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Month: September 2010

Freshman football marches to 3-0 record

The McNary High School freshman football team pounded out its third win of the season with a win over Gresham High School Thursday, Sept. 16.

Tanner Purkey opened the scoring in the first quarter with a 1-yard touchdown run followed by a Hayden McCowen point-after kick for a 7-0 lead.

In the second quarter, D.J. Wilson scored on a 31-yard run McCowen put the extra point through the uprights. After the defense recorded a safety, Brett Hildebrand ran four yards for a touchdown. Cody Ratliff added the extra point for McNary to take a 23-0 lead. Quinton Boyd ran back a punt for 64 yards for a touchdown and McCowen’s successful point after lead the teams into halftime.

Spencer Baker scored two second-half touchdowns on runs of 16 and 83 yards with McCowen and Ratliff each adding an extra point for the Celtics’ final points.

The offensive line opened some nice holes once again led by tackles Eric Gabarda and John Stroebel, said Josh Riddell, offensive coordinator.

Baker led the offense with 161 yards rushing. Wilson and Hildebrand added 52 and 47 yards, respectively, as the Celtics racked up 264 yards in the game.

Thirty-five different players recorded at least one tackle, said Tony Vredenburg, defensive coordinator.

Joseph Giblin and Hunter Bowmar led the Celtics with nine tackles each, with Adam Snegirev, Kolton Vickers, and Hildebrand adding eight each. Justin Cavell returned from an injury to record seven tackles alongside Travis Klampe, Taylor Russell, Seth Miller, Ratliff and Purkey with six tackles each. Daniel Zavala, Perry Groves and Hayden Gosling balanced the defense with five tackles each.

Daniel Brattain averaged 42 yards on three punts and Jordan Barchus did an excellent job as the holder on kicks, said Ted Anagnos, head coach. The Celtics fielded all 70 players for the third consecutive game.

McNary continued its season on Thursday past press time with a home stand against Barlow High School.

Lady Celts lose, tie in preseason play

Of the Keizertimes

If there was a single emotion that dominated the McNary High School girls varsity soccer team’s 7-0 loss to West Albany High School, it was anger.

“They did a good job of passing and we had trouble keeping up with that in the first half. We were mad at ourselves for letting it happen and that helped us in the second half,” said Jordan Salinas, a McNary senior.

Defender Hailey Scoggins echoed the feeling.

“Even if it was 5-0 that wasn’t an excuse for not trying,” she said. “They were a good team, but we could have communicated better and worked together a lot better.”

Goalkeep Beca Aguilar allowed three goals in the 60 minutes she played.

“The team is getting better with the concept that our lines have to be compact, that we need to be more aggressive, score goals and be strong in the back,” said Miguel Camarena, Celtic head coach.

The Celts met Woodburn High School on the pitch Thursday, Sept. 17, and battled the team to a 2-2 tie.

Salinas and Hailey Scoggins both scored for the Celtics.

“We came out with a great head of steam, then they scored first, which forced us to regroup for the two goals we scored,” Scoggins said. “Everyone was working hard because everyone wanted to win.”

The team suffers when they aren’t communicating well and that made the difference in the Woodburn game, she continued.

“When we talk we’re good and our shape is perfect,” Scoggins said.

Communication on the field led to more controlling moments and less chasing the ball around the field, said Alex Van Amburgh.

Camerana was planning on mixing up the look of the Celt team in hopes of better results.

“We will have different formations during conference games,” he said. “We have to get better defensively and make sure that we keep our goal safe as much possible.”

McNary (0-1-2) hosts Sprague High School Tuesday, Sept. 28, and McKay High School Thursday,  Sept. 30.

Think of effect of a big box ban


I am deeply concerned about the possibility of the big box ban passing in Keizer.

Like so many laws and restrictions that are foisted upon us, this is another “well intentioned” effort that would have unforeseen negative effects for Keizer that would far outweigh any benefits.  With the arbitrary value of 65,000 square feet chosen as the cut-off for the ban, does this mean that a 66,000 square foot store would damage our community, increase crime in our neighborhoods and snarl traffic but a 64,000 square foot store would fit in nicely and cause none of those?  Are we to believe that a store’s benefit to the community is inversely proportional to its size?  Of course, this is ridiculous.

