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Day: January 7, 2011

Local troupe journeys to Treasure Island Sat.

The Missoula Children’s Theatre (MCT) and over 50 local students will present an original musical adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s epic novel Treasure Island Saturday, Jan. 8.

The play will be performed at 3 and 5:30 p.m. at Claggett Creek Middle School. [MAP: 4] Tickets are $10 for adults ages 19 and up and $5 for students ages 4-18. Children ages 3 and under are free. Tickets are available at the door. The doors open one half hour before showtime.

The local cast features Travon Harrison as Jim Hawkins and Katie Delgado, Jacob Grimmer, Kobilyn Thomas, Kynzi Williams, Katelynn Byrd, Grace Condello, and Kayla Martin as the rollicking pirate crew. Jim’s six sisters are played by Kathryn Collins, Janie Jarmin, Futimu Falcon, Elizabeth Russell, Madelyn Zuro, and Sophia Bevans. Jim’s mother is played by Kelli Thompson while Joseph Collins, Marissa Anderson, and Fernando Cabrales are featured as his ruffian friends. The cuddly Gulls are played by Matthew Mehloff, Eric Olsen, Eliana Dean, Andrea Salisbury, Marcus Allen, Ellie Ruble, Kelly Candland, Olivia Zuro, Joselyn Zuro, Sydney Smith, Quin Marzolf, Hayden Wampler, Sydney Gates, Lauren Prins, Abbi Marzolf, and Amy Gillette and the seacoast Villagers are Cambrian Partridge, Bailey Byerly, Nick Zuro, Gabriella Outwater Megan Hitchcock, Ashlyn Wavra, Nicole Russell, Mia Greer, Kylie Thalman, Rick Buckholz, Toby Sampson, Brooke Bevans, Janelle Bevans, Kyler McNaught, Kimberly Candland, Emily Kramer, Kari Nicklin, and Aliyah Gersztyn.  Kendra McNaught, Robin Sampson, Brandon Dilger, Ashley Crowe have served as assistant directors throughout the week.

Treasure Island was originally developed by the Missoula Children’s Theatre in partnership with NorthWestern Energy. The Missoula Children’s Theatre residency in Keizer is presented locally by the Claggett Creek Drama Department. For more information, call Becky Russell 503-400-0532.

McKane’s resignation should start dialogue

Our democracy is founded on the principle of one person, one vote.

In asking David McKane to set aside his personal position in order to push through council business on a fast track, Mayor Lore Christopher left a giant boot print on this fundamental right. Moreover, she seems to have come to the conclusion that Keizer’s council president should be nothing more than a mouthpiece for the views of the majority.

In her assessment of McKane’s potential as a council president, Christopher asserts that the role of the council president and mayor is to “set aside … personal opinion (or votes) to support the majority of the council on decisions that have been made.”

She takes the view that McKane’s “no” vote on the cell phone fees provided aid and comfort to big telecoms in the battle and allowed them time to marshal their forces. In a battle as big as this one, the opposition was well-prepared before Keizer even took up the issue. In another matter, on a smaller battlefield, that additional window of time could prove invaluable to local residents learning the ins and outs of educating and organizing friends and neighbors.  In those cases, that one vote could give them time to change people’s minds – even council members’ hearts.

The default position of the council president in recent years might have become that of the go-along-to-get-along, but it is not the one prescribed by the city’s charter. Maybe McKane wouldn’t have been able to swallow his dissent and speak about council business without a tinge of disdain, but, because Christopher chose to shut him down before he got the chance, we’ll never know.

The council president position should be elected by the council members, not bequeathed by a mayor hand-picking a successor. It all goes back to that whole one person, one vote thing.

When citizens speak

Dave McKane’s resignation from the Keizer City Council brings up issues that need to be addressed by this mayor and this council.

In his resignation letter to Mayor Lore Christopher he stated  that “allowing the public to address the city council meetings…does not necessarily mean the council is listening to them.”  That sentiment has been echoed recently by some of those who have appeared before the council.

The council has been criticized publicly by organizers of Keep Keizer Livable and by Dave Bauer over the issue of the council not listening to the citizens.  Kevin Hohnbaum of Keep Keizer Livable says his group has faced an unlistening council for several years.  In April Bauer told the council they have a tendency to interrogate or even attack the views of residents testifying during public hearings.  “If the person is disagreeing with the council, the mayor or council is always trying to justify their position on the topic,” he said.

