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Day: March 23, 2012

Man stabbed in west Keizer robbery attempt

Of the Keizertimes 

A man tried to rob a Keizer resident and stabbed him when he said he didn’t have money, police said Friday.

A 20-year-old man was walking alone near Willow Lake Road N. and Lacey Court N. at about 2:46 p.m. when the suspect approached him, asking for money. The victim told the suspect he didn’t have any cash, but the suspect started to follow him.

When the victim told the suspect to stop and tried to defend himself, the suspect stabbed him at least once, police said. The victim, who lives in Keizer, was taken to Salem Hospital via Keizer Fire District ambulance with injuries believed to be non-life threatening.

The suspect is believed to have fled east on foot on Willow Lake Road. He’s described as a white male, approximately 30 years old, with a slender build, wearing camouflage or green pants with a black hoodie. He had a brown or black thin goatee.

Anyone with information can contact Keizer Police at 503-390-3713.

A day-by-day guide to Spring Break

The Wings and Waves Waterpark in McMinnville is a short distance to drive for some thrilling indoor wave action. (KEIZERTIMES/File Photo)

Monday, March 26

• Stayton Public Library hosts “Motion Monday” from 10:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. with music and dance for smaller children. Free. 515 N. First Avenue, Stayton.

• The West Salem Branch of the Salem Public Library hosts The March Winds Blow! – a children’s activity at 2 p.m. All materials provided, but pre-registration required at 503-588-6301. Everyone will make a small paper kite, windsock and paper airplanes.

• LEGO Lab, 9 a.m. – noon, A.C. Gilbert Discovery Village, 116 Marion St. NE, Ages 8-12, $21 members/$31 non-members. Create models of buildings and machines that really work. Pre-register at 503-371-3631.

• Intro to Robotics, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m., A.C. Gilbert Discovery Village, 116 Marion St. NE, Ages 8-12, $21 members/$31 non-members. LEGO Mindstorms Robotics. Prerequisite to advanced robotics class on Wednesday. Pre-register at 503-371-3631.

• Regal Santiam Stadium 11, 365 Lancaster Drive NE, Salem hosts “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” as filmed from the London stage, starring Donny Osmond. Includes live Q&A telecast with Osmond after. 8 p.m. $15.


Tuesday, March 27

• Willamette Heritage Center at Mission Mill Museum hosts “Herb”-an Renewal, where kids can develop their green thumbs planting seeds and learning something new about old plants. $2 per child,

members free. 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

• Let’s go Tidepooling, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Oregon Coast Aquarium, Newport. Children and parents explore local rocky intertidal zone and look for animals.

• Owls and Other Predators, 9 a.m. – noon, A.C. Gilbert Discovery Village, 116 Marion St. NE, Ages 5-7, $21 members/$31 non-members. Dissect owl pellets and learn about predators. Pre-register at 503-371-3631.

• Pirate Crafts, Salem Public Library, 2 p.m. Anderson Rooms A and B, 585 Liberty St SE. All pirates 5 and older invited to make eye patch, hat, parrot and hook. Pre registration required at 503-588-6088.

• Micro Detectives, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m., A.C. Gilbert Discovery Village, 116 Marion St. NE, Ages 5-7, $21 members/$31 non-members. Discover the microscopic world. Pre-register at 503-371-3631.


Wednesday, March 28

• Willamette Heritage Center at Mission Mill Museum hosts You’ve Got Mail, learning about Salem’s first post office (now located at Mission Mill), the mail system and the story of Owney, the Post Office dog. $2 per child, members free. 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

• Stretch, Dance and Play with Iris Nason at the Salem Public Library, 2 p.m. Anderson Rooms A and B, 585 Liberty St SE. Learn body awareness and creative self-expression. Pre registration required at 503-588-6088.

• Fun with Fiber: A Family Playshop, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m., A.C. Gilbert Discovery Village, 116 Marion St. NE, Ages 6 and up with adult, $24 members/$34 non-members. Watch how wool goes from sheep to sweater, create felted soap and hand-dyed projects. Pre-register at 503-371-3631.

