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Month: July 2014

Volcanoes take two off Everett, one from Boise

Salem-Keizer's Ethan Miller delivers a pitch in the game Tuesday, July 22, with Spokane. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)
Salem-Keizer’s Ethan Miller delivers a pitch in the game Tuesday, July 22, with Spokane. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

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July 16: Volcanoes 1, Everett 0

Nick Gonzalez gained his first win of the season as he and relievers Dusten Knight and Eury Sanchez combined for Salem-Keizer’s first shutout win of the season.

The lone run came in the first inning. Seth Harrison doubled, went to third as Tyler Hollick grounded out and scored on a ground out by Christian Arroyo.

The Volcanoes, who had eight hits, threatened in the fourth, when Will Callaway reached third after hitting a double, and in the sixth, when Callaway singled and went to second on a single by Travious  Relaford.

Everett was held to singles in the third, fourth and eighth.

Sanchez gained his fourth save. All three Salem-Keizer pitchers in the game have earned run averages below 3.

July 17: Volcanoes 6, Everett 4

Salem-Keizer didn’t quite let Everett catch up.

The Volcanoes hit three of the five home runs in the game, guaranteeing a win of the series with one game to go.

Sam Mende hit a solo homer in the second inning and Will Callaway hit one in the sixth for the Volcanoes, and Skyler Ewing homered with Callaway on base in the eighth.

In the AquaSox eighth, Austin Cousino hit a three-run shot and Corey Simpson cleared the fence with the bases empty.

Starter Ethan Miller was the winning pitcher, and EJ Encinosa got his first save. James Paxton took the loss.

July 18: Everett 5, Volcanoes 3 (10 innings)

It was close all the way, but the Volcanoes never led.

There were two home runs on each side, with Jonathan Jones and Fernando Pujadas connecting for Salem-Keizer and Adam Martin and Phillips Castillo for the AquaSox.

Phillips’ blow was a walk-off shot in the 10th inning with a runner on.

Kirk Singer was the losing pitcher, and Kodi Kerski got the win.

July 19: Boise 12, Volcanoes 9

A wild one opened the three-game series at Boise.

Salem-Keizer led 2-0 until the Hawks tied the score in the bottom of the second inning. The tie was broken by a five-run Boise rally in the fifth, and the Volcanoes fought back but never caught up.

Boise outhit the Volcanoes 16-11, and Salem-Keizer left 10 runners on base to the Hawks’ six. The only home run of the game was by Boise’s Jesse Hodges in the second.

Christian Arroyo, T Relaford, Jonathan Jones and Shilo McCall had two hits each for the Volcanoes. Jones led with three runs batted in and Ewing with three runs scored.

The pitchers of record were the starters, Boise’s Ben Wells and Salem-Keizer’s Drew Leenhouts.

July 20: Volcanoes 6, Boise 1

This was a pitchers’ duel through six innings, with the only run scored by Salem-Keizer’s Johneshwy Fargas during a double play. Volcanoes starter Jose Reyes went eight innings for the first time this season.

Then the Volcanoes scored five times in the seventh. They did it on two doubles, two singles, an error, a stolen base and a sacrifice fly. Shilo McCall and Fernando Pujadas provided the doubles. Seth Harrison, who had three hits, also hit a double in the game.

Reyes, the winning pitcher, had five strikeouts and allowed two walks and only one hit. EJ Encinosa pitched the ninth, in which Danny Canela singled Rashad Crawford home for the lone Boise run. Tyler Ihrig was the starting and losing pitcher for the Hawks.

July 21: Boise 7, Volcanoes 6

Salem-Keizer blew a 5-1 lead in the bottom of the sixth inning, when the Hawks scored five runs.

Johneshwy Fargas hit the Volcanoes’ first first-inning leadoff homer of the season, and starter Nick Gonzalez allowed only one run, which was unearned, in his five innings, but then two hits, two walks, a hit batsman, two stolen bases and a sacrifice fly turned the game around.

