Day: July 24, 2015

Local bowler to State Games of America

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes A Keizer teen with an already long list of accomplishments in bowling will be seeking another notch in his belt at the State Games of America next weekend. On Saturday, July 25, Nick Blythe is holding a car wash at Town & Country Lanes in Keizer to help pay to the trip. Car wash hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Blythe qualified for the State Games of America in the Oregon State Games almost two years ago and is finally getting the chance to go. “It’s always kind of been there in the back of my mind. It’s exciting to get to go and compete against the best in the country,”said Blythe, 16. Blythe won the silver medal two years ago and recently took the bronze medal in the State Games of Oregon, which qualifies him to compete at the national event in another two years. A teammate of Blythe’s on the McNary High School bowling team, Scott Bridger, brought back the gold medal at the national event the last time it was held. Blythe’s road to this point in his budding career began with his first 300 game at the age of 13. He’s bowled four more since then, but only two were during sanctioned league play. His goal is to join the Pro Bowlers Association tour. To that end,...

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Sand volleyball courts almost done

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Visitors to Keizer Rapids Park last week may have noticed the rather large mound of sand by the area of the old volleyball courts. There were actually two mounds: one with the old sand and one with the new sand for the three new courts. Hans Schneider, who has a long history locally with volleyball programs, proposed new courts at KRP last summer. Plans finally got approved for matching grant program funds from the Keizer Parks and Recreation Advisory Board last month. With the funding, labor and materials in place, the project started last week. Demolition of the old courts started July 13, with excavation for the new courts – going side-by-side-by-side – starting the next day. By the end of the week, a sprinkler system was being installed all along the outside of the courts. “It should be done Thursday or Friday of next week,” Schneider estimated on July 17. “We have dune sand, 525 yards of it.” Schneider said dune sand doesn’t compact down like river sand does, though the old river sand will be used as a base. Nets and lines will be done in royal blue, to tie the project to McNary High School. “I want high schoolers and middle schoolers to come out here and use these courts,” he said. “I know they will come down and use...

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Progress made in Area C project

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Trees are being taken down to make way for the road and permits are being submitted. Yes, plans for apartments and senior housing in Keizer Station Area C are moving forward. Plans submitted by Bonaventure Senior Living for a 154-unit retirement community and Mountain West Investment Corporation for 180 apartments were approved by the Keizer City Council earlier this year. The new structures will be built on an expanded section of McLeod Lane, which currently ends at Chemawa Road. In the last couple of weeks, trees have been taken down and the land is being cleared in the field just east of Chemawa. “Construction is starting,” said Brian Moore, director of Real Estate Development for Mountain West. “All of the public improvements including streets will be some of the first work done, with utility and grading work done at the sites.” The work has included submitting permits. This month alone, 18 permits have been applied for by Mountain West apartments – 17 buildings, in addition to a maintenance building. The 17 buildings range in valuation from $371,852 to $1,396,910. The total valuation for all buildings is $18 million. The listed addresses are all on the 5400 block of McLeod, except for one listed as 5500 McLeod. On July 14, a permit was applied for by Mountain West Community Construction and owner Bonaventure Senior Living...

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