The council should have listened to those words.  It has, in part, led to the resignation of a good councilor.  Responses from the public since McKane’s resignation letter and airing of email exchanges between the councilor and the mayor became public give credence to those who say this council too often does what it wants.

McKane stated that he is convinced that the city council has no interest in any opinion that is not in lockstep with their own.  If the public feels their views are not being heeded by those who represent them, the city has a problem.  Reasonable people can disagree but when they feel their voices fall on deaf ears, the result will be a loss of confidence in the council.

The mayor and the councilors are elected to do the city’s business on the behalf of Keizer’s citizens.  With a growing chorus of discontent from the public it is a trend that needs to be nipped in the bud; the council has an image problem but more importantly it has a listening problem.

—LAZ

$5 gas predicted—no pitchforks?

By LARRY ELDER

Five dollars per gallon of gas by 2012! A former president of Shell Oil considers this likely. The average price on Christmas Day for a gallon of regular gas reached $3.28 in Los Angeles County, the highest price since October 2008. In one month, the price rose 13 cents, up 35 cents year to year.

Where are the calls to sic Obama’s Justice Department on Big Oil to hold the oil companies accountable for “market manipulation”? Why aren’t we hunting down the amoral “oil speculators” responsible for repealing the law of supply-and-demand in order to line their pockets?

In 2007, when the average national price ranged from $2.17 to $3.22, then-Sen. Barack Obama demanded that the Federal Trade Commission investigate Big Oil for “price manipulation.” In 2008, presidential candidate Obama urged the Justice Department “to open an investigation into whether energy traders have been engaged in illegal activities that have helped drive up the price of oil and food.”

Obama also called for “a windfall profits penalty on oil selling at or over $80 per barrel.” As of Christmas 2010, a barrel of oil sold at slightly above $90. What happened to the windfall profits tax?

Yes, back then the average price per gallon was four bucks. But blaming “oilman” Bush for high prices began when the average price was well below today’s $3.05 national average.

The average price was $1.72 on March 5, 2003, when CBS News posted a story online. It referred to an investigative report by Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich. Levin blamed Bush’s post-9/11 decision to increase the amount of oil in the Strategic Petroleum Reserve by 40 million barrels in 2002 — bringing the total to 600 million. Levin said, “We’re confident this had a significant impact on the price of oil in 2002.” Never mind that the Bush administration called the amount of oil diverted too small to matter.

The average price was $2.80 on April 22, 2006, when USAToday.com posted an article that said, in part, “Consumer gasoline prices continue to soar as the Bush administration places too much emphasis on drilling reserves and not enough on alternative fuels, Democrats said.” The article quoted Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., who praised Brazil’s “energy independence.” “In Brazil,” Nelson said, “drivers are filling up their cars with ethanol instead of gasoline.”

Not exactly, Sen. Nelson. Brazil may be “energy independent” in that it imports only a small percentage — 649,000 barrels per day in 2009 — of the oil it consumes. But that makes Brazil the 19th-highest oil-importing country in the world. Its economy relies heavily on oil that is domestically produced and consumed. Brazil is the seventh-largest consumer of oil in the world and the ninth-largest producer. Its famous — and heavily government-subsidized — sugar cane-based ethanol fuel is actually a blend that uses approximately 75 percent gasoline.

As for U.S. ethanol, which is made from corn, Nobel laureate environmentalist Al Gore recently called it a bad deal: “It is not a good policy to have these massive subsidies for first-generation ethanol. First-generation ethanol, I think, was a mistake. The energy conversion ratios are at best very small. … The size, the percentage of corn particularly, which is now being (used for) first-generation ethanol definitely has an impact on food prices. The competition with food prices is real.”

The silence over the recent price run-up is yet the latest example of left-wing hypocrisy. It was always about bludgeoning Bush rather than a sincere conviction that Big Oil was cheating. How else to explain the absence of demands for investigations?