Although the Volcanoes outhit Boise 13-4, with Fargas and Christian Arroyo getting three hits each, they left 10 men on base to four for their hosts.

Eury Sanchez was the losing pitcher and Sam Wilson the winner, both in relief.

Parks Board members avoid taking stance on cows issue

Photo courtesy public domain
Photo courtesy public domain

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Eamon Bishop made the interested citizens part of a recent meeting live up to its name.

What he was interested in, however, members of the Keizer Parks and Recreation Advisory Board weren’t.

Bishop, who in recent weeks has been among those advocating for city leaders to look at purchasing the “cow park” Herber family property on Verda Lane to prevent apartments from being built, came to the July 8 Parks Board meeting to discuss the issue.

The issue was the topic of a public hearing on June 12 that attracted approximately 100 people to council chambers at Keizer Civic Center, with most people speaking against plans to convert the land where cows currently are to about 120 apartments.

During the appearance of interested citizens – or public comment – portion early in the Parks Board meeting this month, Bishop wanted to know if board members would support a possible petition to ask the city to make a purchase.

“A lot of people are wanting to save that,” Bishop said in reference to the property with cows. “Some of us want to know where to focus our attention as far as support. I want to do a simple yes or no poll on your feelings if a group of citizens came forward to preserve the whole – or a piece – of that property.”

Parks Board chair Brandon Smith quickly answered.

“I need to interrupt here,” Smith said. “I don’t think putting board members on the spot and polling is appropriate.”

Board member Robert Jones wanted to know more about what was being proposed.

“I don’t have a whole lot of information,” he said.

Board member Richard Walsh agreed with Smith that polling wasn’t appropriate.

“This board is to be impartial,” Walsh said. “Besides, I haven’t heard any proposals.”

Bishop said the proposal has been to either keep the cow pasture or to allow development.

“If there is a proposal for parks with plans, it could be an agenda item to look into,” Walsh said.

Bishop tried to push his case again.

“I wanted to know, as individuals, what you think,” he said.

Smith again shot him down.

“I have spoken before on this, but that’s not the point,” Smith said. “This is the interested citizens portion of the meeting. I don’t believe it is appropriate to put board members on the spot and ask them point blank. If this is something to add to the agenda, we’d be happy to add that.”

Board member Roland Herrera was willing to reach out to Bishop.

“I would be happy to talk to you afterwards,” Herrera said. “I don’t think this is the correct forum. I went to the hearing and listened to people. I will let you know after this meeting how I feel.”

Herrera didn’t get that chance, however. Shortly after speaking, Bishop left the meeting.

Volcanoes rout Indians 10-4

Salem-Keizer’s Johneshwy Fargas rounds third and contemplates stealing home on a passed ball Tuesday, July 22, in a game against Spokane. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)
Salem-Keizer’s Johneshwy Fargas rounds third and contemplates stealing home on a passed ball Tuesday, July 22, in a game against Spokane. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

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The Volcanoes made their hits count Friday, whipping the Spokane Indians 10-4 in the first game of a long home stand.

Many fans missed an exciting win, with Salem-Keizer leading all the way before a crowd of 1,633, tied for the second smallest of the season so far.

Christian Arroyo was the star of the game, driving in four runs on three hits and participating in a double play.

Ethan Miller was the Volcanoes’ starting and winning pitcher, striking out five in his six innings and allowing seven hits but only one walk.

The first two runs came in the bottom of the first inning. Johneshwy Fargas walked on a 3-and-2 count, Seth Harrison singled to center field, and both advanced on a wild pitch by Reed Garrett, the starting and losing pitcher. Arroyo batted both runners in with a single to left.

Spokane answered with one run in the second. Zach Cone walked and went to third base on third baseman Sam Mende’s error on a force play attempt that let Fernando Vivili reach second. Saquan Johnson singled Cone home.

The Volcanoes added a run in the third. Harrison hit an infield single, went to third on a single to center by Skyler Ewing and scored as Travious Relaford hit into a force out.

