Day: February 20, 2015

Boys cage McMinnville, need rally to beat West Salem

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes A tie at the end of the first half in a game between the McNary High School and McMinnville High School’s boys varsity basketball teams ended in a 57-42 win for the Celts, Friday, Feb. 13. The Grizzlies were first to the board, but a pair of quick buckets by McNary senior Devon Dunagan gave the Keizer team a 6-5 lead. “We played really well and had a few too many turnovers, while they made some good adjustments,” said Ryan Kirch, McNary head coach. Both teams turned the ball over on several possessions in a low-scoring 11-7 first period, but McNary’s Harry Cavell, Mathew Ismay and Dunagan drained baskets from the line to take control going into the second period. As the half wound down, Celt Cole Thomas put in one from the foul line and another from the paint to help McNary hold on to a four-point lead, but the Grizzlies had the game tied up at 21-21 with 1:45 left in the half. McMinnville went up 23-21 on their next possession, but Dunagan laid one in to knot the game before retiring to the locker room. “I think we closed pretty well and we had a good field goal percentage in the second half even though we weren’t there in the first half,” said Celt junior Trent VanCleave. Ismay put...

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Final approval given for Area C development plan

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes The ending was somewhat anti-climatic. For years a war of words surrounded development in Area C of Keizer Station. By the time the Keizer City Council gave final approval Tuesday of plans calling for 180 apartments and a 154-unit retirement community, only a handful of people were in the audience – most of whom were people who had put the plan together. No one from the audience spoke. The majority of discussion among councilors centered around sidewalks. Councilors approved the order by a 6-0 vote, with Dennis Koho abstaining from a vote and discussion due to a potential conflict of interest. In short order, a master plan and lot line adjustment were approved and three previous orders for the area were repealed. “A lot of my life got repealed,” mayor Cathy Clark quipped. The approval Tuesday – a day later than usual due to President’s Day on Monday – was a formality after councilors approved the joint proposal by Mountain West Investment and Bonaventure Senior Living last month, which had been the first time councilors discussed the project. Representatives from the two companies first met with city officials last September and soon after started meeting with neighbors. A previous proposal to do commercial building – a rumored 116,000 square foot Walmart was the lightning rod – a few years ago was vigorously protested,...

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Cheaper surface means Big Toy budget trimmed

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Expenses for the Big Toy have been chopped by a quarter. A motion was approved at the Feb. 10 Keizer Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting to hold off on getting a top-line surface for the play structure at Keizer Rapids Park. A similar motion was approved the week before at the Community Build Task Force meeting. Plans now call for a poured-in rubber surface to be pursued for later, if grants can be secured. In place of the poured-in surface, engineered wood fiber is now the choice. The impact on the budget is notable. The Big Toy budget lists expenses as being $416,509.80, including $105,000 for rubber surface materials. Mark Caillier, general coordinator for the project scheduled to be built by community volunteers in a five-day span from June 10 to 14, said the $105,000 was on top of $45,000 already part of the $191,119 listed for construction materials. Subtracting the $105,000 means a total of $311,509.80 would have to be raised. As of the Feb. 3 CBTF meeting, a total of $205,948.86 had been raised. “The poured in material could be added later,” Richard Walsh said at the Parks Board meeting. “We can have the city apply for a grant for the pour-in-place cover next year. (The surface) is the largest ticket item. This makes the whole Big Toy project very...

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Celtics to top ranks in two weight classes at district meet

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes McNary High School’s varsity wrestling team will have two no. 1 seeds headed into the wrestling district meet Friday, Feb. 20. The event gets underway at 10 a.m. at Sprague High School in Salem. The two wrestlers entering the tournament as top seeds are at opposite ends of the spectrum wrestling-wise. Senior Alvarro Venegas will go in as the top-ranked wrestler in the Greater Valley Conference – and the state -– at 195 pounds. Freshman Brayden Ebbs is the district’s top-ranked wrestler at 120 pounds. Venegas, who has dropped about 30 pounds since his freshman year and sculpted what remained, has been waiting for this moment for a long time. His record this season is 42-1. “I feel like everything I’ve done has paid off. If I keep following in the footsteps of the other wrestlers, I can win it and it’s something I really want,” Venegas said. “I also want as many other guys going to state with me as we can manage. Brayden is going to be a district champ and Wyatt Kessler has a great shot.” Ebbs’s journey to this tournament started well before he became a member of the varsity ranks at McNary, as a longtime member of the Celtic Mat Club. “From the beginning of the year, my goal was to be the best. I’m pretty sure...

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Keizer lawmakers react to resignation

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes As Gov. John Kitzhaber announced his resignation Feb. 13, state Sen. Kim Thatcher (R-Keizer) had her hands full. With her 2-year-old grandson, that is. Yes, as an Oregon governor resigned under pressure for the first time in state history, Thatcher wasn’t at the capitol. “I wasn’t here on Friday,” said Thatcher, who moved over to the Senate this year after 10 years in the House of Representatives. “The Senate doesn’t hold meetings on Friday, so there was no reason to be here. Plus I had agreed to watch my grandson, so I was up to my eyeballs starting on Thursday night with a 2-year-old. I was not hanging onto every Facebook post and tweet.” Thatcher didn’t know the news until seeing a message from her brother-in-law, at which point she checked the news. Kitzhaber had come under increasing pressure from leaders on both sides of the aisle to resign, due to issues surrounding how fiancee Cylvia Hayes got state contracts as well as criminal investigations into Kitzhaber’s actions. “I have always had the deepest respect for the remarkable institution that is the Oregon Legislature; and for the office of the governor,” Kitzhaber’s statement read in part. “And I cannot in good conscience continue to be the element that undermines it. I have always tried to do the right thing and now the right...

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