Day: May 23, 2014

Dollar Tree looks to ace Keizer

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes National retailer Dollar Tree is looking to bring true value to Keizer later this year. An official with the Virginia-based retailer confirmed the news last week. The Dollar Tree will be going in at 5014 River Road North. “Right now, that new store is expected to open in the early autumn of this year,” said Timothy Reid, vice president of Investor Relations for Dollar Tree. Rosewood Park LLC out of Corvallis is listed as the building owner. Mark Rose, one of several members of Rosewood, gave a similar timeline. “I suspect it’s going to be five to six months before they open for business,” Rose said of Dollar Tree. “They definitely are going to be there. We have to do a little bit of modification. We’re putting in a new HVAC system and just put a new roof on.” The location on River Road had been various hardware stores over the years including Coast to Coast, True Value and finally Ace before closing in January. At the time, store owner Greg Frank said two factors led to the decision to close. “The cost of the lease and entering into another long-term lease, plus the sales history of this location were the two main ones,” he said. According to Dollar Tree’s website, the company opened its 4,000th store in 2010 and currently has more...

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Lady Celts playoff bound

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes If history is any indicator of future progress, then the McNary High School varsity softball team is exactly where Head Coach Kevin Wise wants it to be. On Tuesday, May 20, McNary drew the Lake Oswego Lakers in the play-in round for the second time in as many years. Last year, it was a game that sparked a Celtic run to the playoff quarterfinals. “They came here and we got it going last year. This team is good enough that if we get on a roll it’s going to take a really good team to stop them,” Wise said. McNary wasted little time in making a statement. After a 10-run first inning, the Lady Celts ran up the score to 16-1 and ended the game in four-and-a-half innings. Kimi Ito and Kinsey McNaught had three RBIs each in the game. McNaught’s day included a double and a triple. The win means McNary will face Newberg High School at home Monday, May 26. The Celtics’ regular season ended with a loss to 15-5 loss Sprague High School Friday, May 16. The two teams each had one win in the series before squaring off a final time, but a disastrous defensive stand that included 13 errors allowed the Olys to score 15 runs on six hits. An illness sidelined one of the Keizer team’s...

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Photo Gallery: 2014 Keizer Iris Festival

  Check out these photos from this year’s Keizer Iris Festival. Here are this years award winners… Senior Talent Show sponsored by Willamette Lutheran Retirement Community First place: Rich Forester, vocals Second place: Judy Chartier, vocals Third place: Eileen Booth, vocals and tap dance routine Battle of the Bands: Top three: Zero Seasons, Felony Flats, Sleight of Hand Iris Parade sponsored by Valley Credit Service Antique vehicle: 1955 Chevy Belair, Road Lords Car Club Classic vehicle: 1967 Pontiac Tempest, Rod Stokes Custom: ‘Lil Devil,’ Road Lords Car Club Floats/Groups: Mayor’s Trophy: Soapy Paws Best Theme: Silverton Health Bed Pan Brigade Iris Award: St. Edward Catholic Church Spirit Award: Salem-Keizer Volcanoes Most Unique: Creekside Veterinary Clinic Most Humorous: Senior Helpers of Salem Commercial Division: Mister Video + Games Animals: Best Mounted Group: Union de Charros Best Rodeo Court: St. Paul Rodeo Court Best Rodeo Queen: Canby Rodeo Queen Rachel Labant Best Novelty Group: Big Hearts Horse Rescue [fbphotos...

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Council formally delays Big Toy

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes To the surprise of no one, Keizer City Councilors voted unanimously to delay construction of the Big Toy community build play structure at Keizer Rapids Park. The play structure had been set for construction Sept. 17 to 21. The new dates are June 10 to 14, 2015 – starting on the final day of next school year. Monday’s action came following similar votes in the last two weeks by the Community Build Task Force (CBTF) and the Keizer Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. Pushing back the construction schedule will give time both for more land at KRP to be brought within the city’s Urban Growth Boundary and for the overall KRP master plan to be updated with additional acreage included. City Attorney Shannon Johnson noted the time crunch. “Staff believes that the Keizer Rapids Park master plan process cannot be accomplished properly by Sept. 17,” Johnson said. “Staff believes it is appropriate to master plan the entirety of the park, rather than focusing only on the placement of the community build project. We also believe it is important to have a comprehensive public outreach to gather input on all aspects of the Keizer Rapids Park.” Marlene Quinn, chair of the CBTF, again voiced her support for the delay and also reiterated the September timeline came from project consultant Leathers and Associates, not the...

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Subies sent off road at parade

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes All-wheel-drive and the distinctive sound help make a Subaru a Subaru. Driving them dangerously, however, gets Subarus kicked out of a parade. Such was the case last Saturday during the Iris Festival Parade sponsored by Valley Credit Services. Parade spectators along River Road near Manbrin Drive saw something unusual: a group of about two dozen Subarus from the Salem Subies Car Club making a left onto Manbrin and leaving the parade under the guidance of Dave Walery and other officials. John Teague, Keizer’s police chief, witnessed some of the group members do maneuvers he felt weren’t safe. “I was at Chemawa and River Roads with (deputy police chief) Jeff Kuhns,” Teague said. “The first part of them seemed decent. Then a couple of them kind of hung back, then literally raced to catch up. I called Sgt. Trevor Wenning, who was running the parade, this group needs to be told to chill out because they are being too dangerous. “Dave Walery told each row don’t do that again,” Teague added. “Then by the McDonald’s they’re doing it again. They were driving in circles, spinning around, driving backwards. Further along, they were racing again.” Teague said Sergeant Bob Trump also witnessed the behavior. “He radioed to Trevor and told him they’re doing it again,” Teague said of Trump. Teague acknowledged he asked for the...

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