Day: September 15, 2017

Big hand for Big Toy volunteers

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes A battalion of more than 200 volunteers pulled off a minor miracle Saturday, Sept. 9. Led by members from 12 congregations of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS), the group cleared wood chips from about 90 percent of the Big Toy in Keizer Rapids Park. The chips are being cleared and the play structure is closed for the next several weeks while a pour-in-place surface is installed. “I don’t think that the city or parks board had any clue that we could get that many people out there,”...

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Doutt, Allen lead McNary at Joe Dancer Park

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes McNary senior Kailey Doutt’s face lit up with excitement when asked about the Lady Celts cross country team, especially freshman teammate Ella Repp. Doutt won the girls varsity race at Joe Dancer Park in McMinnville on Wednesday, Sept. 13, finishing in just over 20 minutes and 12 seconds. Not far behind her was Repp in 20:30.47, good enough for third. “We push each other and I haven’t had that before,” Doutt said of Repp. “And we have a lot of girls that are doing amazing compared to past seasons and hopefully we’ll beat...

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Skate park work breathes new life into local scene

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Saturday, Sept. 9, is a day that Robert Johnson will remember for a while. After overseeing a huge group of volunteers removing wood chips from the Big Toy, the Keizer parks supervisor was on his way home driving past Carlson Skate Park when something unexpected happened. “I saw this head pop up over the ramps when someone did a trick off the center diamond. It was the first time I’ve seen the kids doing tricks like that in years,” Johnson eagerly told city councilors and parks board members during a tour of...

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Celtics host ‘angry’ Sprague

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes McNary senior Tim Kiser expects to face a mad Sprague team, fresh off a 35-0 loss to West Salem, when the Olympians come to Keizer on Friday, Sept. 15. “They’re going to be angry,” Kiser said. “They’re going to want revenge and they’re going to want to go hard against whatever comes next, which means we have to play harder.” McNary head coach Jeff Auvinen expects to face a better team than the Sprague squad that lost five fumbles, including four in the first half, in the blowout loss at West Salem. “They’re...

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DeVos and campus sexual assault

By DEBRA J. SAUNDERS Education Secretary Betsy DeVos talked to lots of people—victims, students who said they were falsely accused and the family members of both —before she started to reform a policy instituted under President Barack Obama that instructs college campuses on how to deal with allegations of sexual assault. In the not so distant past, university administrators often failed to protect female students or establish a culture that discouraged aggressive predatory behavior. In such an atmosphere, victims of sexual assault had good reason to fear reporting crimes committed against them lest they be subjected to an onslaught of questions that looked for fault in their behavior, instead of that of their attackers. With the rise of feminism, the paradigm shifted. Authorities generally stopped looking for excuses to explain away violent or abusive acts. In the criminal justice system, the word was out—don’t blame the victim. And then, as happens, the movement to stand up for victims morphed into something different. In 2011, the Office of Civil Rights for the Education Department sent a “Dear Colleague” letter to colleges with new guidelines for handling sexual assault cases. The letter threatened to withhold funds from institutions that did not adhere to the new policy, which requires schools to investigate all complaints of sexual assault and details how they must conduct disciplinary proceedings. Desperate not to appear insensitive to victims...

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