The economic analysis of Keep Keizer Livable (KKL) and the unions is weak.  They argue that keeping out large stores would strengthen our local businesses and benefit all Keizer residents.  This proposal is nothing but protectionism on a small scale and would bring the negative impacts that always follow protectionist policies.  Added competition brings additional services, greater product variety and lower prices for all of us, all of which would be restricted by this ban.  Jeff Anderson of United Food and Commerical Workers (UFCW) 55 also claims that chain stores hurt communities by lowering wages.  It’s Mr. Anderson’s ideas that are damaging: forcing artificially high wages on companies, as he does, suppresses the number of employees they can hire.  Wages are no different than any other expense and the higher they are the more limited a company will be in hiring additional workers.  Some argue that the lower wage jobs that would come with a box store aren’t what we want.  With Oregon’s unemployment rate, are we really in a position to turn away jobs because “they aren’t good enough?”

Proponents of the ban also cite increased traffic as a reason to block new businesses from locating in Keizer.  This is a legitimate concern but the solution is to make the necessary improvements to our infrastructure to handle the traffic and alleviate potential problems.  Where would we be today if the possibility of increasing traffic had been common criteria used to keep businesses out of Keizer in the past?

If we approve this ban, we have to accept that it will impact an untold number of companies in the future who may want to locate here, not just the common villain Wal-Mart.  Would KKL feel the same about a Trader Joe’s or Costco coming if their proposed stores were larger than 65,000 square feet?  This ban will create an environment that tells large companies that we don’t want their jobs, their services or their products.

Banning legal companies from coming is against the very principles that are critical to American economic prosperity. The way to voice your concern is through your mayor, city councilors and other city officials and to vote with your pocketbook by supporting the businesses you prefer.  Saying “no” to this measure is not saying “yes” to Wal-Mart; saying “no” is standing against more harmful bureaucracy.

Chris Peyton lives in Keizer.

Netters ‘run out of gas’ in Sheldon game

Lady Celt Keri Stein watches as her spike sails past Oly defenders in the team’s Central Valley Conference opener Tuesday, Sept. 21. McNary won in three games. Keizertimes/ERIC A. HOWALD

Of the Keizertimes

A burst of energy faded too quickly for the McNary High School varsity volleyball team to hold out against Sheldon High School.

Sheldon won the home court match in four games, 16-25, 25-22, 32-30, 25-19.

“We were up there with them skillwise, we just ran out of gas and they didn’t,” said Simona Arnautov, a McNary senior.

The Celts coasted to a win in the first match by surprising the Fighting Irish.

“They had no idea we were going to come out as strong as we did and that really helped in the first game,” said Madi Cavell, a McNary senior.

The turning point came in the third match.

“It was a long 32-30 battle,” said Dustin Walker, McNary head coach. “Take away a few points and unforced errors here and there and it could have gone the other way.”

Cavell lead the team in kills, 27, and blocks, five. Junior Deven Hunter added 16 kills and four blocks. Arnautov recorded three aces and Whittley Harrell chalked up 25 digs.

The Lady Celts entered Central Valley Conference play with a 3-0 win over Sprague High School.

Walker and the team are on the lookout for tough competition throughout the league.

“We’ve got some brand new coaches with a lot of tools and talent,” he said.

McNary’s preseason record, 1-2, isn’t as shiny as some, but the team competed well with teams that knocked them out of the playoffs last year, Cavell said.
“The way we fought against Sheldon and Sunset proved we can view other teams as equals instead of unstoppable forces, especially if we have the willingness to work hard all the time,” she said.

The team is better offensively than last year’s team, Walker said, but he’d like to see the Celts clean up their handling of the ball on defense.

“We need to take care of things on our side of the net and ratchet down the number of unforced errors we’re seeing,” he said.

Headed into the conference games, the best defense will be preparedness, Arnautov said.

“We have to expect anything and everything,” she said.

McNary hosted North Salem High School Thursday past press time and will travel to West Salem Tuesday, Sept. 28.

McNary’s junior varsity team defeated Sheldon 25-11, 23-25, 15-6; the Celtic freshman team defeated Sheldon 25-15, 28-26.

Linda Lee Ross

Linda Lea Hinkle Ross Stocker, of Keizer, died Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2010. She was 63.

