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Day: July 27, 2012

Volcanoes evade sweep in 7-6 win

Chris Stratton, the San Francisco Giants’ first-round draft pick, makes his debut as one of the Volcanoes in a game last week. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

For the Keizertimes

A 7-6 victory in 10 innings closed out The Volcanoes’ five-day road series with the Tri-City Dust Devils Monday, preventing a sweep.

Salem-Keizer scored the first run of the game in the first inning on a bases-empty home run by Joe Rapp, his sixth, but fell behind 5-1 after three innings. The Volcanoes made it a ball game again in the fifth, scoring five times.

In the bottom of the first, Derek Jones hit a one-out triple to right center field and scored as Tom Murphy reached first base on a fielder’s choice. A throwing error by third baseman Stephen Yarrow moved Murphy to second. Jarod Berggren scored Murphy with a single to left.

Another Tri-City triple, by Zach Osborne, started the bottom of the third. Jones singled him home, and Murphy drove Jones in with a double. Francisco Sosa reached first on a fielder’s choice and second on a throw, went to third on a single by Jarod Berggren and scored on a sacrifice bunt by Patrick Hutcheson.

The Volcano fifth inning began with a single by Mike Mergenthaler. Dashenko Ricardo singled, moving him to second. A single by Stephen Branca loaded the bases, and Kentrell Hill singled Mergenthaler home. Ryan Jones singled to drive in Ricardo, and the bases were still loaded.

Tri-City replaced starting pitcher T.J. Oakes with Chris Dennis, who made a wild pitch with Rapp at the plate to score Branca and advance Hill and Ryan Jones. Rapp struck out, but Chuckie Jones drove in both baserunners with a single.

To start the bottom of the fifth, Volcano manager Tom Trebelhorn replaced his starting pitcher, Raymundo Montero, with Matt Graham. Graham held the Dust Devils scoreless for two innings.

Tri-City tied the score in the seventh, when Randall Ziegler had taken the mound. Derek Jones walked, reached second on a single by Murphy and third when Berggren walked, and scored when a pitch hit Hutcheson.

The eighth and ninth innings were scoreless. Both halves of the eighth started with new pitchers, Joshua Slaats for the Dust Devils and Armando Paniagua for the Volcanoes. Paniagua became the winning pitcher and Slaats the loser.

In the bottom of the ninth, first baseman Rapp followed an errant throw by Paniagua on a pickoff attempt by firing the ball to third in time for Yarrow to put out Sosa.

In the top of the 10th, Rapp walked, and an error by Alec Mehrten put Chuckie Jones on first. Trevor Brown reached first on a bunt that forced Rapp out at third. Mergenthaler grounded into another force out, with Chuckie Jones scoring.

Lorenzo Mendoza pitched the bottom of the 10th and got his first save. He gave up a leadoff single but retired the next three batters.

“We gave them some runs; they gave us some runs,” Trebelhorn observed. He also had good words for the Volcanoes’ defense, saying that Rapp made a great throw to third to nail Sosa and that “Ricardo was solid behind the plate.”

Paniagua, who has pitched little this season, said through Ricardo as his interpreter that he had been working on a curve ball that retired some of the Dust Devils.

Ricardo said that he had been calling for the fastball first from his pitchers and telling them after that to see how hitters did with breaking pitches.

R  H  E

S-K   100 050 000 1   7  10  2

TRI   203 000 100 0  6   11  3

Montero, Graham5, Ziegler 7, Paniagua 8, Mendoza 10 and Ricardo; Oakes, Dennis 5, Slaats 8 and Ramirez. W – Paniagua (1-0). L – Slaats (0-3). S – Mendoza (1). HR – Rapp, Volcanoes (6).

Creative process on display at RIVERfair

Watch art happen at the upcoming RIVERfair with the Keizer Art Association.

Artists will be demonstrating calligraphy, mixed media, polymer clay sculpting, wood carving, Chinese water color and and dragon lanterns at the August 11 event at Keizer Rapids Park.

Their booth also has information on classes for all ages throughout the year.

Here’s the booth schedule:

10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Watch as your name is written by award-winning calligrapher Penny White while Pat Domogalla sculpts out of clay.