• What’s in the Mud?, 10:30 a.m. – noon a.m., Oregon Coast Aquarium, Newport. Children and parents investigate the mudflats and look for animals.

• Kids Club at Grace Baptist Church, 4197 State St., Salem, 6:30 p.m. – 8:15 p.m. Free. Fun-filled program with games, snacks, stories, crafts and more.

• Advanced Robotics Lab, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m., A.C. Gilbert Discovery Village, 116 Marion St. NE, Ages 8-12, $21 members/$31 non-members. Tackles new challenges and advances concepts from Intro Robotics Lab on Monday. Pre-register at 503-371-3631.



Thursday, March 29

• Willamette Heritage Center at Mission Mill Museum hosts Paper Play. Little ones can learn new tricks and try out ideas for paper planes, gliders and helicopters. $2 per child, members free. 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

• Nature Collectors, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., A.C. Gilbert Discovery Village, 116 Marion St. NE, Ages 3–5, $12 members/$15 non-members. Become junior curators, complete with a scavenger hunt. Pre-register at 503-371-3631.

• Ice Age Discoveries, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m., A.C. Gilbert Discovery Village, 116 Marion St. NE. $3 members/$3 non-members plus admission. Go back 10,000 years and explore the Ice Age in a hands-on paleontology lab, complete with fossils. Parents must stay.


Friday, March 30

• Wish Upon A Star, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m., A.C. Gilbert Discovery Village. $3 members/$3 non-members with admission. Explore myths and legends in the StarLab7 portable planetarium, creating a constellation to take home. Parents must stay.



• The Boys and Girls Club will be open 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. all week during Spring Break. $5 one-time membership fee or day pass for 10 cents. Lunch served. 4840 Noren Avenue NE. 503-304-1313.

• The Salem Kroc Center features swimming, rock climbing, a full-sized gym, a library and media center, wireless Internet throughout the building and more. 1865 Bill Frey Drive NE. Hours are 5:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. all week during spring break. Admission is $5 day for youth and seniors or $7 for adults; monthly memberships also available.

• Go see what local young artists are creating at Bush Barn Art Center, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, in the Salem Art Association’s Young Artists’ Showcase.”

• Spring Break Day Camp at the Silverton Community Center, 421 S. Water St., 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. From kindergarten-sixth grade welcome; older kids and teens welcomed to volunteer. $35 for YMCA members, $45 for non-members. Extra cost for bowling and swimming. Must register by Monday, March 26. Variety of activities. Bring sack lunch and snacks.

• The Wings and Waves Waterpark in McMinnville is open 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. during spring break. Pricing is $30 for taller than 42 inches, $25 for shorter than that and $10 for non-swimmers. And the Evergreen Space & Aviation Museum is open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. all week. The IMAX theater is temporarily closed.

• Storytime at the Salem Public Library. 585 Liberty St. SE. Free. Infants and toddlers: 10:15 a.m. and 11 a.m. Wednesday, 10:30 a.m. Friday. Preschoolers: 10:30 a.m. Tuesday and Saturday. The Stayton Public Library also has storytimes, at 10 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

• Learn all about the cheesemaking process at Tillamook Cheese Factory from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily. Free, includes samples of ice cream and cheese. 4175 Hwy. 101 N., Tillamook.

• Wings of Wonder, 11345 Church St., Independence is Oregon’s largest exotic and native butterfuly exhibit and rearing lab. $8.50 adults, $8 seniors and $6 ages 4-10. Open 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday.

• The Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport is open 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

More than half of children in Keizer public schools are eligible for free & reduced lunches

Students take part in the No Hungry Child lunch program at Highland Elementary School last year. The program served more than 7,100 meals in 2011. (Photo courtesy of the Marion-Polk Food Share)

In Marion and Polk counties, more than 39,000 children count on the school lunch program for a free or low-cost meal. For some children, days away from school may mean no lunch at all.

