Day: September 4, 2014

Hot bats a double-edged sword for Volcanoes last week

By HERB SWETT For the Keizertimes Aug. 20: Volcanoes 5, Tri-City 2 Salem-Keizer turned five double plays in the first game of this home series. Although the Dust Devils scored the first run in the first inning, the Volcanoes got all they needed (three) in the third. They also hit two home runs, solo shots by Hunter Cole and Dylan Davis. Jason Forjet, the Volcanoes’ starter, ran his record to 7-1 and had four strikeouts in his six innings. Eury Sanchez had his 12th save. Tri-City starter Ryan Castellani took the loss. In the Volcanoes’ big inning, Cole walked, Austin Slater singled, and Seth Harrison singled Cole home. A double by Christian Arroyo scored Slater. Ryder Jones drove in Harrison with a single. Shane Hoelscher hit a bases-empty homer for the Dust Devils. Aug. 21: Volcanoes 12, Tri-City 7 The Volcanoes led this one all the way, with several offensive stars and with the dramatically improved reliever Jake McCasland winning his first game of the season. Salem-Keizer scored in each of the first six innings, with home runs from Dylan Davis, Aramis Garcia and Travious Relaford. Starting pitcher Keury Mella, who is on rehab, went four innings this time, allowing four hits and a run but striking out six. The biggest inning was the five-run fifth. Skyler Ewing singled, Ryder Jones walked and Garcia hit the ball over the left field...

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Trying to find land’s true worth

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes How much is city property in Keizer Station Area B worth? City officials aren’t sure. As such, agents of the Keizer Urban Renewal Agency unanimously approved a request Aug. 18 to have an appraisal done on city-owned commercial properties along Lockhaven Drive between the Keizer Transit Center and the radiology parcel at the corner of Lockhaven and McLeod Lane. URA agents – who also double as Keizer City Councilors – unanimously approved the request without any comments. The appraisal costs are estimated to be $3,500. The URA’s share is $2,900 with the remaining $600 from the city’s Street Fund. Susan Gahlsdorf explained the need in a memo to URA members. “Due to the upswing in the economy and increasing development in Keizer Station, staff recommends having an appraisal conducted so that the city is prepared for possible transactions,” Gahlsdorf wrote. City attorney Shannon Johnson noted a current value isn’t known. “There is not a current appraisal on the property,” he said. In other council business Aug. 18: • There have been a couple of stories lately about Keizer Police Department officer Scott Keniston’s new K-9 partner, Bruno. Councilors authorized Keniston to acquire his former K-9 partner, Bas, from the city for $1. Bas was retired from police duty due to age and physical ailments. “He aged out of his job,” police chief John...

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