Seven more Salem-Keizer runs came in the fifth, all with two out. Arroyo led off with a single to right, Ewing struck out and Relaford grounded out, with Arroyo reaching second. Mende scored Arroyo with a single to center and went to third on a throw home. Jonathan Jones singled to right, driving in Mende.   Ryan Ledbetter came in to pitch.

Shilo McCall singled to center, moving Jones to second. Jared Deacon, who was to be the only Volcano without a hit for the game, walked, loading the bases. With Fargas at the plate, a wild pitch scored Jones and moved the other runners to third and second. Fargas walked, reloading the bases.

McCall scored as an error by third baseman Profar put Harrison on first. Arroyo singled Fargas and Harrison home.

In the Spokane sixth, Cone singled to left, Vivili hit an infield single, and Johnson singled to left, scoring Cone. Charles Moorman hit a sacrifice fly to center, driving in Vivili.

Kirk Singer relieved Miller in the sixth. Isiah Kiner-Falefa led off with a single, reached second on a wild pitch and third on a ground out, and scored as Jose Trevino singled.

Jake McCasland pitched the top of the eighth and David Perez the bottom of the eighth.

In the top of the ninth, Ian Gardeck followed a ground out and a walk with two strikeouts, and the game was over.

Salem-Keizer outhit Spokane 13-10. The only extra-base hit of the game was an unproductive double by Vivili in the fourth.

“They missed a good one tonight,” manager Gary Davenport said of the fans who did not come to the game.

Arroyo, asked about the comeback from Monday’s loss in Boise, said, “The biggest thing is key hits.”

Before the Northwest League season started, he had played both shortstop and second base for Augusta. He said he expects his future to be at short.

Miller, who had one of his better starts, said: “I’ve been throwing a two-seam fastball a lot and staying more focused on keeping the ball low.”

Showing support for OSU Extension Service


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By a unanimous vote, Keizer City Councilors on Monday agreed to support an effort by the Citizens for Marion County Extension to form a new 4-H service district.

The request came from Derek Godwin of the Oregon State University Extension Service.

Godwin was present Monday evening along with several local supporters in Kelly Walther, Bob Zielinski, Bill Griffiths and Rick Gaupo.

Earlier this year, the Marion County Board of Commissioners adopted a resolution for a petition to form a Marion County Extension and 4-H Service District. Godwin and others are looking to get each of the 20 cities in Marion County to agree to be included in the new district’s boundary.

The goal is to have the matter on the May 2015 ballot.

As proposed, the tax base for the district would be $.05 per $1,000 of assessed value, beginning in July 2015. For a $160,000 home, that would be about $8 a year.

“We’re here because state and federal dollars have been declining,” said Godwin, who noted Marion County first had an extension agent in 1911. “Since I’ve been here since 1999, we’ve lost 30 percent of our folks. That’s 13 different people. That stretches out the remaining people and means less service. We got the support from commissioners for a service district, to help build back some of these programs.”

Godwin said OSU Extension helps farmers with crops, master gardeners, 4-H programs, family community health and forestry.

Walther, a Marion County representative for OSU Extension, voiced her support for the program.

“I really believe in Marion County Extension,” she said. “I spend a lot of time with it and I love it.”

Zielinski noted the district would add stability to the program.

“I’m thinking this is a great opportunity for you to buddy up with the No. 1 economy in the state of Oregon,” he said. “I think it’s time to bridge that gap. Why has the money been going away? Because OSU found another spot for it…I use a lot of the people that come through the system. We do a lot of things to help one another. This is your opportunity to help us back.”

Zielinski emphasized how badly the district is needed.

“This is a last ditch effort to save this organization and what it does,” he said. “We need to keep this organization. This is an inheritance we need to pass on.”

Griffiths, who completed the master gardener program in 2009, noted the impact of office staff being lost over the years due to budget cuts.