To help relieve some of the stress, Marion-Polk Food Share is coordinating the No Hungry Child Spring Break Lunch Program.

From noon to 1 p.m. March 26-30, children ages 1 to 18 can eat a nutritious lunch for free at the following locations:

• Cummings Elementary School, 613 Cummings Ln. N., in Keizer.

• Town & Country Bowling Lanes, 3500 River Rd. N. in Keizer.

• Keizer Boys & Girls Club, 4540 Noren Ave. N.E., in Keizer.

• Highland Elementary School, 530 Highland Ave. N.E., in Salem.

• Brooks Assembly of God Church, 9165 Portland Road N.E., in Brooks.

• Gervais Middle School, 150 Douglas Avenue, in Gervais.

Last year the program served more than 7,100 meals to area students. No registration is required.

“We want people to spread the word about this program to make sure that every child who needs food gets it,” said program coordinator Nancy Hadley. “We’ll also have fun activities for the kids at many of the sites, and free books from Reading for All.”

Volunteers are welcome to come and engage the kids while they eat. To help lead activities or make lunches, call Janet Spingath, 503-581-3855, ext. 311.

KEIZERTIMES/Graph by Andrew Jackson

Make a Difference

Hunger in Keizer and the Mid-Willamette Valley won’t go away without help. Here are some ways to get involved and be part of the solution:

• Volunteer at the Keizer Community Food Bank. Call 503-393-0404.

• Join the Sustainer Circle. Monthly gifts help fight local

hunger year-round. Go to

• Contribute food or funds at participating Rotary Food Drive locations during March.

• Host a food/funds drive at your business, church or organization. Call Lindsay Blackman, 503-581-3855, ext. 308

• Invite a MPFS speaker to talk about local hunger to your group or organization. Email your request to [email protected]


Town hall taps touchy topics

Rep. Kim Thatcher, left, chats with Scott Miller, who attended her town hall Tuesday night at Avamere Court of Keizer. (KEIZERTIMES/Jason Cox)

Of the Keizertimes

A lively town hall with Rep. Kim Thatcher at Avamere Court of Keizer touched on drugs, abortion – and some state business, too.

Thatcher, R – Keizer, touted successes like passing a bill restricting information available on concealed handgun license holders and legislation enhancing penalties for disorderly conduct near a funeral service. That bill was aimed at members of a Midwest church who routinely protest military funerals.

She also bemoaned what she described as a deluge of state agencies, boards, councils and commissions that, by sheer numbers, make it impossible for the everyday citizen to keep up: More than 190 meetings listed on the state’s transparency website in March alone.

But audience members were in the mood to ask some tough questions of their legislator.

She declined to take a position on the recent Clear Lake fire annexation, but supported the election moving forward without legislative interference. She said the matter was very confusing and didn’t think the recent vote in favor of Marion County Fire District No. 1 settled much.

As to whether Gov. John Kitzhaber should reside at the governor’s mansion in Salem as opposed to Portland, she didn’t see it as a problem and even offered limited praise.

“We had more communication with him than we had during eight years of the previous governor,” Thatcher said.

One submitted question asked whether marijuana should be legalized and taxed.

Thatcher said the matter would likely be up to Oregonians via the initiative process, saying it was the kind of third-rail issue legislators don’t like to touch.

“I can definitely see, in theory, why somebody would want to do that,” Thatcher said. “The war on drugs, well, it’s never ending. I don’t see that we’re winning.”

She said she wouldn’t support calls for a unicameral legislature, where the body would have one chamber as opposed to a house of representatives and a senate. Thatcher said the new set of eyes and perspective can provide wisdom, even if they frustrate at times.

Thatcher tap-danced around one questioner, who asked whether she supported the “rollback” of women’s civil rights and healthcare, referring to debate in some states as to whether a woman getting an abortion should have to receive a transvaginal ultrasound and see the fetus before the procedure.

“I would say the abortion itself is pretty invasive too, but … that’s a rollback?” Thatcher said before residents started to offer their own opinions on the subject.