She was born in Salem on July 13, 1947, to Dorothy Klassen and the late Robert Dean Hinkle Sr. She lived most of her life in Salem and enjoyed a career as a hairstylist. She appreciated her Native American heritage and participated in her family’s living history programs at the Lelooska Cultural Center in Ariel, Wash. She enjoyed traveling and spending time with her children and grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Robert Dean Hinkle Jr., and her father. Survivors include: her mother; two sons, Jeff (Cathleen) and Greg (Samantha) Ross; sister, Cindy Hinkle of Sonoma, Calif.; stepson, Scott (Jennifer) Stocker; stepdaughter, Erin Stocker; nephew, Andy Hinkle of Springfield; two half-brothers, Chris Hinkle of Washington and Guy Hinkle of Salem; stepbrother, Bruce Klassen of Salem; and six grandchildren, Dallas, Bailey, Alex and Maddie Ross, and Kelsey and Karley Foster.

What brand are you?


I was informed several weeks ago that my job position as a salesmen might be displaced due to the company’s reorganization. This is a fancy term for laid off. The company is strong financially, gaining strength in the medical industry, demonstrated by stronger stock values. Corporate goals were reached and surpassed in some cases. The company has invested in high technology companies to prepare for the future needs of an aging baby-boomer population.

Several key thoughts came to mind during this transition. First, network with colleagues, friends, and family. I contacted people through e-mail who I have had business relations with over the years. I used Linked In, a social professional networking website, to connect with leading industry leaders. Moreover, to introduce myself and learn who is growing and who is downsizing. There is always a demand in the high-tech medical industry.

I made sure I was on friendly terms with my current colleagues. The skills we had for being retained or for helping them in a crisis situation was a referral. Some people were willing to share and be on a friendly basis and others understandably, wanted to be left alone. I was willing to share my possible career transition with job finding networking groups. I researched the career transition counselors, preparing for interviewing skill review.  Overall, I did what I could to expect the best and prepare for the worst in a tough economy.

The job fairs I attended were attended by individuals with extensive backgrounds in engineering, manufacturing, and sales. Most of the attendees were low in self esteem, poorly dressed in worn out outfits, and unkempt hair. I asked myself; if I were to market the best brand in the world ”me”, what would I look for? I compared myself to a fancy pen or writing instrument or throw away pen. Am I a quality person,  and someone that others would find of high value in and want to brag about and show off. For example: was I a Waterman Schaeffer pen or a Mont Blanc pen? Or am I a person that can be replaced easily, of little value, and not very interesting. A dime a dozen throw away pen.

After attending several job fairs and career building workshops, I decided to brand myself as a high quality writing instrument. I pressed my suits, shaved off my beard, got a respectable haircut. I organized my portfolio and asked all high tech sales people I met for their business card, following up with them and followed their company. This action was done at healthcare conferences, networking groups, and even music events.

In the end, I was asked for my resume’ several times, and told to contact the company human resources department if I found myself between jobs. I received the call I was expecting and was retained by my company. The new image I made for myself is now marketable to all companies and of greater value to my current employer.

When was the last time you asked yourself, What brand do you represent?

Allen Prell lives in Keizer.

Jeffery Allen Weathers

Mr. Weathers, of Gervais, died Thursday, Sept. 16, 2010. He was 53.

A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, at the Keizer Civic Center, 930 Chemawa Road N. Reception will follow.

Arrangements by Keizer Funeral Chapel.

IN THE RING: Is the rise of Tea Party-backed candidates postive for national politics?

Each week the Keizertimes asks community leaders a question about current events.  To see more of this week’s answers or answers to past questions log onto and click on In the Ring.

This week’s question: Is the rise of Tea Party-backed candidates postive for national politics?

Dave Bauer, co-owner, R. Bauer Insurance—
I think it is one of the best things that has happened in our country in a long time. Three parties isn’t the issue. Having a voice heard that has always been there but not in a way that has the attention of our representatives. I believe the Tea party and its large and growing group of citizens will make a difference in what our elected congressmen and women do in Washington. It can no longer be business as usual. The ideas presented by these folks include common sense and are not always either Republican or Democrat.

I may not agree with all the Tea party advocates, but the fact is our country needs to make some changes for the average person. If the Tea party movement accomplishes that, then I believe that’s a good thing.

Government, local, state, or national, needs to listen to the people. The current movement is doing that.

