Month: July 2014

Volcanoes take two off Everett, one from Boise

By HERB SWETT For the Keizertimes July 16: Volcanoes 1, Everett 0 Nick Gonzalez gained his first win of the season as he and relievers Dusten Knight and Eury Sanchez combined for Salem-Keizer’s first shutout win of the season. The lone run came in the first inning. Seth Harrison doubled, went to third as Tyler Hollick grounded out and scored on a ground out by Christian Arroyo. The Volcanoes, who had eight hits, threatened in the fourth, when Will Callaway reached third after hitting a double, and in the sixth, when Callaway singled and went to second on a single by Travious  Relaford. Everett was held to singles in the third, fourth and eighth. Sanchez gained his fourth save. All three Salem-Keizer pitchers in the game have earned run averages below 3. July 17: Volcanoes 6, Everett 4 Salem-Keizer didn’t quite let Everett catch up. The Volcanoes hit three of the five home runs in the game, guaranteeing a win of the series with one game to go. Sam Mende hit a solo homer in the second inning and Will Callaway hit one in the sixth for the Volcanoes, and Skyler Ewing homered with Callaway on base in the eighth. In the AquaSox eighth, Austin Cousino hit a three-run shot and Corey Simpson cleared the fence with the bases empty. Starter Ethan Miller was the winning pitcher, and EJ Encinosa got...

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Parks Board members avoid taking stance on cows issue

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Eamon Bishop made the interested citizens part of a recent meeting live up to its name. What he was interested in, however, members of the Keizer Parks and Recreation Advisory Board weren’t. Bishop, who in recent weeks has been among those advocating for city leaders to look at purchasing the “cow park” Herber family property on Verda Lane to prevent apartments from being built, came to the July 8 Parks Board meeting to discuss the issue. The issue was the topic of a public hearing on June 12 that attracted approximately 100 people to council chambers at Keizer Civic Center, with most people speaking against plans to convert the land where cows currently are to about 120 apartments. During the appearance of interested citizens – or public comment – portion early in the Parks Board meeting this month, Bishop wanted to know if board members would support a possible petition to ask the city to make a purchase. “A lot of people are wanting to save that,” Bishop said in reference to the property with cows. “Some of us want to know where to focus our attention as far as support. I want to do a simple yes or no poll on your feelings if a group of citizens came forward to preserve the whole – or a piece – of that property.”...

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Volcanoes rout Indians 10-4

By HERB SWETT For the Keizertimes The Volcanoes made their hits count Friday, whipping the Spokane Indians 10-4 in the first game of a long home stand. Many fans missed an exciting win, with Salem-Keizer leading all the way before a crowd of 1,633, tied for the second smallest of the season so far. Christian Arroyo was the star of the game, driving in four runs on three hits and participating in a double play. Ethan Miller was the Volcanoes’ starting and winning pitcher, striking out five in his six innings and allowing seven hits but only one walk. The first two runs came in the bottom of the first inning. Johneshwy Fargas walked on a 3-and-2 count, Seth Harrison singled to center field, and both advanced on a wild pitch by Reed Garrett, the starting and losing pitcher. Arroyo batted both runners in with a single to left. Spokane answered with one run in the second. Zach Cone walked and went to third base on third baseman Sam Mende’s error on a force play attempt that let Fernando Vivili reach second. Saquan Johnson singled Cone home. The Volcanoes added a run in the third. Harrison hit an infield single, went to third on a single to center by Skyler Ewing and scored as Travious Relaford hit into a force out. Seven more Salem-Keizer runs came in the fifth,...

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Showing support for OSU Extension Service

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes By a unanimous vote, Keizer City Councilors on Monday agreed to support an effort by the Citizens for Marion County Extension to form a new 4-H service district. The request came from Derek Godwin of the Oregon State University Extension Service. Godwin was present Monday evening along with several local supporters in Kelly Walther, Bob Zielinski, Bill Griffiths and Rick Gaupo. Earlier this year, the Marion County Board of Commissioners adopted a resolution for a petition to form a Marion County Extension and 4-H Service District. Godwin and others are looking to get each of the 20 cities in Marion County to agree to be included in the new district’s boundary. The goal is to have the matter on the May 2015 ballot. As proposed, the tax base for the district would be $.05 per $1,000 of assessed value, beginning in July 2015. For a $160,000 home, that would be about $8 a year. “We’re here because state and federal dollars have been declining,” said Godwin, who noted Marion County first had an extension agent in 1911. “Since I’ve been here since 1999, we’ve lost 30 percent of our folks. That’s 13 different people. That stretches out the remaining people and means less service. We got the support from commissioners for a service district, to help build back some of these programs.” Godwin...

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maurices coming to Keizer

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes A new clothing store is coming to Keizer Station – plus another new restaurant. So far, only the name of the clothing store is being confirmed publicly. Minnesota-based maurices, a store for women in a variety of sizes, has confirmed it will be coming, but not when. “We are excited to be part of the community,” said Natalie Greve, assistant vice president for social media and public relations at maurices. “Unfortunately, we don’t have any additional information available about our store opening that we can share at this time.” Nate Brown, director of Community Development for Keizer, made a reference to maurices coming “soon” to Keizer Station at a recent Keizer Planning Commission meeting. The store will be located along Keizer Station Boulevard, next to Old Navy. The Keizer Station map shows a building No. 64 in that location. Such a building does not currently exist, but is being built for this purpose. Jack Steinhauer, director of Development and Acquisitions for Keizer Station owner Donahue Schriber Realty Group, confirmed the news as well. “Donahue Schriber has signed a lease with maurices,” Steinhauer said. “They will be going in line next to Old Navy. They will be located on the east side of Old Navy, which is an unbuilt building.” Thomas Fallon from Benner Stange Associates Architects out of Lake Oswego submitted an application...

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