Day: July 19, 2013

Majority supports possible KFD levy

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes In the coming months, Keizer residents should expect to hear a lot about the Keizer Fire District’s response times, increases in call volume and the ways in which a 59-cent local option levy will allow the organization to continue responding with a high level of service. On Tuesday, members of the Keizer Fire District Board of Directors received a full briefing on the results of a recent poll conducted to determine how much support there might be for such a levy, which is expected to appear on the November ballot. Chuck Adams of New Media Northwest provided a detailed look into the results of the polling that was conducted in June.   “The Keizer Fire District continues to have extremely positive reputation and is a well-received (organization),” Adams said, adding that those will likely be factors in any success at the ballot box. The poll looked not only at the district’s reputation among residents, but tested response to the wording of the actual ballot measure and what arguments might make for the most effective political campaign. Among the 383 respondents who completed the six-minute survey, the response measure met with 64 percent approval, 23 percent said they would vote against the measure and 13 percent were undecided with about a 6 percent margin of error. To read the complete article and other...

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Avamere to build behind St. Ed

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes A plan by Avamere Health Services to build a 48-bed facility in Keizer has gotten the green light. Albert Castaneda, director of Growth and Development at Avamere, talked about his company’s plans during the July 10 Keizer Planning Commission meeting. Commissioners approved the plans, which don’t require approval from the Keizer City Council. The memory care facility will be located on 3.09 acres of land at 450 Claggett Court NE, a new road to be constructed behind St. Edward Catholic Church. Avamere’s current campus is located across River Road from St. Edward’s. The one-level building will provide care for people suffering from ailments such as Alzheimer’s and dementia. “The road will serve the church, this facility and the rear part of the church property,” said Sam Litke, senior planner for Keizer. “It can be developed in the future.” Castaneda, a former Planning Commission member, noted Avamere used to have a building for dementia patients, but not now. To read the complete article and other news from around the Keizer area, pick up a copy of the July 19 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 Emeralds 8-4 in first of three

By HERB SWETT For the Keizertimes An 8-4 victory opened the Volcanoes’ home series with Eugene on Monday. Chris Johnson’s pitching and a first-inning bases-loaded triple by Ryan Tuntland were the big reasons. Johnson, now 3-2, settled down after giving up a first-inning home run by Hunter Renfroe. He had five strikeouts and allowed no walks and four hits in his six innings. Renfroe’s homer over the left field fence came with two out and no one on base. All three outs in the Emerald first inning were on grounders to second baseman Brandon Bednar. Salem-Keizer lost no time in getting ahead, answering Eugene’s run with four runs. With one out, Bednar hit an infield single and stole second base, Brian Ragira and Tyler Horan walked, and Tuntland tripled to center. Shilo McCall drove Tuntland in with a single to left. After a ground out and a walk, Eugene’s manager, Jim Gabella, replaced starting and losing pitcher Erik Cabrera with Kyle Lloyd, who retired the next batter for the third out. The next four innings were scoreless.  Eugene scored one run in the sixth when Ronnie Richardson, who had doubled and reached third on a grounder, came in on a wild...

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Future Celt gridder camp meets Wednesday

Update: The print edition of this week’s paper contains the incorrect day for the start of the football camp. It will begin at 5 p.m. Wednesday, July 24. The McNary High School Future Celtic Football Camp kicks off Wednesday, July 24, at 5 p.m. on Flesher Field. Cost is $50 and walk-up registrations will be accepted. The camp runs until 7 p.m. and is open to students in grades one through eight. The three-day camp ends Friday, July 26. Campers will receive instruction on defensive tactics like tackling and pursuit, offensive blocking, moves and jukes, and ball security, and individual instruction for those in all positions on the field. Campers should wear T-shirts, shorts and cleats and bring along a large water bottle. The Celtic cross country and soccer programs will host camps in August. Cross Country campers will leave at 8 a.m. Monday, Aug. 5, for Cape Lookout State Park on the Oregon coast and return Friday, Aug. 9, at 4 p.m. Cost is $50 and includes transportation, camp fees, food and drink for the week. Soccer camp for students in fourth through sixth grade will be held Aug. 5 to 8 at McNary from 5 to 6:15 p.m. Camp for high school-aged athletes begin Aug. 12 and runs through Aug. 15. Times are 5 to 6:30 p.m. Cost is $40 for each...

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Salem-Keizer snaps losing streak

By HERB SWETT For the Keizertimes July 10: Spokane 4, Volcanoes 3 The losing streak continued for Salem-Keizer, back at home and facing a Spokane club that had won seven of its eight July games. The Volcanoes scored the first run of the game in the first inning and were answered by two Indian runs in the second and two in the third. Salem-Keizer scored twice in the fifth. Although Chris Johnson, the Volcanoes’ starter, had 11 strikeouts and no walks in his five innings, three doubles and single by the visitors produced four runs and evened his record at 2-2. David Ledbetter, Spokane’s starter, was the winning pitcher. Sam Eberle hit the only home run of the game, his fifth, with Elliott Blair on base. The first Volcano run came when Brandon Bednar, who had singled and reached third base on an error, scored as Jeremy Sy grounded out. July 11: Volcanoes 9, Spokane 1 The game was a pitchers’ duel through three innings, and then Spokane starter Kelvin Vasquez threw the game away in the fourth. Walks to Shilo McCall and Sam Eberle and a single by Ty Ross loaded the bases, and Justin Sprenger came in to pitch. After he struck out John Polonius, a passed ball scored McCall. Tyler Hollick walked, a walk to Jeremy Sy scored Eberle and a walk to Brian Ragira scored...

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