Oct. 29, 2012

OSU football: Beavers confident they can bounce back from first loss of the season

In the aftermath of Oregon State’s first loss of the season, players must now figure out how to respond in what could be called a true test of character.

In which direction will OSU venture following the 20-17 loss to rival Washington? Could it be used as a springboard to a strong finish? Or, will the loss derail the rest of the season?

“Obviously we are disappointed about it,” quarterback Sean Mannion said. “We know there’s a long road ahead of us. We are going to bounce back. This team has a ton of mental and physical toughness.

“We’ll get ready for our next game and prepare harder than ever,” he added. “When something like this happens you can only learn, and that’s the approach we can take.”

The loss dropped OSU (6-1, 4-1) to No. 13 in the national rankings and to No. 11 in the Bowl Championship Series standings. Still, the Beavers can win a share of the North Division title and play in the Pac-12 Championship game if they win their last four conference games.

The first opportunity for redemption arrives on Saturday night at Reser Stadium against visiting Arizona State (5-3, 3-2).

“We just have to come back fighting,” receiver Brandin Cooks said.

Cornerback Jordan Poyer believes the team’s lapse can be fixed and the setback will make the Beavers better in the end.

“We are a team and we win together and lose together,” Poyer said. “When times are like this that are rough, you have to stick together. People will talk and say what they are going to say, but we have to stick together as a family and take on ASU next week.”

The first question for the next game comes at quarterback. Does Sean Mannion or Cody Vaz lead the offense that struggled with consistency with 427 total yards against the Huskies (4-4, 2-3)?

Mannion completed 18 of 34 for 221 yards with four interceptions. He wasn’t accurate and his receivers dropped several passes.

“I could have done things better but there’s nothing we can do about it now,” Mannion said. “I’ll prepare harder for Arizona State.”

Coach Mike Riley stressed that Mannion was physically ready for action after two weeks off to recover from minor surgery and just had an off night.

“He made a lot of good plays and some bad ones,” Riley said. “There were some uncharacteristic plays. It’s hard for me to judge if he was pressing.”

Vaz played well off the bench and completed 7 of 11 passes for 97 yards and a touchdown. His presence settled the offense and tied the score late in the game.

“We just have to step up and make plays and help Sean out,” Cooks said. “Sean had a long night out there and we had some mistakes out there. We all do that. When Cody came in, he stepped up and did what he had to do.”

When Cooks was asked who should start at quarterback, he declined to comment. Riley wouldn’t say anything specific Sunday night.

“We are status quo right now,” Riley said of Mannion’s status as the starter. “If we make any changes with positions, we’ll give it to you (today).”

Also of concern going forward is receiver Markus Wheaton, who suffered a concussion in the first half. He’s going through the recovery protocol and will not practice early this week.

“He was good (Sunday) and he’ll be tested each day,” Riley said. “I anticipate him playing.”

Running back Storm Woods aggravated a lingering knee injury, but is not expected to miss practice. Poyer sprained his right knee and will miss practice time.

“Poyer will be limited for a few days, but he’ll play,” Riley said.

OSU’s special teams were steady again and the defense played well enough to give the offense a chance to win. The Beavers allowed 293 total yards and forced a turnover.

So there’s a feeling that the Beavers can get back to their winning ways if the offensive questions can be sorted out.

“The defense did a great job,” Cooks said. “They played their hearts out. The offense kept shooting ourselves in the foot. They didn’t stop us, we stopped ourselves. When you shoot yourself in the foot enough, it’s just a matter of time.”

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Posted in Corvallis News
Oct. 21, 2012

Open Ward 7 Corvallis City Council seat draws most contested race

The most contentious among the three contested races for seats on the Corvallis City Council is in Ward 7. Three candidates are vying for the seat vacated by Jeanne Raymond, who is not seeking re-election on Nov. 6.

The ones who would like to serve Ward 7 are electrical engineer Paul Woods, Oregon State University community economist Bruce Sorte and retired Naval officer and federal employee John H. Detweiler.

Wards 5 and 6 each have two candidates running; candidates are running unopposed in the other six wards.