Noon – 2 p.m. – Dave Disselbrett shows off his wood carving skills.

2 p.m. – 4 p.m. – Marie Sakai creates Chinese dragon lanterns while Brigitte Cobb creates a mixed media collage before your eyes.

4 p.m. – 6 p.m. – Jody Bartruff paints water colors in the Chinese style while Michelle Deplois demonstrates acrylics on canvas.

Keizer JBO team wins district title

The Keizer Celts 10U American team topped the competition at the JBO Baseball District Tournament last week. Pictured are: Danny Alvarado, Alex Simpson, Brandon Reed, Rennick Jefferies, Bryce Campbell, Ian Martin and Noah Lelack (front row); Erik Barker, Riley Flores, Joel Knight and Evan Dallum (middle row); and coaches Jason Flores, Kurt Barker and Jake Martin (back row). Not pictured are Head Coach Steve Reed and player Jadon Mansur. (Submitted)

The Keizer Celts 10U American team won the JBO Baseball District Tournament on Saturday, July 21, and are headed to the state tournament.

The team completed a three-game sweep of its opponents with a 9-5 victory over Sweet Home, a team that worked its way up through consolation brackets to the championship game.

Brandon Reed pitched a complete game and defense continued to be solid with a first-inning double play by Erik Barker kept Sweet Home from scoring first.

Keizer put runs on the board every inning and two key hits kept the team riding high.  The first came in the bottom of the second inning when Joel Knight’s composite bat cracked in a two-run blast over the left field fence scoring himself and Rennick Jefferies.  Bryce Campbell’s hit during the bottom of the fourth inning was a two-RBI shot to the right center gap giving the Celts a comfortable lead and finishing as the JBO Valley District Champions.

In the first round of the tournament, the Celts beat the South Salem Saxons 7-2. The team put on a pitching and defensive clinic holding a tough team to one hit and two runs. Keizer broke the game open with timely hits from Brandon Reed, Riley Flores, Barker, Jeffries, Joel Knight and Bryce Campbell. Reed pitched four innings striking out seven. Barker came in for the save, adding two more strikeouts and one defensive out to end the game.

In the second round of the tournament, Keizer took its first victory off Sweet home in a 3-2 win. Barker pitched a complete game giving up two hits, two walks and two runs while notching eight strikeouts.

Defensively, the Celts were solid in all positions and two “throw downs” from Reed, playing catcher to short stop Ian Martin with Sweet Home trying to steal second were momentum killers that kept potential runners from getting into scoring position.  Patience at the plate, savvy base running and timely RBIs were the difference in the tight ball game.

Modoc Drive heroin dealer sent to prison

C. Bevans, J. Belcher

Of the Keizertimes

A man arrested for dealing heroin out of a Modoc Drive home was sentenced last week to more than five years in prison.

Chad Michael Bevans, 34, pleaded guilty to three counts of delivering heroin – two within 1,000 feet of a school – and two counts of endangering the welfare of a minor. He was sentenced to a total of 67 months in state prison. Two one-year sentences and a six-month jail sentence will be served concurrently.

Bevans was arrested along with Jennifer Chantyl Belcher, 38, when Keizer Police served a search warrant on a house at 1767 Modoc Drive NE in the early hours of March 8. A 10-year-old child was taken into protective custody. The investigation started after neighbors complained of possible drug sales out of the home. Police found several swords along with dozens of used and new needles, a small amount of heroin, scales and packaging materials.

Belcher was convicted on two counts each of delivery of heroin and endangering the welfare of a minor. She will be placed on probation for the next three years, and faces a prison sentence if she violates terms, according to Tiffany Underwood, a deputy district attorney for Marion County.

The golden days of summer


Ah, summer. The time to enjoy the bounty of our region.  The time to get away from the rigors of work and school. The time to hit the multiplexes to see the summer’s blockbuster movies. Laying in a hammock or on a deck, texting, Facebooking, e-mailing and playing video games.

There was a time when summer meant camping, fishing, beachcombing—and for a lucky few, gold panning.

My dad got gold fever in the late 1960s. He had read a news article about a man who stumbled across a large gold nugget in a California creek; the man wasn’t even looking for it—talk about lucky.

