Month: November 2016

Local candidates talk Latino issues

Several candidates from around the region took part in a forum hosted by the Latino Business Alliance on Wednesday, Oct. 26. Republican gubernatorial candidate Bud Pierce joined Republican Rep. Jodi Hack, a candidate for House District 19; Republican Laura Morett and incumbent Democrat Rep. Paul Evans, candidates for House District 20; and House District 22 Republican candidate Patti Milne alongside Aubrey Mechling, campaign manager for Milne’s Democratic opponent Teresa Alonso Leon. Candidates were asked three questions and given two minutes to respond. Question: What our your thoughts on Measures 97 and how will it affect Latino small businesses? (Measure...

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Lady Celts shorthanded at Sherwood

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes McNary’s first trip to the girls soccer state playoffs since 2009 ended in the first round as the Lady Celts lost to No. 3 Sherwood 7-0 on Saturday, Oct. 29. MHS went into the game shorthanded, missing sophomore starters Natalie Gonzalez and Anita Lao, who were out with injuries. At Sherwood, the Lady Celts lost another sophomore player in the 15th minute as Katy Wyatt went down with a knee injury with the game tied 0-0. “Our game plan was working very well but it was dependent on a couple of people and one of them (Wyatt) went out,” McNary head coach A.J. Nash said. “We lost that necessary defensive player.” Sherwood went on to score three goals in the first 40 minutes. “I think we were a little nervous going in but the sentiment of the girls at halftime was they weren’t nearly as scary as we thought they might be,” Nash said. The Lady Bowmens, who entered the game 11-2-1 after winning the Three Rivers League, added four more goals in the second half. “I’ll tip my hat to Sherwood,” Nash said. “We got to play one of the best teams in the state. We were playing a team that was overwhelmingly seniors that had been playing together since they were 10. Even though the scoreline seems a little bit lopsided,...

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Keizer vet has new roof over her family’s heads

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes A Keizer veteran has a new roof this week thanks to the collective efforts of the Oregon Service Member & Family Support Office, Owens Corning Roofing and Pfeifer Roofing. “Seeing this roof happen, it kind of reminds you about the reasons behind the fight. You find amazing people along the way that remind you why you’re doing what you’re doing,” said Staff Sgt. Charleen Stancliff. Stancliff enlisted in 2005 and spent almost a year in Baghdad, Iraq, in 2009 before returning home where she continues to serve in an administrative capacity. “It’s not exciting in the same way that people think of the military, but it’s exciting to see people be successful in their military careers or getting awards because of the work I do,” Stancliff said. Earlier this year, Stancliff made an appointment to talk about an estimate for a new roof when a door-to-door salesman knocked. The initial estimate came in at $35,000, but after a six-hour visit, a sales representative got it down to about $20,000 with no down payment. Stancliff spent the next day talking about it with friends and decided to cancel the contract when she got off work. As she was leaving for the day, she encountered another friend who told her talk to the Oregon Service Member & Family Support Office. “We do many different...

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Claggett wins as future Celtics on display

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes Playing under the lights at McNary High School, the varsity football game between Claggett Creek and Whiteaker middle schools was back-and-forth for much of the first half. But then Claggett Creek running back Ethan Martin busted it wide open. Martin had three touchdowns in the game, including one as time expired in the first half, to lead the Panthers to a 66-20 victory over their Keizer rival on Wednesday, Nov. 2. CCMS never trailed, scoring its first touchdown on a 49-yard pass from quarterback Jack McCarty to Elijha Devoursney. The Panthers failed to convert the two-point attempt but led 6-0 with 2:49 remaining in the first quarter. Whiteaker only needed one snap to answer with a big play of its own as Ian Martin connected with Rian Canini for a 68-yard touchdown. The Wolverines too missed their two-point try. Claggett Creek marched back down the field and on the 10th play of a 57-yard drive, Dyami Rios powered his way into the end zone from the 1-yard line. Rios also converted the two-point attempt to give the Panthers a 14-6 lead early in the second quarter. CCMS then recovered an inadvertent onside kick and on the first offensive play from scrimmage Ethan Martin took a sweep to the right, then reversed field, stiff-armed a defender and sprinted 51 yards down the left sideline to...

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Celtics to open playoffs at Tigard

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes On film, McNary will open the OSAA football state playoffs on Friday, Nov. 4 against a Tigard team that’s as good as anyone the Celtics have played this season. “I think they are more talented and play harder than probably anybody in our league,” McNary head coach Jeff Auvinen said of the Tigers, who on Oct. 7 were tied with No. 1 West Linn 14-14 before the Lions scored the game-winning touchdown in the final minute. Tigard’s only other loss was to No. 9 Sherwood the following week, 35-20. The Bowmens made it to the state semifinals last season. “It shows that they (Tigard) can play but we just need to worry about ourselves,” Auvinen said. “If we take care of ourselves, good things are going to happen. The way we’re playing right now, if we play really well, we’ll be fine against anybody. If we don’t play well, we’ll be in trouble. It’s that way every week in the playoffs.” McNary quarterback Josiah Gilbert agrees with his coach. “We’ve just got to be us,” he said. “Last year (in the playoffs) I feel like we tried to do too much. We know who we are. We have our identity and we’ve just got to stick with it and play hard.” The Celtics have lost in the first round of the playoffs each...

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