Month: July 2017

Plans for Keizer schools in district’s bond ask

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The Salem-Keizer School District released the final version of a Long Range Facilities Plan (LRFP)  last week. The document details how a $619.2 million general obligation bond would be used to upgrade school buildings and increase capacity at area high schools. The Salem-Keizer School Board approved the bond request in June and it will be on the ballot in May 2018. An 18-person committee of stakeholders and citizens was assembled last year to recommend changes that would increase capacity at area schools. The group initially came up with a a bond proposal...

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All-city swim meet Saturday

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes Holiday swimmers continued to break club records as they neared the all-city meet. Swimming at home versus Jan Ree on Thursday, Jan. 20, Jack McCarty set a new record in the boys 13-14-year old butterfly, finishing in 24.56 seconds. McCarty won the individual medley and breaststroke for Holiday’s boys as well. McCarty also swam on the winning free relay with Jackson Colyer, Ryan Bethers and Tony Gonzalez and the fastest medley relay with Bethers, Gonzalez and Landon Gerig as Holiday’s boys outscored Jan Ree 97-75. Bella Beard led Holiday’s girls team, breaking the...

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McNary finishes second, third in 4-H

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes Both of McNary’s girls soccer teams reached the championship game in their respective 4-H league divisions this summer. But that’s not what has head coach AJ Nash excited about the upcoming fall season. “There’s three rules in summer league soccer and they’re don’t get hurt, don’t get hurt, don’t get hurt,” Nash said. “It means nothing. It’s just to stay fit and it’s more recreational in nature. It’s meant for fitness and relationship development, not for adding to the trophy collection. That trophy is not the one we care about.” Instead, Nash’s takeaway...

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McNary choir, band kids tour Europe

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes McNary choir director Joshua Rist was walking through Paris with a small group of high school students when they came across a medieval-style cathedral. Open to the public, Rist and the students decided to walk in and give an impromptu performance of Locus iste by Anton Bruckner. “We had a song ready to sing so I just conducted these seven kids,” Rist said. “You could just see them experience with their own voices these incredible acoustics. It was special for those kids.” Rist was in Europe as part of an Oregon Ambassadors of...

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Push is on for eclipse volunteers

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes With the Keizer Eclipse Festival less than a month away, the push is on for local volunteers to help with the efforts. The Keizer Parks Foundation is hosting a campground at Keizer Rapids Park for visitors hoping to catch sight of the total solar eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21. The Keizer Festival Advisory Board discussed many of the plans at a meeting Monday, July 24. Volunteers are needed throughout the weekend for a variety of tasks, but also beforehand. Volunteer Allen Barker is looking for assistance at the park in the evenings of...

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