Day: June 18, 2010

New-look Volcanoes open season

By HERB SWETT For the Keizertimes Only three players from last year’s Northwest League champions are on the roster of the 2010 Salem-Keizer Volcanoes. Taylor Rogers will be the opening day pitcher Friday, Mario Rodriguez will be in the bullpen, and Jose Medina will be an outfield starter, probably in right. Having mostly new players as usual, who have little experience, manager Tom Trebelhorn is not trying to predict the kind of season the 2010 Volcanoes will have. However, this former Major League Manager of the Year is known for turning out winners. Besides Rogers, the pitching rotation is expected to consist of Edward Concepcion, lefthander Edwin Escobar, Cameron Lamb and Matthew Graham. Lamb is from Australia. Alex Burg, who played at Washington State, is the starting catcher. The regular infield consists of Carlos Quintana at first base; Julio Izturis, brother of major leaguers Cesar and Macier, at second; Cameron Jurica at shortstop; and Kyle Mach (pronounced “mack”) at third. Starting in the outfield will be Rafael Rodriguez, an 18-year-old from the Dominican Republic, in left; Chris Lofton in center; and Medina in right. In the opening series against the Everett AquaSox, everyone on the roster is expected to get a start. Trebelhorn figures on letting a starting pitcher stay in the game for 75 or 80 pitches if he pitches effectively. “It would appear that we’re going to play pretty good defense,” Trebelhorn said. Asked...

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Commissioners tout relative budget stability at luncheon

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes If you want to get an idea of the state of the local economy, Marion County Commissioner Janet Carlson uses street smarts. “It costs, for a two-inch overlay, $150,000 per mile to overlay a road,” Carlson told Keizer Chamber of Commerce members at their monthly luncheon last week. “That’s a lot of money.” The county maintains 932 miles of road, she said, and with a 20-year asphalt life this means about 47 miles a year should be resurfaced every year. In 2008 10.2 miles got the treatment, and 10.4 in 2009. In 2010 she hopes to get to 19.4 miles. “It’s the same for us as it is for lots of local governments – lots of need,” she said. “The road condition is getting worse.” She also highlighted the county’s health department efforts in enforcing restaurant cleanliness, noting they found eight – out of 1,533 – that failed inspection, and three were closed outright. Some 9,964 county infants received nutritional assistance from the county, and the Psychiatric Crisis Center evaluated some 3,278 people, she said. Commissioner Sam Brentano also talked roads, in particular seeking federal assistance to improve the Woodburn interstate interchange. He said improvements there could improve traffic between Portland and Eugene. And while saying government shouldn’t be tasked with creating public sector jobs, he acknowledged the role of government workers in...

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Mayor: I’ll run for a sixth term in office if…

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes Keizer’s current – and longest-serving – mayor is still mulling whether to run for a sixth term. Lore Christopher, who has been in the seat since 2000, said creating jobs would be her focus should she choose to run again. In particular, she’d like to see a corporate business park “or some type of industry” established along with a medical center at Keizer Station. She said she’s pleased with the likelihood of Salem Radiology building an office at Lockhaven Drive and McLeod Lane, but wants to see whether her goals could be accomplished in another two-year term. She believes attracting these types of businesses will not only bring jobs with them, but will encourage surrounding economic development. “If I could accomplish those things in the next 24 months I would probably run for office,” Christopher said. “If I think I can’t, if I’m just going to hang out, then probably not. And I just don’t know yet.” Longtime Keizerite Dave Bauer has been mentioned as a possible candidate, but he has yet to publicly declare whether he’ll seek the seat. Christopher said she feels good about 2010, characterizing 2009 in terms of projects moving forward as a lost year. She believes the transit center will break ground in 2010, and wants to see progress on the urban growth boundary expansion debate. But she...

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Jones quadruplets ready to go separate ways

By LANCE MASTERSON Of the Keizertimes Blastoff. “Launching children is such a curious thing because it’s everything you’ve worked so hard to have happen and everything you dread at the same time,” said Darcie Jones. Jones is fast becoming an expert on the topic. She is mother to the famed Jones quadruplets. The very foursome that walked together as one during the McNary High School graduation. Their future looms as the graduates will be attending four different colleges in three different states. From Washington south to California, Taylor will be at the University of Puget Sound, Lauren at Oregon State, Ian at Santa Clara University and Davis at the University of San Diego. Even though the four are close, they’re ready for the next step. “I think I’m excited for (college),” said Taylor. “I think I’m ready to be my own individual. I’m looking forward to my independence.” Ian agrees. “The whole experience of graduating from high school and going to college is kind of a bittersweet kind of feeling,” he said. “… But I’m really excited to take that next step, to get that sense of independence and try something new as I go off to college.” College will give them a chance to be their own person for the first time in their lives. “(College) will be different because our whole lives we’ve been known as ‘The...

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