Day: July 6, 2012

Rolling thunder returns to Salem-Keizer next week

Music, Motorcycles, Malt & Merlot will be the theme of the third annual Good Vibrations Motorcycle Rally July 13-15  in Salem and Keizer. The event features live entertainment, great music, festival food and vendors selling all things motorcycle.  The event is free for the public. Motorcycle participants pay a fee. Good Vibrations, presented by the city of Keizer and Salem Harley-Davidson and produced by Roadshows, Inc., and based at Riverfront Park in Salem and traveling to a variety of venues in and around the Willamette Valley. “At a motorcycle rally, the whole atmosphere feels as though it’s electrically charged,” said Roadshows President Randy Burke. “It’s a combination of the power of the bikes, the artwork on them and the pride of their owners.” Salem’s Riverfront Park will serve as the event headquarters. The park will host ride-in shows and bike competitions, vendor booths and non-stop entertainment from the likes of T-Bone Stone, Ted Vaughn Blues Band and Woodburn Rocks Band. Everything from helmets, leathers and boots to all types of accessories will be available at the site. It will be open Friday through Sunday. Some of the finest bikes in the West are expected for the three days of biker fun July 13-15, “We get spectacular bikes at our events,” said Burke. “Our participants love their motorcycles. They’re proud of them and they like to put them on display....

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Urban renewal agency adjusts budget in wake of revenue dept. denial

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Conflicting information from bond attorneys and the Marion County Tax Assessors office yielded a special meeting of the Keizer Urban Renewal Agency Friday, June 29. The agency, comprised of the Keizer City Council who were all in attendance, met to clean up budget paperwork submitted to state officials in early June after extending the life of the city’s Urban Renewal District. Because of the change, prompted by the need to make debt service payments due to shortfalls from one developer’s default in the Keizer Station local improvement district, the city reduced the amount of taxes it collected from that of previous years. Other local agencies had to agree to this change because their  revenues would fall short of expectations by agreeing to the extension. The city has agreed to pay back the revenue collected to the other agencies within the next ten years. City staff, led by Susan Gahlsdorf, the city’s finance director, asked Marion County officials how to fill out the resulting tax forms correctly and were given copies of a tax form from an agency with a similar predicament and suggested following that lead. “At the same time, I was talking to our bond attorney who suggested completing the form in a different way,” Gahlsdorf told the members of the agency. Part of the difficulty was determining the value of...

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Volcanoes can’t avoid sweep by AquaSox

By HERB SWETT For the Keizertimes It took the strongest club in the Northwest League 11 innings, but the Everett AquaSox beat Salem-Keizer 4-2 Saturday at Volcanoes Stadium to sweep the three-game series. Everett scored the first run of the game in the third inning, the Volcanoes went ahead by one in the fifth, and the AquaSox tied the score in the sixth. Errors hurt Salem-Keizer, but two bright spots were the starting pitching of Joe Biagini and the overall play of Ryan Jones. Biagini picked off the only Everett baserunner in the first inning and struck out all three men he faced in the second. With one out in the third, he walked Michael Faulkner, who stole second base and went to third when Ketel Marte grounded out. Chris Taylor hit an infield single, driving in Faulkner, and a throwing error by shortstop Matt Duffy sent Taylor to second. The next batter flew out. Jones, who had six fielding plays at second base and half of the Volcanoes’ six hits, was involved in all three outs in the top of the fourth, catching two pop flies and throwing the last batter out. He doubled to left field to start the bottom of the fifth and went to third when a throwing error by third baseman Patrick Kivlehan put Sam Eberle on second. A sacrifice bunt by Kentrell Hill...

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This means WAR!

The Northwest Civil War Council helds its annual Reenactment at Willamette Mission State Park last weekend. Who won the battle? It depended when you went. The two sides split the four skirmishes. Both Union and Confederate camps were populated by hundreds of Civil War enthusiasts. There was everything from chapels to mercantiles to weavers and bakers. Booming cannons sent smoke billowing across the battlefield. The sound of pipes and drums filtered through the trees and rang across the battlefield. The Civil War reenactment is held every Independence Day holiday at the state park just north of Keizer. The Council holds five reenactments each year in the northwest. For more photos of the event, please see our photo...

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Registration open for MHS sports camps

McNary High School is hosting a throng of sports camps this summer and sign-up sheets are available at the high school. Cross Country: Cross country athletes will travel to Cape Lookout for their summer camp Aug. 6-10. The camp is an opportunity for runners in grades nine through 12 to train and have fun in preparation for the upcoming season, build teamwork and give new athletes a chance to get to know their teammates and coaches. The primary focus is to teach training fundamentals and give each individual athlete the tools they need to become successful. Cost is $50 and includes transportation. Soccer: The Celtic soccer program is welcoming players of all ages to participate in camps throughout August. Students in kindergarten through sixth grade will meet Aug. 6-9 from 5 to 6:15 p.m. Grades seven through 12 will meet Aug. 13-16 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. The primary focus is to develop and utilize basic soccer and ball handling skills in a relaxed camp atmosphere. The camp is a major fundraiser for the McNary soccer program and helps to build a community bond. Cost is $40. Volleyball: The Celtic Volleyball program will host its camps Aug. 13-15. Advanced players in grades nine through 12 will meet from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Cost is $50. Intermediate-level players will meet from 2:30 to 5 p.m. Cost is $40. Both...

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