Dad figured “there’s gold in them thar hills.”  Being a journalist, he did some cursory research about gold in the Cascade Mountains; he learned about gold mining in the 19th century.  He discovered if one didn’t trip over a nugget, one could find gold by following the natural path of gold from the mines dug into the mountains into the creeks and rivers. That’s where the summer ‘fun’ for us kids started.

Those of us kids who were older spent the weekdays picking berries or beans at any number of farms near Keizer. Come Friday afternoon we helped pack up our small travel trailer and headed out to the gold fields for the weekend.

Poring over geological maps that showed where once-working gold mines were located, dad choose the area in which to search for gold—Quartzville Creek, outside Sweet Home, miles past Green Peter Dam.

It seemed we spent just about every summer weekend on Quartzville Creek setting up camp at the Yellowbottom camp ground. In those days, back in the ‘60s, that area was still undiscovered by the masses. Many weekends the Zaitz family was one of but a handful of campers—many times we were the only campers.

Panning for gold on Quartzville Creek circa 1968. The Zaitz clan includes (from left) Les, Leland, David, Lyndon, Janet and Joanne. (PHOTO/Clarence Zaitz)

The first task upon arriving at Yellowbottom was to pick a camping site, then came setting the trailer, making it level, unpacking the station wagon, gathering and chopping firewood. The chores were fun because we were camping! Each of the older kids begged to be the campfire builder.  Until we were a bit older, this was a job only dad took on. We all couldn’t wait until we would be entrusted with building the fire.  For us kids the bigger the better; that idea was usually squelched by parents who knew better.

After mom made dinner on the campfire grill, usually hot dogs or hamburgers, it was time for the kids to explore the campground.  There was nothing new to explore by the fifth time we camped at Yellowbottom.

Saturday mornings was preparation time. Dad and mom made sure they had all the gold pans, shovels, and brushes ready to go.  Excitedly, us kids made sure we had bathing suits and swim masks. The first few months of the gold panning trips the Zaitz kids were excited to hunt for places along Quartzville Creek that dad taught us could be hiding nuggets, or at least large pieces of gold dust.

We cracked open rocks with a crowbar, swept out the dirt and small gravel into a gold pan and went to work.  Sloshing water around and around, being careful not to do it too hard or the gold might get washed out. Dad said that what we wanted was to pan out the large rocks, dirt and sand.  We would end up with black sand and, hopefully, gold in the pan.  Look at us! The Zaitz family are gold prospectors!

We were excited the first time we found gold.  The gold we found were gold flakes, most no bigger than the head of a pin.  But it was gold and it looked so beautiful shining in the sun against the black sand.  Dad and mom would carefully retrieve a wooden matchstick from their pocket and use it snag the flake. It was then carefully deposited in a little bottle; it was the start of the Zaitz gold fortune.

After a day of panning for gold and playing in the creek, we were all tired. It was time to head back to the campground to build a fire, make dinner, but, as the photo above shows, at the end of day panning shows, we were happy. This is one of the most iconic photos of the Zaitz clan, it’s in all of our homes and reminds us who we were then.

This went on for weeks, then months, and eventually years.  For the Zaitz kids, it was the swimming that was the draw after a while. Dad and mom looked for gold, for us kids our treasures were fishing lures. With our swim masks we’d look for fishing lines under the water; we’d follow the line hoping to find an interesting fishing lure that some fisherman had lost to the creek. Because none of us fished much it was just fun finding lures wedged under a rock.

The Zaitz kids practically grew up on Quartzville Creek. Dad’s gold fever raged on; sometimes he’d try another area, such as the central Cascades outside Eugene, even in northern California.

Eventually us five Zaitz kids lost any fever we had. And like any adolescent, we groaned when the weekend came and we had to load the trailer and yet another gold panning trip.  We almost welcomed Monday mornings and a return to picking to raise money for school clothes and other things.

The five Zaitz children did not have a lot of down time during the summer. We didn’t have time to get into trouble (though we usually found a way). After a while our gold panning days at Quartzville Creek became tedious for us kids.

And all the gold that we found?  Totaling about an ounce in all, it is in a little glass vial attached and displayed in a hall at my parents’ home. Every walk down that hall brings memories of days when we didn’t know how good we had it.

