Day: March 31, 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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