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Day: June 13, 2014

Cyclocross proposed for KRP

KEIZERTIMES/File photo
KEIZERTIMES/File photo

By CRAIG MURPHY
Of the Keizertimes

For the second time in less than a year, the idea of bicycle racing at Keizer Rapids Park has been brought up.

Like a proposed BMX track – an idea which hasn’t been publicly discussed since – proposed last summer, Tuesday’s idea of a cyclocross track was brought up during a Keizer Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting.

Jarod Seaman from Half Penny Cycling in Salem expressed interest in using some of the trails in the back of KRP.

“We put on a short track event at the fairgrounds (in Salem) each year,” Seaman said. “This year we’re interested in changing venues. We want to use Keizer Rapids Park as our venue of choice. A lot of us in our group use Keizer Rapids Park during the winter. The trails are already established out there.”

Seaman proposed using the trails through the disc golf area on three Monday evenings in August, from 5 p.m. until dusk.

In response to a question from Parks Board chair Brandon Smith, Seaman confirmed his group is indeed separate from the BMX group that came to the board last summer.

“Our max is 100 to 150 bikes,” Seaman said. “Some of our races in the fall can have thousands of folks. People from Portland and Eugene come down and use it as training. We would be roping off the area (at KRP). We haven’t figured out the logistics of the course yet.

“We generally like the two-mile course which takes 10 minutes to ride,” he added.

Robert Johnson, the Parks and Facilities supervisor, couldn’t think of many drawbacks.

“Interference with parking would be my only concern,” Johnson said. “I know the course is a lot of fun.”

Seaman said some group members would come in the afternoons on the three Mondays to tape off the area being used.

“I think it’ll be great,” Parks Board member Roland Herrera said.

Seeing nods of approval from others, Smith gave Seaman the go-ahead for Seaman to work out details with Bill Lawyer, Keizer’s Public Works director.

“The board is supportive of this,” Smith said. “I think it would be good.”

Seaman told the Keizertimes afterwards he first learned of the trails at KRP two years ago.

“This is a good spot for it,” he said. “It’s been kind of a secret spot. The trails have enough diversity to get a good workout. You have the technical aspect plus the speed. There are lots of trails. Everyone has their course they prefer.”

Seaman said his team would most likely narrow down selections to one course. He has a preferable one in mind.

“It has a wood staircase,” he said. “You dismount, run up the stairs, then remount the bike. That is one of the best options.”

Seaman said the August events would be used as training for the team’s fall and winter season races, which are held regardless of weather.

“With our sport, rain is not a deterrent,” he said. “In fact, the more rain, the better. Some won’t start their training until it is raining.”

While looking to use KRP this summer for training, Seaman said full races could be in the future.

“It comes down to the Parks Board’s desire,” he said. “My concern is to not deter current park users. There is the potential to put on races annually here.”

Volcanoes return for season opener June 13

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By HERB SWETT
For the Keizertimes

Fifteen of last year’s Salem-Keizer Volcanoes are returning this season, the Volcanoes and their parent club, the San Francisco Giants, announced Tuesday.

The 27-player roster consists of 14 pitchers, three catchers, six infielders and four outfielders. Second-year manager Gary Davenport and his Volcanoes will open the Northwest League season at 6:35 tonight at home against the Vancouver Canadians.

New to the lineup will be shortstop Christian Arroyo, 2013 Giants’ first-round pick, who last year was the Most Valuable Player of the Arizona Rookie League.

Eight of the returnees are pitchers, including two who had a big impact on last year’s South Division champion Volcanoes. Left-handed starter Andrew Leenhouts, who led the NWL with nine wins last year, will be tonight’s starter. Closer Raymundo Montero, who had 14 saves last year, second most in the league, is back.

Other returning pitchers are EJ Encinosa, Ian Gardeck, Cameron McVey, Steven Neff, Armando Paniagua and Jose Reyes.

New pitchers are Jason Forjet, Nick Gonzalez, Jake McCasland, Ethan Miller, Eury Sanchez and Kirk Singer. Forjet started for Advanced-A San Jose last year, and Sanchez had seven saves for the AZL Giants.

