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Day: August 9, 2013

Perry Chappell

P. Chappell
P. Chappell

Perry Chappell, 74, was beloved husband of Judith (Anton) of Keizer; father of Mark of Frederick, Md. and Matt of Keizer; and grandfather of three granddaughters of Frederick, Md.

Born in Springfield, Mo. and raised in Southern California, Perry excelled in music in Hollywood, playing in some top bands and taught music theory.

He married Judy in 1962. He was preceded in death by his father, mother, two sisters and one brother.

Perry entered law enforcement in 1975 working in Petersburg, Alaska. He later moved to Bend and settled in Keizer in 1992.

Perry visited numerous nursing homes with his son Matt, playing the piano and singing to the residents. He suffered several major medical conditions but always kept his joy and smile. He went to be with his Lord. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

A Celebration of Life was held at New Harvest Church in Salem on Aug. 6, 2013.

Arrangements were by Keizer Funeral Chapel.

CAUTION: Moving deadline

Chemawa Road has been a construction zone all summer and could be next summer as well. (KEIZERTIMES/Craig Murphy)
Chemawa Road has been a construction zone all summer and could be next summer as well. (KEIZERTIMES/Craig Murphy)

By CRAIG MURPHY
Of the Keizertimes 

The Chemawa Road construction project was a long time coming.

It might be a long time before it’s actually done.

The expansive Oregon Department of Transportation project, which includes new utilities, pavement, expanded road and a signal by McNary High School, was set to be done last year. The project got pushed back to this year. Work started in the spring and was scheduled to be completed in October.

There is disagreement – even within ODOT – about when the project might be finished.

Clif Rose, the assistant project manager, said Wednesday the October timeline is still valid. Shane Ottosen, the project manager, pointed to next summer for project completion.

“There is no change in the schedule at this point,” Rose said. “We haven’t authorized anything beyond Oct. 31. The challenge is to get through the nuances of the plan design and the nature of the project. At the present time, we are looking to still be done by Oct. 31.”

Because of a delay with utilities, Ottosen said the project will likely be pushed back to next year.

“From Windsor Island Road east is probably going to be done next summer,” Ottosen said Wednesday. “From Windsor west, we want to get that buttoned up and paved this fall. We should be able to button that up.”

Ottosen said there will be more discussions with the contractor and city about finishing the rest of the project, but he expects a delay.

“It’s probably almost a done deal,” Ottosen said. “The utilities didn’t get moved in time.”


To read the complete article and other news from around the Keizer area, pick up a copy of the August 9 print edition of Keizertimes, available at stores all around the area. To subscribe to the print edition for just $25 a year, click on the ‘Subscribe Today’ link at the top of the page, call 503-390-1051 or visit our office at 142 Chemawa Road North in Keizer.

Water a cloudy issue in Keizer

File photo
File photo

By CRAIG MURPHY
Of the Keizertimes

Have you noticed some cloudy looking tap water lately in Keizer?

If so, you’re not alone.

Further, city Public Works officials are aware of the issue and assure there are no health concerns.

Last week, Artfarm Pictures posted a video link on the Keizertimes Facebook page. The link included this: “Our water has been cloudy, like lemonade, for two weeks. I’ve talked to three different neighbors on two blocks and it’s cloudy for everyone. What’s up with the water Keizer?”

The short video (one minute, 43 seconds) shows some rather cloudy looking water being poured from a kitchen sink into a glass. Over the course of the video, the cloudiness slowly dissipates.

Elizabeth Sagmiller, Environmental Program coordinator for the City of Keizer, explained what’s up with the water.

“Keizer Public Works staff is aware of the issue,” Sagmiller said. “What you’re seeing is air in the water, which gives the appearance of being cloudy, but is entirely harmless. Public Works personnel are investigating the issue, but we haven’t identified what’s causing the problem just yet. I want to emphasize that there is no public consumption risk.”

Sagmiller said on Aug. 2 the issue was not citywide.

“The issue is isolated and has only been identified recently,” she said. “The Water Department will make some adjustments today that may result in seeing clearer drinking water.”

South beats North in NWL All-Star game

Salem-Keizer_Volcanoes

By HERB SWETT
For the Keizertimes

Volcanoes led the South to an 8-7 win over the North in Tuesday’s Northwest League All-Star Game in Everett, Wash.

Sam Eberle hit a solo home run in the fourth inning, singled and scored in the ninth, and was named the game’s Most Valuable Player. Raymundo Montero, who set the North down in order in the eighth, was the winning pitcher.

