Month: June 2013

Walking for hope

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Union Gospel Mission of Salem’s annual Walk for Hope drew more than 400 walkers and raised more than $30,000 for UGM programs Saturday, June 22. The walk is held during summer months, when demand for UGM services typically decrease slightly, to remind local residents that there is no vacation from homelessness. However, during the past two years, need for services has increased (25 percent more meals and 40 percent more beds), while donations continue to wane. Organizers hoped to raise awareness in the community about the enduring need of hungry, hurting and homeless men, women and children, but also, as a community, to raise sufficient funds in order to meet the needs of the most vulnerable residents. To read the complete article and other news from around the Keizer area, pick up a copy of the June 28 print edition of Keizertimes, available at stores all around the area. To subscribe to the print edition for just $25 a year, click on the ‘Subscribe Today’ link at the top of the page, call 503-390-1051 or visit our office at 142 Chemawa Road North in...

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IMAGINE… the Pastabilities

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Looking for some healthy Italian food along River Road? The Pastabilities are endless. Pastabilities The Healthy Dish, located at 4050 River Road N, is having a grand opening party this Saturday, June 29, from noon to 6 p.m. The store had a soft opening in April. Wilma Adams and Keirsten Eagles are co-owners of the business, located next door to Eagles’ Eagle Eye Vision and across the parking lot from Baskin-Robbins. Adams works at the store full time, 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Eagles helps out, but mainly does behind-the-scenes work. Adams and Eagles came up with the motto “We make it, you bake it” since customers purchase pasta, salads or cookies and then bake the food at home. To read the complete article and other news from around the Keizer area, pick up a copy of the June 28 print edition of Keizertimes, available at stores all around the area. To subscribe to the print edition for just $25 a year, click on the ‘Subscribe Today’ link at the top of the page, call 503-390-1051 or visit our office at 142 Chemawa Road North in...

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Volcanoes top Canadians in 1-0, 10-inning duel from the mound

  By HERB SWETT Of the Keizertimes A 10-inning pitchers’ duel ended in a long bases-loaded single that gave the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes a 1-0 win over Vancouver at home Monday night. With no one out in the bottom of the 10th and the bases loaded, Jonathan Jones drove a pitch from the Canadians’ Markus Brisker to deep right center field, scoring Brandon Bednar. Raymundo Montero, after pitching two innings as the closer, was the winning pitcher. Chris Johnson, who pitched six innings as the Volcanoes’ starter, allowed three hits and no walks and had six strikeouts.  When he left the game, Vancouver starter Eric Brown had given up only one hit to Salem-Keizer, a first-inning single by Randy Ortiz. One long Volcano drive, however, would have been a hit in a different spot. Tyler Hollick hit a two-out deep line drive in the third that the Canadian right fielder caught, crashing into the fence. To read the complete article and other news from around the Keizer area, pick up a copy of the June 28 print edition of Keizertimes, available at stores all around the area. To subscribe to the print edition for just $25 a year, click on the ‘Subscribe Today’ link at the top of the page, call 503-390-1051 or visit our office at 142 Chemawa Road North in...

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City councilor will preside over collegiate summer league

Keizer City Councilor Dennis Koho has a new role: the board of directors of the West Coast League recently announced his appointment as new league president. The West Coast League is a summer collegiate league for aspiring pros with teams from throughout the Northwest. “My first order of business is to meet each of the owners, see their properties and operations, and listen to their concerns,” Koho said.  “After making those initial rounds, we can take steps to further enhance the West Coast League brand. Our goal is to make the league the premier summer collegiate league in North America.” Koho, an attorney in private practice in Keizer, served as Keizer’s mayor from 1993 to 1999 and is currently a member of the Keizer City Council.  During his tenure as mayor, he was instrumental in the construction of Volcanoes Stadium where the Short Season Class A Salem-Keizer Volcanoes play and securing the relocation of that team to Keizer. Koho also served as the president of Salem Electric Cooperative and as the chair of the Mid Willamette Valley Council of Governments.  He currently serves as president of the Salem Interfaith Hospitality Network among his many other community and civic involvements.  He is a native of Bend and grew up three blocks from where the Bend Elks of the West Coast League now play. Koho assumes his duties immediately.  The league...

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A fun June fishery

On the Wild Side By G.I. Wilson “A hundred and sixty thousand shad a day are going over Bonneville Dam. I want to hit the Shadrack and fill up a cooler. I’ll use them for sturgeon, halibut and crab bait,” Donald Koskela explains. I could feel the excitement in his voice. “Ken Zandol is going. Want to join us?” Koskela, of Pastime Fishing Adventures, is a longtime friend. Ken Zandol, of Keizer, has fished for shad with us before. I’m ready and anxious. Tomorrow it is. I’ll have trouble sleeping tonight. We are at The Fishery boat launch on the Columbia River, at 7:30 a.m. for the two-mile run upriver to the Shadrack, a popular shad fishery. The 180-horsepower Honda motor pushes us 25 to 30 knots against the heavy river current. We arrive to find 25 to 30 boats anchored along a quarter mile stretch of river. The key is to anchor near the shoreline out of the heavy current. Koskela uses his electronics to find a “soft spot” some 20 to 25 feet inside the nearest boat. It is important–and prudent–to anchor the same way your neighbor is anchored. Boats anchored side by side are called Hoglines. While Koskela is getting gear arranged, I try to photograph this magnificent scene in my mind: Two bald eagles are circling high overhead. The spectacular walls of the gorge are...

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