Day: April 25, 2014

Lady Celts rally to beat Titans

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes A late rally was enough to tie the game, but it took 10 innings for the McNary High School varsity softball team to put away the West Salem High School Titans for a 6-5 win. The teams met Tuesday, April 15, at McNary in a game where the Celtics trailed 4-0 before getting on the board. “We have a hard time controlling our defensive errors right now,” said Lady Celt Kimi Ito. “We tend to turn one error into two. What we’ve got going for us is our hitting, and I’m not worried about that at all. The freshmen contribute really well.” The Titans pieced together their lead one run at a time, but a four-run seventh for McNary tied the game. Working on two outs, Kinsey McNaught singled to right field and Ito followed it up with an RBI-triple. A single by Madi Oliver scored Ito and a triple by Megan Ulrey scored Oliver. Ulrey scored on a single to right field by Kiana Villarreal. West took a 5-4 lead in the top of the 10th inning, but Dani Saunders smacked a two-RBI double to centerfield scoring Sarah Jensen and Hannah Carr for the win. After waiting for their moment to shine against West, McNary Head Coach Kevin Wise wanted them to approach a follow-up game with Sprague High School, April...

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Medical marijuana draws small crowd

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Before the hearing started on Tuesday evening, there was a question of how long it would last. As it turned out, not too long. Keizer’s Medical Marijuana Facilities Task Force met for a second time at Keizer Civic Center – the group had first met on March 19 – with a majority of the meeting set aside to hear from members of the public and to gather input on what the city should do in regards to state laws about medical marijuana dispensaries. At various recent meetings in Keizer, there had been talk about an expected large turnout. Since those speaking were allowed three minutes each, a long meeting was anticipated. Instead, the meeting was done in barely more than an hour. Helping to keep the length down: only five people in the sparsely packed council chambers spoke. City councilor Dennis Koho, allowed task force members to have their say first. When none of the eight spoke, he opened the floor for the public hearing. Kimberly Strand, who runs the PGN (Patient Grower Network) Lodge on Cherry Avenue, noted her business is a social lounge, rather than a dispensary as currently being discussed. “We’ve been there four years now and never had one incident on the property, leaving or coming to the property,” Strand said. “If you don’t allow a dispensary, you are...

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Big delay for Big Toy?

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Is construction of The Big Toy at Keizer Rapids Park project going to be pushed back? For months, it has been known construction of the 10,000 square foot play structure will take place Sept. 17 to 21. However, for the past three months there has been ongoing dialogue about where to put the structure. That came up as a suggestion to use a site in the orchard along Chemawa Road – part of 28 acres within city limits but not within Keizer’s Urban Growth Boundary. While plans to move forward with the UGB process and update the city’s parks master plan are in full swing, concern has been raised about whether that could be done before mid-September. Thus, talk of the construction being pushed back. “I had heard about that,” project general coordinator Mark Caillier said April 18, following a talk with city manager Chris Eppley. “That is a possibility. It is being considered. My perspective is, with the questioning of siting and the 28 acres and so forth, there is a growing concern that if we add amenities without master planning the 28 acres we may not be satisfied with some of the things we do.” Marlene Quinn, the Keizer City Councilor who is chairing the Community Build Task Force, said April 18 she expected to have a decision by Monday. Asked...

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