Day: August 26, 2014

Have crutches, will campaign

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Some potential elected officials in Keizer are really hobbling around. Candidates for Keizer City Council and mayoral races have until the end of the day Tuesday, Aug. 26 to file for this fall’s election. There are currently five candidates for four open seats. Cathy Clark is the only candidate for mayor, a position being vacated by Lore Christopher after 14 years. There are four council candidates: Roland Herrera, Brandon Smith, Amy Ripp and Matthew Chappell. Ripp and Chappell are both competing for the council No. 5 seat currently held by council president Joe Egli, who is not running. Herrera is running for the council seat Clark is vacating, while former councilor and current Keizer Parks Board chair Smith is running to replace Jim Taylor, who hopes to take over Smith’s Parks Board seat. Anyone wishing to run must file with city recorder Tracy Davis and have all materials – including 120 signatures – into Davis by 5 p.m. Tuesday. Clark – a councilor since 2007 – and Ripp have something strange in common: they are both currently on crutches. In other words, 40 percent of the candidates to date are on crutches. Davis noted this is the first time in her 23 years with the city she’s heard of multiple candidates being on crutches at the same time. “It shows we’re active and...

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Volcanoes stymied by Ems, Hawks

By HERB SWETT For the Keizertimes Aug. 13: Volcanoes 2, Eugene 1 Drew Leenhouts, in a new role of reliever, was the winning pitcher in this road series opener that was nearly all pitching. Leenhouts pitched scoreless sixth and seventh innings after starter Jose Reyes went five with seven strikeouts. Eury Sanchez got his 11th save, and Wilson Santos was the loser in relief. Salem-Keizer and Eugene were scoreless through six innings. The Volcanoes got both their runs in the top of the seventh.  Skyler Ewing singled and went to third base on a double by Ryder Jones. Hunter Cole singled Ewing home, and Jones scored on a wild pitch. The Emeralds’ run came in the eighth. Nick Vilter doubled, went to third on a wild pitch and scored as Michael Miller grounded out. Aug. 14: Eugene 1, Volcanoes 0 This time the Emeralds won a low-scoring game, giving Salem-Keizer’s Jason Forjet his first loss against six wins. Forjet pitched seven innings, allowing five hits and striking out nine. However, Eugene’s Zechariah and two relievers gave up only three hits among them, with Zechariah getting the win and Colby Blueberg a save The Volcanoes’ only hits were singles by Seth Harrison, Austin Slater and Ryder Jones The only run came in the bottom of the sixth. River Stevens singled and went to second on a single by Auston Bousfield. Trae...

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Author puts protagonist on the run from hitman he hired

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The foundation of Riya Anne Polcastro’s first novel started off as a joke that turned into a story she couldn’t let go of. “I had a friend who was really depressive and always seemed on the verge of suicide. I finally told him that if he was ever going to do it he’d have to pay somebody,” Polcastro said. Suicide in Tiny Increments had its beginnings in that moment. The novel is the tale of Daniel Long, a depressed and miserable man, who puts out a hit on his own life. Not long after he realizes the error of his ways and tries to cancel the contract, but his chosen executor isn’t quite so understanding. Polcastro, who is a bartender at Keizer’s Ringo’s Tavern in her alter ego, said what separates her writing from others is the lack of a sympathetic protagonist. “The main character is kind of a jerk all the way through. One of my reviewers said their favorite character was actually the hitman,” she said. Polcastro started dictating stories to family and friends at a young age, but only threw herself into the process about five years ago. Suicide took only three months to write in 2011, but it never found a home with an agent. She opted to self-publish earlier this year. The first copies arrived in June....

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