Day: April 21, 2017

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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Planning commision says ‘no’ to c-store

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Conversations about a possible fueling center at Safeway on River Road will continue if the Keizer City Council accepts the recommendation of the Keizer Planning Commission. However, the recommendation does not permit a convenience store associated with a fueling center. At issue is a text amendment to the city’s development code. In the 1990s, the then-city council approved a special zone for an area around the intersection of Chemawa Road and River Road North. The zone currently prohibits the placement of gas stations in the area as well as several other types...

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Why McNary Kloset matters

McNary Kloset was unveiled at McNary High School last week to much fanfare. The Kloset is open and serving students who are in need. The project came from the collective minds of Audrey Butler and Stephanie Wittman of the Keizer Network of Women (KNOW) a Keizer Chamber Foundation group along with counselor Kim Pittsley and assistant principal Rhonda Rhodes at McNary. Ms. Butler intended to donate some unused clothing to a consignment shop but she said something told her to call the school before proceeding. She asked the school if there was a need for clothing and found there...

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Vote for Bateman

To the Editor: I urge the election of Mark Bateman to the Satem-Keizer School Board. I have known Mark for several years. I have served with him and observed his performance on various committees and boards at the First United Methodist Church in Salem. Mark is a problem solver and is well prepared for this position. His previous experience with a variety of organizations and the financial challenges facing each have all contributed to his preparation to serve on the school board. John Joelson...

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