Month: March 2015

Boys searching for even keel on diamond

After beating out their first opponent of the season, the McNary High School varsity baseball team could only muster one hit in a game against West Linn High School on Wednesday, March 18. The Lions took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on a home run with senior Mickey Walker pitching. In the fifth inning, West Linn got its first player on base with a bunt, another with a walk and a single loaded the bases. Evan Alger came in to relieve Walker, and a ground out led and off-the-mark throw to first put runners at second and third. A walk and a batter hit by a pitch kept the Lions going before a triple notched the the final runs of the inning. Mathew Ismay got the only hit for the Celtics in the top of the fifth, but was caught stealing second. On Friday, March 20, McNary traveled to meet the Wilsonville High School Wildcats and took a 6-2 win. A double play in the first inning ended the Celts opportunities and Wilsonville put one on the board in the bottom of the frame with Josiah Gilbert on the mound for McNary. In the top of the second, Celt Tim Hays drew a walk, then Trevor Gilbert hit a single. Hays scored on an error by the Wildcat pitcher while Gilbert moved to third. Nick Lafountaine made...

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Cowan talks of levy, election at GGNA meeting

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Things have been a bit busy lately at the Keizer Fire District. Fire chief Jeff Cowan gave a brief report on his department’s activity and future plans during the March 19 Greater Gubser Neighborhood Association meeting. For example, Cowan told of how the KFD has used funding from the five-year tax levy approved in November 2013 by voters.The KFD has hired four additional firefighters and medics thanks to the levy’s tax rate of $.59 per $1,000 in assessed value, which means there is a full second shift. That extra personnel has been helpful, especially lately. Call volume increased 3 percent last year and has continued to climb. “Some days in January and February we had 24 calls for service in 24 hours,” Cowan said. “Our calls have been up 8 percent in the first quarter this year. The 24 calls in 24 hours has already happened a couple of times. Normally we get 12 calls a day.” Medics and firefighters bring both fire engines and ambulances to calls, which means there is enough personnel to help with carrying patients and any necessary gear. It also means an engine can quickly respond to another call at a moment’s notice, which was seen when there were 24 calls in a day. “That day, the engine never went back to the station,” Cowan said. Cowan also...

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LAX won’t settle for less than league title

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The first varsity game for the McNary High School lacrosse team was a barnburner Wednesday, March 18. “With two minutes left in the game and a two-goal lead, we tried unsuccessfully to kill the clock. We had a couple turnovers and a penalty allowing Newberg High School to tie the game 8-8 with 35 seconds left. We managed to get three shots off in the final 35 seconds of regulation, but none of them made it into the net,” said Ryan Bowlby, McNary head coach. After two overtimes, McNary won 9-8. “Me and Beard (Jeremy Williams) double-teamed their last guy to get the ball back, then I got tunnel vision,” said senior Cade Christensen. Christensen picked up the ground ball, ran the full length of the field behind the Newberg’s goal. He evaded a double team behind goal and managed to dive into a second double team four yards in front of goal. “Cade took a one-handed, left-hand shot that flicked into the back on the net for the game-winning goal with 35 seconds left,” Bowlby said. Lacrosse, which is run as a club sport for the Celtics, combines physicality of football with the finesse of soccer and the strategy of basketball. While the game made for amplified excitement, Bowlby knew the team was capable of more. “Statistically we dominated Newberg, we...

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KPAC ready for mural meeting

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Want to be the artist that helps design Keizer’s next public mural? If so, remember this date: Tuesday, March 31 at 6 p.m. at Keizer Civic Center. That’s when the newly renamed Keizer Public Arts Commission (KPAC) will host a Call to Artists Mural Planning meeting. KPAC members Jill Hagen and former Keizer Mayor Lore Christopher recently came up with the idea to have the city’s second public mural painted this summer along the long north wall of Town and Country Lanes, located at 3500 River Road North. With the blessings of bowling alley owner Don Lebold, Hagen designed a preliminary design that will be about 140 feet long and nine feet tall. Hagen showed off illustrations of her general concept at this week’s KPAC meeting, complete with bowling balls near both ends. “These are ones I’ve put in, the little bowling balls,” Hagen told fellow KPAC members. Beth Melendy was among those appreciating the design. “I love those bowling balls,” Melendy exclaimed. Christopher noted the design could change, though one thing must remain. “This could totally change when we have the artists here,” Christopher said. “Don really wanted a stream with jumping fish. If we could accommodate that, anything else we can do. We have a $2,500 grant from the Oregon Community Foundation. It’s for a community tapestry. We’re trying to engage...

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Riding with KPD’s Officer Anderson

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes So what’s it like being a cop in Keizer these days? Carrie Anderson, a 20-year veteran at the Keizer Police Department, can tell you no two days are alike. Last week the Keizertimes took an in-depth look at changes within the KPD, especially in regards to a shift towards problem-oriented policing, or POP. As part of finding out how that changes has impacted the daily work done by patrol officers, the Keizertimes went for a ride-along with Anderson, currently the only female in uniform at the KPD. Having moved to Keizer when she was less than 1 year old, Anderson has a deep connection with the city. Her parents, married for more than 50 years, still live in the same house in Keizer on Chehalis Court where they moved to more than 40 years ago. Anderson went to McNary High School and later Western Oregon State College (now Western Oregon University). While in school, Anderson became a reserve officer at the KPD. She was hired part-time by former police chief Chuck Stull while still in school. Once she graduated, Anderson was hired on full-time. “This is my 20th year here,” Anderson said with a chuckle. “I’m not sure how it happened.” For Anderson, being in patrol suits her perfectly. “I prefer patrol,” she said. “A desk job is not something I’d like to...

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