Month: January 2017

Help needed for area homeless count

Community Action Agency is looking for volunteers to help conduct its annual homeless count. The count will be conducted Wednesday, Jan. 25, and interested volunteers will need to attend a training Monday, Jan. 23, at 5:30 p.m. The training will be hosted by First Nazarene Church on Market Street in Salem. Volunteers are need from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. In lieu of volunteering, donations are also needed to distribute to the area’s homeless residents. Socks, coats, gloves and duct tape are suggested. Travel-size toiletries and $5 gift cards to fast food restaurants, coffee shops and convenience stores are...

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Judge: HOA discriminated against resident

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes For the second time in six years, the McNary Estates Home Owners Association (HOA) was found to have discriminated against a disabled resident – this time for refusing to accommodate parking of a RV deemed medically necessary for a woman suffering from a variety of ailments. U.S. District Judge Ann Aiken issued a summary judgment on the facts of the case for the plaintiff, Khrizma Kuhn, and her parents, Renee and Gary. The lawsuit named McNary Estates HOA and Teresa Girod, president at the time of the conflict, as defendants. “The judge found absolute liability against the HOA and the individual defendant. The only issue left to determine is damages,” said Dennis Steinman, the attorney representing the Kuhn family. The next stage in the process is to convene a jury to determine damages, but Steinman previously said many summary judgment cases are settled prior to reaching that stage. If the question of damages were to go to the jury, Renee and Gary would be likely to testify about their experience, Steinman said. The jury would also be told that a judge had already found the HOA and Girod to be in violation of the federal and state law and that the HOA had previously been found in violation of similar standards in a 2011 case. In the 2011 judgment, the HOA was...

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McNary nearly upsets Saxons

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes SALEM—McNary (9-6, 4-3) went into South Salem and almost knocked off one of the top girls basketball teams in the state. Kailey Doutt had 20 points and Anita Lao added 17 but the Lady Celts came up just short, 58-56, on Tuesday, Jan. 17 to the defending Greater Valley Conference champions. McNary fell behind 16-9 after the first quarter but Jaylene Montano made a 3-pointer to get McNary within 26-22 with 2:15 remaining in the second period. However, the Lady Saxons closed the first half on a 7-0 run. After the two teams played a back-and-forth third quarter, the Lady Celts outscored South Salem 19-9 in the final period but it wasn’t enough to pull the upset. Evina Westbrook had 24 points to lead the Saxons, who entered the game as one of the hottest teams in the state with a 5-0 record in league-play, defeating GVC opponents by an average of more than 39 points. They are ranked fifth in the OSAA power rankings. McNary returns to action at home against Beaverton on Friday, Jan. 20 at 7 p.m. The Lady Celts then get back into league-play on Friday, Jan. 27 at...

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Former neighbors say mother’s troubles the result of alcohol, drugs

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes When Jason and Katie Lawrence moved into 2660B Edison Street in Eugene in late 2011, they couldn’t help but notice the memorial hanging on the fence of their neighbor’s home in 2660A. The memorial was for Colby Casto, the older brother of 12-year-old Caden Berry whose mother is charged with Caden’s aggravated murder in a Keizer apartment complex. The Lawrence’s new neighbor was Amy Robertson, mother to Colby, Caden and the woman’s only remaining child Colton. Robertson’s boyfriend at the time also resided at the house. Colby had committed suicide mere weeks before the Lawrences moved in. He was 12 years old at the time. The next year of the Lawrences’ lives proved to be tumultuous. “The boyfriend and I would talk quite a bit, I was cool with him more so than Amy,” Jason said. “They were both abusive and I know there was alcohol and drugs in the house.” Jason recounted a night not long after they moved in when Amy pulled into their driveway with her high beams on in the middle of the night. “She came to the door and was asking us if we had any oxycontin,” Jason said. Robertson was seeking to replace pills she’d taken from her mother, Katie added. It wasn’t the only odd visit. “She would come to our house trying to sell...

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With new president, think local

As you read this the 45th president of the United States has been sworn into office and we are now in unchartered waters. Some say that is a good thing and exactly what the nation needs; others say that life as we know it will change in fundamental ways. Both sides are right. The Electoral College gave a majority of votes to Republican Donald J. Trump (though he lost the the popular vote by almost 3 million). It is not hard to argue that Trump will be unlike any other president this country has had. If he was a pure ideologue it would be easier to predict what he might do once in office. But Trump is not driven by ideology, he is driven by his own personality, his own peeves, his self image. Donald Trump has broken the mold of how a president acts, speaks and leads. As his opponent said last fall he can be baited with a tweet. Twitter is his preferred form of communication, which drives presidential scholars and academes—who are used to sober policy statements and speeches—crazy. Trump’s America First stance will reshape this country’s foreign policy that will look unfamiliar to insiders but will be cheered by the Americans who voted to shake up the established order of things. When a person with no governmental experience at any level is elected to lead...

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