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Day: January 27, 2012

Lady Celts dominate games with Olys, Scots

McNary’’s Caitln Tartak blts around a Sprague defender in the game Wednesday, Jan. 18. The Lady Celts won 59-31. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes

Stingy defense was key in two recent victories for the McNary High School girls varsity basketball team.

The Lady Celts played hard and scrappy defending possession on both sides of the court in a 59-31 win over Sprague High School and a 59-31 win over McKay High School.

“When we talk and communicate, we do extremely well on defense and that was one of our goals for the week,” said Celt Jessica Darras.

All according to plan, said Molly Gehley, McNary head coach, “We’ve been trying to get a team emphasis on defense and being aggressive moving in on people a bit more instead of backing off or being tentative.”

McNary stormed out of the gates in the game with Sprague Wednesday, Jan. 18. The Celts poured in 37 points while holding the Olys to just eight in the first half. It was a 20-point fourth quarter that helped Sprague save face.

“We’ve done a good job of being really intense and going out strong from the beginning rather than letting the other team have a little edge and having to work our way back into it,” said Deven Hunter, a McNary senior. “It also helped that our shots started falling again.”

Hunter, an Oregon State University recruit, led all scoring with 22 points. Teresa Peterson and Ashlee Koenig had nine points apiece, Averi Wing had eight points, Aerial Rice had six, and Caitlin Tartak put in three.

McNary also dominated off the boards with 30 rebounds, Hunter claimed eight of them.

Effective rebounding was factor in the Celtic win over McKay.

“It was kind of our goal for the night and we did it really well,” said Koenig.

Gehley credited Koenig with strong minutes in the McKay game and an overall excellent effort throughout the week.

“She did some great rebounding for us and she’s really finding her niche in our team,” Gehley said.

McNary jumped out to a 16-point lead in the first half of the game and only allowed the Royal Scots double digit gains in the fourth quarter.

Hunter led scoring again 23 points, Wing put in 14 including two three-point goals, Darras added six, Koenig had five, Tartak, Stacey Titchenal and Rice had two points each,  Alyx Peterson had two points and T. Peterson hit one from the foul line.

While it’s not unusual for Hunter to grab the offensive lead in most games, her output in both games shone for other reasons, Gehley said.

“Deven has been so aggressive on rebounds and her work ethic the past week has been impressive,” she said.

While neither the Olys nor the Royals Scots are currently in the top tier of Central Valley Conference this season, Koenig said the team benefitted from treating the teams as though they were. That mindset was especially important as the Celts face off with two of the top teams in the league this week in South Salem and West Salem high schools.

“Knowing how aggressive teams like South and West are on offense, we have to be ready to match them on defense – shut them down and fluster them,” Koenig said.

Boys get first CVC win

McNary’s Connor Goff stares down a McKay defender in a game Monday, Jan. 23. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes

There are nights when the shots simply don’t drop.

Despite it being one of those nights, the McNary High School boys varsity basketball team battled the McKay High School Royal Scots off the boards to its first Celtic win in the Central Valley Conference. McNary took the game 44-41.

“A win is a win and one of the things we talked about was how important rebounding is,” said Ryan Kirch, McNary head coach. “We were a little short-handed, but our guys challenged them under the net and rose to the task.”

McNary struggled throughout the first half of the game to sink a shot. The Celts managed just 4 of 27 from the field.

“The good thing was that we hustled and got a ton of rebounds and got a lot of shot opportunities that we needed at the time,” said Dylan McHugh, a McNary senior.

McNary kept the Scots’ lead small, 19-17 at the half, and strong defense in the third period prevented the visiting team from gaining ground.

“Defensive pressure made it tough for them and nothing was easy,” said Celt Nick McDonald.

McKay was up by one, when McNary’s Garren Robinett hit a three-point goal to take the lead, 36-34, at 4:29 in the fourth period. The Scots knotted the game at 38-38 two minutes later, but Isaiah Montano hit one from the field to put the Celts over the top with 1:21 left in the game.

“We were hustling around and the offensive boards kept us in the game,” Robinett said.

