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Day: January 17, 2014

Man with tow truck takes car illegally

File photo
File photo

By CRAIG MURPHY
Of the Keizertimes

Dee Monday’s son convinced her it was a misunderstanding that would be cleared up in the morning.

It wasn’t.

When an older, beat up tow truck came to tow her son’s Kia Forte sedan Thursday night, Monday asked her son what was going on.

“My son said it was just a mistake,” said Monday, who noted the tow truck driver told them they would need to call their bank.

On Friday, they did just that. That’s when the news came: the payments were current. The bank hadn’t sent anyone to repossess the car.

“The car was stolen right out from under our noses,” Monday said.

Monday said her son’s car is a gray or silver Kia Forte four-door sedan with a 49ers emblem in the back window. She described the truck driver as being in his late 30s or early 40s, with a goatee and short hair. He was driving a white truck.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call the Keizer Police Department at 503-390-3713.

Excavator hits gas line at Lakepoint

KEIZERTIMES/Craig Murphy
A crew from NW Natural Gas Services works to repair a broken gas line Friday afternoon, Jan. 17 at the corner of Inland Shores Way N and Lakepoint Place N. (KEIZERTIMES/Craig Murphy)

By CRAIG MURPHY
Of the Keizertimes

A gas leak has restricted traffic at Inland Shores Way North and Lakepoint Place North.

Around 3 p.m. Friday afternoon, the leak was reported. A crew from NW Natural Gas Services responded to make repairs.

Melissa Moore, corporate communications manager for NW Natural, said work was being done at the pool house at the Lakeside at Inland Shores Apartments.

“An excavator hit a half-inch gas line,” Moore said. “The gas is off and repairs are being made.”

Moore said crews try to be on the scene in 30 minutes to an hour.

“More than 500 times a year people hit a gas line,” she said. “We always respond right away. The time it takes (for repairs) just depends on the extent of the damage.”

Moore said federal law requires anyone digging to call 8-1-1 two days before so lines can be located.

Traffic was not able to go east on Inland Shores Way from Lakepoint, but nearby businesses such as Chase Bank could still be accessed by coming the other way on Inland Shores from River Road N, via Promenade Way N.

Freshmen enter CVC 12-0

 

Celt Edward Gidenko gets a clear look at the hoop in the game with Liberty High School. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)
Celt Edward Gidenko gets a clear look at the hoop in the game with Liberty High School. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

The McNary High School freshmen boys basketball team held on to a slim lead (49-45) in the second half of a game with Liberty High School to keep its perfect record Friday, Jan. 10.

The Celts’ Kevin Martin shadowed Liberty’s Dante Montgomery on defense all night to keep the game’s scoring leader to 18 points. Six-foot-three center Hunter Winters finished with eight points and eight rebounds to help the team to a win.

It was an almost-uncharacteristic close call for a team starting the season 12-0. The young Celtic team hadn’t turned in such a close score since a 45-44 game with Dallas High School on Dec. 20.

The team is averaging 17.9 points more than their opponents on any given night.

Martin and Josh Hakes put up double-digit offensive numbers in numerous games so far this season, but much of the team has had a moment or two in the spotlight.

Josiah Gilbert hit five of six free throws in the Dallas game to lift the team over the top. Edward Gidenko notched five steals and five rebounds to go along with his 10 points in a game with Blanchet Catholic School. Shooting guard Brody Nepstad claimed 14 points in win over Springfield High School. Dillon Branson had a 10-point game with Roosevelt High School, and Brendan Frizzelle has been a steady presence for the team on both offensive and defensive stats. Nick Brouse and Adam Harvey round out the team’s roster.

That upcoming pool of talent doesn’t even include two of the tallest players in the class of 2017. The 6-foot-2 Cade Goff is playing with the varsity team and 6-foot-1 Matthew Ismay is putting in time with the junior varsity team.

The unblemished start bodes well for the team headed into Central Valley Conference play this week. The action started with a road game against a struggling South Salem High School freshman team Tuesday, Jan. 14.

A common sense approach to losing weight

TOPS (Take Pounds Off Sensibly) has started its new year meetings at John Knox Church at 452 Cummings Lane N.

The club, dedicated to helping people lose weight with common sense, meets at 9 a.m. each Thursday.

Cost is $28 for an annual fee and $5 per month.