Lyndon A. Zaitz is publisher and editor of the Keizertimes.

Knights headed to regional tourney

The Keizer Knights will compete in the Pacific Northwest Regional Baseball Tournament this coming week after second place finish in a state tournament. (Submitted)

The Oregon SWAT 14U baseball team, also known as the Keizer Knights, have earned a berth in the Pacific Northwest Regional Baseball Tournament that will be played in The Dalles, Oregon, July 31-August 6.

Ten teams from across the Pacific Northwest and Canada will compete in the Tournament including teams from Alberta, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Washington and Oregon – the winner will advance to the Babe Ruth World Series.

SWAT earned the berth as a result of their second place finish in the recently concluded State Tournament held in Bend, Oregon, July 19-22.

SWAT’s two-win, two-loss record in pool play earned the team the No. 4 seed in the four-team single elimination championship bracket and pitted the team against the undefeated No. 1 seed, the Central Oregon Bend All-Stars. SWAT had lost to the Central Oregon team the previous day in pool play by a lopsided score of 23-7.

Mickey Walker took the mound for the Knights and struck out the first two Central Oregon hitters in the first inning before Elliott Willy doubled.  Walker eliminated the early threat by striking out Cameron Hines to end the first inning.  Central Oregon went down in order in the second and third innings.

Meanwhile, Knight Cole Freeburg reached base on an error, pinch runner Hunter Antkowiak stole second, and scored SWAT’s first run on a single by Alan Cornejo in the second inning.

Kevin Ruiz’s triple in the fourth inning scored SWAT’s Walker and Matthew Aguilar. A balk by Central Oregon’s Matt Hicks brought in Ruiz to make the score 4-0 SWAT after three innings.

Central Oregon closed the score to 4-1 in the fifth inning as Jason Garcia tripled to score J.J. Spitler.  Walker struck out the next hitter, Nick Haun, to end the inning.

SWAT answered with a run in the bottom of the fifth as Antkowiak walked, stole second and went to third on an error by the catcher before scoring on Cole Hamilton’s sacrifice fly.

SWAT added two insurance runs in the sixth inning to close out the scoring. Walker allowed only a scratch single in the last few innings while striking out four more Central Oregon hitters.  Walker’s complete game effort included 10 strikeouts and one walk.

The upset win secured a second-place finish in the State Tournament for SWAT and a guaranteed berth in the Pacific Northwest Babe Ruth Regional Tournament.

Reasons to join Heritage abound


The Keizer Heritage Foundation is housed in the oldest commercial building remaining in Keizer. Keizer School was built in 1916 and moved to its current location, near Keizer Civic Center, in 1998.  The main mission of the Foundation is to maintain the historic building in perpetuity.

Why is Keizer Heritage Foundation an organization that someone should join as a member?

Because the all-volunteer, non-profit organization maintains and operates the building, now known as the Keizer Heritage Center, all without tax money.  The Foundation also operates the Keizer Heritage Museum inside the Center.   The museum is a source of local history and treasures that would be lost or forgotten without the efforts of the members and volunteers of Foundation.

The building houses other-non-profit organizations such as the Keizer Community Library and the Keizer Art Association and its classroom and the Enid Joy Mount Art Gallery as well as the offices of Keizer Young Life.

In a 2010 report, The Keizer Heritage Foundation Task Force vowed to make the Center a focal point for the city of Keizer.

The Keizer Heritage Foundation is seeking new members to continue the mission it began back in the 1990s. The Foundation gives back to the community, not only by maintaining its oldest building but also by awarding scholarships to McNary High School students. Revenue comes from tenant leases and conference room rental fees .

How do membership dollars help? They help the on-going work of maintaining and preserving the building; they support operations of the Keizer Heritage Museum, our city’s little gem. The Center provides a venue for library and art association programs.

The Keizer Heritage Foundation communicates the history of Keizer with its members and the citizens of Keizer and surrounding area.

While the Keizer Heritage Foundation is happy to welcome new members, it also welcomes new volunteers.

Volunteers are a key component of the Center. They help the Keizer Heritage Museum open more hours for residents and visitors to visit. They help educate visiting school children about the history of Keizer and the surrounding area.

