Day: August 18, 2017

McNary to reward positive behavior

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes McNary High School is pushing a more positive behavior system, where instead of only focusing on the students who are doing something wrong, kids will be rewarded for making good choices. The system, Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS), was brought to McNary by former assistant principal Jay Crystal. But new assistant principal Dan Borresen wants to take it to another level. “It’s a system that takes several years to put into place and get kids to buy into,” Borresen said. “He (Crystal) started it and we’re just tweaking it and adjusting it...

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Volcanoes to celebrate eclipse with BrewFest

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes When news got out that the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes were going to be the first professional sports team to delay a game for an eclipse, NASA was so impressed that they decided to send six scientists from all over the country. On Monday, Aug. 21, gates to Volcanoes Stadium will open at 5 a.m. Breakfast will then be served for $10  from 6 to 9 a.m. From 6:30 to first pith at 9:35 a.m., NASA will give six different presentations. The Volcanoes will play one inning of baseball before delaying for totality of the...

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City employee raises cause stir

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Salary surveys for unrepresented employees spurred debate among members of the Keizer City Council during a meeting Monday, Aug. 7. The city conducts salary surveys of comparable employees at other agencies on a regular basis and then adjusts compensation packages to bring them in-line with average pay for the given type of work. The city is required to perform such surveys for union-represented employees, but conducts the surveys for non-union employees as a matter of policy every four years. Unrepresented employees generally perform supervisory roles. This time around Human Resources Director Machell...

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An eclipse brings us together

Just like our ancestors over the past thousands of years, we will cast our eyes to the skies on Monday to experience a once-in-a-lifetime event: a total eclipse of the sun. Keizer and everything in a 60-mile-wide swath of land from Lincoln City to Ontario will come to a halt as the day grows darker due to the moon passing slowly between the sun and the earth. This  astronomic event engages scientists and arm-chair Gaillelo’s alike. Centuries ago people believed that the eclipsing of the sun was a sign of angered gods. As the moon continued its path out of the sun’s direct light, people celebrated: their sacrifaces and prayers pleased the gods. Modern science has proven that a solar eclipse is nothing more than the aligning of heavenly bodies. Some people may imbue the event with spiritual meaning.  One thing the eclipse does is bring people together. Most people in Keizer have never experienced a total eclipse before. Tens of thousands of Oregon faces will be turned to the sky and we will all marvel at the rarity. That will be in such constrast to what is happening in other parts of the country right now. It is more difficult to maintain anger and hatred at other people when everyone is awed by nature’s grand design. Keizer sits in western Oregon. Though we are relatively conservative, our location...

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