Month: April 2015

Losing slide snapped by tie in boys tennis

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The McNary High School boys varsity tennis team has had a rough go of it in recent weeks. After three consecutive 8-0 losses, the team managed to tie West Salem High School 4-4. It’s becoming one of the dreaded rebuilding years. “Matches have been a struggle, but a lot of our players are new to the sport. They all have different reasons for being out there, and we’re trying to put everyone on the same page,” said Lisa Reid, McNary head coach. McNary tied the Titans with one default each in singles and doubles. Roman Kuklicka picked up a win in singles going three sets with West’s Michael Magnello. Set scores were 4-6,6-2 and 7-5. Sam Farr and Pedro Reyes picked up a doubles win in consecutive sets of 6-2. The season can still be a success even if it doesn’t translate to wins on the court. “If they just want to learn to enjoy it for the rest of their lives, that’s a success,” Reid said. “They are good to each other as teammates and they are good...

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Regulations for vet clinics clarified

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Veterinarian regulations in Keizer have been clarified. Members of the Keizer Planning Commission approved the revised regulations during their April 8 meeting. The regulations are being sent to the Keizer City Council for final approval. After an hour of discussion – in addition to time spent on the issue in February – commissioners unanimously adopted the following wording for veterinarians: “All operations shall be conducted within completely enclosed and soundproof buildings and any overnight stays be limited to short-term care that is incidental to the practice of veterinary medicine.” Commissioners also decided a subsection B to city code 2.414 (Veterinary Services) be left alone, while a proposed new subsection C was cut, with most of that wording being added to the first subsection. Outside runs can only be operated from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. The decision came in response to a request from Dr. Leanne West Eggert, owner of Creekside Veterinary Clinic and husband Jonathan Eggert, the practice manager. The Eggerts purchased the clinic at 5456 River Road North in 2011 and have seen the business grow. Due to the growth, the Eggerts are looking for a bigger facility. They found four potential sites, all located in the Mixed Use (MU) zone, which as written now doesn’t allow the boarding of animals. As such, the Eggerts requested an update to regulations to...

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Lady Celts get big wins in tennis

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes McNary High School’s girls varsity tennis team lost a match with McMinnville High School 6-2, but the two matches the team won were important ones. In No. 1 singles, Celtic freshman Hannah Childress took down Grizzly senior Caitlan Baker, one of the better players in the league, in three sets. “I kind of changed up my game when she became more consistent. When she did that I started to come up to the net and volley,” Childress said. Childress, making her second appearance in varsity singles, lost the first set 1-6, came back to win the second set 6-4 and took the third set 7-5. “She was scared to death after the first set, but then she went out and executed,” said Lisa Reid, McNary head coach. At No. 1 doubles, Ariana Neads and Sami Trowbridge pulled off a similar feat against a top-ranked opponent. They beat McMinnville’s Samantha Purdy and Shay Bristow with set scores of 2-6, 6-4 and 6-2. “We had a lot of movement. They would get balls past us, we focused the more tired we got,” Neads said. “After the first set, we were down on ourselves, but in the second set we decided to make them earn the win. In the third one, everyone was really tired, but we had more heart.” After the big win, Trowbridge was...

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Candidates spar for a sparse crowd

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes No matter audience size, candidates take advantage of candidate forums. Such was the case April 16 as eight candidates for various races came to the Greater Gubser Neighborhood Association meeting. The number of candidates dwarfed the audience size. Richard Stevenson and Colleen Busch are competing for the Salem-Keizer Transit Board subdistrict No. 2 seat currently held by Brad Coy. Incumbent Chuck Lee and challenger Tim Moles, running for the Salem-Keizer School Board Zone 6 seat, met. Betty Hart and Jim Taylor, running for Keizer Fire District Position 5, were both present as were Chet Patterson and James Mulhern, who are competing for Position 3 on the KFD board. Mulhern has been with the Marion County Fire District for 21 years. “I’m running because I saw the disconnect with the MCFD and the KFD,” Mulhern said. “I was there when we shared personnel, co-existed and worked together to keep the community safe. Since then problems have arose and lines were drawn. This year we have a new (MCFD) chief, a couple of new board members and an opportunity to come together for the citizens and save money.” Patterson has been involved with the KFD since retiring as an accountant. “I have 25 years of strategic planning and financial planning,” Patterson said. “Getting involved goes back to my first time in the city council and...

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Softball team struggles with errors

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes McNary High School’s girls varsity softball team couldn’t overcome errors in the early going of a game with Forest Grove High School Friday, April 17. “We came out flat. It may have been having a whole week off but, in the first three innings, we kicked the ball around and went down 6-0,” said Kevin Wise, McNary head coach. “If we played like we did in the last part of the game, it might have been a different story.” The Keizer team left eight runners on base in the 6-3 loss. McNary put one run across the plate in the fourth inning and two in the seventh, but it was too little too late. Kelsi Christenson had the best day at the dish going 2-for-3. Kimi Ito, Madison Oliver and Hannah Carr notched the RBIs. The Lady Celts bounced back the next day to win 14-0 over the McKay Royal Scots. “We were still off after the loss, but they came back and had a better approach at the plate being aggressive,” Wise said. “Their pitcher – to her credit – did a good job, but we were patient at the plate.” Despite the loss, the Royal Scot team was showing much improvement over past seasons on defense. Lady Celt Emma Kinler sent a shot over the centerfield fence to kick off...

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