She added she doesn’t see abortion going away in Oregon anytime soon, but opposes state funding and supports parental consent for minors.

Thatcher’s other thoughts included:

• “In the end, we did not close prisons, we did not send (Oregon State Police) troopers home, we didn’t cut services to seniors or people with disabilities, and we didn’t force local schools to have to increase class sizes,” she said.

• Seniors with reverse mortgages who learned they couldn’t get a property tax deferral were given a temporary reprieve, she said.

• She expressed disappointment that economic development didn’t get more attention, and was skeptical of the effectiveness of tax credits for “businesses that are politically connected, politically correct and politically expedient at the time.”

• Suggested the Public Employee Retirement System needs to be scaled back, but that the state must honor its commitment to workers already in the system.

• Said she had no plans to run against Congressman Kurt Schrader, a Democrat representing the Fifth District.

Hyacinth train tracks set for fix

Here our writers and editors will offer a glimpse behind the headlines to stories and issues bubbling just below the surface. Got news that deserves a spot in the Notebook? Email [email protected] or call our Tip Line at 503-383-9201.

Hyacinth train tracks set for fix

Last year we reported that Union Pacific was preparing to repair its train track crossing on Hyacinth Street NE. A poster to the feature said a “huge pothole with metal plates and bolts” caused this person a flat tire and broken motor mount. Coming east from Keizer, that’s the second one just prior to reaching Portland Road NE.A City of Salem representative said the railroad was to fix the issue in October 2011. That date has come and gone, and now the company said the crossing will be replaced the week of April 2. Hyacinth will close from April 2-6, with local access from Portland Road NE to 25th Avenue NE and from Salem Parkway to Salem Industrial Drive NE.

“We have begun notifying area businesses,” added Aaron Hunt, director of corporate relations and media at Union Pacific.

To report your own neighborhood issues, visit

– Jason Cox

Dog park reopens soon, hopefully

UPDATED: Keizer Rapids Dog Park reopens Saturday, March 24.
The park was closed in early February for maintenance and renovation. City staff announced this week the park reopen at the end of this week or first part of next week, weather dependent. In the meantime, dogs must be on leashes throughout the rest of the park.

– Jason Cox

Gehley bows out after 8 years as b-ball coach

Molly Gehley who led the McNary High School girls basketball program for the past eight years has resigned from the role to spend more time with her family. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

Of the Keizertimes

When Molly Gehley started coaching track at McNary High School 13 years ago, there were certain lessons she wanted to model for her athletes. The girls, in particular.

Gehley wanted them to see that a woman could be successful in sports as well as in her job, that she could have a family, that she could do anything that anybody else does, that she could go toe-to-toe with the boys and do it aggressively with grace and pride.

During the last decade, she did her best to model those attributes, but it wasn’t until she decided to resign from her role as the head coach of McNary High School girls basketball program that she realized that there was something else she wanted to teach them.

“I needed to show them that when you, personally, have had enough it’s okay to step away from certain aspects,” she said. “It got to the point where I was feeling guilty when I was at home for not being with the team, and feeling guilty for not being with the team when I was at home.”

Gehley steps down after leading the team through both highs and lows during the past eight years.

When the the Lady Celts captured their first district title in 2004 under the guidance of coach Marlo Cleary, Gehley was an assistant coach. When Cleary stepped aside, it was Gehley who took the reins and saw the team to even greater heights.

“Marlo took over and the program really started to improve, and she surrounded herself with some great people. That was something I learned from her, surround yourself with great people who know positions you don’t.”

She took the team to fifth and fourth place finishes in state in 2008 and 2009 despite lacking the height of other teams on the court.

When the team was at its lowest, when athletes like Taylor Jones and Megan Hingston were just freshman, Gehley said she enjoyed coaching most.

“We went 3-12, but the girls were coachable and believed in what we were teaching them,” Gehley said. “Seeing the kids buy into a program is really key because it’s not the coach, it’s the kids believing in that coach’s system.”

