Day: July 27, 2012

Volcanoes evade sweep in 7-6 win

By HERB SWETT For the Keizertimes A 7-6 victory in 10 innings closed out The Volcanoes’ five-day road series with the Tri-City Dust Devils Monday, preventing a sweep. Salem-Keizer scored the first run of the game in the first inning on a bases-empty home run by Joe Rapp, his sixth, but fell behind 5-1 after three innings. The Volcanoes made it a ball game again in the fifth, scoring five times. In the bottom of the first, Derek Jones hit a one-out triple to right center field and scored as Tom Murphy reached first base on a fielder’s choice. A throwing error by third baseman Stephen Yarrow moved Murphy to second. Jarod Berggren scored Murphy with a single to left. Another Tri-City triple, by Zach Osborne, started the bottom of the third. Jones singled him home, and Murphy drove Jones in with a double. Francisco Sosa reached first on a fielder’s choice and second on a throw, went to third on a single by Jarod Berggren and scored on a sacrifice bunt by Patrick Hutcheson. The Volcano fifth inning began with a single by Mike Mergenthaler. Dashenko Ricardo singled, moving him to second. A single by Stephen Branca loaded the bases, and Kentrell Hill singled Mergenthaler home. Ryan Jones singled to drive in Ricardo, and the bases were still loaded. Tri-City replaced starting pitcher T.J. Oakes with Chris Dennis,...

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Creative process on display at RIVERfair

Watch art happen at the upcoming RIVERfair with the Keizer Art Association. Artists will be demonstrating calligraphy, mixed media, polymer clay sculpting, wood carving, Chinese water color and and dragon lanterns at the August 11 event at Keizer Rapids Park. Their booth also has information on classes for all ages throughout the year. Here’s the booth schedule: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Watch as your name is written by award-winning calligrapher Penny White while Pat Domogalla sculpts out of clay. Noon – 2 p.m. – Dave Disselbrett shows off his wood carving skills. 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. – Marie Sakai creates Chinese dragon lanterns while Brigitte Cobb creates a mixed media collage before your eyes. 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. – Jody Bartruff paints water colors in the Chinese style while Michelle Deplois demonstrates acrylics on...

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Keizer JBO team wins district title

The Keizer Celts 10U American team won the JBO Baseball District Tournament on Saturday, July 21, and are headed to the state tournament. The team completed a three-game sweep of its opponents with a 9-5 victory over Sweet Home, a team that worked its way up through consolation brackets to the championship game. Brandon Reed pitched a complete game and defense continued to be solid with a first-inning double play by Erik Barker kept Sweet Home from scoring first. Keizer put runs on the board every inning and two key hits kept the team riding high.  The first came in the bottom of the second inning when Joel Knight’s composite bat cracked in a two-run blast over the left field fence scoring himself and Rennick Jefferies.  Bryce Campbell’s hit during the bottom of the fourth inning was a two-RBI shot to the right center gap giving the Celts a comfortable lead and finishing as the JBO Valley District Champions. In the first round of the tournament, the Celts beat the South Salem Saxons 7-2. The team put on a pitching and defensive clinic holding a tough team to one hit and two runs. Keizer broke the game open with timely hits from Brandon Reed, Riley Flores, Barker, Jeffries, Joel Knight and Bryce Campbell. Reed pitched four innings striking out seven. Barker came in for the save, adding two more...

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Modoc Drive heroin dealer sent to prison

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes A man arrested for dealing heroin out of a Modoc Drive home was sentenced last week to more than five years in prison. Chad Michael Bevans, 34, pleaded guilty to three counts of delivering heroin – two within 1,000 feet of a school – and two counts of endangering the welfare of a minor. He was sentenced to a total of 67 months in state prison. Two one-year sentences and a six-month jail sentence will be served concurrently. Bevans was arrested along with Jennifer Chantyl Belcher, 38, when Keizer Police served a search warrant on a house at 1767 Modoc Drive NE in the early hours of March 8. A 10-year-old child was taken into protective custody. The investigation started after neighbors complained of possible drug sales out of the home. Police found several swords along with dozens of used and new needles, a small amount of heroin, scales and packaging materials. Belcher was convicted on two counts each of delivery of heroin and endangering the welfare of a minor. She will be placed on probation for the next three years, and faces a prison sentence if she violates terms, according to Tiffany Underwood, a deputy district attorney for Marion...

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The golden days of summer

By LYNDON A. ZAITZ Ah, summer. The time to enjoy the bounty of our region.  The time to get away from the rigors of work and school. The time to hit the multiplexes to see the summer’s blockbuster movies. Laying in a hammock or on a deck, texting, Facebooking, e-mailing and playing video games. There was a time when summer meant camping, fishing, beachcombing—and for a lucky few, gold panning. My dad got gold fever in the late 1960s. He had read a news article about a man who stumbled across a large gold nugget in a California creek; the man wasn’t even looking for it—talk about lucky. Dad figured “there’s gold in them thar hills.”  Being a journalist, he did some cursory research about gold in the Cascade Mountains; he learned about gold mining in the 19th century.  He discovered if one didn’t trip over a nugget, one could find gold by following the natural path of gold from the mines dug into the mountains into the creeks and rivers. That’s where the summer ‘fun’ for us kids started. Those of us kids who were older spent the weekdays picking berries or beans at any number of farms near Keizer. Come Friday afternoon we helped pack up our small travel trailer and headed out to the gold fields for the weekend. Poring over geological maps that showed where...

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