Lalack takes over as new McNary AP

Tyler Lalack comes to McNary after spending 15 years in the Dallas School District (KEIZERTIMES/Matt Rawlings). After saying goodbye to Susanne Stefani — who had been working at the school for 13 years, but left to take the head principal position at Stayton High — McNary High has brought in[Read More…]

Celtics fall in shootout with West Albany

Julie Dieker (6) attempts to get a pass by a West Albany defender (KEIZERTIMES/Matt Rawlings). The McNary girls soccer team outscored West Albany 3-1 in the final 65 minutes of the game. But it was the first 15 minutes that the Celtics couldn’t recover from. West Albany exploded for three[Read More…]

2 McNary students charged with disorderly conduct

A fight between two female students at McNary High School on Thursday, Sept. 19, led to the arrest of two male students who engaged the school resource officer (SRO) in a struggle while trying to detain them. About 2:20 p.m., Officer David Zavala, the SRO on campus, was notified of[Read More…]

Schools seek connection to combat student stress

When Salem-Keizer Public Schools (SKPS) conducted a district wide survey of secondary and elementary students, they found something they didn’t expect.  “A high number of kids reported that they did not feel connected to their school,” said David Fender, director of the SKPS Office of Behavioral Learning.  Mental health advocates[Read More…]

Skate park redux begins

Workers with Dreamland Skateparks frame out the sides of a reconstructed bowl at Carlson Skate Park. Tuesday, Sept. 17. Riding in Carlson Skate Park is about to get a lot more epic. The Keizer City Council awarded a contract for improvements to Carlson Skate Park at its meeting Tuesday, Sept.[Read More…]

Three options for b-ball hoops going forward

Basketball hoops will no longer be allowed on sidewalks, but the Keizer Traffic Safety, Bikeways and Pedestrian (TBP) Committee recommended some possible solutions to the turmoil the new city ordinances might bring.  After a 45-minute discussion at their Sept. 12 meeting, committee members recommended allowing basketball standards to be placed[Read More…]

Committee suggests a dozen new crosswalks

Throughout the Keizer Revitalization Study, members of the Keizer Traffic Safety, Bikeways and Pedestrian have carried the torch pushing for inclusion of cyclists and pedestrians.  At the group’s meeting, September 12, it took the effort to a whole new level. Two members of the committee, Pat Fisher and Mike DeBlasi,[Read More…]

Adaptation, compromise rule council Revitalization talk

At the start of Keizer City Council discussions regarding the Keizer Revitalization Study, Mayor Cathy Clark said the group intended to take it “slow and methodically.” The meeting then ran another four hours.  The Keizer Revitalization Plan is a roadmap for how the city will pursue future development and redevelopment[Read More…]

Police calls: Sept. 9 – Sept. 15

Monday, Sept. 9 1 a.m. – Theft from motor vehicle, criminal damage and unlawful vehicle entry in the 100 block of Cade Street NE. 9 a.m. – Motor vehicle theft and residence burglary in the 3000 block of Brooks Avenue NE. 3:59 p.m. – Physical harassment in the 4000 block[Read More…]

New homelessness effort gets SKPS approval

An agreement with Marion and Polk counties for collaboration to receive federal aid for the homeless was approved Tuesday, Sept. 10 by the Salem-Keizer School Board. The agreement is for creation of a development council to receive funds from the Department of Housing and Urban Development under the McKinney-Vento Homeless[Read More…]