Day: October 6, 2017

Bend schools coming to GVC?

Final decision Oct. 16 By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes McNary student athletes, coaches and parents may soon become more familiar with the Bend area. In its final recommendation, the Oregon School Activities Association Classification and Districting Committee placed Bend High School, Mountain View and Summit in the Greater Valley Conference with the Celtics, McKay, South Salem, Sprague and West Salem beginning with the 2018-19 school year. The decision came after 12 meetings over the course of about a year. The committee looked at everything from dropping to five classifications, to putting the three Bend schools in the Southwestern Conference with southern Oregon and Eugene schools or with east Portland schools. In the end, the committee stuck with six classifications and chose the GVC. “Though it has become evident that no current league is interested in adding the three Bend schools, the group believes that choosing the shortest of the three travel options makes the most sense when applying the criteria (safety of athletes and spectators, minimizing loss of class time, minimizing expenses, and school enrollment,” the committee wrote in a release. The committee also noted that a standalone three team Central Oregon league was not a viable option, nor was separating the three schools into different leagues. Bend, Summit and Mountain View are all moving up from 5A. North Salem has been approved to play down and will...

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DEQ responds to public comments on dirt move

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has responded to concerns regarding the potential trucking of contaminated dirt through Keizer. From July 1 through Aug. 14, DEQ officials asked for public comment on the movement of dieldrin-tainted dirt from a development site in northeast Salem through Keizer to abandoned quarries northwest of Keizer. Dieldrin is an insecticide developed as an alternative to DDT in the 1940s. It was used primarily on fruit, soil and seed. The U.S. Department of agriculture banned use of dieldrin in 1970, but it is a legacy pollutant that remains in the environment long after being introduced. The planned path will take an estimated 14,000 truckloads of dirt past four schools, but after testing and observation by DEQ toxicologists, the risks appear to be low. Excavation has already started on part of the development site – which will become an estimated 500 homes along with duplexes and apartments – and DEQ officials monitored air samples while the dirt was being moved. Dieldrin was not detected in any of the samples. Anderson Geologic, the environmental consultant on the project, has called for temporary roadways to be constructed to minimize disturbance while the dirt is loaded and all trucks will be inspected as they leave the site with loose dirt being removed. When as little as a pound of dieldrin enters...

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McMinnville visits McNary for homecoming

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes Jonny Williams ruined McMinnville’s homecoming last season, catching a game-winning touchdown pass with only 1:25 remaining. This Friday, the McNary senior wants to make sure the Grizzlies don’t return the favor. “I’m pretty confident coming into this game,” Williams said. “I like playing against McMinnville. I’ve always played a pretty good game against them. I’m feeling pretty good about this week.” Last season’s contest was a coming out party for Williams, who entered the game with only two catches, but had receptions of 41 and 30 yards in the final three minutes, including...

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