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A new era

A new era

Championship coach takes over MHS volleyball program

23 years for man who led 11-year-old to Mexico

23 years for man who led 11-year-old to Mexico

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes A former Keizer resident pleaded on his knees for forgiveness in front of a Marion County Circuit Court judge before being sentenced to nearly 23 years in prison on three counts of rape. The charges stemmed from a 2007 incident involving Raul Xalamihua-Espindola’s taking of a then 11-year-old […]

Maestro, if you please

Maestro, if you please

High school orchestra gets new director

‘We can’t arrest our way out of homelessness’

‘We can’t arrest our way out of homelessness’

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes As the members of the Mid-Willamette Homeless Initiative (MWHI) have been making the rounds in the region collecting feedback from residents on how to tackle homelessness in Marion and Polk counties, they are encountering a familiar refrain. “We attended a neighborhood meeting this past week and one of […]

Keizer girl keeps pushing after state track meet

Keizer girl keeps pushing after state track meet

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes Leilani Salang, a Keizer resident and three-sport athlete at Blanchet Catholic School in Salem, set three national powerlifting records in March. In May, she won three events at the PacWest Conference Track and Field Championships, placed second in another and was named the top Girls Field Event Athlete in […]

Think Keizer crime is on the rise? Look deeper

Think Keizer crime is on the rise? Look deeper

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Two homicides, one parking lot shooting with injuries and a fourth incident in which a gun was fired at a home, all of it occurred in Keizer in a span of four months. It has some thinking the city might not be as safe as it once was, […]

Top of the class

Top of the class

MHS Valedictorians reach new heights

Strand to Minot Beavers

Strand to Minot Beavers

By ERIC A. HOWALD} Of the Keizertimes When Derek Handley was head coach of another Greater Valley Conference girls basketball program, he dreaded going head-to-head with McNary High School. “They had this 6-foot-2, sophomore post with skills that I knew would cause us trouble,” said Handley, who is now head coach of the Celtics. The […]

MHS lineman signs with Willamette

MHS lineman signs with Willamette

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes Standing at 6-4, 220 pounds, football coaches have always been excited to see McNary High School senior Kyle Bonn walk on to the field. But the feeling wasn’t always mutual. Bonn used to hate football and if not for his mother, he would have quit a long time ago. […]

22,450th!

22,450th!

By Lyndon A. Zaitz Of the Keizertimes When is it an occasion for celebration coming in 22,450th place? When you’ve run your Boston Marathon. Keizer resident Jerry Nutttbrock, 62, was one of 30,000 people to qualify for the 2016 marathon, and one of about 20 from the mid-Willamette Valley area who were accepted to run […]

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