Day: December 29, 2017

Lady Celts break out of slump, get first win at Nike Shootout

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes LAKE OSWEGO—McNary struggled to break 30 points in its first two games of the Nike Shootout. On Friday, Kailey Doutt got there alone, scoring a career high 33 as the Lady Celts defeated West Albany 59-45 in the consolation bracket to break a two-game losing streak. McNary led just 27-26 at halftime before going on an 18-0 run in the third quarter. Doutt had 15 points, crushing the Bulldogs in the paint. “I was trying to run hard to the block and beat them there because I think they were tired,” Doutt said....

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AVID film to feature McNary

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes McNary won’t get its shot to become an AVID demonstration school until 2020. But educators and students from all over the country will see AVID techniques at work at the Keizer high school much sooner. Jennifer Nagle, staff developer and writer of AVID’s new curriculum on focused note-taking, was at McNary with two cameramen on Dec. 12-15 to interview students and teachers and film their work in the classroom. “They spoke to why it matters and they spoke to one of the things they’ve learned by the time they’re a junior or senior...

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The promise

Few things hold such promise as the dawning of a new year. When the calendar turns to January 1, we shake off the old year and look to the new with a sense of optimism; all that we want to achieve in the next 12 months is as doable as any of the best laid plans. Schools, governments and business generally have their own new year without benefit of the calendar. The school year begins anew each September; governments operate on a fiscal year that start in July or October; and businesses can choose to begin their year whenver...

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Bundy mistrial highlights distrust

By DEBRA SAUNDERS As Washington conservatives question whether partisan FBI officials working for Special Counsel Robert Mueller have stacked the deck against President Donald Trump, a criminal case in Las Vegas points to the sort of federal prosecutorial abuses that give the right cause for paranoia. Last week, U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro declared a mistrial in the infamous 2014 Bunkerville standoff case against rancher Cliven Bundy, his sons Ammon and Ryan, and co-defendant Ryan Payne, on the grounds that federal prosecutors improperly withheld evidence. The standoff, in which both sides were armed, was a national news story that pitted a Western rancher against federal officialdom. Bureau of Land Management officials had tried to seize Bundy’s cattle following a decades-long dispute over grazing fees. The rancher had stopped paying federal grazing fees in 1993 to protest a BLM directive that he cut back on cattle grazing in order to accommodate the threatened desert tortoise. In the course of the trial, Navarro found that prosecutors failed to share video surveillance, maps and FBI interview reports with defense attorneys. “A mistrial in this case is the most suitable and only remedy available,” Navarro explained. As the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported, the judge stressed that she did not want her decision to be seen as a signal that the defendants are not guilty. Navarro’s decision apparently was a reflection on federal officials....

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Residents should help decide how to grow city

By GENE H. McINTYRE The question asked on the front page of the December 8 issue of the Keizertimes hopefully will motivate every Keizer resident to get involved in deciding how and where our city grows. The issue most certainly got me reflecting on how relatively easy it has been to get around this town but how that condition is changing and will predictably become so much more challenging if we do not plan and act wisely. A considerable stroke of pure genius was the decision to occupy—for multiple retail and living space use nearby—that area named Keizer Station bordering Lockhaven Drive, Ridge Drive, I-5 and the south side of Volcanoes Stadium. Keizer Station reminds me of my early days as a school teacher in Beaverton, having Portland’s then newly-built Lloyd Center, where there was always a place to park, it was crime-free and it offered the only one-stop shopping in Oregon at the time. At present, shopping malls may be on the decline elsewhere while Keizer Station is one that will be viably-important for years to come. River Road North  is getting more and more congested and thereby increasingly difficult to negotiate as a result of businesses along it where—as just one example—drivers think it’s okay to block the street so they can get their coffee.  Keizer police could start issuing tickets but that’s a negative for them when it should be a business responsibility to establish a site that does not impede traffic. Conditions we have already, and growing, along River...

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