Watching March Madness unfold on the television screen over the weekend, she said she saw the exactly the power of that seemingly small thing.

“You could look at the bench when Duke fell behind and you could see that they were going to lose. On the other hand, you had other teams that continued to make a run at it even when they were behind,” Gehley said.

On the other hand, successful years present challenges of their own.

“Everyone has to up their game,” she said. “You’ve got to try to find the best thing about your team and make that work in any situation.”

One of the toughest lessons that she had to learn was that not everyone approaches a game the way she did as a high school athlete.

“When I was out on the court, the game was all that mattered and that’s not true for everyone. I didn’t know that,” she said.

That doesn’t mean she’s afraid to push girls outside their comfort zones, however.

“She’s really pushed me to see how far I can go even when I wasn’t comfortable in certain positions,” said Lady Celt Stacey Titchenal. “She’s really pushed me to go further and be better.”

Gehley used to bristle when people said to her that girls needed to be coached different than boys, but she’s relaxed her staunch stance as a coach herself.

“For a lot of girls, sports is a time for social growth and that’s okay,” she said.

Gehley has seen a handful of her charges, including Jones, Hingston and current senior Deven Hunter sign on with college teams. While she’s always pushed for her students to attend college, even if they don’t play for the school, those transitions were learning opportunities for Gehley as well.

“I always talk to the coaches of the teams to see if there’s something we can be working on with the girls, but the thing they want almost always has nothing to do with basketball skill. It’s always a lot of character development, fostering leadership and understanding of academic expectations,” she said. “I think the coaches feel that once they get them there, they can help them play basketball.”

Gehley will continue teaching at the McNary and plans to spend more time getting involved with her two children’s extracurricular activities, but the lessons she hoped to impart to her teams apply to most aspects of life.

“When you show confidence, when you show class, when you show good sportsmanship, when you work your tail off, all those things will speak for themselves,” she said.

The search for a new head coach of the girls basketball program will begin over spring break, said Ron Richards, McNary athletic director.

Girls take win, boys rained out in first tennis match

Colton Baker backhands a shot during the boys varsity tennis match with Central High School. The Celts were unable to complete the full slate of games due to rain. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

Of the Keizertimes

Despite seemingly never-ending rain, the McNary High School girls and boys varsity tennis teams managed to squeezed in their first matches of the season last week.

Both teams met Independence’s Central High School with the girls taking an 8-0 win while the boys were unable to finish their match due to rain.

“We got some nerves out and did pretty well,” said Mark Kohley, head coach of the McNary girls team. “I was very pleased with Katie Stignei’s singles win and our freshmen doubles team, Taslima Sidhu and Rachel Morrow.”

In singles action, Sandy Childress defeated Melissa Whitaker 6-0, 6-1; Katrina Cabanlit defeated her opponent 6-2, 6-2;  Stignei defeated Kalli Deigner 6-0, 6-0; and Mackenzie Melendy defeated her opponent 6-0, 6-1.

Kohley credited Childress, a freshman, with poised play in her first outing for the team.

In doubles matches, Allison McGregor and Allie Labrousse defeated Allison Bansen and Amanda Quinn 6-3, 6-2; Jenny Labrousse and Delaney Engle defeated Dana McLean and Summer Vecht 6-1, 6-4; Jill Jungwirth and Kate Janssen defeated their opponents 6-2, 6-2; and Sidhu and Morrow defeated Lupe Garcia and Annie Gantnenva 6-0, 6-0.

An egregious move

Both sides of the defeated Clear Lake fire district annexation campaign repeated said the issue was the level of service to those 1,000 homes. That was part of it. It was also about the $500,000 in tax revenues.

Every governmental organization is faced with static or decreasing revenues and increasing expenses. The Keizer Fire District was straightforward about needing the tax dollars from Clear Lake to continue its level of service for all of Keizer.

Marion County Fire District told Clear Lake voters during the campaign that they wouldn’t seek a local option levy—Board President Randy Franke said several times that he didn’t think the economic climate was right to ask district voters for an extension of the current levy of 16 cents per $1,000 assessed value.