The catching position will be “by committee,” Davenport said. Geno Escalante was a mid-season NWL all-star and may see some outfield action. Leo Rojas and Francisco Pujadas are the other catchers.

Craig Massoni and Jonathan Jones will split time at first base. Ryan Jones, who has battled injuries, is the starting second baseman. Arroyo, as mentioned, will play shortstop, and Travious Relaford, the National Junior College Athletic Association Defensive Player of the Year in 2011, will be the third baseman. Will Callaway and Brett Kay are the remaining infielders.

Last year’s outfield of Randy Hollick in left, Randy Ortiz in center and Shilo McCall in right will return. Known for their speed, Hollick and Ortiz are likely to fill the first two spots in the batting order. McCall will provide power. Massoni is also listed as an outfielder.

Hollick is the only left-handed hitter on the roster. Davenport said that with minor leaguers assigned to different levels according to their progress as players, left-right balance cannot be a priority. He added that additional left-handed hitters could arrive within a month when college players join the Volcanoes.

Matt Yourkin returns as pitching coach and Ricky Ward as hitting coach. Andy King, strength and conditioning coach, and Ryo Watanabe, athletic trainer, are new.

Tom Trebelhorn, who managed the Volcanoes for several years after several years of managing in the major leagues, remains as a managerial assistant for different minor league levels in the Giants organization.

Opening weekend activities include several on Father’s Day Sunday, June 15. A Father’s Day Breakfast will be served from 9 a.m. to noon in the Stadium’s Lava Lodge Sports Pub.  Menu includes ham, eggs, biscuits and gravy, and the chef’s special Chocolate Carmel Pancakes.  Coffee and juice is also included.  $8 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under. Mimosas, wine and beer will also be available for purchase. Fans can e-mail photos of their fathers to [email protected] to appear on the jumbotron during the 5:05 p.m. game that day.

Agenda for Keizer City Council

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KEIZERTIMES/File photo

CITY OF KEIZER MISSION STATEMENT 

KEEP CITY GOVERNMENT COSTS AND SERVICES TO A MINIMUM BY PROVIDING CITY SERVICES TO THE COMMUNITY IN A COORDINATED, EFFICIENT, AND LEAST COST FASHION 

AGENDA 

KEIZER CITY COUNCIL 

REGULAR SESSION 

Monday, June 16, 2014 

7:00 p.m. 

Robert L. Simon Council Chambers 

Keizer, Oregon 

1. CALL TO ORDER 

2. ROLL CALL 

3. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE 

4. PUBLIC TESTIMONY 

This time is provided for citizens to address the Council on any matters other than those on the agenda scheduled for public hearing. 

5. PUBLIC HEARINGS 

6. ADMINISTRATIVE ACTION 

a. Parking Ordinance No. 2005-535 (Request by Tow Company to Amend Ordinance to Allow Parking of Tow Trucks in Public Right-of-Way) 

b. ORDINANCE – Amending Keizer Development Code Regarding Section 2.129 (Chemawa Interchange Overlay Zone (CIO)), Section 2.301 (General Provisions), Section 3.202 (General Procedures – Types I, II, and III Actions), and the Zoning Map; AMENDING ORDINANCE 98-389; Amending the City of Keizer Transportation System Plan (April, 2009) Regarding Chapter 2 and Chapter 4; AMENDING ORDINANCE NO. 2009-589; and Amending Ordinance No. 87-077 (the Keizer Comprehensive Plan); AMENDING ORDINANCE 87-077 to Allow Implementation of the Interchange Area Management Plan (IAMP) 

c. Regulations Relating to Medical Marijuana Facilities Within the City of Keizer 