One of the liveliest parts of the Center is the conference space on the second floor.  Volunteers act as hosts for the many events booked at the Center.

By volunteering, members of the community will work along side directors of the Keizer Heritage Foundation, all whom are dedicated to the building and its operation. For those who love local history and those who enjoy people, becoming a member of the Foundation or volunteering fits the bill perfectly.

Al Rasmus is the volunteer building manager of the Keizer Heritage Center.

Reagan praised entrepreneurs


Does anybody remember, back in the depths of the recession of 1981-82, how President Ronald Reagan kept his chin up and exhorted American businesses to work hard and produce an economic recovery?

Reagan had a program of tax cuts, limited domestic spending, deregulation and a strong defense aimed at overturning Soviet communism. He argued in speech after speech that his domestic plan would produce higher economic growth and lower unemployment, and that prosperity would generate the resources to fund a strong national security.

Cynics proliferated. But Reagan stayed with it, praising free enterprise and entrepreneurs. And eventually, sunny skies replaced gloomy clouds. “Morning in America” appeared in 1983-84.

Now contrast President Reagan’s performance with President Obama’s recent attack on business. Instead of exhorting entrepreneurship, Obama demonized it. Here’s the money quote: “If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.”

That’s a put down to business recovery, not an exhortation. Reagan praised entrepreneurs into recovery. Why must Obama trash them into recession?

Great innovators like Thomas Alva Edison, Henry Ford and Andrew Carnegie didn’t rely on government. There was hardly any of it in those days. More recently, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and Larry Ellison used genius to put brand-new ideas into production.

And then you’ve got a whole smaller class of entrepreneurs: the electricians, bakers, clothing designers and financial planners. They don’t depend on government. It’s always been a question of the American genius of entrepreneurship that makes the country run. And that’s optimism. (It’s not name-calling or negativism. But it is the reliance on government under Obama that has undermined the morale of our economy.

In an interview this week with Tim Geithner, the treasury secretary said the problem with the economy is insufficient government spending. But I would argue that government spending is the problem.

A week earlier, I interviewed Alan Greenspan. I asked him about the impact of over $1 trillion in federal spending. He answered, “Well, actually, strangely as it may seem, the data are showing that it’s negative.” Greenspan said businesses—especially smaller businesses—are essentially on a capital strike. They see large-scale deficits and debt and assume that prohibitive tax rates cannot be far behind. Nobody wants to build long-term assets, like factories, buildings and houses.

Obama does not understand that his government-centered model is doing vastly more harm than good. That’s why, three and a half years in, he’s got slumping numbers on jobs, retail sales, manufacturing and home sales, and a gross domestic product rate that could be 1 percent or less. We may be on the front end of another recession without even going through a real recovery.

And the center of economic gravity has shifted in the wrong direction. Food stamps are soaring. Social Security disability benefits are rising faster than jobs. And roughly half of U.S. households are receiving federal-transfer-payment assistance. This is a European-style model, not an American one.

Then you have some of the dumbest fiscal ideas ever, like the new one from Sen. Patty Murray. She wants all the Bush tax cuts to expire on Dec. 31, 2012, an event that will surely lead to recession, and then have Congress magically vote for middle-class tax cuts in 2013. This is incredibly foolish (and improbable).

Raising the tax on the upper-two income brackets would slam the 3.5 percent of small-business owners who generate 53 percent of the small-business income, according to the Joint Tax Committee. And that’s where the jobs are.

Ernst & Young estimates a job loss of 710,000 if those upper tax brackets are raised. And when you combine all that with scheduled new taxes from Obamacare, you’re looking at substantially higher tax rates than anything Bill Clinton ever had. And of course, Clinton cut the capital gains tax. But today’s Democrats want to raise it (along with taxes on dividends and estates).

This whole assault on success by left-wing politicians is a staggering reversal from the spirit of Ronald Reagan. You can even go back to FDR: His big-government, tax-the-rich policies failed, but at least he preached that happy days were coming again.

Most Democrats today don’t understand or recall the history of American economic success. That’s why this country desperately needs change in the White House and the Senate if we’re to stop this American economic decline.

(Creators Syndicate)