“The cutback is significant,” he said. “I’m speaking out of concern of the cutback of program staff. I think the community, without knowing what a master gardener does, would feel the loss of the contributions being made.”

Gaupo, CEO of Marion-Polk Food Share, noted his organization partners with OSU Extension.

“Our top mission is to make sure people are not hungry,” he said. “The second mission is to make sure people don’t need emergency food in the future.”

Council directed staff to draft a letter of consent and to bring back a resolution. City attorney Shannon Johnson said the resolution will be brought back at the next council meeting on Aug. 4.

maurices coming to Keizer


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A new clothing store is coming to Keizer Station – plus another new restaurant.

So far, only the name of the clothing store is being confirmed publicly.

Minnesota-based maurices, a store for women in a variety of sizes, has confirmed it will be coming, but not when.

“We are excited to be part of the community,” said Natalie Greve, assistant vice president for social media and public relations at maurices. “Unfortunately, we don’t have any additional information available about our store opening that we can share at this time.”

Nate Brown, director of Community Development for Keizer, made a reference to maurices coming “soon” to Keizer Station at a recent Keizer Planning Commission meeting.

The store will be located along Keizer Station Boulevard, next to Old Navy. The Keizer Station map shows a building No. 64 in that location. Such a building does not currently exist, but is being built for this purpose.

Jack Steinhauer, director of Development and Acquisitions for Keizer Station owner Donahue Schriber Realty Group, confirmed the news as well.

“Donahue Schriber has signed a lease with maurices,” Steinhauer said. “They will be going in line next to Old Navy. They will be located on the east side of Old Navy, which is an unbuilt building.”

Thomas Fallon from Benner Stange Associates Architects out of Lake Oswego submitted an application to the city on July 15 for a commercial shell at 6194 Ulali Drive NE in Keizer Station. The building is described as an addition, valued at $575,000. The application lists the size as 7,494 square feet in new space.

Fallon referred all questions to Donahue Schriber.

Sam Litke, senior planner for Keizer, only had estimates for timing.

“Plans are to move as quickly as possible,” Litke said. “It will probably not be before the end of this year.”

Of note, plans call for a building with 7,488 square feet. The maurices store would fill 5,088 square feet and be directly next to Old Navy, with a new restaurant filling 2,240 square feet in addition to some outdoor eating space along Keizer Station Boulevard.

Litke noted such growth was part of the original Keizer Station plan.

“It was always part of the plan, to fill up the space,” he said.

The news of maurices coming is not surprising, given the company’s expansion. The company opened its 900th store in the United States and Canada earlier this year in California and currently has stores in 46 states.

According to a press release on the company’s website, the long-term goal is to have 1,200 stores in the U.S. and an additional 100 stores in Canada. There have been 250 stores opened in the past five years.

McNary student helping redefine ‘pageant girl’

McNary High School senior Brandi Urban was named Oregon’s American Miss queen in May and will represent the state at the national pageant in November. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)
McNary High School senior Brandi Urban was named Oregon’s American Miss queen in May and will represent the state at the national pageant in November. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

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At 17, Brandi Urban has achieved something a lot of people spend much of their lives seeking: self-confidence.

Being named Oregon’s National American Miss in May was just part of the journey.

“I had a queen from another pageant take me under her wing the first time I competed. That helped me through the first year, and it was a big part of the reason I had so much fun. Now I get to do that for other girls,” Urban said.

Urban has competed in the National American Miss (NAM) pageant since her sixth grade year and won the crown and the title for the first time this year. She also scooped up awards for Cover Girl, Most Volunteer Service, Best Thank You Letter, Most Recommendations, Most Ticket Sales, Portfolio Award, Spirit of America and Outstanding Participation.

The volunteer service award is one she’s particularly proud of given her high level of involvement with Eagles Auxiliary 2255 fundraisers and charity drives, as a counselor for Outdoor School, and as official team photographer for the Salem Spartan rugby team.