For information call 503-390-9753 or 503-463-6340.

Helping out Classic Tap

Damage at Classic Tap Dance Studio last month was worse than expected. Local families are asking the community to help. (KEIZERTIMES file/Craig Murphy)
Damage at Classic Tap Dance Studio last month was worse than expected. Local families are asking the community to help. (KEIZERTIMES file/Craig Murphy)

By CRAIG MURPHY
Of the Keizertimes

Last month’s water damage caused by burst pipes at Classic Tap Dance Studio was worse than originally thought.

Local families are trying to help out and asking the community for additional assistance.

Siblings Danny Wold and Jane Raddatz had to close their studio at 392 Chemawa Road North for repairs in early December. At the time, Wold hoped the repairs could be made over the studio’s traditional Christmas break.

However, the damage was more extensive – and more expensive – than anticipated.

“We are still closed for business this week and possibly next,” Raddatz wrote on the studio’s Facebook page Monday morning. “We are so sorry this is taking so long. Insurance (companies) are tough to work with and there was way more damage than we thought.”

Raddatz posted another update Monday night for students and their parents.

“We are closed again this week and maybe next,” she wrote. “It’s been a nightmare and all we can say is we are so sorry.”

The damage has led supporters to rally around Wold and Raddatz.

Shannon Shore, whose family has taken lessons at the studio for eight years, is leading the effort to raise funds to help.

“In just the last few years several tragedies have plagued this special group of people,” Shore wrote on a website dedicated to the cause. “During the extreme freezing weather back in December, their ceiling pipes burst flooding half of the studio, causing a partial ceiling collapse in the back studio and office, which is costing around $15,000 to repair…It has now been over a month since they were able to hold classes, which means no income coming in for almost two months, the same regular bills to pay, plus $15,000 in costs for fixing everything.”

A few families got together last month and raised $790, but Shore is hoping for more.

“Many of us have scraped as much as we can together to help already and now I feel it is time to reach farther if we can,” Shore wrote. “Please, if ever there was a time to ‘pay it forward’ it is now. Anything you are able to give will greatly bless these beautiful people in their time of need. Let’s show them how much love and hope is left in the world.”

Those wishing to donate can contact Shore at (503) 999-8456 or email [email protected] More information is available at https://www.giveforward.com/fundraiser/bbn3/rescuing-a-beloved-dance-studio.

Shore said Monday it’s been emotional seeing everything Raddatz and Wold have had to deal with.

“Everybody feels so heartbroken for them,” she said. “Even if it’s just something small, we’ve got to do something for them. Everyone’s hearts go out to them. They have just hung on and hung on through everything. It makes me emotional just talking about it.

“You watch them go through one thing after another,” Shore said. “One thing would make the strongest of us crumble. They’ve gone through everything. We want to see some of the good stuff handed back to them, to let them know they are not alone.”

Shore noted Raddatz’s reaction upon hearing of the effort.

“When she first found out about the page that was set up, she broke down in tears,” Shore said. “She was so touched by anyone reaching out. But it feels so inadequate. It seems like such a drop in the bucket for what they need. To not do more was heartbreaking.”

Celts rout Royal Scots in the pool

McNary’s Tanner Hughes glides through the water in the individual medley race with McKay High School Thursday, Jan. 9. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)
McNary’s Tanner Hughes glides through the water in the individual medley race with McKay High School Thursday, Jan. 9. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes

Shallow ranks in the McKay High School swimming team led to Celtic domination in the pool Thursday, Jan. 9.

The boys and girls varsity teams won every race in the dual meet despite Head Coach Kim Phillips using the opportunity tomix things up with swimmers participating in races outside their normal fortes.

“They’re working hard and tackling whatever race they’re given,” Phillips said.

McNary freshman Pearl Prinslow won two individual races for the girls and was part of two winning relays teams at the meet.

“She had a great individual medley and she’s our second-fastest 100 breatstroker. I’m not sure where she’s going to go come district, but she’s doing a great job anywhere she’s put,” Phillips said.