7. CONSENT CALENDAR 

a. RESOLUTION – Authorizing the City Manager to Enter Into Agreement with Specialized Pavement Marking, Inc. for Repainting of Pavement Legends 

b. RESOLUTION – Authorizing City Manager to Enter Into Purchase Agreement with Trebron Company Inc. for Purchase of Sophos Email and Web Protection 

c. RESOLUTION – Authorizing the City Manager to Award and Enter Into an Agreement With K & E Excavating, Inc for Reconstruction of Shoreline Drive 

d. RESOLUTION – Adopting the FY14-15 Budget, Making Appropriations and Imposing and Categorizing Taxes; Repealing Resolution R2014-2456 

e. RESOLUTION – Repealing Resolution R83-021, Resolution R84-072, Resolution R85-139, Resolution R87-252, Resolution R87-260, Resolution R87-

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290, Resolution R88-361, Resolution R89-416, Resolution R90-476, Resolution R92-549, and Resolution R94-708 Relating to Land Use Permit Fees, Appeal Fees, and Planning and Building Fees 

ORDER – Repealing Order Dated February 17, 1983 (Relating to Ordinance 83-002 and Establishing a Fee Schedule for Fees to be Collected by Marion County in Return for Services Performed in Implementing the Ordinance) 

f. RESOLUTION – Repealing Resolution R92-564 (Establishing the Amount of the Parks System Development Charge), Resolution R93-683 (Clarifying the Parks System Development Charges), Resolution R2000-1231 (Establishing the Amount of the Parks System Development Charge (2000)), and Resolution R2005-1619 (Amending the Parks System Development Charge (2000)) 

g. RESOLUTION – Ratifying the Community Development Director’s Execution of a Transportation and Growth Management Grant for Revision of Transportation System Plan 

h. RESOLUTION – Authorizing City Manager to Enter Into User’s Agreement for Law Enforcement Participants of the Regional Automated Property Information Database (“RAPID”) with City of Portland 

i. RESOLUTION – Certification of Delinquent Sewer Accounts (Repealing R2014-2463) 

j. Approval of May 19, 2014 Regular Session Minutes 

8. COMMITTEE REPORTS 

a. RESOLUTION – Amending the Keizer Festivals and Events Services Team (K-FEST) Committee; AMENDING RESOLUTION R2011-2155; REPEALING RESOLUTION R2013-2315 

9. OTHER BUSINESS 

This time is provided to allow the Mayor, City Council members, or staff an opportunity to bring new or old matters before the Council that are not on tonight’s agenda. 

a. New Business or Old Business Issues 

10. WRITTEN COMMUNICATIONS 

To inform the Council of significant written communications

11. AGENDA INPUT 

July 7, 2014 

7:00 p.m. – City Council Regular Session 

July 14, 2014 

5:45 p.m. – City Council Work Session 

July 21, 2014 

7:00 p.m. – City Council Regular Session 

12. ADJOURNMENT 

Upon request, auxiliary aids and/or special services will be provided. To request services, please contact us at (503)390-3700 or through Oregon Relay at 1-800-735-2900 at least two working days (48 hours) in advance. 

State’s WWII Memorial is dedicated on D-Day

Veterans were the first to get an upclose look of the new Oregon World War II memorial on June 6 at Willson Park in Salem. (KEIZERTIMES/Craig Murphy)
Veterans were the first to get an upclose look of the new Oregon World War II memorial on June 6 at Willson Park in Salem. (KEIZERTIMES/Craig Murphy)

By CRAIG MURPHY
Of the Keizertimes

SALEM – The beauty of the day contrasted vividly with the somberness.

Last Friday, June 6, the new Oregon World War II Memorial at Willson Park was dedicated, in the foreground of the state capitol building.

It was estimated more than 250 World War II veterans were among the 3,000 or so people who crammed into the park.

The weather was Chamber of Commerce-level gorgeous, as was the location. But the event took place on the 70th anniversary of D-Day, one of the most somber days in military history.

The ceremony was concluded with veterans getting the first look at the walls engraved with the names of the 3,771 Oregonians who died during World War II service. The memorial itself is a 33-foot tall granite pillar, with the height reflecting Oregon being the 33rd state.

The Oregon World War II Memorial Foundation helped raise the $1.2 million for the project. Lou Jaffe, president of the foundation, was among those who spoke.

