Day: December 9, 2014

Lady Celts fielding small, focused team

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The McNary High School girls varsity bowling team may not have the depth of their male counterparts this season, but the Lady Celts are hopeful despite it. “We’ve got a really strong group, and we did pretty well in our first tournament even though we were missing a bowler and our coach,” said KayLynn Hatfield, a senior. “With a smaller team attitudes are easier to control, too.” In the team’s first tournament, McNary placed ninth out of a field about 15 teams strong, but Hatfield said they should do better in a tournament Sunday, Dec. 7, in Molalla. “I want to see us place sixth or better, and we’re going to start adding Friday practices so that should help skillwise,” she said. In high school bowling, five-person teams bowl baker-style meaning the first bowler will bowl frames one and six. The second bowler will bowl frames two and seven and so on, with the fifth bowler bowling frames five and 10. With a larger team, Head Coach Kathy Kaplan could substitute bowlers on any given frame, but the Lady Celts will have to make due with the five-bowler nucleus they have. Junior Brittney Kiser said it shouldn’t be much of a problem given the cohesion of the roster. “Our team is really good at working together. We’re always cheering for each other...

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Council clears buffer in KRP plan

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes For most of the year, plenty of big-picture work has been done regarding a revised master plan for Keizer Rapids Park. Leave it to the Keizer City Council to get bogged down on the issue of buffer zones right at the end of the process. For the second consecutive meeting, discussion about details for the buffer between KRP and houses along Tate Avenue – part of the West Keizer Neighborhood Association – dominated the conversation. Councilors ended up unanimously approving a resolution adopting a KRP master plan amendment, which amends a 2006 resolution. Councilors also approved an ordinance adopting an amendment to the January 2008 KRP master plan. Similar to what happened at the Nov. 17 council meeting, a person spoke during public comment at the beginning of the night to discuss the buffer. This time the situation was handled far differently. When Rhonda Rich, president of WKNA, wanted to speak at that meeting, councilors had an extended discussion about whether or not Rich could speak on the topic, since the public hearing had been closed at the Nov. 3 meeting. Rich was eventually allowed to speak and asked for a 25-foot buffer to be expanded to 75 feet. On Monday night, councilor-elect Brandon Smith, currently chair of the Keizer Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, wished to speak during public comment about the...

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