Day: January 20, 2012

Willamette may cause minor flooding, but will likely crest below major flood levels

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes  Editor’s note: To help us serve you please send your pictures, reports and observations to editor@keizertimes.com. The Willamette River is expected to reach about 29 feet when it crests Friday evening, which means what the National Weather Service calls minor flooding. It’s a few feet below the major flood stage of 32 feet, said Liana Ramirez, a NWS meteorologist out of Portland. But low-lying areas along the river, along with island access roads, may still flood if they haven’t already. Forecast levels are well below the river wall and ordinary high bank elevations, city officials report. A break in the rain this morning will be followed by steady precipitation throughout the weekend, with about three-quarters of an inch of rain predicted for the Salem area. That’s down significantly from reported levels of 2.13 inches Thursday, 2.47 inches Wednesday and 2.18 inches on Tuesday. “It’s just going to be steady rainfall,” Ramirez said. “It’s not going to be as heavy as this previous system.” Strong wind gusts are expected Friday afternoon and evening, reaching 45 to 50 miles per hour before settling down Saturday morning. The city has sand and bags available near the skate park on Rickman Road NE. Please bring your own shovel. The 1600 block of Greenwood Drive NE is now open, as is the pedestrian bridge across Labish Creek between...

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Lady Celts begin league play 1-1

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The Lady Celts of the McNary High School girls varsity basketball team knew winning against West Salem High School would likely be their biggest challenge of the season. Unfortunately, knowing that and preparing for it didn’t change the results. The Titans squeaked by the Celts in their first meeting of the season, 52-47. “I feel like we did pretty good, but we let them rush us with their press,” said Celt Stacey Titchenal. “The frustrating part was we knew how to break it. For me, it was like I wasn’t focusing as hard as I needed to.” For the first three quarters of the game, mistakes piled on each other, said Celt Caitlin Tartak, “we had one mistake and it kind of snowballed on us.” After one single-digit quarter and two when McNary barely managed double digits, the Lady Celts rebounded for a 20-point fourth period to close out the game. “When we finally started making a comeback and getting the energy that we needed it was a little too late,” Titchenal said. Deven Hunter led the team in scoring with 18 points, Teresa Peterson added eight, Averi Wing put up eight, including two three-point goals, Jessica Darras had three points and Titchenal had a three-pointer. Despite the loss, the team stuck together through some cold moments on the court, said Molly...

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Celtic wrestlers repel Vikings in 69-9 dual

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The Celts pinned the Vikings on the wrestling mat in a 69-9 win last week, then took fourth place finish in the Oregon Classic. In the dual meet with North Salem High School, two matches took center stage for Jason Ebbs, McNary head coach. The first was a return bout between Celt Mike Mata and Viking Raymond Smith, Smith took the win in a 5-2 decision. “These two young men have been wrestling each other for years and the battle continues. So far, Mike has lost to Raymond twice this year in close matches, but it was very competitive,” Ebbs said. The other highlight was Celt Edgar Jimenez’s match with Justin Waldrop. “With a tie score, 4-4, in the third round, a technical violation for fleeing the mat awarded Jimenez a go-ahead point and the win,” Ebbs said. Other Celtic winners in the North Salem match were: Mike Phelps by pin in 3:00; Louis Palos by pin in 3:50; Andy Downer by pin in 1:59; Ajay Urban by pin in 1:25; and Joel Hunter by pin in 3:09. Devin Reynolds, Zach Hammerschmith, Grant Gerstner, Cody Ratliff, Tyler Brown and Anthony Flores all won by forfeit. At the Oregon Classic, the Celts had their mettle tested as a team as much as individuals. The Classic draws the top teams from every region to...

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GNC heads to Station

  By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes Nutrition supplement store GNC is coming to Keizer Station. There’s no set date for its opening,. The 1,097 square foot store is going near Kay Jewelers and Massage Envy, said Jack Steinhauer, director of acquisitions and development for Keizer Station parent firm Donahue Schriber. “I use them; they’ve got great supplements,” Steinhauer said. “They do a really good job. We’re excited to have them.” GNC once had a Keizer store at Schoolhouse Square. It currently operates two stores in the Salem area. Founded in Pittsburgh, the chain has grown to some 6,000 U.S. locations, including more than 1,000 stores-within-a-store at Rite Aid...

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Builder gets a partial refund on fees

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes A senior housing developer will get some $13,680 in parks systems development charges refunded after a Keizer City Council vote Monday night. The 4-2 decision was somewhat of a reversal from the call the same body made in September 2011 – a 3-3 vote that failed to deliver the disputed funds to developer Jeff Hawkins. Councilors Mark Caillier and Joe Egli were among the yes votes; they voted no the first time. Councilor Brandon Smith, who voted in support the first time, decided to vote no this time around. As an example, Smith said he wouldn’t be entitled to a refund on a speeding ticket he received on a street if the city council subsequently chose to raise the speed limit. “My perspective is you’re subject to the rules at the time,” Smith said. “I don’t know any other situation… where we refunded money after the fact.” Hawkins paid some $115,000 in parks SDCs when Emerald Pointe Retirement Community was under construction. All developments, be they single-family homes or a large facility, pay fees for the anticipated impact they will have on everything from parks to sewers and streets. Prior to revisions in 2010 the city had rates for single family and multi-family developments. Keizer didn’t have a senior housing rate at the time but many other communities did. Hawkins argued the kind of...

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