Day: January 6, 2017

Auditions for 2017 season Jan. 14

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes If all goes as planned, Keizer Homegrown Theatre will have its own space by February, according to the company’s founder Linda Baker. “That is our goal. That is fingers crossed,” Baker said. “We’re really excited and it’s a big jump for us. It will be smack dab in the middle of Keizer. We are thinking positively. We’ve planned a season. We have to be there. It’s time to be in our own home.” KHT will open its 2017 season with Love Letters, the story of two childhood friends who stay in contact by...

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McNary drops dual at West Salem

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes SALEM—McNary had a two-point lead through nine matches at West Salem. But the Titans won the final five, including three by pin fall, to defeat the Celtics 51-26 on Thursday, Jan. 5 in their first Greater Valley Conference dual of the season. “As soon as we got done with 152, we were hitting the strength of their lineup,” McNary head coach Jason Ebbs said. “That was all of their talent and all of their better guys. We knew that coming in. We knew that up by two at 160 was not going to be enough to ride that wave out.” After Noah Gatchet won by forfeit at 106 pounds to give the Celtics a 6-0 lead, West Salem won three matches in a row, all by pin fall, to go ahead 18-6. At 132 pounds, Sean Burrows was able to end the streak by pinning Mason Meredith in the second period. After the Titans picked up another pin to expand their advantage back to 12, McNary won three straight to take a 26-24 lead. At 145 pounds, Noah Grunberg won a 13-2 major decision. Wyatt Kesler then pinned Luke Liedkie in the first period at 152 pounds and Brayden Ebbs won a 14-0 major decision at 160 pounds. Isaiah Putnam looked to continue the winning streak at 170 pounds. But leading 9-7 in...

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McNary sweeps Forest Grove

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes Easton Neitzel looked like he was shooting on a bigger rim than everyone else. The McNary senior had a career high 30 points as the Celtics defeated Forest Grove 86-68 at home on Tuesday, Jan. 3. “Guys were finding me when I was open,” Neitzel said. “I hit some shots and got in rhythm.” Neitzel’s 30 points included four 3-pointers. He also went 6-for-6 from the free throw line. “He didn’t take any bad shots,” McNary head coach Ryan Kirch said. “We’ve really been working on him playing with strength in his lower...

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Take the lead on ride-hailing

Economic models are being thrown on the slag heap of history as technology changes the way we live and work. Social media has revolutionized communications. Every new discovery and service brings their own rewards and challenges. The way we work has changed and will continue to revolve. The way we move around is changing, as much a result as technology and life changes. Public transportation in our area does not have wide support, most of us still opt for our private vehicles which means many car trips with only one person. Some complain that public buses don’t have a schedule or a route that works in their lives, especially when there is no late evening or weekend service. For those who do retain their driving habit the complaint veers toward traffic in general—too much of it, too slow, other drivers. Traffic continues to be one of the top livability issues of local residents. Add all of that with the fact that younger people are not as hyped to get their drivers license and a car as earlier generations. This gives the city of Keizer a chance to be a leader by allowing ride-hailing services to operate in the city. Salem’s incoming mayor Chuck Bennett wants to see Uber and Lyft start to operate in his city. Let Keizer be the leader on this issue (Mayor Cathy Clark has been...

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