The girls 200 yard medley relay was won by Zoe Arnsmeier, Prinslow, Anjelica Glassey and Amanda Dees in 2:19.31; Jewel Boyd won the 200 free in 2:21.54; Prinslow won the 200 yard IM in 2:42.79; Samantha Williams won the 50 free in 30.32; Josie Ellis won the 100 free in 1:05.86; Kiana Briones won the 500 free in 6:32.72; Briones, Emily Biondi, Mikaela Benson and Prinslow won the 200 free relay in 2:02.66; Monica Howard won the 100 backstroke in 1:14.11; Prinslow won the 100 breast in 1:22.55; and Williams, Brittney Kiser, Mikaela Benson and Boyd won the 400 free relay in 4:33.35.

Phillips entered Abby McCoy into the 100 backstroke and the Lady Celt came up with a second-place finish in her first attempt at the race. Howard, who took a year off from the sport in 2013, swam a two-second personal best in the same contest for the win.

For the boys, Collin Bedingfield, Jared Kelson. Colton Vickers and James Kelson won the 200 medley relay in 2:09.89; Perry Groves won the 200 free in 2:09.49; Sloane Yerger won the 200 IM in 2:20.98; Evan Alger won the 50 free in 26.04; Yerger won the 100 butterfly in 1:03.15; Vickers won the 100 free in 59.18; James Kelson won the 500 free in 6:14.95; Tanner Hughes, Alex Sharabarin, Alfonso Pacheco, and Evan Alger won the 200 free relay in 1.57.63; Bedingfield won the 100 backstroke in 1:09.42; Hughes won the 100 breaststroke in 1:15.37; Alger, Marcos Goodman, James Kelson and Hughes won the 400 free relay in 4:07.15.

Phillips had high praise for Vickers, a senior who swam the 100 and 50 free races.

“He is swimming really well this year and his times in both races were personal records,” she said.

James Kelson’s time in the 500 was a 10-second personal best.

Untangling KLL and KYSA

City leaders and staff go on a tour of Keizer Little League Park last September. Keizer's youth baseball and softball complex has once again been the center of controversy. (KEIZERTIMES file/Craig Murphy)
City leaders and staff go on a tour of Keizer Little League Park last September. Keizer’s youth baseball and softball complex has once again been the center of controversy. (KEIZERTIMES file/Craig Murphy)

By CRAIG MURPHY
Of the Keizertimes

Despite another off-field controversy, things are moving forward towards another season of baseball and softball at Keizer Little League Park.

Both city manager Chris Eppley and Bill Lawyer, Public Works director, confirmed a new mower was ordered this week.

The mower and other field maintenance equipment is being ordered since Keizer Youth Sports Association (KYSA), for the first time since 2008, is not managing the city-owned park in 2014. Keizer Little League (KLL) is managing the park this year, with two one-year options to follow.

During last week’s Keizer City Council meeting, it was noted KYSA officials had removed equipment used to get the fields at the complex ready for play.

That greatly angered councilor Jim Taylor, who went on a tirade following the meeting and called the removal of the equipment an “unconscionable” action, among other things.

The removal led to two questions, with the simpler one being did KYSA have the authority to remove the items. The more complex question is if the items should have been removed.

Officials with KYSA, KLL and the city all agree KYSA owns the equipment in question.

KLL was started in 1972 and continued as one group until 2008, when a split took place. A majority of the 2007 KLL board members kept the same registration numbers and the organization going. However, since programs being offered were no longer Little League programs, a name change was required. Thus, the KYSA name.

“It was just a name change,” said KYSA president Kurt Barker, the only board member from the former KLL who is still on the KYSA board. “We just started our own KYSA brand.”

Barker estimated 80 percent of the 2007 KLL board members made up the 2008 KYSA board.

A smaller part of the 2007 KLL board wanted to keep Little League going in Keizer, so a new Keizer Little League was formed.

“The Keizer Little League board in 2007 didn’t want to be affiliated with Little League anymore,” said Gary Hays, who was the new KLL’s first president. “That was contrary to the by-laws of the league. As soon as they acted contrary, they ceased to be Little League representatives. They were in control of the charter and had all the assets. They formed KYSA. Little League granted a charter to a group of us who wanted to keep Keizer Little League going. In the eyes of Little League, we formed a new board.”

Barker acknowledges the KYSA name caused – and still causes – confusion, especially since there is still a KLL.

“We wanted to be Little League of Keizer, but we couldn’t keep the Little League name,” Barker said. “We had to relinquish the name.”

Since KYSA retained all assets, the equipment at KLL Park belonged to KYSA, which managed KLL Park until the end of last October, when the management contract expired.

