Day: July 18, 2014

Volcanoes win ‘I-5 Rivalry’ series

By HERB SWETT For the Keizertimes July 9: Eugene 8, Volcanoes 6 The Emeralds almost blew this one after leading 8-0 at the end of 6-1/2 innings. Home runs by Trea Turner and Marcus Davis led the way to the big lead, and then Salem-Keizer got hot. Singles by Jonathan Jones, Leonardo Fuentes, Fernando Pujadas, Tyler Hollick and Skyler Ewing contributed to four runs in the Volcano seventh inning. In the bottom of the eighth, two more runs came after Jones walked, Fuentes singled, Pujadas hit into a force out and Johneshwy Fargas singled. Travis Radke was the winning pitcher in relief, and Bryan Verbitsky got a save. Drew Leenhouts took the loss. July 10: Volcanoes 6, Eugene 5 Salem-Keizer took the rubber game of the home series by taking its first lead in the sixth inning and holding it. The Volcanoes scored four runs in the sixth.  Travious Relaford was hit by a pitch, stole second base, went to third Shilo McCall grounded out, and scored on a single by Jared Deacon. Brett Kay singled, Johneshwy Fargas was hit by a pitch and the bases were loaded. Tyler Hollick doubled Deacon and Kay home. Christian Arroyo singled Fargas home. Starter Jose Reyes got his second win, with seven strikeouts, and Eury Sanchez his second save. Cory Bostjancic was the losing pitcher in relief. July 11: Hillsboro 7, Volcanoes...

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Wanted: owner of this chicken

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Rusty Funk was walking by the dumpster at her apartment one day last month when she saw something out of the ordinary. “My son was here, so I told him to come look,” Funk said. “I told him, ‘You’ve got to help me catch a chicken.’” Initially, Funk didn’t want to do anything with the unusual looking chicken, which has a black body and white feathers on the head. “I take my two dogs out in the morning,” she said. “I looked and there was this bird. I thought the dogs were enough for me. But I almost walked right up to her and she just stood there. We had her caught in no time. I thought, ‘That’s not a regular chicken.’” Funk figured the chicken’s owner would be by at any time to claim the bird. That was a month ago. Now she needs the chicken to go home, in part because her neighbors are getting annoyed with their flowers being ransacked. “It’s not an ordinary chicken,” Funk said. “It’s someone’s pet. She’s not afraid of people at all. Somebody is really missing her. It wouldn’t act like that just with me. I feel guilty keeping her so long. I just want her back to where she needs to be. I do enjoy her, but she’s not mine.” Funk found out early...

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Egli questions salary survey

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Every three or so years, City of Keizer officials do a salary survey to determine pay ranges. The survey led to recent pay raises for city manager Chris Eppley and city manager Shannon Johnson. As mentioned last week in the Keizertimes, both Eppley got a 2.5 percent Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) increase, the same as other Keizer employees. The two also got an additional 3 percent merit raise for satisfactory performance reviews. The 5.5 percent increases bumped Eppley from $139,299.60 in annual compensation to $147,076.80 and Johnson from $126,360 a year to $133,390.44 in annual compensation. Machell DePina, director of Human Resources, noted both Eppley and Johnson are on the last step of their salary scales. In other words, any additional pay raises for the two would be via the same COLA increases other employees receive. Members of the Keizer City Council approved the raises by a 4-1 vote on July 7 (councilors Marlene Quinn and Cathy Clark were absent), with the four in favor not saying anything. The lone dissenting voice belonged to council president Joe Egli, who questioned some of the cities listed as comparables in the salary survey. “I feel we can tweak that (process) to make it better,” Egli said during the meeting. “I’m going to vote no now, because I don’t like the process we have now....

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