Day: August 12, 2011

Knights take third

While the outcome wasn’t what was hoped for, the Keizer Knights still finished third in the Pacific Northwest Babe Ruth Regional Tournament that concluded at Volcanoes Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 6. The Knights opened against Idaho and cruised to an 8-0 shutout victory.  Mound Time, from Beaverton, stymied the Knights 12-1 in their second game.  The Knights recovered against the Willamette Valley All-Stars from the Eugene/Springfield area winning 17-8 and polished off Wyoming 19-4 to finish pool play with a record of 3-1, good enough for the  No. 2 seed in championship backets, when the best four teams played in a single-elimination with the winner advancing to the Babe Ruth World Series in Virginia. The Knights dropped their Saturday game against Kelso by the score of 7-1, ending their hopes of advancing further. “Only two teams in the Pacific Northwest, went further than the Knights did,” said Jerry Walker, the team’s head coach. “The team can be proud of their accomplishments.” Mickey Walker led the Knights hitting .500 during the tournament with back-to-back four-hit games and eight runs scored. Hayden Gosling hit .444 and Alex Alvarado rounded out the top three hitting .385.  Andy Bevens led the team in pitching and was responsible for a complete game shutout over Idaho. Mound Time won the tournament with a thrilling last inning comeback to beat Kelso 10-9, earning the right to represent the Pacific...

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Netters pack volleyball camp

About 85 athletes turned out for McNary High School’s summer volleyball camp this week. The camps for intermediate and advanced players focused on ball-handling skills, traditional drills and moved into court strategy as the week progressed. Successful camp enrollments are more pivotal now as the programs at McNary face cuts to their budgets for tournament fees....

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Fixing Keizer one light at a time

Portland General Electric was all over two burned-out streetlights reported to us last week at via our See Click Fix feature. Our neighbors on Dee Court and on Northtree Drive NE can now better see their street – and criminals have one less dark place to operate – thanks to light repairs in the past week, both performed by Portland General Electric. A shout-out to Jenniffer Warner in the City of Keizer’s Public Works Department for her help in determining which agency was responsible. Meanwhile, high shrubs at Rivercrest Drive N. and Dennis Lane N. have been reported to us by several residents. We’ve sent it on to the City of Keizer’s Codes Enforcement division, who will look into it. You may recall budget cuts forced the city to lay off its lone full-time codes enforcement officer, so this could take a little time. However, city staff plan to look at the issue and see if the shrubs do not fit city regulations. You can point out problem areas throughout Salem-Keizer at Additional issues reported to us include: • Burned-out street light at 5057 Briarwood Circle N. • A bumpy manhole in front of Shari’s on River Road in Keizer. • Potholes on Wallace Road NW in west Salem. • Shrubbery-obstructed intersection at the Jiffy Lube entrance near Walmart on Lancaster Drive NE. • A not-so-well-placed picnic...

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Dollars for tourists

The rush for tourism in Keizer needs to slow down before it gets completely out of control.  Cooler and more sensible heads need to be engineering this speeding train. The Urban Renewal Agency kicked the issue of spending the public’s money on a tourist/visitor’s center back to the Keizer Urban Renewal Board.  We don’t know what that’s supposed to accomplish. The Keizer Urban Renewal Agency (comprised of all seven city councilors) unanimously approved the addition of a visitors center as a use for urban renewal dollars.  Up to half a million dollars could be appropriated by the Agency in the future to fund a visitors center at the planned Transit Center at Keizer Station that Salem Area Transit will start constructing next year.  No money has yet been earmarked for a visitor center. Instead of spending the precious few dollars left in the urban renewal fund on a visitors center, all in the name of economic development, the money should be spent on areas of the city that need it now. The Keizer Urban Renewal Board (KURB) is becoming more aggressive in seeking out properties to improve along the city’s main thoroughfare as part of the River Road Renaissance Project.  That’s where money will do good now. Reasonable people can disagree about the role tourism could play in the economy of Keizer.  Our city, as much as we and...

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