Day: September 8, 2017

DEQ decision hinged on how the soil would be used, not where

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) looked at several options for handling contaminated soil at the site of a residential development in Salem before determining that moving it to two abandoned quarries north of Keizer would be the best fit. The decision boiled down to how the soil could be accessed by the public, said Nancy Sawka, a senior project manager with DEQ. The owners of the Northstar development, Granada Land Company, LLC, proposed several options for dealing with the pesticide-contaminated dirt: moving to a low-lying area of the property and...

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Lady Celts start volleyball season 4-1

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes SALEM—Another close first game turned into a blowout as McNary went on the road and defeated North Salem 3-0 on Thursday, Sept. 7. The Lady Celts looked like they would easily win the first set, taking a 15-8 advantage. However, unforced errors gave North Salem life and the Lady Vikings took full advantage, tying the game at 23-23 after McNary missed on back-to-back kills, one wide and another long. The Lady Celts were able to regroup and win the next two points to take the first game 25-23. “We started slow but we...

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McNary goes to South Salem thinking revenge

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes From a snap over the quarterback’s head to a blocked punt inside the 10-yard line to a fumble in the end zone to a critical 12 men on the field penalty in the final minutes, last season’s South Salem film was a hard re-watch for McNary head coach Jeff Auvinen. “We made so many mistakes last year,” Auvinen said. “It was one thing after another and we did not play very well.” What makes matters worse is if McNary defeats South Salem, the Celtics finish tied for first in the Greater Valley Conference...

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Gorge fire started by ignorance?

With half of Oregon seemingly on fire, it is no surprise that Keizer—miles from the nearest wildfire—suffers from smoke hanging over us. The irritation of unhealthy air is minor compared to those who livelihoods and homes have been destroyed or damaged by fire. There is no fire threatening Keizer yet we are all horrified by the speed and size of fires. Many wildfires are started by lightening, something people understand. It is the wildfires that are started by humans that is hard to grasp and elicits feelings of anger, revenge and even vigilantism. A 15-year-old is suspected of lighting and throwing a firecracker into a ravine in the Eagle Creek area. From that one immature act more than 10,000 acres have burned in the Columbia Gorge, threatening some of Oregon’s most cherished historical and hiking sites. Some want the young suspect to sit in jail, others want the parents to pay restitution for their kid’s crime. These feelings are understandable when one sees Oregon’s natural playland go up in flames, but we all must take a step back for a moment and consider what has happened. First, in America, a person is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Did the teen confess when questioned by law enforcement officers? Was there more than one eyewitness to the firecracker throwing incident? Prosecutors may decide not to file charges...

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