Month: April 2014

Celtics win two by skin of teeth

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes After being dealt a 4-1 loss by the West Salem High School Titans on Tuesday, April 15, the McNary High School varsity baseball team rebounded to eke out two wins in tight contests. “When you win close games, it builds confidence. It’s up to our team to remember what that feels like so we can overcome when those situations happen again,” said Larry Keeker, McNary head coach. The Celts got the first run of the game with West, but it was also the team’s only one. Jacob Wood was walked to start the game and advanced to second on a sacrifice fly by Mickey Walker. Wood rounded the bases on a single by Hayden Gosling and McNary went up 1-0. Despite 17 first-pitch strikes in a complete-game effort, the Titans made the most of their five hits on pitcher Jordan Barchus and walked away with the win. McNary returned to the field the following day to host the Sprague High School Olympians and the teams duked it out for 12 innings before Barchus singled to left field driving in Jacob Vasas for the 3-2 win. “We were just trying to battle up and compete the best we could and that’s what we did,” said Celt Travis Klampe. “We had good defense down the stretch and shut them out after their last run.”...

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There’s no such thing as too much cowbell

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes There are plenty of events for runners next month. But if running isn’t your thing, there is still an opportunity for live music – provided by you. Christine Dieker, executive director of the Keizer Chamber of Commerce, gave an update on the 27th annual Iris Festival presented by Silverton Health at the April 10 West Keizer Neighborhood Association (WKNA) meeting. Iris Festival officially kicks off May 1 with the Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast, with most events taking place May 15 to 18. In addition to the parade on May 17, there will be runs galore. Over the course of two days there will be a Kidz 3K, a 5K, a 10K, a half marathon and a full marathon. “Starting at 7 a.m. there will be a full marathon,” Dieker said. “This is the first time in the region we’ve had a full marathon. I expect probably 100 participants. If we had that many, I would be happy.” Dieker said the runs will go down Windsor Island Drive, with the full marathon going down 13 miles before turning around and coming back along the same route. “These participants will be on the road,” Dieker said. “It would be helpful if cars are not on the road. If you care to and have skills as a musician or want to play your favorite music, it’s great...

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Coaches at MHS prepped alum for career as athletic director

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The lesson Boone Marker remembers most vividly from his days as a McNary High School athlete was also one of his earliest. “I made a snide remark during baseball tryouts of my freshman year. It got back to Coach (Craig) Nicholas,” Marker said. “I waited and waited for him to ask to speak to me. Finally, I went to him. I was ready to run 15 miles to make up for it if I could still be part of the team.” When Marker pleaded his case, Nicholas said nothing. Later that day, he addressed the whole team. “He told us, ‘You’ve come here and you wear our clothes. You respect that. You respect your school, you respect your coaches, you respect your teammates, you respect yourself,” Marker said. The team went on to a 16-2 record. That lesson has been ringing in his ears in recent weeks. Marker is now athletic director of the Salem Boys & Girls Club, and one of the athletes went on a Twitter attack of her coach in the program. When the time comes, it’s not hard to see him choosing a similar method to address it. Marker was involved with the Boys & Girls Club from a young age as an athlete, then a peer mentor and later as a branch director. He’s starting in his...

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Police searching for stolen truck driver

  By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes The driver of a stolen pickup who crashed into a parked van Tuesday morning was able to elude authorities. Keizer Police Department officers on bike patrol in Keizer Station Tuesday stopped the white Toyota pickup around 10:30 a.m. when the driver was spotted not wearing his seatbelt. The plates returned as a stolen vehicle and the driver took off, while the officers on bike alerted other units. As officers chased the suspect down Lockhaven Drive, the driver attempted to cut through the 7-11 parking lot at Lockhaven and River Road. The attempt wasn’t successful, however, as he crashed into a parked Ford Aerostar van. The two occupants in the truck jumped out and fled on foot. “They both went through the car lot to the (Shoreline Pointe Apartments),” KPD deputy chief Jeff Kuhns said. “The passenger came back, ran across River Road and ran into Rite-Aid. We caught him coming out the back.” While the passenger was being transported to Marion County Correctional Facility, Kuhns said a perimeter was set up to catch the driver, described as a young Hispanic male about 5’5” in height. The perimeter included Trail Avenue and Manzanita Street. “We believe he entered an apartment behind the 7-11,” Kuhns said. “The occupants gave us permission to search the apartment, but nothing was found.” Lt. Andrew Copeland said Gubser...

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City looking for a brighter future with new LED lights

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes More efficient lights could be coming soon to Keizer. At Monday’s Keizer City Council meeting, the idea of Portland General Electric (PGE) converting existing street lights over to Light Emitting Diode (LED) lights throughout the city was brought up. City attorney Shannon Johnson said most street lights and poles in Keizer are either Option A or Option B. In Option A, PGE owns and maintains the lights while in Option B the city owns the lights but PGE maintains them. There is also Option C, in which the city owns and maintains lights, but most lights are under the first two options. “This conversion only applies to Options A and B,” Johnson said. “PGE indicates the LEDs are more cost effective and sustainable and use a lot less energy. There don’t appear to be any downsides to the city and ratepayers.” Melissa Swenson, PGE project manager, noted her company has installed 25,000 LED lights in the past year. PGE staff first met with city staff in November. “The second option is to transfer Option B fixtures to PGE, then we’d put in poles,” Swenson said. “Poles that are metal last a long time.” Councilor Cathy Clark liked the overall idea of power conservation. “I love the idea of switching to LEDs to save power,” Clark said. “My question is what is in it...

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