Author: Derek Wiley

Diede signs to play D-I volleyball

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes McNary senior Valerie Diede has wanted to play volleyball in college for as long as she can remember. “I think I always knew I wanted to play in college, pretty much ever since I was little,” Diede said. “I always looked up to the big girls. We would go to U of O games and I would always love watching them. I knew I loved playing volleyball so why not play in college.” On Wednesday, Nov. 8, Diede officially became one of those “big girls,” signing with the University of Hartford, a Division...

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School district bond should include new McNary orchestra space

Twenty years ago, a bond measure was passed that was responsible for the creation of a dedicated music wing at McNary High School. This new music wing included new, spacious rehearsal areas for both band and choir. However, the intended orchestra room was inadequate for the needs of four full orchestras now in the program, and will only increase in size as the next generation of string musicians come in. The “Ensemble Room” has unfortunately been relegated to being only a storage space for instruments and a practice room for small groups, because of the size of each of the four ensembles. Consequently, the orchestra program has resorted to sharing space in the dedicated choir room, but the choir program has more than 250 students that often come and go during instructional time. This has created issues with both the choir and the orchestra interrupting each other’s rehearsals. Not only do they share a space with one another during the school day, but the room is often overbooked by multiple ensembles for their rehearsals, section practices, and faculty meetings after school.   Additionally, preparing the choir room rehearsals everyday means setting up music stands and chairs, as well as tearing down after practice, which takes up precious class time. This issue has also been responsible for the delay of the next class that takes place in the room and...

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Rotarians plant arboretum at KRP

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Members of Keizer Rotary and a battalion of about 60 community and McNary High School volunteers planted a whopping 36 trees at Keizer Rapids Parks in a little less than an hour Saturday, Nov. 4. The trees line a walking path in the southwest area of the park and will serve a dual purpose, one for neighbors and one for the city at large, said Rotarian Mark Caillier. “When they are full-grown they will act as a sound barrier for the neighbors, but we also selected the trees from the list of...

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The light at the end: Keizer man clean and sober two years after speaking about heroin addiction

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Curtis DeVoursney has felt more human lately. That might seem like a small accomplishment but, when we met for the first time two years ago, Curtis was deep in the throes of heroin addiction. He had watched numerous friends and associates die of overdoses in the preceding months. At 24 years old, he was still standing and that made him feel invulnerable and godlike. The day after we talked, he was reporting to jail for violating his last parole and even then the drug use didn’t stop. “It’s difficult to remember because...

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McNary youth football team wins gold bracket

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes SALEM—McNary’s fifth and sixth grade blue team came from behind to defeat Lakeridge 9-8 on Saturday, Nov. 11 in a Tualatin Valley Youth Football League gold bracket championship game. Playing at South Salem High School, McNary trailed 8-0 at halftime but a deep pass to Christopher Cortez got the young Celtics deep into Lakeridge territory. Jesse Dyer then cashed in with a 6-yard touchdown run but the extra point was blocked with 3:45 remaining in the third quarter. “We had good opportunities early on in the first quarter. We took that first drive...

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