Author: Derek Wiley

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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McNary’s playoff run ends at West Linn

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes WEST LINN—A touchdown followed by a sack and fumble recovery gave McNary a spark late in the third quarter but West Linn immediately put it out to finish off the Celtics 41-6 on Friday in the second round of the state playoffs. After gaining 64 total yards and punting on its first six possessions, the Celtics offense finally found some holes in the West Linn defense. McNary marched 70 yards on 16 plays, capped off by a 4-yard touchdown run by Junior Walling on fourth-and-goal to get within 28-6 with 1:48 remaining in...

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Wyden talks taxes, Trump, more at Keizer town hall

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) stopped by Keizer to host a town hall meeting on Saturday, Nov. 3. Talks were wide ranging, but Wyden repeatedly illustrated the ways in which disagreement in Washington, D.C., is not as bad as it might seem to the nightly cable news viewer. “TV media doesn’t give any attention to anything that isn’t a fight,” Wyden said. He talked briefly about several bipartisan efforts he is actively involved in. He is engaged with Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) on two fronts. The first is the Corporate Transparency Act that...

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‘Heaven can wait’ but only through Nov 19

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes Keizer Homegrown Theatre hopes to highlight the absurdity of Heaven Can Wait, the story of a boxer who arrives in the afterlife 60 years early and in order to return to earth must take up the body of a nefarious millionaire. “We are taking a 1930s play that was unabashedly sentimental and giving it a twist where we recognize the absurdity of the situation far more specifically than it was recognized in the original,” director Linda Baker said. “The absurdity of it all is really the thing.” The play runs November 10-11, 17...

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