America could achieve “energy independence” if producers were allowed to drill in Alaska, the lower 48 and offshore, where substantial amounts of untapped oil remain off-limits. Obama, who currently squanders hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars by “investing” in alternative energy, possesses no more control over the law of supply-and-demand than did “evil” Oilman Bush.

Creators Syndicate

Celts take top 10 spot in NW Duals

Celt Taylor Gettle wraps up his opponent and attempts to roll him into a pin. (Photos submitted by Heather Sweigart)

By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes

McNary’s varsity mat team emerged from the Northwest Duals in the top 10 of 32 teams, with one undefeated wrestler and two who dropped only one match.

The undefeated wrestler, Jeremy Lowe, was a pleasant surprise for coach Jason Ebbs.

“If you had asked me to bet on the chance Jeremy would go undefeated, I wouldn’t have put all my money on it, but he put the training pieces together in the past couple of weeks and I’m looking forward to more of that in the upcoming weeks,” Ebbs said.

Lowe credited hard work in practice with giving him the edge.

“My take downs have gotten a lot better. I feel like I’m doing good, my goal this year was simply to get better and it seems to be happening,” Lowe said.

Stevin Urban, in the 171-pound weight class, and Tyler Brown, in the 189-pound weight class, lost one match each to finish the tourney with 6-1 records. Urban improved his overall record to 13-2 for the season.

“I had everything going for me the first day and the beginning of the second day until we wrestled Forest Grove. Every time I tried to do something he’d run away or run out of the ring,” Urban said.

Ebbs said Urban and the coaches will be on the lookout for the Forest Grove wrestler the next time around.

Brown was another of the team’s pleasant surprises, Ebbs said.

“We’re always looking for that moment when a wrestler stops worrying about a move and focuses on being aggressive and getting after the guy on the mat. Tyler got after those guys, I wouldn’t have wanted to be the one on the mat with him,” Ebbs said.

“I’m getting close to where I want to be, but I have to keep focused because it could be a big year for me,” Brown said.

As a team, McNary beat Woodburn 45-30 winning eight matches, losing four and forfeiting two; defeated Wilsonville 53-18 winning 10 matches, losing two and forfeiting two; lost to Hillsboro 18-63 by winning three matches, losing nine and forfeiting two; lost to Aloha 28-42 with six wins seven losses and one forfeit; beat Century 39-19 with nine wins, four losses and one forfeit; lost to Forest Grove 24-42 winning six matches, losing seven and forfeiting one; and beat Westview High School 39-27 with eight wins, five losses and one forfeit.

Anticipating big challenges in the near future, Ebbs was wary of assessing the teams’ improvement thus far.

“These wrestlers have some goals in mind and, in the next few weeks, they’re going to get some real measuring posts on their goals and what they’ll need to do to achieve them,” Ebbs said. “We’d like to think that when we hit the regional tournament we’ll be ready to go and know that we’ve accomplished our goals.”

Dave McKane’s letter to Keizer citizens

To the Editor:

To the Citizens of Keizer:

It is with great regret that I share with you my resignation from the Keizer City Council.

After six years of service to you and the city of Keizer, I find myself in a position that makes my continued service ineffective and untenable.

I have always thought of my obligation as a councilor was the represent the citizens of Keizer.

I am grateful for the support I received over the past six years.  The thoughts and concerns that man of you shared with me have always guided my decision-making as a city councilor.

It has been an honor to represent you the last six years.

With respect and gratitude,

David McKane
Keizer

Shocked at McKane’s resignation

To the Editor:

I was shocked and disturbed to hear the news about Councillor McKane resigning his position with the Keizer City Council because of the pressure he has received to vote with the majority of the council on issues. Am I naive in thinking we elect city councillors and our mayor with the expectation they will study the issues, listen to their constituents, and then make a decision based on their best analysis of the situation?  The fact that Councillor McKane felt so much pressure to vote in lock-step with the rest of the Council that it affected his ability to do his job is appalling. While I have not always been on the same side of the issue as Councillor McKane, I have always appreciated his informed and respectful approach to his work on the Council.   His resignation is a loss to our city.  On behalf of Keep Keizer Livable, I want to thank you, Councilor McKane, for your service to Keizer. Your integrity will be missed.