In the fall of 2004, Lawyer compiled a list of the city’s fixed assets at KLL Park. The list, which is still the same today, doesn’t list any field equipment.

“We never had an inventory of what was there to begin with,” Lawyer said. “I don’t know what can be removed and what cannot be removed.”

Further, “concession stand” is listed, but there is no further detail about who owns equipment inside the concession stand. That became an issue last week, as there was some question as to whether or not KYSA had the authority to remove the ice maker.

“Based on what I know, that equipment was KYSA’s property, so they removed it,” Eppley said. “I don’t know that I disagree with that decision. They had the legal right to do so. We’re not disputing the equipment they took is their equipment. The only piece of equipment our legal department thought might be a fixture is the ice maker. I disagree with that. I think that is their equipment.”

Lawyer looked out his window early this month and saw KYSA officials drive by with field equipment – the mower, tractor and gator – used at the baseball complex.

“Those items were not city equipment,” Lawyer said. “The city never put money towards the purchase of those.”

Barker confirmed KYSA officials did indeed remove their equipment from KLL Park.

“Our assets are in storage,” Barker said. “We have a financial responsibility to our members. We bought the items, spent nearly $2,000 a year to make sure they are insured and depreciated them on our taxes. How could any reasonable person think those assets don’t belong to us?”

Starting in 2013, the city budget called for city staff to provide mowing at KLL Park, in line with the type of work done at other city parks.

“KYSA wanted us to put labor into the park, so they could save funds and use those to fund the program,” Eppley said. “I understand that. Their argument was KLL Park is a city park, so we should maintain it like we do other parks. That made sense to me. We incorporated it into the park system. We were mowing the fields once a week. We took on the maintenance of buildings, like we do all other parks. They would be responsible for running the baseball program.”

That was to be the same this year, but those funds instead have been used for the purchase of a mower, which cost approximately $8,500.

“We had budgeted for a (city employee) to utilize the mower that KYSA took with them at the park in the mowing season,” Eppley said. “Instead, we will spend that money on the mower. KLL will have to provide volunteers (to do the mowing). It’s the same budget, just allocated in a different way. KLL will have to do more volunteering.”

Both KYSA and KLL submitted proposals to run KLL Park for 2014. The KLL proposal mentioned using field equipment at the park.

As mentioned last week, a committee grading the two proposals found KYSA’s to be incomplete. Barker took exception to that, as well as the overall process.

“The request for proposals was sent out in mid-October,” Barker said. “The deadline was Oct. 31 and the committee met on November 8. Normally a request for additional information would come in an e-mail, not by phone. I spent little time on our proposal, due to the short timeline. There were also new charges to the manager we were not prepared to pay.”

The larger question that’s been debated, particularly in the last week, is whether KYSA should have removed items or left them for KLL to use.

“It’s a whole different question of what they have the right to do versus the right thing to do,” Eppley said.

Hays, who is no longer affiliated with KLL, believes the intent was for items to stay at the park, regardless of who had the management contract.

“A verbal agreement was reported to the city that the equipment for maintaining the park and the concession stand would stay with the park,” Hays said. “All of that stuff was to stay with the park. My understanding is that was for long term.”

City councilor Dennis Koho, a lawyer and also president of the West Coast League baseball organization, feels equipment should stay at KLL Park.

“This is a program for kids,” Koho said. “We ought to be thinking in terms of what works best for the kids of Keizer, not today’s impact on an organization. If I was in KYSA’s position, it would be difficult to think that way. But I hope after reflection they could. I hope that equipment can be used for the benefit of Keizer youth.”

Barker, who stated he has “often offered” to join the two groups under the KYSA banner, said KYSA board members have no problem with KLL being awarded the management contract at KLL Park.

“We accept the decision of the council,” he said. “After 42 years of KYSA being the park manager, our parents, volunteers and board members need a break from being 100 percent financially responsible for maintaining and improving the park.”

So where will KYSA be holding games in 2014?

“We will be submitting a request to play on Keizer Little League Park fields,” Barker said. “We plan to use the same number as in the past.”

Barker points to the overall picture of numbers with youth baseball programs going down.

“KYSA doesn’t care which program Keizer youth play for,” he said. “We just want the total number of players to increase. Both our programs are feeder programs to McNary High School. The more kids our programs can send with baseball or softball skills to McNary, the stronger their teams will be.”