“Our goal from day one has been for this memorial to forever be a reminder of the Oregonians who served both at home and abroad during the war,” Jaffe said. “This memorial will not only honor that war’s veterans, but educate young people so they’ll always honor and remember those who fought and died in the war during what was probably our nation’s finest hour when we came together in unity.”

Chaplain Col. Ron McKay from the Oregon National Guard gave the invocation, while the North Salem High School JROTC members posted the colors. The Oregon National Guard’s 234th Army Band Brass Quintet played the national anthem while remarks were given by Gov. John Kitzhaber, WWII bomber pilot Bill Markham and Dirk Kruysman, a WWII survivor.

“I’m just tickled pink that I lived long enough to see it,” Markham said of the memorial.

Major General Dan Hokanson, Oregon’s adjutant general, gave the keynote address.

“It’s a distinct honor for me to be here, among our nation’s heroes I read so much about growing up,” Hokanson said. “On such an important day in our nation’s history, the 70th anniversary of D-Day, what many consider the greatest military event ever conducted, the Allied invasion on Normandy.”

Jaffe, WWII veteran Larry Epping and Secretary of State Kate Brown performed ribbon cutting duties for the memorial.

Looking at the WWII veterans filling the first rows of seats, Kitzhaber recalled his own dad serving in the war.

“Before he died, I would call him up every year…” an emotional Kitzhaber said, pausing to collect his thoughts, “…on June 6 and thank him for saving the world. Seventy years later and half a world away we are gathered on this delightful spring afternoon to remember those who served, sacrificed and survived and came home to their families and their communities to rebuild this nation and to rebuild our world.

“When we talk about heroes, I think we tend to think of people with superhuman powers,” the governor added. “I don’t think that’s what heroes are. I think Gov. Tom McCall got it right when he said heroes are not giants framed against a red sky. They are ordinary people who say this is our community and it’s our responsibility to make it better.”

Kruysman was a 10-year-old living in German-occupied Holland on D-Day.

“It is a day I will always remember,” he said. “It was the day that was the beginning of the end of a long, brutal war in Europe.”

Kitzhaber touched on the importance of all veterans.

“Veterans are not a burden we have to bear,” he said. “They are an enormous asset that we have the opportunity to be in touch with. Veterans are exactly what Oregon needs – they are mission-driven, hard-working, service-minded men and women who are ready and able to help their community.”

Students, WNBA official address grads

Cousins Keoni Inos and Rosalynn Sabino with grandmother Marciana Sabino. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)
Cousins Keoni Inos and Rosalynn Sabino with grandmother Marciana Sabino. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes

The McNary High School Class of 2014 was sent off into the world surrounded by teachers and family Friday, June 6.

Students Evan Rummerfield and Melanie Brower addressed the graduates, who numbered more than 400, alongside Reneé Brown, chief of basketball operation and player relations for the Women’s National Basketball Association.

“Living life with more smiles and laughter does not hurt,” said Rummerfield. “A simple smile can change the world.”

Rummerfield urged his classmates to find their passion and ask themselves if their passion makes the world a better place.

“Do not settle for less than your standards,” he said. “We will thrive and we will make a difference.”

Brower encouraged students to reflect on all the faces that helped them through the last four years and show appreciation for the time and effort teachers and relatives spent with them.

“We wouldn’t have made it through these four years without all the faces in this room,” Brower said.

There was only one fear graduates should entertain, she added, “Be afraid of standing still. Take chances whenever you can,”

Brown imparted the lessons she’d learned in her years as a coach and representative of the WNBA, boiling it down to three: dream big, fears and limitations are an illusion and be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud.

“Nothing is impossible, and whatever you tell yourself is what you’ll believe,” Brown said of the first lesson.

Fear and expected limits will inhibit creativity, she said, and “there is something out there for each one of you.”

The last lesson echoed Brower’s call for appreciation.

“Thank the people who helped you get here,” she said.

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Richard Francis Major

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Richard Francis Major, 74, of Keizer passed away on Sunday, June 8 after years of battling illness.