Freshman Connor Goff led the Celtic squad with nine rebounds, McHugh contributed eight.

Montano led the team in scoring with 14 points, Robinett and Johnathan Doutt had seven points each, McDonald had six, Goff had five, McHugh had four and Hayden McCowan hit one from the free throw line.

Prior to the McKay game, McNary squared off with Sprague High School in a game that started out rough and stayed that way. Celt post Justin Burgess was ejected in early minutes after getting swept up in an on-court altercation.

“Unfortunately, we lost our composure a little bit and then it was a perfect storm with them hitting 18 or 19 shots in a row,” Kirch said.

McNary lost 80-29.

“Losing Justin hurt and then it sort of left us attacking from the perimeter,” Robinett said.

McDonald blamed a shortened and hectic week complicated by school getting canceled amidst flooding concerns for the team’s out-of-sync play.

Doutt led scoring with nine points, McDonald added five, Robinett and Goff contributed four apiece, Brandon Lao had three points, and Grant Fletchall and McHugh had two points each.

On the whole, Kirch was relieved that the team responded to the Sprague loss with a win over McKay.

“With a young team, it’s always two steps forward and one step back, and we didn’t end up taking two steps back,” he said.

Banquet is a Jackets and Jeans affair

By JASON COX
Of the Keizertimes

No black tie is necessary for this year’s Keizer First Citizen Awards banquet, set for Saturday, Jan. 28.

The theme for 2012’s event is “Jackets and Jeans,” so we can only imagine what the dress code might be at the Keizer Civic Center that night.

“Basically we wanted the governor to attend,” joked Christine Dieker, executive director of the Keizer Chamber of Commerce. “The (Iris Festival) theme iris is ‘Silverado,’ which lends itself to more of a country-western theme.”

Tickets are $50 and are available at the door in limited quantities. The annual event recognizes outstanding community volunteers in several categories:

First Citizen: Presented to an outstanding community volunteer. Last year’s winner was Jeramy Williams, director of Keizer Young Life.

Merchant of the Year: Given to a local businessperson who has made significant contributions. Last year’s winner was Rick Day, owner of Advantage Precast.

Service to Education Award: Presented to either a teacher or other community member who has made contributions to local education. Last year’s winner was Linda Baker, formerly the drama director at McNary High School.

Presidents Award: An honor bestowed by the chamber’s president. Last year’s winner was Sherrie Gottfried, sales manager at the Keizer Renaissance Inn.

But this year it’s not just about celebrating the contributions of community volunteers. There’s several anniversaries: The city of Keizer turns 30 years old, the Iris Festival began in earnest 25 years ago and the 200th anniversary of the Wallace House, a home some historians believe was on the current site of Wallace House Park. The house was established by a party from Astoria, who had boated up the river in 1812 in search of food.

Current and former city officials will be on hand, Dieker said, as well as key volunteers who were instrumental in the Iris Festival’s early years.

Festivities begin with no-host cocktails at 5 p.m. with the dinner and program beginning at 7 p.m. Lyndon Zaitz, publisher of the Keizertimes, will be this year’s emcee.

Musical duo Sinker & Crow are providing entertainment.

Clem drafts special district annexation bill

True to his word, Rep. Brian Clem has drafted legislation that could stop future annexations like the Clearlake proposal by Keizer Fire District.

The district, which has served most of Keizer since the 1940s, is seeking to take over north Keizer from Marion County Fire District No. 1, and its leaders persuaded a Keizer City Council majority to back its efforts (pending an election in March).

A legal dispute ensued over whether the city was allowed to do that without providing fire service with its own department. The city has argued its home rule authority allows councilors to decide who will provide service within the city limits. While some legal challenges are still pending, all that have been decided so far have gone Keizer Fire’s way.

Rep. Kim Thatcher, R – Keizer, hadn’t had a chance to read the bill, but said generally she thinks areas under consideration for annexation should  have a special role in its approval.

“All I know is I wish they would all get in a room and figure it out,” Thatcher added.

Clem, a Democrat representing suburban Salem (and a significant swath of MCFD’s territory) said he would consider asking fellow legislators to help ensure “this can never happen again,” in his words.