The North led most of the way, starting with a three-run first inning and adding two runs in the second and two in the third. The South tied the score in the top of the second, trailed 7-4 after four and then got tough on the mound.

Salem-Keizer’s Drew Leenhouts was the starting pitcher for the South and lasted only one inning, but both managers, seeking to get playing time for as many players as possible, changed pitchers each inning.

In the top of the first inning, Lars Huijer of Everett allowed Volcano Brandon Bednar a double but retired the other three batters.

Ian Parmley of Vancouver led off the North first by reaching first base on an error. Jack Reinheimer of Everett singled, and each runner advanced when Vancouver’s Michael Reeves grounded out. LB Dantzler of Vancouver hit a three-run homer.


To read the complete article and other news from around the Keizer area, pick up a copy of the August 9 print edition of Keizertimes, available at stores all around the area. To subscribe to the print edition for just $25 a year, click on the ‘Subscribe Today’ link at the top of the page, call 503-390-1051 or visit our office at 142 Chemawa Road North in Keizer.

Jump starting KPA project

Keizer Public Arts (KPA) will get a much-needed shot in the arm with the Keizer Chamber Foundation’s Pig in the Park fundraiser on Saturday, Aug. 17.

Pig in the Park will have a Hawaiian theme complete with live entertainment and a luau menu. The proceeds will benefit the programs of the Keizer Chamber Foundation, especially to fund Keizer Public Arts.

Despite its name there are currently no tax dollars going to the program; the last time the city allocated money for art was in 2010. These days Keizer Public Art is funded completely by donations from the private sector.

We hope the Pig event will get the art program back on track. Since its inception in 2008 annual events have been held to raise money that has gone to pay stipends to artists for pieces that grace River Road.  As the program progressed the Mayor’s Invitational Art Gala at the civic center included a juried contest to choose the first piece Keizer’s permanent art collection. So far there are three pieces in the collection that hang at the civic center.

The art in the city’s collection was chosen with the participation of the Keizer Art Association, which has not been involved in the public art this year. That’s a shame and leaders of the volunteer, non-profit art association should find a way to be a partner in the public art program.

With money raised at a February art event and this month’s luau it would be good to see the Chamber Foundation put some focus on adding more sculptures along River Road. From this point forward we recommend other parts of the city as  art sites: Keizer Station and city parks.

Parks are great locations to place art. A sculpture garden in one of Keizer’s larger parks is a good idea. With a good design plan a sculpture garden (think a less ambitious version of Seattle’s Olympic Sculpture Garden) would enhance our quality of life and it would definitely draw visitors.

Keizer Public Arts is in place, the Keizer Chamber Foundation is watching over it and is keeping it alive. With more donations and a partnership artists and their association art will flourish again in Keizer. People will disagree about the merits of any particular piece of art but most people can agree that, just like parks, art enhances life for everyone.

We look forward to Pig in the Park; it is another example of community leaders doing what needs to be done and we salute the Chamber Foundation for its efforts.

—LAZ

What we (don’t) need to know

By SUSAN ESTRICH

The leaders of al-Qaida in Pakistan and Yemen now know that it was the conversation last week between Ayman al-Zawahiri, Osama bin Laden’s successor in Pakistan, and Nasser al-Wuhayshi, Yemen-based head of al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, in which the former instructed the latter to attack American targets on Sunday, that led the United States last week to take the unprecedented steps of closing embassies and missions in the Middle East and North Africa and declaring a global terrorist alert for travelers.

I didn’t know it until my daughter woke me up at dawn, calling from the Middle East. But frankly, I didn’t need to. I was terrified enough without the details. Making them public hardly makes us safer, does it?

The following day, The New York Times made clear to the skeptics, and there were certainly some noisy ones, that the threats were indeed serious (that much I had figured out) and that, at the request of the administration, it was not revealing all of the details that proved it. A day later, another newspaper chain named names, leading to the widespread coverage on Monday of the communications between the al-Qaida leaders.

So now everyone knows that the administration wasn’t just playing Benghazi politics (if only) when they issued the warnings. They were real. But, oh, yes, we didn’t know where the attack might take place. We still don’t.

Translate: No place is safe. The group in Yemen is the same one that tried to blow up a plane headed for Detroit. They hate us. They target civilians. What I can do with the extra information being reported today is exactly nothing—except be even more terrified and hope its release doesn’t make it more difficult to gather further intelligence, which we obviously desperately need.