Warren Franklin, KYKN radio personality—
Our republic is built upon the concept that the people, not the government, run this great country. The Preamble of our Constitution opens with “We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility …”

Unfortunately, today our government is more about bigger government and more control than it is about the people.  Over the last 100 years there has been a movement toward government making the decisions for us.  The idea is that government knows better, can make better decisions for you, and take care of you.  This is where all of our social programs have come from including: social security, medicare, Medicaid, health care, government support of our passenger rail systems and more leading us to a huge tax and spend system.  The whole idea is to get as many people as possible dependent on government support and aid.

The press would like you to believe the Tea Party is against government.  That’s not true.  The Tea Party is for smaller government, lower taxes, less spending, and more individual choice.  They want our government, whether it be federal, state or local, to stop spending America into oblivion.  It is the people and not the government that has made this great country exceptional. It is a few radicals who have slipped into our government that is dragging it down this rat hole.

Our government has moved a long way from where it was 100 years ago.  I’m sure our founders would be disappointed in the direction our country has moved.  Remember, our founders experienced the effects of a dominant country that didn’t listen to the people.  Our revolution was based on getting away from this tyranny and giving the power back to the people.  Yet, today, we have a government that is heading back to tyranny making decisions that are unpopular with the public and is driving us closer to socialism and less control of the people.

In my opinion, the Tea Party is the counter balance of the extremism going on in government today.  Thank God we have the Tea Party and other organizations that have come together to do everything they can to hold our Republic together.  The Tea Party movement is just now beginning to boil.  The news you hear in the press is the tip of the iceberg.  Millions of people are rallying and working to bring candidates who want to take our country back to it roots.  Bigger things are ahead for this and other organizations who want to take our government back to the people.

Dennis Koho, former Keizer mayor—
It was at first.  Anti-incumbent movements come and go, but I thought this one might have some success.  Instead, what was a grassroots movement has been been taken over by a few who have financial or political gain at heart.

Now it looks like all of the other movements that fund local races with large amounts of out-of-state money, and I don’t see a lot of benefit in that.

What’s interesting is that while the Democrats (a majority of the incumbents) were the initial targets of the Tea Party, so far it has been Republicans who have been taken out by it.  In doing so, it probably killed any chance the Republicans had to take over the US Senate.

Of course, all of this is just guessing.  We’ll know in November.

Renovations coming to Rapids Dog Park

Keizer’s dog aficionados will have to find somewhere else to let their four-legged friends run free this fall. (KEIZERTIMES/Jason Cox)

Of the Keizertimes

The dog park at Keizer Rapids Park will temporarily close for renovations starting Saturday, Sept. 25.

The amenity has proven to be one of the park system’s most popular amenities. But wear and tear have taken its toll on the young park, to the point where a group of volunteers led by Clint Holland are planning full-scale irrigation and grass seeding in the park.

Holland said he doesn’t expect the large dog park to be closed more than a week or so.

The city has contributed $19,000 in parks system development charges for the project.

Parks Supervisor Terry Witham said the small dog park will remain closed until spring of next year.

“Basically we just had a lot of complaints about the state of the grass, it’s muddy or it’s dry,” Witham said.

The small dog park, while closed, will be seeded in the hope more grass will remain. Irrigation lines will be installed throughout much of the dog park – but as of yet, there’s no water line there to hook into.

The city of Keizer plans to extend a water line through to the park, but how that will happen depends on whether the city is able to annex adjoining land into the city and purchase it.

“We feel like if we wait until the spring to do the main line, the water line, we may be able to do it through that annexed area, which would make it less expensive,” Witham said. “We, without a doubt, wouldn’t be using the irrigation this fall anyway.”

The southern portion of the park – that’s the part closest to the parking lot – will be filled in with decomposed granite “to alleviate the mud, dirt and those kinds of things,” Witham said. “… It’s not a real hard surface on a dog’s feet.”

As for the small park’s closure, “We’re going to keep it closed until we feel the grass is solid enough to allow dogs on it. That could be March; it could be May.”

Discussion at Keizer City Council on the issue centered around how the city’s park staff – already stretched – will handle the added maintenance.

“When we add irrigated grass areas, it’s going to up the mowing,” Witham said. “Instead of mowing it every other week we’ll have to mow it every week. I’ve been assured by many people that there will be volunteers to do that.”

Holland plans to use tall fescue grass.

“It requires a little less water, a little rougher, the blades are a little wider, which means it can take a little more of a beating,” Holland said.