The legislation he proposes would amend current law to require cities to provide a particular service before withdrawing territory – and ultimately tax dollars – from a special district. It also contains an emergency clause putting said language into effect immediately upon the governor’s signature.

Clem was out of the country and could not be reached.

– Jason Cox


Fired city employee intends to file suit

Former public works employee Roland Herrera provided notice of intent to sue the city that fired him last year.

A January 10 letter from his attorney, Clark Williams, notified the city council and attorney of Herrera’s intent to sue for “wrongful and unlawful termination,” with claims that could include “intentional infliction of emotional distress, unlawful age and racial discrimination (and) denial of civil rights and due process laws.”

He could seek reinstatement to his former job, back pay, attorney fees and compensatory damages.

– Jason Cox

The state of the city

In his State of the Union speech this week President Obama said he believes what Abraham Lincoln believed: that government should do for people only what they cannot do better themselves, and no more.

There are many things people cannot do for themselves, especially at the local level. They cannot build infrastructure; they cannot fix roads; they cannot provide public safety; they cannot provide a safety net for the less fortunate.

Some of the things people can do for themselves include building businesses, constructing factories and stores, and inventing new products. These can best be accomplished when governments, national and local, get rid of obstacles to these private sector goals.

Keizer residents and businesses are at the mercy of what happens in the capitol buildings in Washington, D.C. and in Salem. National and state tax policies along with thousands of regulations are cited as impediments to economic growth and sustainability. Those issues will most certainly be topics in the presidential campaign this year.

The housing crisis will most likely be front and center as well. Housing prices are still far from their peak and economists say it will be years, if ever, that we will see prices attain pre-financial crisis levels. Other economists say that we have not seen the end of  foreclosures here or nationwide. That is the crux of the problem facing the city of Keizer’s operating budget.

Decreasing revenues has made writing the city’s budget a lesson in squeezing the most from every dime. Everyone has their pet project—be it parks or sidewalks, but there is precious little money to do more than just sustain what we have now.  While cuts are made to the items the city controls, it is the items the city has no control over that is causing the ongoing budget problems.

The city’s pension, PERS, and health insurance obligations take a bigger bite out of budget each year, leaving less for the pet projects that Keizer would like to have. We have to allocate money for the things we must do. Federal regulations and mandates play a large part in how the city spends its money.

Some Keizerites has suggested that the city allow volunteers to maintain city parks. Nice idea but there are liability issues that forestall that possibility. Some Keizerites would like to fix pot holes in their neighborhood; again it’s a liability issue. The city must provide the services its citizens cannot.

Funding for projects on the drawing board has already been secured through federal and state grants, and earmarked city funds. One such project, the upgrade of Chemawa Road from River Road to Keizer Rapids Park should be completed this summer.  Construction on the boat ramp at the park will begin this year. State money for that project was secured long ago; Keizer will use park SDCs for its share of the project. There are other projects that the city would like to do but are in doubt due to funding issues.

The state of the city is similar to 2011. There will be no new big projects. The city will maintain what it has. It will find savings everywhere it can including the painful paring of city jobs if necessary.

The city will continue to do what its citizens can not do, but not much more. That’s why it is imperative that the city finalize its plan to extend the Urban Renewal District  as well as find a way to return money to the River Renaissance Project. The city needs to solve its Keizer Station problem regarding Chuck Sides-owned property.

If the city can do those two things the citizens the state of city in 2013 will be much improved.

—LAZ

Opportunity for growth

By MATTHEW CHAPPELL

There is a lot of talk these days about what to do about the economy. It seems that we have come up against a brick wall when it comes to growth. Our prevailing concern is in finding a new market for American exceptionalism by carving out a niche in today’s global economy. But in order to do this there seems to be a consensus that our emphasis for growth on a global scale should accompany strong domestic growth right here at home.

America is rich with land and resources. I thoroughly believe that the issues of concentrated wealth are heavily influenced by a lack of infilling, accompanied by concentrated population centers on our outer extremes, particularly the east coast. We can use urban growth boundaries as a positive example of how, when used, the distributional burdens tend to be wider dispersed while adding concentrated growth on the central part of a municipal region. This in effect stabilizes property values.

