Day: September 10, 2014

No eruption in Volcanoes’ final game of season

By HERB SWETT For the Keizertimes A 6-5 loss at Boise Monday night ended the Volcanoes’ season with an overall 37-37 mark. The Hawks, South Division champions of the Northwest League, won the series two games to one and advanced to the league championship series against the Hillsboro Hops. Salem-Keizer trailed 2-0 after five innings, tied the score in the top of the sixth, and added two runs in the eighth and one in the ninth before Boise rallied for four runs in the bottom of the ninth. Neither club played all of its best players. Gary Davenport, the Volcanoes’ manager, kept Christian Arroyo on the bench because he was not fully recovered from a recent case of the flu, and he wanted to see how some of his reserves would play toward the end. Manager Gary Van Tol of the Hawks was resting top players for the series with Hillsboro. Keury Mella, Salem-Keizer’s starting pitcher, had a rougher start than usual. In 4-2/3 innings, he gave up seven hits, three walks and two runs. Armando Paniagua replaced him and pitched through the sixth. Boise’s Jason Vosler walked in the second inning with two out, moving Alex Tomasovich to second base. Mark Malave singled to left field, scoring Tomasovich. In the Boise fifth, Kevin Brown grounded into a force out and Justin Marra drove him in with a double...

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Big Toy delay will likely mean contract renewal for consultants

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes There are side effects to delaying the Big Toy playground project. Among them: having to renew a contract with project consultant Leathers and Associates. As originally planned, the play structure was going to be built this month at Keizer Rapids Park, shortly before the one-year contract with the New York-based consultant expires. “The original contract ended 30 days after the community build was going to be done,” said Mark Caillier, general coordinator for the project. The Community Build Task Force is still meeting the first Tuesday of each month. However, pushing the project back nine months means an extension for the contract has to be executed. Bill Lawyer, Keizer’s Public Works director, expects a new contract to be signed soon. Lawyer, who has been working extensively with Kyle Cundy from Leathers, noted the company doesn’t have projects delayed much. “It is unusual for them,” he said of the nine-month delay. “Leathers has provided the task force and the city a design for the Big Toy. There have been some modifications to their design as requested by the task force, moving this and that here and there.” Lawyer feels a contract is needed from the city’s point of view. “We believe it is,” he said. “It’s very common for us to deal with contracts. This is a pretty straightforward contract.” As part of the...

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