He was born on January 24, 1940 in Norristown, Penn., son of John and Frances Major, survived by brothers John and Ted Major and sister Bernice Kribel.

Richard served in the United States Air Force from 1957 to 1960.

Before retirement, Richard worked several years with the Oregon State Hospital.

Through his years, he loved traveling, painting, fishing, hunting, tennis, mountain climbing and gardening.

Richard is survived by his loving and caring wife of 50 years, Carole Major; sons Michael, Shawn and York Major; five grandchildren (Shaina, Lexy, Jonathan, Payton and Caden) and one great-grandchild, Aijah.

The family will host a private, celebration of life service on Father’s Day, June 15.

Maurice “Morris” Janes

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Morris Janes, 92, passed away on Saturday, May 31.

Morris was born to Ora C. Janes and Ella White on Dec. 13, 1921 in Grandview, Wash. In 1933 they moved from Coos Bay to Salem. Morris enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1942, serving in various parts of Europe. He returned home in December 1945.

Morris returned to Germany in 1949 to marry his sweetheart Charlotte Johanna Hus in Munchen. They made their home in Keizer.

Morris became head electrician for Agripac Cannery. In 1951 they had a son Stephen (Steve). After his birth, Charlotte was stricken with Multiple Sclerosis. Morris cared for Charlotte and raised Steve after spending over 30 years at Agripac. He retired in his early 60s to care for Charlotte. She passed away in 1984.

In 2007 Steve was killed in a car accident.

Morris loved his family, friends and animals.

Morris is survived by former daughter-in-law Carole France Janes and extended family, including many great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife Charlotte; parents; brothers Harold and Leslie; son Stephen and nieces Pam Janes and Sally Bennett.

The family thanks Valley View Manor II Adult Foster Care Home, where he lived for the last 15 months and Keizer Avamere.

A graveside service with military honors was held June 9 at Claggett Cemetery, with Chaplain Sheba Dawn Wooddell officiating. Arrangements were by Keizer Funeral Chapel and Cremation Services.

Building on the cow pasture

The first steps are being taken for a residential development on Verda Lane between Chemawa Road and Dearborn Avenue. Many people will recognize that land as the place where the cows lazily graze. Keizer’s hearings officer held a public hearing regarding plan map and zone map changes for that property on Thursday night.

The city’s comprehensive code is loose and allows a lot of leeway in the design of structures. It is the result of a city that prides itself on minimal city intrusion on the private sector. Officials say there is little the city can do to compel developers to adhere to a specific look. There are a few stringent limitations such as color, height and use.

 The intersection of Chemawa and Verda is busy throughout the day, no more so than during commute times. It is the gateway to downtown via Chemawa—it leads the way to the civic center, the Keizer Heritage Center and the city’s core. Developers’ designs should consider the import of that area. Multi-family housing can be designed like a bunker or it can have aesthtic value, such as two- and three-story townhouse-style units with garages and retail space on the ground floor. There are plenty of examples of such developments throughout the valley and in the Portland area.

Any zone change there should be for mixed use as opposed to straight residential. But the mixed use should be spelled out: small retail. A mini-grocery store (versus a convenience store) would be an excellent retail use for that area.

The city should be vigilant when it is time to approve any plan for that area. It should reserve the right to conjole the developer to construct buildings that are attractive not only to tenants but to neighbors and those passing.

As a major intersection, any development there will be seen by thousands of eyes each day. The Keizer way may be hands off when it comes to private property, but for such a large tract of land near downtown, the city and its citizens have an interest in a development that could set the standard for not only that area but any part of the city that would be the site of a large project.

 When a plan is submitted to the city there will be public hearings. That’s when homeowners can weigh in on what they want their neighborhood to look like. We did it with Keizer Station—a private development—we can do it with a major project in a residential area.

  —LAZ

Know something, say something

After the shooting at Reynolds High School in Troutdale this week,  media quoted many parents and students saying they never thought it could happen there.