“It was a surprise to learn that they were actually awarding it based off volunteer service during the prior three years, but I’d always used one year’s worth of service and still won it,” Urban said.

As the youngest of five siblings, Urban spent most of her younger years trailing them and her parents from activity to activity while searching for her own identity. She chose the NAM pageant precisely because it was so unlike anything her older brothers or sister had done.

Her mom, Crystal, balked at the idea at first, but watching Brandi deliver her introduction during her first NAM competition was all she needed to cross over to enthusiast.

“She was the quiet one, never causing a ruckus, never asking for anything and, after that very first pageant, she started having an opinion and speaking up for herself,” Crystal said. “When I heard she had to get up on stage and give her personal introduction, I almost passed out. I didn’t recognize her. She started showing me that she’s okay with who she is and I’ve grown to really appreciate that.”

Since winning the crown, Urban has participated in a few parades with more to come, will attend the Washington state pageant as visiting royalty and even had a one-on-one talk with Rep. Kurt Schrader.

“It was really interesting to get to know a congressman as a person after learning all about what they do in school,” Urban said.

All of it will lead up to competing for the National American Miss title in Anaheim, Calif., in November. She’s hoping to earn Cover Girl honors there by selling ads for the program. She achieved the feat in the Oregon’s state pageant by collecting more than $4,200 in donations averaging about $20 each.

More than that, she’s hoping to win the service award. As part of her attempt, she’s planning a dress collection event for Abby’s Closet, a non-profit that supplies evening wear for girls who might not otherwise be able to afford attire for proms and other high school social events.

“I’ve gotten most of my dresses from Abby’s Closet and always give them back after I’m through with them,” Urban said. “Every girl is beautiful no matter the age, race or size. It’s about who you are inside and out. I want to show that to other girls, and doing this for Abby’s Closet is a way to spread that message.”

She’s hoping to collect 1,000 dresses with the event that isn’t quite prepped for scheduling yet. She’s also looking forward to a planned outing with the other contestants in November that will take the group out into the community to feed the homeless.

Urban is aware she doesn’t quite fit the stereotype of the pageant queen, but that’s part of her plan as well. After all, knowing how one defies the norm – and being accepting of it – is the first step toward possessing any amount of self-confidence.

“I can look at myself and say I did something, and now I can talk to other girls and you can do the same thing, or more,” Urban said.

To sponsor Brandi in her bid for cover girl at the national pageant, contact Crystal at 503-910-7953.

Welcome home, Officer Ricketts

Officer Travis Ricketts is congratulated by members of the Keizer City Council after being sworn in during a council meeting. (KEIZERTIMES/Craig Murphy)
Officer Travis Ricketts is congratulated by members of the Keizer City Council after being sworn in during a council meeting. (KEIZERTIMES/Craig Murphy)

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Seeing an officer at school during lunch this coming year isn’t necessarily a negative.

Especially not if it’s Keizer Police Department officer Travis Ricketts with his two children – Allison, 9 and Cole, 6.

Ricketts, a former KPD reserve officer, was hired by the KPD on June 18 and started riding solo July 17, following four weeks of training with officer James Young.

A 1995 McNary High School graduate and Keizer native, Ricketts was a mechanic for 13 years before switching to law enforcement. After being a reserve officer for a year-and-a-half, Ricketts took a job as a full-time officer with the Beaverton Police Department. He commuted from Keizer each day.

Now, Ricketts has come back home. Once he saw the opening at KPD, he talked about it extensively with wife Sara, who also hails from the area originally.

“This is where I wanted to be,” Ricketts said. “I’ve always lived here and been a part of the community. It was hard to leave Beaverton, but it was an easy decision to come back. There were tons of emotions.

“I’m relieved because the process is over. I’m happy and ecstatic because I got the job offer. But it’s sad because I had to leave my friends in Beaverton. I’m excited to be working close to home.”

Ricketts isn’t the only one liking the change.