In a slap to the face of Clear Lake residents, the Marion County Fire District voted at a special board meeting a day after the election to ask not for a 16 center local option levy but a 29 cent levy.  At last week’s board meeting Chief J. Kevin Henson said that a levy of 86 cents would be needed to maintain service at current levels.  He also said the district’s budget is $500,000 in the red.

The Marion County Fire District board of directors need to explain to Clear Lake residents why they were  not more forthcoming about finances. Franke said several times at last week’s special board meeting that the district may find itself out of the ambulance business completely if a new levy is not passed. That would mean no  medic unit at the Clear Lake station as promised in the annexation campaign.

Franke and Chief Henson told those attending the meeting that the district’s budget was in flux until they knew whether or not they would lose the $500,000 in Clear Lake area tax revenues. Marion County Fire retains the money from Clear Lake yet must still seek more money than the current 16 cent levy.

If some Clear Lake residents feel they have been duped they have a right to be. It its the height of political obfuscation to campaign to retain its territory, promise that a medic unit and staff would be housed at Station 6 in Clear Lake, pronounce that a levy wasn’t called for, only to turn around and seek more money than is currently collected and talk of abandoning ambulance service.

The first casualty of this situation is trust of the board of directors. Those who strongly opposed annexation of their neighborhood must decide if they trust the management of their fire district. Their support of Marion County Fire will be for naught if it turns out that the district does get out of the ambulance business and Station 6 in Clear Lake is shuttered.

There were problems with the annexation campaign on both sides, but the most egregious was Marion County Fire’s 90 degree turn on levies and ambulances.

This is another reason that collaboration and cooperation are more important than ever.


We all have our fears and theories

To the Editor:

To the Manny Martinezes of the world – Bless your hearts, we feel your pain. How could your knickers not be in a state of constant twist (bondage?) when you are bombarded by the GOP propaganda machine thru all your waking hours.

When the nightly news is nothing but drive by shootings and animal abuse—and drive by shootings of abused animals. And those dang Marxists —frankly I never thought Groucho was that funny either. Then there’s your slate of presidential candidates, every one apparently having spent too much time hatless in the sun. Almost makes you believe in global warming.

But remember Manny, you are not alone, we all have our fears and crazy conspiracy theories. My personal favorite right now is the plot by Mitch McConnell and Exxon Mobil to raise gas prices to deny the president a second term. Great idea – but it’s costing you money. Take my advice Manny, cut back on the tea or at least switch to decaf. Swtich off the AM talkers and switch on lite rock (it’s an oxymoron – just like Fox News) .

Martin Doerfler

Deception or ignorance?

To the Editor:

Is it my imagination or did April Fool’s day came early this year?

The Board of Directors of Marion County Fire District #1, on Wednesday March 14, voted to ask their voters to approve a 29 cent operating levy. This occurred only one day after winning the election against annexation of Clear Lake by the Keizer Fire District and about three months after stating they would not extend the 16 cent levy. Just a coincidence?

I have a few questions. First, was the board truthful with its Clear Lake voters when it said they did not need the 16 cent levy or did it do it to win votes? I don’t believe the board and the district management were that much misinformed. I believe they had to know what their financial situation was going forward.Second, did the folks who promoted “Keep Keizer Safe” and the no vote know that this was coming or were they blind sided also? They should have to answer to the Clear Lake voters.

Board President Randy Franke was quoted as saying the entire district ambulance service could be threatened without the large increased levy. Chief Kevin Henson was quoted as saying he did not know if the ambulance would remain at Clear Lake if the larger levy fails. I don’t believe these statements were made to intimidate but only telling how it is. The truth of the matter is all taxing districts need more revenue and this includes Keizer and the Keizer Fire District in order to provide the services that we all desire. If I lived in the Clear Lake area I would be extremely disappointed with the Marion County Fire Board for misleading me but I would vote for the larger levy in spite of being fooled.

Bill Quinn