It’s safe to assume that people said that about a movie theater, a small college town on a balmy evening, a university campus. Everyone presumes they are safe from such mayhem until they’re not.

People carrying a grudge and seeking revenge can be anywhere, small towns to big cities. People with mental illness can be anywhere. People who stop taking the drugs that help even out their troubled minds can be anywhere.

If there were an analytic about where such acts occur, law enforcement could focus on those places and perhaps avert a tragedy. But there is no way to know what town, theater or school will be the next target.

With 74 shootings at schools since Sandy Hook School in December 2012—three incidents in just the past few weeks—we have to ask if the public is getting immune to the news. “Another one?” seems to be the nation’s default response.

Should the public rely solely on law enforcement to avert mass shootings? When police are stymied by privacy laws, society needs to step in, not to be a vigilante, but to inform. After 9/11 we were told ‘if you see something, say something.’ It shouldn’t be any different on the domestic side.

As a society we value privacy, but we also value order and safety. Not getting involved in someone else’s business is generally a good rule except when it can save lives.

People in places like Keizer  around the country are shocked when their town is visited by such violence. They thought it couldn’t happen there, it did. It can happen anywhere and as a society we need to be prepared for the possibility it could happen in our own town. If we see or hear something, we should say something.

  —LAZ

Community colleges’ lost mission

By Gene McIntyre

There are public education entities that have proven themselves tried and true over the years of Oregon’s statehood, getting underway well over a century ago in 1859.  First and foremost, it has been and remains fundamentally important that our children learn how to read, write and work numbers and the public elementary school, usually grades one through six, has fulfilled the teaching of those basics admirably well.

Before there was a need for higher education at the college and university level, the state’s high schools served to meet society’s higher level education requirements.  However, their role has been seriously eroded in more modern times as they too often successfully serve a smaller percentage of their youth population, that is, in high schools, the gifted athlete and those ready for serous academic pursuits and achievements.  Nowadays they poorly serve that majority of youth who find little to nothing beyond rules and authoritarian conditions in too many high schools, encouraging thereby a huge and disgraceful number to drop out before graduating.

Joliet Junior College of Illinois was established in1901.   The community college did not arrive on the public education scene in Oregon in more than a token appearance until the 1960s when Portland and Southwestern Oregon (Coos Bay) Community Colleges, both being founded in 1961, began to offer the technical-vocational courses of study that the Oregon high schools had generally shied away from but that provided high interest, providing job training skills to those youth who were not jocks or dean’s list candidates.

Of course, as the Oregon community colleges began to mature and expand their offerings, they became a resort for those who thought they might be interested in a baccalaureate degree from a four-year college or university but could not afford the cost of four years away from their home base.  In other words, the community colleges were established so that youth could attain marketable skills and commute to campuses.  They soon outclassed most every public high school.

Of late, however, there are an increasing number of media reports to inform that a small but growing number of community colleges are moving to drop the “community” from their name.  This is happening as more and more often states allow two-year colleges to confer bachelor’s degrees, usually requiring more years of study.  We’re now told that an Oregonian driving through Seattle in the next few months will notice that Seattle Community Colleges are now signed as Seattle Colleges.

As things stand at present, twenty-one states allow the former one-and two-year community colleges to confer bachelor’s degrees.  The reasons for the expansion of educational offerings come down to a desire to increase enrollments and upgrade the traditional image of community colleges as a place where students can go if they can’t get admitted anywhere else.  These reasons may have a lot to do, too, with increased money-making, enhanced prestige, and political power-wielding.

As for this writer, open to change when improvement’s promised, the latest trend delivers the message that, when “community” is gone, the former grass roots community colleges will neglect the populations they were created to serve for efforts at elitist status, not to mention added taxes to provide duplication and competition already available at public four-year schools.  Now, then, if it’s the intent of the less-than-stellar Oregon Education Investment Board to bastardize Oregon’s community colleges, then it’s suggested that this group of Gov. John Kitzhaber appointees reform the state’s high schools to resemble what have been the very successful state community colleges.

(Gene H. McIntyre lives in Keizer.)