Month: August 2010

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Presented by Copper Creek Mercantile

Like many, a medical emergency led Bill Elliott to the Silver Sneakers program at Courthouse Athletic Club in Keizer. Bill enrolled seven years ago after suffering a stroke. He appreciates the program’s low-stress environment. “Workouts are relatively easy. The thing I like about them is that nobody gets on your case. If you can’t do something, just sit down and nobody’s going to yell at you to get with the program,” he said. “Just standing next to a chair and holding on while moving your feet is a challenge.” Still, Bill challenges himself enough to gain benefits. “I’m actually too close to the situation to notice the improvements,” he said. “I depend on others who look at me and say you’re getting better.” Support is another key component. “Well, it’s basically essential. It would be hard to keep going if you didn’t have it,” he said. Bill attends the class three times a week. He also lifts...

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Keizer man named state’s top drug officer

By LANCE MASTERSON Of the Keizertimes It was a bad year for the bad guys. Rick Bojorquez, a local resident who coaches baseball for Keizer Little League, is also a narcotics detective for the Polk County Sheriff’s Office. It’s a position that’s keeps him busy. For example, over the past year or so, Bojorquez: • Served as lead investigator on “Operation VACA.” The investigation resulted in the dismantling of a methamphetamine distribution ring operating in Polk and Marion counties. The case resulted in the execution of four search warrants that led to the arrest of four ring members. Seizures included a 2007 Dodge Ram pickup, a 1998 Honda Accord, a 40-inch LCD flat screen television, $4,480 in cash, 11.3 grams of cocaine and 52.6 grams of methamphetamine; • Served as lead investigator in response to reports of a reported methamphetamine lab operating in Independence; • Assisted his fellow officers by writing and serving a search warrant on a residence in Rickreall that identified an indoor marijuana growing operation. Confiscated from the site were two duffle bags filled with ammunition, duct tape, scanners, night vision goggles and bolt cutters; and, • Conducted training for newly-assigned agents to the Polk Interagency Narcotics Team (or POINT). Bojorquez’s efforts didn’t go unnoticed by his peers. He was awarded the 2010 Oregon Narcotic Enforcement Association (ONEA) Officer of the Year at a conference held...

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Summer is winding down, but tennis fun remains on the schedule

The Keizer Tennis Association “Slammin’ Summer Tennis” program is winding down at Highland Park in Salem. KTA’s final camps are Monday, Aug. 9, through Friday, Aug. 13, for ages 6-18. Because of the location of the tennis courts along Broadway, KTA gained much needed visibility and exposure. “We had to make the move to Highland Park because the McNary High School courts are being reconstructed,” said KTA President Rick Hammerquist. “People see our banners along busy Broadway Avenue and they see we are putting on tennis camps and want to participate … We continue to believe if tennis courts are visible to the community, they get more play and our programs gain momentum.” KTA will conduct one more free Match Day on Saturday, August 14th, 8:30-11 a.m., for 7- to 18-year-olds at Highland Park. People can register by calling 503-585-4819 or going to the KTA website at KeizerTennisAssociation.org. The summer’s first Match Day was held Saturday, July 31. It was attended by seven juniors. Match Day gave these kids the chance to play the Quickstart tennis format and play regular scoring. Barb Henke Smith and Hammerqust ran this event for...

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SKIT Theatre offers classes, auditions

SKIT Theatre is taking registrations now for its fall classes. And a recent change is good news for local residents. “We’re excited that our new location will be very handy for all Keizer residents,” said director Lori Hammer. Both the SKIT classes, for students in grades 6-12, and  the SKIT-L’s classes, for students in grades 1-5, will be at New Harvest Church, 4290 Portland Road NE, Salem. Each session is 10 weeks and costs $100. SKIT Theatre began at Dayspring Fellowship as a theatre outreach for teens in the Salem/Keizer community and has grown into its own non-profit theatre company. Students can take part in theatre classes or full-scale productions. This past season audiences were treated to “Holes” and all its dirt at Claggett Creek Middle School, and “Beauty and the Beast,” complete with tea party, at the Historic Grand Theatre in Salem. SKIT classes start Thursday, Sept. 16, and end Nov. 18. Students choose from any of the following offerings: improvisation, acting, dance, vocals or directing. “Though the idea was always to focus on teens, the demand has been so great that we’ve expanded to include the SKIT-L’s program of theatre classes for students in grades 1-5,” said Hammer. SKIT-L’s classes start Wednesday, Sept. 16, and run through Nov. 17. Students study acting, singing and dance in their age group. Registration night for SKIT and SKIT-L’s is Wednesday, Sept....

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Capital City ends season in thrilling style

Members of the Capital City Select 14-U baseball team include, top row, left to right: Coach Mark Hardin, Andrew Ketelson, Connor Goff, Ben DeSaulnier, Travis Klampe, Trent Hardin, Alex Barzee, coach Willy Goff and coach Justin Barchus. Bottom row: Manager Scott Barchus, Cody Ratliff, Connor Suing, Jordan Barchus, coach Daniel Zavala, Cyrus Mooney and coach David Zavala REDDING, Calif. – The Capital City Select 14-U baseball team wrapped up its season in dramatic fashion by completing three come-from-behind victories at the Big League Field of Dreams. The thrilling wins provided the Black Sox with the tournament title. “We ended the season at 44-22,” said manager Scott Barchus, “a number that includes eight finals appearances and three championship titles against the highest level of competition in the Northwest. Here’s a recap from Redding: Capital City 10, Nor Cal Royals 7 Capital City started pool play against the Royals. It was 2-1 after the first inning when the Black Sox broke out with five runs on five consecutive bunts. Then scored one more on doubles by Connor Goff and Cody Ratliff. Alex Barzee put the game out of reach with a two-RBI double in the fourth to give the Sox a 10-3 lead. Capital City 7, Redding Vipers 6 Capital City fell behind in the the first following a leadoff home run by the Vipers. But responded with one run in...

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