Day: June 23, 2017

Man arrested in teen sex sting

A Hubbard man is being held without bail after attempting to lure an underage victim to the Pilot Travel Center in Brooks with the intent of trading money and marijuana for sex acts. Keizer Police detectives arrested Joseph Ronald Ahre, 41, for multiple counts of sexual related crimes after foiling his plan to meet a female victim. Keizer police detectives arrested Ahre at 12:41 a.m. Saturday, June 10, at the Pilot Travel Center as he waited in a private shower room for what he believed was a 16-year old girl. Ahre thought he was going to personally meet the...

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McNary grad earns music scholarship

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes Miguel Araiza, a 2017 McNary graduate, got the most out of the trumpet he picked up in the fourth grade, playing in the school’s marching band, basketball band, wind ensemble, brass quintet, jazz band, symphony and pit orchestra for the musical the Addams Family. Now, Araiza is taking his talents to the University of Northern Colorado. After auditioning in March, Araiza received a $36,000 Music Award to go along with a $8,000 provost and $4,242,04 Lois J. Erickson scholarship. He also earned three $1,000 scholarships—Keizer Rotary Wheat, LLC, Sheila Goodman Memorial and Withnell...

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Staffing changes on deck for MHS

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes McNary is beefing up its one club, one sport, one activity for every kid every year initiative. Instead of one activities director, the high school will have two in 2017-18. Derick Handley, former girls basketball coach, is taking the lead on activities but he’ll be joined by art teacher Todd Layton. “Derick is a great teacher who has great relationships with kids,” McNary principal Erik Jespersen said. “Todd is a great teacher who also has great relationships with kids and we really think between the two of them we’re really going to bring...

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You can’t force people

The goal of identifying Keizer as a welcoming, safe and inclusive city is one that can be embraced by all citizens. The plea from a small group of Keizer residents that went before the city council was for a Inclusivity resolution. Mayor Cathy Clark rightly asked the group to come back to the council with a plan of action the city could consider. The group (it doesn’t have a workable name yet) reported that other cities around Oregon are working on their own inclusivity resolutions. The group is asking the city to spend precious resources to establish an official body that would work on language to put Keizer on the correct side of the issue. Even the simplest of city task forces or committees requires a meeting space, an official recorder and printed reports and meeting mintues. Keizer and other local governments operate under federal non-discrimination guidelines. Many federal mandates are written to assure rights of individuals and organizations are maintained and protected. What the inclusivity group is seeking is to legislate beliefs and behavior. You can not force people to do what you want them to without the threat of consequences. Unfortunately, public messages meant to influence the actions of the public often falls deaf on the ears of those who are the message’s target audience. Plus, you cannot pass an ordinance calling for the average citizen to...

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Fees

To the Editor: This is in regard to the city council imposing a free for additional money for police and parks in Keizer. After watching Police Chief  John Teague’s presentation at the special city council meeting, I am inclined to encourage the council to go ahead now with the fee for five police officers at $4 per month per city utility billing. I am also in favor of indexing the fee if approved by future budget committees. As for the fee for parks, I would not have any problem with a fee of $2 per month and allowing that to be indexed by future budget committees. I would strongly oppose at fee of $4 per month for parks at this time. Bill Quinn...

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