When you translate this model over the U.S. continent it becomes more evident that what we need is infill towards America’s heartland. With today’s travel and communication outlets accompanied by American business overseas, we have a less stringent natural oceanic boundary which is partly less inhibitory to further global impacts. What we need is to find a vital function of the U.S. economy which acts as a firm base for American exports while opening up new and less costly room for growth and redistribution.

We also need to sectionalize our nation into four vital interconnected networks which would streamline the movement of business throughout the four corner regions, and distribute the economic share so as to enable an affordable and livable central section from which all four regions come together.

I have climbed Mount Jefferson before and have also considered that it is land which is vital to America, making it what it is and always has been. I believe America’s manifest destiny lies in it’s ability for charitable growth, and that there is no other more nobler cause then for the production of food supplies and other basic foundational necessities which even today cement  together the most modern of economies.

As a charitable and God-fearing nation I believe it is our responsibility to act according to the resources that Almighty God has given us to meet the needs of an emerging deficit of growing poverty and privation threatening the lives of people everywhere. We have both the opportunity and the resources to begin to develop, produce and store critical supplies to meet the demands of the near and uncertain future. But we must begin to act now.

We know that half the battle rests with labor, by capitalizing on our immigrant population by creating the incentive for popular input as a pathway towards citizenship, we can conditonalize a program of amnesty in return for the construction and investment of well-founded, sustainable communities right at the center of America’s heartland. America’s new-found identity would be in the assembly of diverse cultural centers which strive for mutual success based upon separate but equal partners of mutually benefiting cooperation’s.

By boldly leveraging our land to meet the vital needs of global concerns, and by inviting investment and input from an international (universal) perspective, we can create a secure America whose growth will justify itself in the minds of world opinion and widely benefit our own citizens in the process. What we need is cooperation built upon the charity and trust of the American people. Cooperation built upon liberty itself.

Matthew Chappell lives in Keizer.

KFD and MCFD#1 in the Clear Lake Area

To the Editor:

I am not a bit surprised that KFD wants ALL of Keizer to vote on the annexation of the Clear Lake area–more participation makes it easier to vote the Clear Lake residents down, so KFD can have all of the tax revenue.  I have not talked to a single person in the Clear Lake area who wants to change the way that it is now–the Clear Lake area fire/ambulance protection should be in the MCFD#1 jurisdiction, just the way it has always been.  Some say that our taxes will go down–that’s questionable, and even If it is true, I’d bet my last dollar that KFD will come back in November asking for still more money.  Looks to me like the City of Keizer and KFD got a little big for their britches and spent more money than they had (Keizer Station fiascos and the developer), so now they think they can just keep taking areas for more tax revenue.  I don’t want my fire protection to come from Brooks; I want to leave it right up the road–it works best that way!  Please vote NO! on the annexation measures!

Nancy Livermore
Keizer 

High medical costs

To the Editor:

I recently had the need to spend two days in the Salem Hospital and received a pending statement indicating the cost at over $52,000.

The major expenses were for the catheterization laboratory (cath lab) at $26,000, supplies at $9,300, room and board at $5,700 and the emergency room at $2,350. These costs are extremely high but undoubtedly necessary to run a first class hospital.

The hospital has to have staff and equipment on hand to handle emergencies like heart attacks, strokes and other trauma cases along with regular patient care. During the open house a couple of years ago, I learned that the hospital has three cath labs available if necessary. To me that is great because I would not like to be number two or three waiting for a cath lab to become available when seconds were crucial.

The same is true when you need an ambulance. When having a medical emergency, it is comforting to know that the Keizer Fire District has planned to have trained medical staff at your door within six minutes to provide lifesaving service. The people of Keizer will soon vote to increase ambulance service by annexing the Clear Lake area of Keizer. This will be accomplished without raising taxes. I hope we take advantage of this opportunity because I want an ambulance there when I need it.

Finally, because I have insurance and Medicare, the hospital nor the Fire District will receive full payment for service provided.  My concern is what happens to the people that don’t have insurance or Medicare and receive huge medical bills. That is something to think about!

