Month: September 2017

Celtics look to get back on track after blowout

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes After a blowout loss to Sprague, McNary head coach Jeff Auvinen is simply looking for improvement as the Celtics (2-1) travel to McKay (1-2) on Friday, Sept. 22. “We need to get back to getting better,” Auvinen said. “We did not get better last week. We got better every previous week from our first week of practice to Blue Day to our jamboree to our first game to our second game. Last week we took two steps back.” Auvinen wants his players to learn from the 62-6 loss to Sprague but also forget...

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Gunfire chases visitors out of park, neighbors out of homes

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes A hail of gunfire drove visitors out of Sunset Park and neighbors out of their homes along the Willamette River Sunday, Sept. 10. The incident resulted in a throng of area residents turning out at the Keizer City Council meeting Monday, Sept. 18, to demand action on the part of the city. For now, it seems the only action to be taken is a sternly-worded letter to the owner of a quarry across the river who allows family, friends and even the Salem Police Department to use part of his property as...

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McNary fighting through injuries

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes An injury ended McNary’s run in the first volleyball tournament of the season prematurely. After defeating Mountain View 2-0 (25-23, 25-22) and Churchill 2-0 (25-23, 25-22) in pool play of the Rogue Valley Classic in Medford on Saturday, Sept. 16, the Lady Celts had to play the rest of the day without senior Valerie Diede. McNary split its next pool play match, 25-17, 22-25, against Willamette and then lost its first bracket game of the single elimination tournament 2-0 (19-25, 20-25) to Cascade Christian, a 3A school in Medford that finished second in...

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Cap amenity fee at $25,000

A plan to enact a fee on commercial deveopment to fund public amenities in Keizer is going to get a second, deeper look by the city council. The council was scheduled to act on the amendment to the development code at this week’s meeting. The issue has been continued to the first council meeting in October. The public hearing on the matter will also be re-opened. The public amenities will include landscaping that is up to code for new development and also a contribution to Keizer’s public art program equal to 1 percent of the project’s total worth. Many cities, counties and states have such a provision. In many cities in America a visitor can see lots of public art that is paid for with a required 1 percent contribution.  Keizer’s public art program has become anemic and has yet to live up to its potential. Establishing a contribution program from commercial development is a good way to assure that the public art program is well-funded and continues to add pieces and events to our city. A sticking point that arose at this week’s council meeting was the cost to a developer. The value of a new dental office being built in Keizer Station could be up to $8 million; one percent is $80,000—a large contribution for public amenties in Keizer. Some say there should be more parity amongst...

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A representative for all?

To the Editor: Seriously?  Our state representative, Bill Post, is back on the air and this time on the crazy station—opening act for the likes of Hair Club model Sean Hannity and Alex Jones. I get it; I understand the allure of minor celebrity—been there, done that (for 25 years), but legislators are supposed to be serious people who represent the whole of the district, not just the easily fooled fringes. If Mr. Post wants a career in fake news, fine, it’s a free country and I don’t have to listen to him.  But I hear he’s also filed for reelection and that is troubling.  I suggest he either rein in his ego and look for a grown up job or abandon the reelection bid.  There are serious people out there in both parties who would be happy to vie for the Post post. Martin Doerfler...

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