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Day: September 18, 2018

Celtics sacked at Tualatin, fall to 0-3

Of the Keizertimes

TUALATIN—McNary’s (0-3) highlight, maybe its only one of the night, came at the end of the first quarter.

With seven seconds remaining, senior Jacob Jackson intercepted Tualatin quarterback Blake Jackson at midfield and ran 50 yards for a touchdown.

But the extra point was blocked and it was all downhill from there as the Celtics fell 50-6 on Friday, Sept. 14.

Both teams struggled holding on to the ball. McNary threw two interceptions and lost four fumbles. Along with Jackson’s interception return for a touchdown, Noah Bach recovered three fumbles.

But Tualatin made big plays when it had the ball while the Celtics, missing lineman Wyatt Sherwood and Ian Koenig with injuries, did very little on offense, finishing with under 100 yards.

Quarterback Erik Barker, who was constantly under pressure and sacked five times, completed 12 of 28 passes for 85 yards. McNary’s longest gain of the night came on a 26-yard completion to Nigel Harris.

Junior Walling rushed for 36 yards with half of it coming on one carry.

Within 21-6 late in the first half, the McNary defense couldn’t tackle John Miller, who took a screen pass 55 yards to the end zone with just four seconds remaining.

The Celtics fumbled away its first possession of the second half, which led to another Tualatin score.


A bad McNary snap out of the back of the end zone then led to a safety and Miller returned the free kick 60 yards to stretch the Timberwolves lead to 43-6 early in the third quarter.

Tualatin scored its final touchdown on a 14-yard run with 1:12 remaining in the third.

McNary plays at Tumwater, Wash. on Friday, Sept. 21 and then returns home on Sept. 28 to host South Medford for homecoming.

Lady Celts get first league win

Of the Keizertimes

McNary volleyball earned its first Mountain Valley Conference win on Monday, Sept. 17, sweeping South Salem 3-0 at home.

“We just fought really hard today and it was a good win,” McNary junior Zoie Warner. “We definitely fault really hard for this. Our energy was really high tonight.”

After winning the first game 25-18, the Lady Celts fell behind late in the second before rallying to go on a 7-0 run to win 25-23 and take a 2-0 lead.

“They gathered themselves back together and went back to our game plan,” McNary head coach Crystal DeMello said. “You can’t ask for more than that when they stay disciplined and technique comes back into play. It really is coming through and staying disciplined the entire time. The girls are getting better and better.”

McNary was led by its serving against South Salem.

“The strongest thing was offensively the girls executed what we wanted to with serving, which was able to put us in the right spots for offensive movement,” DeMello said. “It was something that we did well tonight and transitioned off of the ball well.”

The Lady Celts began league play 0-5 but three of the losses came against top 10 teams—Bend, Summit and Sprague.

McNary’s next home match is Thursday, Sept. 27 at 6:30 p.m. against Bend.

Rent burdens draw eye of state

Of the Keizertimes

Keizer is now one of more than two dozen Oregon cities classified as severely rent burdened by the Department of Housing and Community Services.

The news came in the form of a letter from the Oregon Department of Housing and Community Services to city leaders as part of a new legislative requirement. The designation as a severely rent burdened city means that more than a quarter of renter households are paying more than 50 percent of the household gross income on rent. In Keizer, 27 percent of renters, about 1,400 households, fall into the severely rent burdened category.

In the overall picture, Keizer is just over the line that triggered the designation, but the city is required to address the issue. City officials must convene a public meeting to discuss the causes and consequences of rent burdens, the barriers to reducing rent and possible solutions.

The effect of rent burden is striking current city residents in a variety of ways, and at different stages of life.

Christine Braning Reed felt a sense of sticker shock as she began looking for an apartment when the rent on the home she was living in increased beyond her means. Most apartment complexes required an income of at least three times the monthly rent on the applications. Reed’s household income, which includes a disabled daughter, is roughly $2,800 a month between PERS and Social Security benefits. The rent on a two-bedroom apartment is roughly $1,000 in Keizer.