All the while, in the background, there was Vladimir Putin, no friend of the First Amendment, being hailed by some supporters of fugitive Edward Snowden for affording the NSA leaker one year of asylum.

I understand that the government can go too far in the name of national security, and that a free press (and yes, sometimes leakers) is essential to our democracy.

But if you’d been lulled into complacency, then last week’s announcements and this week’s explanations are reminders of how dangerous the world is, of how dependent we are on secret sources of information and on those who risk their lives to do things like sneak bombs made for U.S.-bound airplanes out of Yemen (which is what a CIA double agent reportedly did last year), and of how critical secrecy can be in protecting them and us.

To those who claim that we don’t need to balance civil liberties against national security, that Snowden is a hero and Putin a great diplomat, I can only say this: Wake up.

I’m not exactly sure how we are supposed to live in this world. When I was my daughter’s age and got raped in my parking lot, I made a conscious choice to keep living — to take reasonable precautions, yes, but not to let a bastard who held an ice pick to my throat turn me into a person who was afraid to go anywhere alone, who was afraid of her shadow. I wasn’t going to let the “bad guy” win.

I have learned over these many years to try to live with fear rather than have it send me to bed. But I don’t pretend the same rules hold true for al-Qaida, which is scarier, more dangerous, bigger, stronger and more evil than the thug who attacked me. And of course, I am so much older, which does not make me braver. It is my children I worry about, more than I ever worried about myself.

This leaves me, at the end of the day, with only one choice. Worrying doesn’t help. Stay away from the embassy, I tell my daughter; she knows that. It is no guarantee. All I can do is trust my government and hope that this administration is doing everything it can to ensure that such trust is earned and deserved.

I can hope the people in Congress who get briefed on such matters are exercising proper oversight. I can hope the judges on the secret courts exercise good judgment. I can hope the administration is providing wise, temperate, responsible leadership. I can pray for those I love, for those I don’t know and for a future in which we somehow find a way to move beyond hate. I don’t need names to do all of these things. Hopefully, naming names will not make the world even more dangerous.

(Creators)

Please slap the silly GOP

By DEBRA J. SAUNDERS

Republicans basically have two choices when it comes to how to deal with the dysfunction and big-spending ways that define Washington. They can point a finger at the GOP for not working with — also known as giving in to — Democrats, who ostensibly are more in touch with American voters. That’s how some Republicans become media darlings.

Or they can concentrate on the bad decisions made by D.C.’s ruling party, which controls the White House and Senate and, during President Barack Obama’s first two years in office, controlled all three branches of government. I like to save my fire for the folks with the most power, not the least.

That said, sometimes Republicans embrace ideas that are so breathtakingly dumb that adherents need to be slapped silly. I refer, of course, to the threat championed by GOP Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Mike Lee of Utah to block a continuing resolution to keep the government running after Sept. 30 unless that legislation defunds Obamacare. If they succeed, there will be a partial federal shutdown.

The defund-Obamacare movement reminds me of the guy in the joke who, finding his wife in bed with another man, grabs his gun and points it to his own head. When the wife’s lover laughs, the husband says: “Don’t laugh. You’re next.”

On the Senate floor, Lee asked his fellow Republicans how they can say they oppose Obamacare if they vote for a bill that would help fund it. “Defund it, or own it,” quoth Lee. “If you fund it, you’re for it.”

The Tea Party has its own Pottery Barn rule: If you don’t break it, you own it.

The problem isn’t that Cruz and Lee want to play the system in a way that overturns a 2009 law. The president himself unilaterally decided to suspend the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate and eligibility verification rules for a year without working with Congress.

The problem is that the defund-Obamacare plan cannot work. Cruz suggests that in this game of brinkmanship, “the only way that impasse ends is if someone blinks. Why is it that every Republican in Washington seems to assume President Obama will always stick by his principles and the only way it ends is we cave?”

A Cruz aide referred to GOP critics as the “surrender caucus.” Wrong. It’s the caucus of Republicans who can count, who know that if Cruz and Lee somehow scrounge 41 votes to pass their own spending bill and the House votes yes, Obama will veto the bill and the Democratic Senate will not override the veto. Meanwhile, the very threat of a government shutdown will have added to the uncertainty that hobbles the U.S. economy.

Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., rightly slammed the defund-Obamacare gambit as “intellectually dishonest.” It sets up, he said, “an expectation among the conservatives in our party that we can achieve something that we’re not able to achieve.”

