Day: February 26, 2016

Kuch takes fifth in state 100 free

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes After setting two Greater Valley Conference records two weeks ago, McNary High School’s Marissa Kuch claimed top 10 finishes at the state meet Feb. 19 and 20. “Friday wasn’t the best day of racing for me, but I improved from sixth to fifth in the 100 free,” said Kuch, a sophomore. Kuch swam the 100 free in 24.96 seconds and finished eighth in the 200 free with a time of 26.15. Kuch actually had a better time in the 200 free than several of the higher-placing finishers, but she was relegated to the B Final after her tough day on Friday. “The best part was swimming with a bunch of amazing girls in the A Finals of the 100 free. I know a lot of them from club swimming,” Kuch said. Kuch swims competitively year-round and started at age 6. “When I was little, my grandparents in California had a pool and I always wanted to get in it and never get out,” she said. At the beginning of her second season with McNary, she had two goals: claim a school record and repeat as a district champ. “The school records are really hard to get, but I got the 500 free record and then the district meet went really well,” Kuch said. Kuch won the district title in the 200 freestyle...

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Two wrestlers, zero excuses

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Two former wrestlers with similarly unique challenges visited Keizer schools last week delivering messages of inspiration. Anthony Robles, who won the 2011 national NCAA wrestling title at 125 pounds, visited McNary High School Wednesday, Feb. 17. Keizer’s own Kacey McCallister, a wrestling standout at McNary who ended his career with a second place finish at the state tournament, visited Whiteaker Middle School Friday, Feb. 19. Robles was born with only one leg, McCallister lost both of his when he was struck by a semi truck at age 6. Both wrestlers credited their parents for setting the standards by which they would learn to live their lives. “(My mom) raised me thinking that missing a leg wasn’t going to be an excuse, it was a challenge,” said Robles. After the accident, McCallister’s parents were told by doctors to let him figure things out for himself. If it meant figuring out a way to scale the cabinets to get a box of cereal, so be it. “I had to figure out how to be awesome,” McCallister said. “The next summer I was playing t-ball. I would hit the ball and my dad would push me in the wheelchair, but he would run like he was the one playing. There were kids dodging me and trying to tag me out at the same time.” McCallister...

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Teens hurt in Windsor Island Road crash

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Two 17-year-old boys from Salem were injured in a one-vehicle crash last Friday afternoon, Feb. 19. Keven Potts, who had just turned 17 the day before, was driving a 1992 Toyota Camry when he struck a large tree along the road on the 5900 block of Windsor Island Road North shortly after 3 p.m. Potts’ passenger, Connor Campbell, had serious injuries and underwent surgery at Salem Hospital. Potts had serious but non-life threatening injuries, according to the Keizer Police Department. According to Facebook pages, both boys attend West Salem High School. Mark Glyzewski, public relations consultant for the hospital, said on Tuesday afternoon Campbell had been updated to fair condition. Potts was released from the hospital on Saturday. Potts’ mother, Theresa, posted on Facebook Tuesday afternoon her son had a broken arm, a concussion and staples in his scalp, while Campbell was still recovering from surgery but was in good spirits. Jeff Kuhns, deputy chief with the KPD, said it was a one-vehicle accident with the cause still under investigation as of Tuesday afternoon. The Marion County CRASH Team responded to the scene. KPD officers were assisted by the Oregon State Police and the Marion County Sheriff’s Office. There was rain off and on Feb. 19, but it’s not clear if it was raining at the crash scene at the time. Windsor Island...

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Privacy vs. security

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is ordering Apple to break into the cell phone of the San Bernandino shooters to get what could be vital information. The information that is now locked away inside that iPhone could reveal important data that would help authorities get a clearer understanding of the movements and contacts of Syed Rizwan Farook and his wife Tashfeen Malik. The couple killed 14 people and injured 22 others in December. Apple CEO Tim Cook has said that hacking into that phone would set a dangerous precedent involving issues of privacy rights. The situation has drawn battle lines between those who say that citizens privacy rights are paramount against those who say that hacking one cell phone in the battle against terror is not the first step on a slippery slope of widespread and random hacking of phones of American citizens. If pressed, most people would say that the number one job of the U.S. government is to protect Americans.  For a government that has gathered billions of phone messages after Sept. 11 as well as surveil communications from around the globe, hacking into the phone of a terrorist would seem to be child’s play. In a world in danger from lone wolf terrorists and terrorist organizations, any weapon that allows us to get in front of any terrorist threat—foreign or domestic—should be used. There should be...

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Short session plus one party control

From the Capitol By BILL POST If you have been following this “short” legislative session in the news over the past few weeks, you may have seen conflicting reports on what has transpired. I can tell you one thing, the pace of this session is incredible and even longtime legislators, lobbyists and staff in the building have said so. I am honored to represent you in the legislature, but I have grave reservations about what is happening here. In 2010, the people of Oregon voted to approve the legislature’s suggestion to have “short sessions.” Both in the ballot explanation as well as in the resolution that formed the ballot measure, it is clear that the purpose of the short session was to deal with emergencies in the budget and any other fixes needed to previously passed legislation. As you can see, that’s not what has been happening here, as we are voting on very complicated and controversial bills. In spite of all that, I want to tell you how proud I am of Keizer. I can’t tell you how many Keizer residents have come down here to the Capitol multiple times, to share their thoughts and opinions on these important topics. Business owners have come down to explain how the proposed minimum wage increase will impact their businesses, farmers have testified about seed regulations and how minimum wage will...

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