“I had to downsize so much it was unreal. We had two weekends of garage sales and then I just junked the rest. I saved what I wanted for my kids and put it in storage so I have the bill ($160). I have had to really curb the grocery shopping because I can’t buy in the bulk because there is no storage here in the apartment,” Reed said.

While each act of culling her possessions was difficult, she’s had the most trouble adjusting to the little things, now gone, that made her house feel like a home.

“I had to give up all my potted plants that I love because we can’t have that much on the porch or grounds. I was told we don’t rent the outside. I loved having fushia plants hanging on my porch and I can no longer do that. I had to give up my rose gardens and some of the roses I had planted at the house were from my husband’s funeral,” she said. Reed’s husband died of a terminal illness in 2006, between that and the housing crisis, her brother purchased her home and allowed her to pay below-market rent for the past decade.

Adding to Reed’s current hardships, she was recently diagnosed with breast cancer that, between co-pays and surgeries, will only add to the budget crunch she was already feeling.

“I am only hoping that God continues to provide for me. I thought this move I would be able to save some money but now with the cancer I don’t know what I am going to do. I might have to go get a part time job. I don’t know,” she said.

When Keizertimes asked Facebook readers about their experiences with rent burdens, multiple commenters noted their rent has climbed by leaps and bounds in recent years often with little or no renovation to the facilities themselves. Some reported their rents had increased by $500 or more in the past six years and several had taken on additional work to make ends meet. Health crises, like Reed’s, also figured heavily into some renters’ struggles.

Chris Rands is currently in the process of moving to a nicer apartment but his family’s rent is doubling – from $650 to $1,300 a month.

“What it means for me is I’ll have to work more overtime to be able to make ends meet, which means less time at home with my wife and daughter. My wife does not work as of now so we live off of my income. I’m a mental health therapist technician at the state hospital in Salem,” said Rands, 34.

He said the hard facts are the rental picture in Keizer is difficult for single-income or single-parent families. He said his family usually doesn’t make it all the way through the month on his paycheck.

“You can’t survive off minimum wage plus pay what they’re charging for rent these days. I’m very fortunate to have the career I have and praise the Lord every day for it but, even with what I make, it’s difficult to make it being the only provider,” he said.

He plans to keep working hard to better himself and his family.

MCFD adds career firefighter to Clear Lake Station

Marion County Fire District #1 has increased the services to the Clear Lake area in Keizer by adding additional full-time career personnel for emergency responses.

Medic 33 was established at Clear Lake Station 6 in 2011, bringing MCFD1’s first 24/7 medic unit into the Clear Lake community, with a promise to continue to look for ways to provide improved services to the community.

The district announced that it has added additional career personnel in place at Station 6 to staff Engine 725 in addition to Medic 33. This current deployment model staffs both Medic 33 and Engine 725 with career personnel Monday through Friday. After hours and weekend responses will be staffed by what is called a Swing Company, meaning that during certain hours, and for certain calls, personnel will respond in whichever apparatus is best suited for the response.

Board Chairman Mike Welter is excited about the expansion of service.

“We’ve really taken a data-driven approach to ensure that we are providing the most beneficial service during our peak hours when they are most needed,” Welter said.

Fire Chief Terry Riley added, “Our volunteers have done an excellent job of staffing the engine from Station 6 when available, but just as everywhere else in the country, people are busier; lives are busier. Sometimes there aren’t enough volunteers available at once for a fully-staffed engine. It was time to dedicate career personnel to the community so that we could get the apparatus out the door faster and fully staffed”.

Volunteers at Station 6 will join the career staff for responses on Engine 725 when available, adding additional manpower to calls for service.

This expansion of service also allowed for internal promotions at the District. Three engineers were promoted to Captain and three Firefighters were promoted to Engineer. The District also hired one new Firefighter/Paramedic and one new Single Role Paramedic.

Riley said that this deployment model will continue to be fine-tuned in the coming months as data points are monitored for any needed adjustments.