And for what, the ability to blame the other side? I thought that was Obama’s specialty.

Meanwhile, Cruz and Lee and their brethren are boosting their profile by making Republicans who can count votes look jaded. They’re me-me-me, not GOP.

(Creators Syndicate)

Rudy Crew set bad example for new czar

By GENE H. McINTYRE

The beat goes on with those elite troubleshooters Governor John Kitzhaber has appointed to look after reforms to education in the state of Oregon.  They are known as Oregon Education Investment Board, or, more commonly to themselves, at least, as the state’s intelligentsia, as it’s well known and generally recognized by them that they are smarter than any other citizens of the state (oh yes, as you might have guessed, they are wealthier than most of us, too).

There’s no end to the double standard and hypocrisy when it comes to the machinations of Oregon state government.  While Kitzhaber and an abundance of GOP legislators want to squeeze COLAs out of all former state employees, those who retired under the auspices of the Public Employees Retirement System, or PERS, the OEIB has now hired a retired Oregon schools’ superintendent to serve as the replacement for the manifestly-disappointing Rudy Crew.

Nancy Golden will become the interim Oregon chief education officer.  So, guess what, Golden will be able, it’s surmised, to double-dip into her taxpayer-paid bonanza as she will receive her PERS check and presumably the same amount per month that Crew received, or $23, 333 (that’s $280,000 per year).  Now, does that not make you feel real good or .  .  . what!

After the Crew debacle, that thankfully lasted only one year, some members of that elite Oregon Education Investment Board want to hold the feet of all Oregon’s chief education officers—like the chancellor of higher education, too—to the proverbial “fire” four times a year when it comes to their leadership performance and require advance permission for out-of-state travel and speaking engagements.  A couple of the big name board members have joined a new management and personnel oversight committee to monitor and have the veto power on these matters so that the freelance habits at public expense of Crew, we’re told, will be controlled.

Retired auto dealer Dick Withnell  and America Oregon Chief Executive Kay Toran, have announced that they do not want to micromanage Golden or any future education chief.  Of course, there will be provided standard forms used by other state employees but you can bet big-time that Golden and any future chief will have latitude to go, do and be not in any way, shape or form common to most other state employees.

In fact, according to The Oregonian, Withnell, it would appear, is ready to turn a blind eye to whatever the chief wants to do.  He has already said that he will lobby to give Golden a jet plane (at public expense, of course) and let her fly it all over Oregon if she can make a difference (whatever that is).  Sure, if she should wander with the jet to New York City or Miami, once Golden has got those wise owls at the OEIB as bamboozled as Crew got them, she may be in Oregon now and then and, then again, maybe she won’t be.  After all, it’s only PERS’ retirees’ money she’ll be spending.

Meanwhile, Kitzhaber, who seeks a special session to further hobble PERS’ retirement payments and is traveling all over the state in his effort to drum up support for it, has been granted a several thousand dollar increase in his salary while he continues on governor-paid time to travel about the world selling his brand of medical services.  Oh how the pharisaical do test us!

(Gene H. McIntyre lives in Keizer.)

STATE CHAMPS

 

The Salem-Stayton Crushers celebrate after taking a state title last weekend. (Submitted)
The Salem-Stayton Crushers celebrate after taking a state title last weekend. (Submitted)

By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes

The Canyon Crushers, a Salem-Stayton area AAA American Legion baseball team, captured a state title last weekend in Medford.

The team, in its second year, uncorked their offense with six runs on one out in the eighth inning to take the title 8-3 over Grants Pass. The team includes a bevy of former McNary High School players: Justin Gardner, DJ Harryman, Jon Stong, Chris Burger, Ty Wyatt, Kaleb Simpson and Ben Johnson.

The American Legion baseball program is a breeding ground for college-level players and coached by J.J. Mascolo, an assistant coach at Chemeketa Community College.

“It’s exciting to see the growth in our players in just a year. We have done this by establishing a mentality of playing the game hard and making it fun to compete and come to the ballpark everyday with that mentality,” Mascolo said. “Playing more than 40 games in two months can be hard on a teenager, but the key for us is trying to bring good positive energy and an overall excitement of the game to these young players.”


To read the complete article and other news from around the Keizer area, pick up a copy of the August 9 print edition of Keizertimes, available at stores all around the area. To subscribe to the print edition for just $25 a year, click on the ‘Subscribe Today’ link at the top of the page, call 503-390-1051 or visit our office at 142 Chemawa Road North in Keizer.