Salesman, one of Arthur Miller’s characters said of protagonist Willie Loman: “Attention must be paid to this man.” Years before that was written American composer Aaron Copeland wrote a piece called Fanfare for the Common Man. Our government and big business leaders would do well to heed thost messages in today’s topsy turvy world. Mulitple survey results from across the spectrum of sources show that the American household is generally unsettled about the nation, the world and their specific situaiton. There are people in the world who accomplish great things in science, business, politics and the arts. They are heralded for their achievements—prizes, acclaim, money. We hear about these men and women. Successful people have worked hard. They have experimented. They have practiced. They have failed many times.  It is important too for all of us to remember that they put their pants on one leg at a time just like the rest of us. The single parent juggling full time work and raising children, often with modicum of assistance, should also be applauded. Or, the middle class couple striving to put aside money for their kid’s education while assuring their children have educational and extra curricular opportunities. Or, the small business owner who must navigate the local and federal rules that regulate their operation, while trying to make a profit. Millions...

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CNBC does the impossible, unites crowded GOP field

By DEBRA J. SAUNDERS Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, had a standout moment early in last week’s Republican debate when he went after, not other Republicans, but the CNBC moderators, none of whom appeared to have “any intention of voting in a Republican primary.” CNBC’s Jim Cramer and Rick Santelli later asked questions a conservative would ask, but the event began with questions from moderators John Harwood, Becky Quick and Carl Quintanilla that reinforced Republicans’ belief that the network is in the Democrats’ pocket. Harwood launched the debate with a gotcha question for billionaire Donald Trump. Personally, I like gotcha questions—as long as they are good gotcha questions that home in on a candidate’s core contradictions. Many of the CNBC gotcha questions, however, were picked-over bones. Is Trump for real? What about his corporate bankruptcies? A good interviewer addresses old questions with an angle that invites a unique response. There was a clear bias in the language used by the CNBC Three. When Quick asked a question about the gender wage gap, she called it “our cause.” When Harwood asked Trump about deporting 11 million undocumented immigrants, Harwood did not refer to the fact that they are here illegally. Indeed, Harwood did not even refer to their immigration status. He simply noted Trump wanted to “send 11 million people out of the country.” This was a Republican primary debate, and maybe...

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