Through their answers to a questionnaire from the Gazette-Times and their participation in a two-hour town hall forum Monday, the three candidates offered a wide range of views on city issues — and a wide range of solutions.

One of the key issues facing the city is the relationship between Oregon State and the city, particularly in neighborhoods that are facing livability issues related to the explosive growth of OSU’s student population.

“Getting some leverage against landlords is worth investigating,” said Woods. “If we can quell that (neighborhood problems) that would be a sign of success. We need an enforcement mechanism, or ‘stick.’

“The vacancy rate is creating a huge drive for students to find housing in places they didn’t used to look.”

Sorte, who has been endorsed by Raymond, has offered a pair of key proposals to address the issue.

First, Sorte would increase the monthly payment from landlords to the city for each rental from $1 to $2 and use the money to help the Corvallis Police Department and the university deal with off-campus student matters.

Sorte also wants to address the parking issue by changing and extending the current parking districts.

Detweiler suggested that the university needs to pay for its share of city services.

“We have to work something out where they pay for fire and police resources, and we deduct that from the property taxes the public pays,” he said.

All three candidates are concerned about the city’s budget shortages.

“The most important things are police and fire, followed by the library, social services, parks and rec and the pool last,” said Detweiler. “I don’t think we have that much choice. You are always going to gore someone’s ox.”

“We need to balance the budget without panicking,” urged Sorte. “We need to compromise and work to preserve all the things we care about in Corvallis.”

“We already cut into fire, which could potentially harm people in this city,” said Woods, who spoke in the session Monday at the Scott Zimbrick Memorial Fire Station No. 5 — which was closed earlier this year due to budget cuts.

“Eventually we will get down to things in which we have to say we just cannot afford this. My main goal is restoring that tax base in time. Otherwise we will have wrenching cuts.”

The current budget cycle got a boost from an operating levy passed by the voters, which helps pay for the Corvallis Senior Center and Osborn Aquatic Center plus some library and social service functions.

The current City Council has suggested it might ask for a five-year levy once the current three-year model expires June 30, 2014.

“I would look at it carefully,” said Sorte. “Sometimes you have to go to the voters for, in order, fees, levies and then general taxes. We need to get the problem well-defined. These are tough economic times.”

“I prefer not to have a levy,” said Woods, “but I would not prevent it from going to the voters.”

Woods said he would recommend a general fund levy, rather than one that would spend the money on specific city services.

Detweiler was blunt on the matter.

“I didn’t support that one and won’t support this one,” he said. “If you put things in a levy that means they have a higher utility than other things in the budget.”

Contact reporter James Day at jim.day@gazettetimes.com or 541-758-9542. Follow at Twitter.com/jameshday or gazettetimes.com/blogs/jim-day

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Posted in Corvallis News
Oct. 17, 2012

Portland apartment rents continue to rise as vacancy falls

There may be thousands of new Portland-area apartments in the works, but that hasn't halted rising rents, nor eased the competition between would-be renters.

According to a survey conducted by the Metro Multifamily Housing Association released Wednesday, the apartment vacancy rate is resting at 3.63 percent. That's down slightly from the 3.7 percent rate reported in April, but higher than the 3.34 percent seen one year ago.

Still, monthly rent checks are getting bigger. Compared with a year ago, rents have risen 6.2 percent to about $1.03 per square foot. The average one-bedroom apartment rents for $774 a month, up from $706 last October.

The apartment boom rests on growing post-recession demand. Former homeowners who lost their home in foreclosure are now renting, and people who had moved in together to save money are now moving out on their own, filling more apartments.

"More and more young people are living alone in their apartment," Liz Tilbury, owner of Tilbury Ferguson Investment Real Estate Inc., told a gathering of MMHA members.

Studio apartments, in particular, are growing more popular. As a result, the average rent for studios has grown 30 percent in two years, far faster than other apartment types.

Developers saw the growing demand coming, and early birds who started construction months ago are now bringing their projects to the market. Nearly 3,000 apartments are leasing or will start seeking tenants by the end of the year, according to to HFO Investment Real Estate, and another 6,000 are planned in 2013 and 2014.

The looming construction has made landlords a little nervous, and Mark Barry, a Portland apartment appraiser, said he wouldn't be surprised to see vacancy closer to 5 percent in coming months.