Jane Mulholland
Keizer

8th grade girls take Holiday Break Classic in Milwaukie

Charlotte Brattain, Lauren Hudgins, Emily Loyd, Jasmine Ernest, Alyx Peterson, Alyx Crager, Kelsey Frazier, Cianne Lewis, Madi Rohl, and Megan Ulrey won the Holiday Break Classic. Not pictured - Emma Jones. (Photo submitted by Rick Crager)

The Keizer Celts eighth grade girls basketball team took first place in the Holiday Break Classic in Milwaukie on Dec. 18 and 19.

There were six teams participating. Keizer went 5-1 in the tournament.

Keizer began the double elimination tournament by defeating Barlow in the winners bracket on Saturday, however, they lost their second game to the Oregon Reign which dropped them into the losers bracket. Keizer then defeated Molalla, Barlow, and Rex Putnam to work their way back to the championship game on Sunday night against the Oregon Reign.  Keizer avenged their only loss of the weekend by defeating the Reign 31-28.

The Celts and Reign battled in a very tight back and forth game on Sunday night.  Madison Rohl, with 12 points, and Alyx Crager, with nine, led the scoring and combined for four assists and six steals, while Charlotte Brattain had a monster game contributing  four points and 10 rebounds. Megan Ulrey and Emily Loyd combined for 10 additional rebounds for the games.

“The girls played extremely well throughout the weekend. It was definitely our best performance of the year, and close to one of our best in the last four – it was a complete team effort,” said Rich Crager, coach

Crager, with eight points, and Ulrey, with six points, led the team in scoring average throughout the weekend, and combined for 22 steals. Lauren Hudgins and Brattain led the team in rebounds averaging six and five respectively. Cianne Lewis and Rohl contributed to the defensive effort by combining for an additional twenty steals during the two-day tournament.

The team is a tournament team established through Keizer Youth Basketball Association.

Carl Booth Hampton

Mr. Hampton, of Keizer, died Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010. He was 58.

Born Aug. 14, 1952, in the Portland area, he was a graduate of McNary High School and Oregon State University.

He served in the U.S. Air Force, including time in Korea, as a chaplain’s assistant, and also spent time in the Oregon Air National Guard. He worked for DPI Northwest for many years.

He reached the rank of Eagle Scout in Boy Scouts of America, and enjoyed fishing and other outdoor activities.

Survivors include: his father, Leslie B. Hampton, mother, Sarah K. (Anderson) Hampton; and brother, Kenneth D. Hampton.

Memorial services were held Thursday, Jan. 6. Memorial contributions may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 9320 SW Barbur Blvd. Suite 140, Portland, OR 97219.

Arrangements by Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service.

Keizer’s loss

To the Editor:

I attended the city council meeting this week to see Mayor Christopher and three council members sworn in. It was a very nice ceremony.

I was surprised to hear Councilor Dave McKane decline to be nominated for council president. I immediately thought either McKane did not have the votes to be president or he did not want the job because he could not support some of the council’s positions on issues.

I was completely caught off guard to see he resigned his position after the meeting. In my opinion David McKane should not have been elected as council president because he did not support the council positions when he thought they were wrong. He is a man of principle. This is exactly the kind of person I want on the council. The council president must be a Yes-man or woman for the mayor. If you have attended a city council meeting or viewed it on Channel 23 you saw McKane ask key questions and spoke very briefly to the point. He was a statesman. He politely asked questions and always gave sound reasons for his views.  He did not ramble on and on to show how wonderful and smart he was. A case in point is when after a 20-minute debate on placing a cross walk on River Road at Emerald Pointe Retirement Community, he asked the question “How many people will use it?” That ended the discussion!

I did not always agree with David McKane but I certainly appreciated his arguments. The council will now look for a person who will go along with their views. Where to find a person with little conviction and dare have a minority opinion and stand by it? I am very disappointed that McKane could not find support from other council members on controversial issues. I believe the citizens of Keizer are better served when we have councilors who have different opinions and are not timid to express then and stand by them. How often has that happened?

I further believe McKane spoke for many in the community that do not have a voice on the council. Maybe another reason why McKane could not get the votes to be council president was he would become mayor if Christopher does not complete her term of office. The Keizer City Council will be diminished without the presence of Dave McKane.

Bill Quinn
Keizer