Day: May 13, 2014

McNary splits series with every CVC team

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes It might be cold consolation given the McNary High School varsity baseball team’s losses to McKay and South Salem high schools last week, but the Keizer team has dealt blows to the top two teams in the league in as many weeks. After getting a win over the Central Valley Conference-leading West Salem High School the last full week of April, the Celtics beat second-place North Salem High School 8-4 Thursday, May 1. The Vikings and Celts were tied 1-1 going into the bottom of the fourth inning when McNary uncorked a four-run offensive stand. “To be honest, we were ready for a win after taking three losses,” said Celt Tristin Mistkawi. “We’re doing this thing where we lose all the away games and win all the ones at home.” Celt Connor Goff got the team started with a double on the first pitch, Mistkawi singled to left field, putting runners at first and second. A single by Travis Klampe singled to score Goff, but Mistkawi drew a forced out at third fielder’s choice single by Matt Aguilar. Jacob Wood loaded the bases on a single and Klampe scored on a single by Mickey Walker. A single by Jordan Barchus scored Aguilar and Wood. A ground out to second base by Hayden Gosling ended the inning for McNary, but the the Celts...

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Path cleared for mural art in Keizer

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes When it comes to city government, “easy” can be a foreign word. On Monday, Keizer City Councilors unanimously agreed to establish a Keizer Arts Commission as well as a Public Art program, which covers guidelines and rules for both public murals and art to be put on display at the Keizer Community Center. The process began last summer when Mayor Lore Christopher worked with the Keizer Arts Association to get a mural up on the west wall of Keizer Florist, located at 631 Chemawa Road NE. KAA members established a timeline for the project, with plans for the mural to be done this August. An artist was selected last year. A tea party fundraiser for the mural is taking place this Saturday, May 10 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the KAA classroom in the Keizer Heritage Center at 980 Chemawa Road NE. Tickets are $15 each, with mural artist Colleen Goodwin Chronister the guest speaker. Back in December, city attorney Shannon Johnson recalled an earlier conversation about the mural issue. “The mayor asked me, ‘It would be no problem, right?’ Actually, it is,” Johnson said at the time. After several months of work, the problem has finally been resolved. Johnson said the new Keizer Arts Commission would look at public art and mural requests. The commission would have the authority to make...

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Council tackles UGB issue at KRP

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Progress is being made towards expanding Keizer’s Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) at Keizer Rapids Park. During Monday’s Keizer City Council meeting, councilors unanimously directed city staff to prepare an ordinance to adopt findings with revisions proposed last month by the Keizer Planning Commission. Planning Commission members had, by a 5-1 vote, recommended the KRP master plan from 2006 be amended to include 58 additional acres into the park. Of that land, 38 acres are already in city limits but not in the UGB. A key addition made by Planning Commission members was that the filbert trees in the new acreage remain until the revised master plan is developed. Nate Brown, the director of Community Development for Keizer, acknowledged having land in city limits not within the UGB wasn’t common. “It was unusual, but it was allowed for in our case,” Brown said. The UGB expansion process has been discussed quite a bit this year, since the 28 acres at the front of the park has been mentioned as a possible site for the Big Toy playground. However, work can’t be done on that land until it is within the city’s UGB. The land includes a filbert orchard. Concern aplenty had been expressed in recent months about the ability to get the UGB process taken care of before the scheduled Sept. 17 to 21...

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