Bill Quinn
Keizer

If a store was run by the medical field

A Box of Soap
By DON VOWELL

I need new tires.  I had a frightening dream about it last night.  Management of a tire store had been taken over by the medical community.

I parked, entered the store, and went to the front counter.  A cheerful young woman welcomed me.  Here for the two o’clock tire replacement appointment, I told her.  She asked me to fill out forms containing questions about driving on underinflated tires, failure to rotate, scraping of curbs through careless parking, other deleterious driving habits, latex allergies, and more of the same nature.  Oh yes, and a few about my tire insurance.  The receptionist thanked me, asked me to have a seat anywhere, the technicians will call my name soon.

After a thirty-eight minute survey of newsmagazines valuable for their antiquity, my name was called.  I was taken to the tire examination room.  More questions were asked by the RN, (rubber nurse).  She wanted to know when tread loss symptoms began to affect driving.  She measured pressure, tread depth, asked about leaks and any previous tire replacements.   Satisfied with all that, she said that it would only be a short wait until the tire technicians performed the operation.   Another wait, this time thirty-one minutes in the exam room. Why hadn’t I remembered to bring a book?

Finally the car was lifted and the tires replaced.  It was a surprisingly short procedure.  I was not anesthetized, and so was able to peek into the operating room to watch the operation, which was reassuringly professional and progressed with a speed that can be attained only by efficiency and competence.  One of the technicians returned my keys to the front counter.

Slightly grumpy about waiting well over an hour for 12 minutes worth of work, I was mollified by learning that there had been couple of unexpected roadside emergencies squeezed in ahead of me.  I was presented with my bill. $2,645.  A little surprised at the cost, having seen the tires advertised at $320, I was foolish enough to ask how we ended up at $2,645.

As if to a dull child, she explained that there was a facility cost for the state of the art building, fees for the two tire technicians who installed two tires front, two tires rear, a fee for the inflatiator who maintained proper pressure throughout the procedure, a fee for the balancologist who made certain there would be no wheel wobble, lab fees for the pressurized gases and testing equipment, and a small hoist fee.  You can’t argue with that.  Everything she had listed was crucial to my continued driving safety.

Slightly depressed at the calculation of all the things I would have to do without in order to pay this fee, I was greatly cheered when the receptionist told me that insurance would pay for all but $315 of the total.  I woke from this dream relieved at how the bill had been reduced so much by someone else’s money.

Then I remembered that I am scheduled for a cataract surgery on Monday.

Don Vowell lives in Keizer.

Harriet Irene Lakie

H. Lakie

Services for Ms. Harriet Lakie will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, in the Grace Chapel at Willamette Lutheran Retirement Community.

Ms. Lakie, of Keizer, died Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012. She was 90 years old.

Born July 24, 1921 in Barnesville, Minn. to Iver and Inga Swenson, she attended beauty school in Minneapolis for two years and then married high school sweetheart Jim Lakie on May 14, 1943. They relocated to Long Beach, Calif., where he served in the U.S. Marine Corps. They moved to Corvallis and then Keizer. Ms. Lakie has resided at Willamette Lutheran Retirement Community since 2009.

She worked as manager of the Meier & Frank beauty salon for more than 25 years, then worked at the J.C. Penney Beauty Salon until retiring at age 79. She was a member of Faith Lutheran Church, Clear Lake Methodist Church and Sons of Norway. She was also an avid fan of the Portland Trailblazers and the Oregon State Beavers.

She was preceded in death by two sisters, Stella and Gladys; son, James Craig; grandson, Jeffrey Sailor; and her husband. Survivors include: daughters, Judy (Mike) Sailor of Corvallis and Helen Browning of Keizer; daughter-in-law, Brenda Lakie of Aloha; sister, Glorine Schulstad of Barnesville; seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions in Ms. Lakie’s name may be made to Willamette Valley Hospice, 1015 3rd Street NW, Salem, OR97304, Attn: Accounting Office, or by phone at 503-588-3600.

Arrangements by Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service.