Month: January 2018

School district presents case against OSAA

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes Salem-Keizer won’t have to wait much longer to find out if five of its high school athletic teams will compete in a league with three Bend schools beginning this fall. After listening to eight hours of testimony from the Salem-Keizer school district and the Oregon School Activities Association on Monday, Jan. 29, justice Michael Gillette said he would produce a written decision in 10 days to two weeks. “I will try to do it as quickly as I possibly can,” said Gillette, a retired Oregon supreme court judge. “I’ve written over a thousand...

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Egli named Keizer First Citizen

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Whoever follows Joe Egli as Keizer’s First Citizen will have a high bar to clear. Egli’s long list of community involvement includes the Keizer Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club of Keizer, Keizer Iris Festival, McNary High School, the City of Keizer and the Salem-Keizer Education Foundation (SKEF). Egli was honored as First Citizen on Saturday, Jan. 20, at an awards banquet sponsored by the Keizer Chamber and Bonaventure Senior Living. He was one of four annual award winners that included Merchant of the Year Larry Jackson, Service to Education Award winner Jason...

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No change to field rates at KLL park

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes There will be no change to the field usage rates at Keizer Little League Park for 2018. Keizer Little League President Brad Arnsmeier withdrew a request for an across-the-board $10 increase to the field rates via email before the Keizer City Council was slated to take up the issue at its meeting Tuesday, Jan. 16. “After much consideration and discussion among the members of our board we feel that it is not the time to ask for an increase in fees,” Arnsmeier wrote in a message to City Manager Chris Eppley. “We...

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Smaller capacity, luxury seating planned

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Keizer’s new cinema is shaping up to be one of the hottest tickets in town. While the theater will be smaller than some others in the area, designer James Blissett said it will have some of the most luxurious seating – recliner seats that will allow the audience to relax in a nearly prone position. Blissett is president of Seattle-based The Design Collective. “It’s the latest thing for theaters, it means there are half as many seats per screen but attendance usually doubles,” Blissett said. According to Blissett, the timeline for the...

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A student of the game

Gardelli comes to McNary from Italy By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes Riccardo Gardelli had played basketball on a club team in Varese, Italy for 10 years. But he had to start from scratch when he decided to come to McNary as an exchange student. “It was like starting from zero,” said Gardelli, who came to America in August through Cultural Homestay International. While Gardelli wanted to travel the world and meet new people, his main reason for coming to the U.S.  was to get better at basketball. He didn’t know where in the country he would end up....

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