Day: April 1, 2011

Partiers trash civic center

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes A party at the Keizer Civic Center got a bit out of hand Saturday night, causing what is estimated to be more than $2,500 in cleaning costs and damage. The event on Saturday, March 26, kicked off at 4 p.m. and supposed to have about 450 people, ending at 11 p.m. But by the end of the night nearly 1,000 had shown up, said Kevin Watson, assistant to the city manager. Watson said some walls Р along with an oil painting hanging in the civic center Р were damaged, and the carpet was heavily soiled. “So it was just a party at first, and then there were lots of children running around unaccounted for, I guess, unsupervised. Our hosts guessed hundreds of children unsupervised,” Watson said. After repair to the art, walls and carpet cleaning, Watson estimates the preliminary damage cost at about $2,750. The renters paid a $1,000 deposit and provided a credit card as well as insurance for any damage beyond the deposit, he said. “While I’m very sad it happened, we have adequate controls in place so that we won’t lose a dime,” said Mayor Lore Christopher. The damaged painting, “Plastic Houses With Trees” by Michal Stawarz, can be repaired by the artist for about $250, Watson said. “This is the first time we’ve ever had to use the (whole)...

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Dog park closing for 2 wks

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes The dog park at Keizer Rapids Park will close for two weeks starting at sunset Sunday, April 3 for pest removal. Valley Green will be removing various rodents such as moles, gophers and voles. While City of Keizer parks staff said the methods would be non-poisonous, they also report they want to make sure dogs and children Р as well as their owners/guardians Р will be safe. The rodents are “basically digging holes that are unsafe,” said Parks Operations Supervisor Terry Witham. He added recent renovations to the dog park, including adding new grass seeds, could be undone by the rascally rodents. The park will reopen on April 18 unless parks staff feels it wouldn’t be safe to do...

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Girls golf claims second in Illahee tourney

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes If their first tournament of the season was any indication, McNary’s girls varsity golf team may have a stellar season ahead. The Lady Celts placed second in a tournament at Illahee Country Club Monday, March 28, 30 strokes behind South Salem High School. “We have a lot of younger golfers growing with the team, but they’re all pretty good golfers compared to some of the other teams,” said Kelli Linton, a McNary senior and the only returner with four years in the program. “The other teams have lost a lot of players to graduation. We have more strong varsity players who have played varsity before,” added junior Taylor Norby. McNary Head Coach Kim Phillips wasn’t entirely pleased with the 443 the girls shot at Illahee, but she cut them some slack in light of the poor conditions Р the team managed to sneak the tournament in on one of the few relatively dry days of the past few weeks, but ground conditions were less than ideal. She hopes to see more improvement with the onset of drier weather and by cleaning up the team’s short game. “You can spray the ball all over the place, but if you can get on the green and two-putt that’s the most important thing,” Phillips said. Celt Shannon McGregor said the team’s long game will likely...

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