Day: March 12, 2014

REI set to open in May

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes The REI (Recreational Equipment, Inc.) store in Keizer Station is indeed opening in a spring month starting with ‘M.’ It’s not going to be March, however. A company spokeswoman confirmed Feb. 28 the Washington-based outdoor retailer will be opening in the former Circuit City building soon. “The store will open in early May and include a variety of grand opening events during the weekend,” Bethany Hawley, senior public affairs associate for REI, told the Keizertimes. “The store’s management team is currently reviewing applications from several hundred candidates. Group interviews will begin next weekend. Our goal is to hire employees beginning in March.” Previously, city officials had believed the store would be opening in March. The only official communication from the company was a press release last October, which only listed a spring timeline. “We never announced a March opening date and have always been planning a spring opening,” Hawley said. Hawley said Keizer store management will be working with REI’s human relations team to review applications. “Our plan is to hire a total of 45 employees,” said Hawley, noting the breakdown between full-time and part-time numbers would be released later. Circuit City closed in March 2009. Since January 2010, the building had been used as the Futsal Center by the Keizer Soccer Club. The club moved out last September as work began to...

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Tigers oust Lady Celts in tourney’s first round

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes From the moment the McNary High School varsity basketball team ended its run in the Central Valley Conference tournament, its path forward was a difficult one. The Lady Celts lost the championship game with South Salem High School 62-27 Tuesday, Feb. 25. The loss gave the Keizer team a second-place seed in the playoff tournament, and it meant traveling to meet Tigard High School Tuesday, March 4. The 19-5 Tigers hadn’t lost a game since December, and McNary couldn’t put the brakes on a 15-game winning streak. The Tigers won 49-19. McNary couldn’t buy a basket, shooting 6 of 41 from the field. The Lady Celts earned a one-point lead in the early going, but 31 turnovers silenced the team’s offensive output and left the McNary scoreless in the second quarter. Prior to the contest, McNary Head Coach Paul Pickerell had the Celts preparing for the Tigers’ 2-3 zone defense and full court press. “We’ve seen that look a couple of times this season, but no one has done it as well as Tigard does,” Pickerell said. In the game for the CVC tournament title, the Celts experienced some success early on, but the second quarter proved unmooring. “It started out a lot more like the first time we played them, and we came out with the right energy early,” said Lady...

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