“The kids were very excited about the news,” he said. “They want me to come to lunch with them one day. Both mention that very much. They want me to come to their school, so they can parade me in front of their friends. I’ll go with them. That won’t be a problem. It will be nice to be able to do that, after so long of not being able to.”

For Ricketts, returning home with a few years of law enforcement under his police duty belt is a perfect combination, which he noticed while training with Young.

“I felt like I was at home, finally,” he said. “There was always a part of me that stayed here. It felt good to feel complete. There was a lot of good training and experience I got up there. I dealt with a variety of people. That put me a step ahead. I’m happy to be back home.”

Police chief John Teague, who himself returned to the KPD last fall after more than four years in Dallas noted how quickly Ricketts could hit the road.

“Hiring laterals for the agency is a benefit,” Teague said. “Within a month he’s solo. When you hire someone green, it takes a year. You have to pay for the training. Some people realize they don’t want to do it. There’s a benefit to hiring a lateral officer.”

Teague also noted the factors coming together in this case.

“To be able to hire a guy with an attachment to Keizer, who has already worked here, that brings a lot of satisfaction,” he said. “You have someone who knows and likes the profession. He already has ties to Keizer, so we know he’ll stay here. That is all tremendous.”

Ricketts was and still is a car guy, but had a change of direction.

“I thought I would always be in mechanics,” he said. “Then I started growing a family, I started getting older and priorities shifted. That’s how I ended up here.”

Amidst the commutes to Beaverton, Ricketts kept an eye on his hometown.

“There was always an aspect of wanting to come back to here,” he said. “It never happened. It never showed itself until this year, when I applied.”

“North of Normal: A Memoir of My Wilderness Childhood, My Unusual Family, and How I Survived Both” by Cea Sunrise Person

North of Normal: A Memoir of My Wilderness Childhood, My Unusual Family, and How I Survived Both” by Cea Sunrise Person

c.2014, Harper
$25.99 / $32.99 Canada
339 pages



You stopped in the store the other day, and stopped short.

In all its electric-colored glory, tie-dye is back. Or maybe it never left, just passed down by Baby Boomers like you who also loved groovy music, an everybody-helps-everybody mentality, and how wonderfully carefree that felt.

Ah, the good ol’ days… or were they?  For author Cea Sunrise Person, the answer was “no” for years, but in her new memoir “North of Normal,” she explains how she made peace with it.

Cea Sunrise Person’s grandfather was more at home in nature than he was anywhere else. He’d always wanted to live in the outdoors and so, shortly after he came home from Korea, he took his new bride to live in the wilderness.

In about the mid-60s, the family (including three girls and a boy) moved to Wyoming, then to California where they fit in perfectly: they’d already embraced the emerging counter-culture, so “pot smoking, nude cookouts, and philosophical discussions” were easy additions. Their home soon became known as a clothing-optional place to hang out and score drugs, and “the parents were always totally groovy with it all.”

Not-so-groovy: Person’s mother was sixteen when she became pregnant. She married the boy but they parted before their baby was born, so Person’s first home was a drafty shack in the British Columbia woods. Later, when she was a toddler, the family moved into a tipi on Indian land where she recalls the freedom of an idyllic childhood spent on chores, pretending, and running through meadow, woods, and water.

But that, too, would end: when Person was five, her mother met a man who whisked them away to a life of tent-living, theft, and things little girls shouldn’t see. By the time she was thirteen, Person had enough of the “misfits,” so she lied about her age, left family behind, and started a surprising career – though she still wondered why they couldn’t seem to be “normal.”

Twenty-five years later, broke and twice-divorced, she finally learned the truth.

As a tail-end Baby Boomer, I was really excited to start “North of Normal.” Would author Cea Sunrise Person’s recollections be ones that I shared, too?

No.  Not even remotely, which just made this book more enjoyable.

Through memories of her own and that of her mother’s family, Person tells what it was like to be raised by an unconventional hippie mom who did her best but was, herself, a product of the times. That alone would be a far-out tale, but the way it’s told makes this a book to read: Person is a gifted storyteller, and that snatched me up from the first paragraph. I also was fascinated by her voice, as it changed with the age she was as she remembered.

