Day: December 9, 2016

Celtics torch Grants Pass, Oregon City

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes Before the season, McNary boys basketball coach Ryan Kirch said, “Scoring won’t be an issue for us.” That wasn’t just coach speak. After blowing out Grants Pass 81-34 on the road Friday, Dec. 2, the Celtics throttled Oregon City 85-54  at home on Tuesday, Dec. 6 to start the season 2-0. “A lot of our guys can really shoot the ball so we’re tough to guard,” Kirch said. “When we give up a good pass knowing it may not be my night, I may get two (points) tonight and 18 tomorrow, that’s just...

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Council changes mind, absorbs some parade fees

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes In its previous meeting, the Keizer City Council turned down a request by the Keizer Chamber to waive public works fees for the upcoming Holiday Lights Parade. On Monday, Dec. 5, the city council reversed course and voted 6-1 to absorb $1,300 for barricades and staff time by the Keizer Public Works Department to put them up. Marlene Parsons, who was one of two councilors to change their vote along with Kim Freeman as well as Mayor Cathy Clark, brought up the issue to the council. All three cited more time to research the issue and the fact that the $1,300 would come out of public works and not the general fund, as reasons for changing their minds. “This doesn’t impact our general fund,” Freeman said. “Just with some more research I changed my mind. We’ve done it in the past with the other venue that did the parade before. We waived those fees. We really want this event here so if we can help them. I know they decided to do this at the last minute.” After more thought, Clark determined the parade was a correct use of public works funds. “I wanted to be absolutely certain that was going to be appropriate use and needed some time to go back and think about it,” she said. “I want to be very careful...

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Parade returns Saturday

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The Keizer Holiday Lights Parade, for the first time being run by the Keizer Chamber of Commerce, comes to Keizer at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10. “I think there was some uncertainty as to whether we’d be able to pull it off, but I feel like it’s already a success,” said Danielle Bethell, executive director of the Keizer Chamber of Commerce. “Our whole board of directors became very invested in the parade and took of different aspects of it. The fact that it’s happening makes it a success.” This year’s parade will feature 56 entries, about double the number that were included in the 2015 parade. The volunteer coordinators of the previous parade opted to retire in early 2016 and were unable to find replacements at the time. The Keizer Chamber stepped up in September to take on the mantle. Bethell said she’s eagerly anticipating a Grinch-themed float being put together by Keizer’s Encompass Management & Consulting and a commode-themed entry sponsored by Ace Septic and Chemical Toilet. “We are also putting a big focus on the sponsor banners. This year the banners will be lit up as well as the floats and I don’t think that’s happened in the past,” Bethell said. The Keizer Holiday Lights Parade is sponsored by the Keizer Chamber of Commerce, the City of Keizer and Bonaventure of...

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Make them prove it

America has been a tabloid kind of nation for a while now. Tabloid-style news gets attention over in-depth news that reports what is actually happening. In the past, news racks were full of periodicals with come-on cover stories such as  “I Married an Alien.” Sure, they were fun to read but most people took those stories with a huge grain of salt. These days tabloid stories embrace our celebrity culture—those types of magazines herald breathless headlines that ramp up our curiosity about this or that A-, B-, C- and D-List names. We are never so engaged as when we are faced with a story about our favorite famous person. Tabloid-type news invaded mainstream media and any number of Websites. The First Amendment allows anyone to write and publish any thing they wish, regardless of how incredulous it is. Last week the president-elect, without evidence, said that there were 3 million illegal votes cast in last month’s presidential election. Some may think that if he said it,  it must be true. The problem with that is that every news outlet reported his statement; to be fair, most of those outlets added that it was an unfounded and unverified allegation. But that won’t matter to a large portion of the citizenry. A reasonable person can read an outlandish story in a supermarket tabloid, roll their eyes and move on. But when...

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Fake news vs. junk news

By DEBRA J. SAUNDERS The big “fake news” stories of 2016 were the polls. Most showed Donald Trump losing big in November, thus cable news ran countless renditions of the many ways Trump could not possibly win the necessary Electoral College vote. Getting the story utterly wrong should result in hand-wringing, hair-pulling and painful introspection in my profession; instead many in the news business have turned their hungry eyes on “fake news” disseminated on Facebook and Google. That’s right. After a year of getting the story consistently wrong, journalism gurus are pointing to phony stories not produced by the mainstream media. After the election, The New York Times ran a piece about Election Day titled “The Hoaxes, Fake News and Misinformation We Saw on Election Day.” An example from the piece: A GOP mayor in Georgia tweeted that Republicans vote on Tuesday, 11/8, but Democrats vote on Wednesday, 11/9. Hello, Gray Lady; it was a joke. How desperate do you have to be to include that tweet as an example of misinformation? “Fake stories and memes that crop up during live news events have been a problem on social media for years, but a wild election season has highlighted the news media’s slow response to them,” the Times’ story began. Slow response? Au contraire, the media have been too quick to seize upon every little speck of dirt one can...

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