Day: July 20, 2012

Egli drops out of mayor’s race

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes City Councilor Joe Egli is withdrawing from the mayoral race, he said earlier this week. Egli was preparing to run against Mayor Lore Christopher, who is seeking her seventh term as Keizer’s mayor. Also in the race is City Councilor David McKane. Even with Egli’s withdrawal, November’s election is shaking out to be as transformative an election as Keizer has seen in some time. None of the council incumbents up for re-election – Mark Caillier, Brandon Smith and McKane – are seeking another term, while former Mayor Dennis Koho and West Keizer Neighborhood Association board member Ken LeDuc are both running for council. Eamon Bishop, Matt Chappell and Marlene Quinn have all announced plans to seek the same council seat. With a host of new councilors in November, Egli would be positioned to be nominated for council president, according to the governing body’s rules and procedures. The document stipulates that the longest-tenured councilor who has never served as council president will be nominated. The council president presides over meetings and represents the mayor at public events when she is unable to attend. “It would give me a great opportunity to represent our city and get the growth I need as far as regional contacts,” Egli said about that possibility. “It would also give me the opportunity to help lead our new councilors in the...

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Street projects continue

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes City crews are almost done resurfacing more than 20 streets this summer. The most significant project comes on Sunset Avenue, where crews are widening the street to add pedestrian and bicycle lanes from River Road west to Rivercrest Drive N. City officials don’t anticipate any street closures, butt there will be delays, with flagger-controlled one way traffic. “The residents will be notified directly by the contractor and we will be updating the schedule on the city website as well,” said Public Works Director Bill Lawyer. Street resurfacing list Street projects for the 2011-12 year are nearly complete. Here are the streets still scheduled for resurfacing this summer: • Dunlin Court NE from Rickman Road to the dead end. • Gobert Avenue NE from Dearborn Avenue to Keizer Road. • Thorman Avenue NE from just south of Lawless Street to Dearborn Avenue. • Manbrin Drive NE from Cherry Avenue to Brooks Avenue. • 7th Avenue NE from Chemawa Road to Claggett Street. These are already done: • Clear Lake Road, from Timothy Lane to O’Neil Road. • 14th Avenue NE, from River Rock Drive to 1505 Rock Ledge Drive. • Rock Ledge Drive NE from 14th Avenue to Rock Crystal Lane. • Manzanita Street NE from River Road N. to Trail Avenue. • Kelly Court NE from Kalmia Drive to the cul-de-sac. • McClure...

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Second place is narrow miss for Keizer team

The Keizer Little League Majors All Star team was runner-up in the 2012 District 7 All Star tournament. The Little League All Star tournament is a unique opportunity for a team consisting of players ages 11-12 from a geographically restricted area to represent their respective communities in an international baseball tournament that culminates on national television in what is known as the Little League World Series. This year marked the return of Keizer Little League to the finals in the District 7 tournament, which consisted of 10 teams from Salem, Corvallis, Mt. Angel, Turner and Albany. “For some on the team this was their fourth trip to the All Star tournament and although they have competed well in the past, the team felt like it had something to prove,” said Jeremy Wentworth, team manager.  “Everyone practiced with purpose and focused on getting better every day.  They knew what it was going to take if they wanted to accomplish their goal and on Friday, July 13, the only thing that stood between them and the state tournament was a team from Sprague Little League.” Unfortunately for the Keizer All Stars, that obstacle was too much to overcome that day. The game ended in a 12-2 loss. Even when the team was down 8-1 in the fourth inning of the semi-finals, the members banded together and rallied with 12 unanswered runs...

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Bears’ claws come out, stymy Volcanoes

By HERB SWETT For the Keizertimes Tough Yakima pitching and a few big hitting blows held the Volcanoes scoreless Saturday at home, with the Bears winning 4-0 before a Cancer Awareness Weekend crowd of 3,464. Kendry Flores, Salem-Keizer’s starting pitcher, took the loss for a 1-2 record despite slightly lowering his season earned run average to 3.30, striking out four in his six innings, and allowing only four hits and one walk. Daniel Watts, Yakima’s left-handed starting pitcher, did not allow a baserunner until the fourth inning. The damage was done in the top of the fourth inning. With one out and Jimmy Comerota having doubled,  Joe Loftus hit a home run over the left field fence. In the bottom of the fourth Kentrell Hill led off with a bunt single, the first Volcano hit of the game. He became Salem-Keizer’s second baserunner, Dashenko Ricardo having reached first base in the third on an error by third baseman Mark Ginther. Matt Duffy then flew out to center fielder Danny Poma. With Chuckie Jones at bat, catcher Steven Rodriguez threw to second baseman Josh Parr, who nailed Hill trying to steal second. Jones then ended the inning with a fly to Poma. The next baserunner of the game was the Volcanoes’ Stephen Branca, who doubled to right in the sixth with two out. Hill, however, hit a foul fly to...

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Area girls top competition at track and field tourney

Shaylee Williams and Kailey Doutt of Keizer, together with teammates Hailey Hmura and Nicole Niskanen of Salem, posted a time of 56.81 in the 4×100 relay to win the Oregon State Hershey’s Track and Field Championship at Hayward Field in Eugene on Saturday, July 7. In an individual effort, Doutt, a Claggett Creek Middle School student, posted a time of 2:32.43 to win the girls 800-meter championship. Bailey Hand won the 200 meter championship in the 11/12 year old division. All five girls compete together on the same soccer team and decided as a group to take part in the track and field meet. If their times hold up, the girls will represent the Pacific Northwest Region in the National Championships held in Hershey Pennsylvania in...

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