Author: Derek Wiley

Mayor will ask for $5K to support homelessness project manager

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The Keizer Budget Advisory Committee will have at least one new staff position to discuss when it meets next month, but it will only indirectly affect the city’s parks and police. At a work session Monday, April 24, Mayor Cathy Clark told the council of her intention to request $5,000 of the city’s 2017-18 budget be put toward funding a project manager position at the Mid-Willamette Valley Council of Governments (MWVCOG). The position, which has yet to be formally established, will oversee collaborative efforts between the public and private sector to combat...

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Van Voorhis gets full ride to DePaul

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes With top three times in the 100, 200 and 400 meter races, Brendan Van Voorhis was already all over the McNary track and field record book. Last week he continued to make his mark, becoming the first Celtic runner to sign with a Division-I program in 15 years. Van Voorhis signed with DePaul University on Friday, April 14 in the McNary library. “My coaches always talk about the kid that holds the record,” Van Voorhis said. “It would be cool if I could take that spot of the person they talk so highly...

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Up in the air

McNary girls finish 1-2 in long jump By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes A friendly rivalry between two young gymnasts has moved to track and field and McNary High School is reaping the benefits. When senior Alyssa Looney watched her teammate Courtney Giessinger long jump 17-00.05 at Oregon City on Saturday, April 15, she was not going to be outdone. Looney went 17-02.75 to get within a quarter of an inch of the school record and win the Willamette Falls Invitational. Ankle injuries kept Looney from jumping last season so it had been nearly two years since she went...

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Slater retires from KFD after 22 years

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes After working 43 of the last 44 Keizer Fire District breakfasts, Dale Slater won’t be there on Mother’s Day this year, greeting guests at the door. But do not be alarmed. He’ll be back. Slater, a volunteer at KFD since December of 1994, retired last month to spend time with his new grandchild, born March 30 in New York. “I think we’re going to be in New York for the Mother’s Day breakfast but I will be coming back for those,” Slater confirmed. “Just because I’m not an active volunteer, there are many...

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