Day: March 12, 2012

Celt softball roster packed with future college players

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Anyone trying to discern the future of the McNary High School varsity softball team need look no further than the number of players planning to continue their careers in college. Four players on the roster have committed to college-level teams. Hailey Decker is headed to University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Cornhusker team. Olivia Yarbrough will be playing for Towsen University in Maryland. Brittney Gonzalez and Tiffany Kottek are taking positions at Chemeketa Community College. While that says volumes about the depth of talent in the Celtic ranks, its the team mentality where Head Coach Jeff Auvinen hopes to make the biggest strides. “The league is going to be tough and competitive at the top. If we can develop some unity as a group and become a family and pull the same direction, then I can’t see any reason why the sky wouldn’t be the limit.” Auvinen said. In addition, the Celts return a bevy of players including Beth Bello, Paige Bouska, Lauren Ronning, Jordyn Hanson and Dani Saunders. “We also have some new kids coming into the varsity level that can bolster us offensively and defensively,” Auvinen said. Hanson hoped to build on the team unity that started forming in the Celts’ last season. The team took second in the Central Valley Conference in 2011, but was ousted from the playoffs in the first...

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Construction on Arleta starting

Work starts next week on a storm drain replacement on Arleta Place. The contract will cost about $94,582. The bid from K&E Excavating was approved by the Keizer City Council, and is budgeted in the stormwater line item. The new drains will replace a previous, outdated system. When finished, workers will have replaced three underground injection control (UIC) systems with drains that connect to the storm sewer system. On-site percolation is the trend as of late – that is, trying to get water to go back into the ground, hence the rain gardens and retention ponds that are part of many modern construction projects. But Public Works Superintendent Bill Lawyer said the UIC systems simply had to go per state regulations. As the name suggests, underground injection control systems collect water and insert it into the soil below. But Keizer draws its water from underground, and protecting the aquifer is essential. “What that means is we have to either decommission them or go through extensive testing on an ongoing basis to defend the right to keep them there,” Lawyer said. Arleta Place is not a thru street, so Lawyer expects little traffic disruption, but some driveways could be blocked at during construction. – Jason Cox   Newberg Dem files to unseat Rep. Thatcher A Newberg caterer and Democratic activist has filed to run against Rep. Kim Thatcher. Sharon Freeman...

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