Still, times are pretty good for owners of apartment buildings.

"Here we are, in a market with low vacancy, rising rental rates and low interest rates, and apartments being the darling of investment and lending," Barry said.

What's good news for property owners isn't as welcome among tenants.

Renting is getting more expensive, and it's only gotten harder to find an apartment. The average number of days an apartment stays vacant between tenants has fallen from 43 to 37 days since April. In the area's hottest apartment market, inner Southeast Portland, apartments are vacant for just 11 days on average.

And while some relief may be on the way with new construction, that might still be months or years away.

"They're not all going to be delivered tomorrow," said Sam Rodriguez, managing director for developer Mill Creek Residential Trust.

Elliot Njus

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Posted in Portland News
Oct. 16, 2012

Keizer buys delinquent property with no commercial value at Keizer Station

The Keizer Urban Renewal Agency was the sole bidder this morning on a foreclosed property at Keizer Station, paying $602,169.32 for the parcel.

Keizer taxpayers borrowed $26.8 million to build the infrastructure for the shopping center. Property owners agreed to make the payments.

Keizer foreclosed on the 1.47 acre property after a company owned by developer Chuck Sides became delinquent on payments.

The property secured a loan assessment of $510,888. The minimum bid was higher than that because of interest, fees and costs associated with the foreclosure.
The property has no commercial value, because it houses high-tension power lines.

Two other lots controlled by Sides are $1.2 million in arrears, but Keizer has not yet chosen to start foreclosure proceedings on them.

Those two properties have a total real market value of $2.23 million. Keizer needs to recoup $5.83 million from those properties, plus additional interests and costs.


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Posted in Keizer News
Oct. 15, 2012

Albany Offers New Mexican Cooking Class

The Albany Parks & Recreation Department is offering several new cooking classes this fall from 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays at the Albany Senior Center, 489 Water Ave. N.W., with Chef Leonor Rodriguez.

Rodriguez is originally from Texas and of Mexican descent. She specializes in Mexican cuisine and has an extensive background in cooking, creating recipes and sharing her knowledge.    

Each class focuses on a different dish. Students can sign up for one or several sessions:

Oct. 20: Authentic Mexican Desserts

Nov. 10: Mexican Rice and Beans

Dec. 1: Authentic Tamales

Dec. 8: Tortillas

Fees vary according to each menu. Albany residents pay a lower price than students who live outside the city limits, and each student pays a small lab fee for materials.

For the complete fee list, more information and how to register, visit www.cityofalbany.net/parks or call 541-917-7777.

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Posted in Albany News
April 4, 2012

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Dec. 9, 2011

November 2011 Statistics For Albany and Corvallis Real Estate

Below are the November 2011 statistics from the Willamette Valley MLS, including total number of homes sold, average sales price and more. For comparison, we’ve included 2010 information from the same month. Call us for more information about the market. We strive to be the trusted advisors for our clients.

Albany 2011:        
Units Sold 12 Months-to-Date 447
Average Sales Price $152,938
Average Square Footage 1,553
Average Cost per Square Foot $98
Average Days on the Market 138
Currently Active 248

Albany 2010:        
Units Sold 12 Months-to-Date 469
Average Sales Price $161,417
Average Square Footage 1,521
Average Cost per Square Foot $106
Average Days on the Market 132
Currently Active 311

North Albany 2011:
Units Sold 12 Months-to-Date 119
Average Sales Price $221,748
Average Square Footage 1984
Average Cost per Square Foot $111
Average Days on the Market157
Currently Active 84

North Albany 2010:
Units Sold 12 Months-to-Date 134
Average Sales Price $252,591
Average Square Footage 2040
Average Cost per Square Foot $124
Average Days on the Market 145
Currently Active 111

Corvallis 2011:
Units Sold 12 Months-to-Date 501
Average Sales Price $270,541
Average Square 1852
Average Cost per Square Foot $146
Average Days on the Market 128
Currently Active 253

Corvallis 2010:
Units Sold 12 Months-to-Date 471
Average Sales Price $279,659
Average Square 1873
Average Cost per Square Foot $149
Average Days on the Market 125
Currently Active 308