Beware that this coming-of-age memoir contains explicit language, but it fits with what you’ll read. Yes, it might make you wince but you’ll be so engrossed in the tale that you might not even notice. For you, that’s a hint of what “North or Normal” has in store…

Terri Schlichenmeyer is based in Wisconsin.

Candidates spar in governor debate

Dennis Richardson makes a point during the July 18 debate with Gov. John Kitzhaber. (Photos courtesy Scott Washburn)
Dennis Richardson makes a point during the July 18 debate with Gov. John Kitzhaber. (Photos courtesy Scott Washburn)

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes

Dennis Richardson kept attacking.

For the most part, Gov. John Kitzhaber steered clear of the attacks.

The two candidates for governor sparred during their first debate last Friday, July 18 at the Salem Convention Center, as part of the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association’s annual summer conference. A number of media outlets, including the Keizertimes, streamed the 90-minute debate live online.

Kitzhaber, a Democrat, is seeking a fourth term while Richardson, a Republican, has been a state legislator since 2003.

“What we’ve done together over the past four years is to create a political operational center that used to be the hallmark of our state,” Kitzhaber said. “It allows us to work as a community. Together, we’ve taken on these difficult challenges and together we’ve succeeded. Leaders from both parties have put people back to work and we’ve closed the budget gap.”

Richardson, meanwhile, immediately went on the attack.

“Governor Kitzhaber must explain his third term failures,” Richardson said, referencing Cover Oregon and the Columbia River Crossing projects. “I believe being governor is a full-time job. For three years the governor has been missing in action. It’s important for the governor to show up. The governor is not tuned into governing. He’s not paying attention and his list of failures proves it.”

Richardson said the most important job he’s held was that of parent.

“When you have nine children, you get used to hearing excuses,” he said. “We need a full-time governor dedicated to getting the job done. I’m here to restore faith in state government. I know what Oregon families are going through and I can help.”

Not surprisingly, the Cover Oregon debacle was a hot topic during the debate.

“I sent letters for a year to the governor,” Richardson said. “He had set up a team. He ignored all of that. We should listen to warnings. We need to listen to what the legislature says.”

Kitzhaber, however, defended his action taken.

“I have removed and held responsible the individuals in Cover Oregon and the Health Authority who made the decisions that led to the failure to roll out a functional website, and now I am seeking damages from Oracle for the technology that they provided to us,” he said. “I just don’t accept the premise that all those dollars were wasted. That money wasn’t wasted because we enrolled 300,000 people.”

The two also differed during discussion of the failed CRC project.

“We’ve spent over 15 years on the CRC and $190 million, and not a single shovel of dirt was ever moved,” Richardson said. “That kind of planning we can’t afford. Let’s focus on the outcomes we want.”

Kitzhaber said he doesn’t make apologies for the CRC and emphasized others agreed with him.

“Nobody, including my opponent, said we shouldn’t do this anymore because there’s an outside chance that Washington state, that has been working on this for a decade, wouldn’t hold up its end of the bargain,” he said. “The problem remains. We had to call the question. We had to do all we could to deal with an infrastructure issue that has a huge impact on our economy.”

Richardson said Oregon is ranked 49th in education and said current standards are letting Oregonians down.

“All we’re doing now is changing our teachers into class monitors,” he said. “They’re having to teach to a test.”

Richardson said the governor needs to be in Washington, D.C. seeking changes to help people in need.

“We need to have a governor who will align with other western governors who are in the same situations with their states and go to (TV) and make a national issue of the fact that we have Americans in depression.”

The two candidates agreed on several topics, such as supporting an initiative to switch Oregon to a top-two primary system and opposing a marijuana legalization measure.

Both also mentioned wanting to first see what happens with recreational marijuana in Colorado and Washington first.

By the time closing statements came, Richardson was back on the attack.

“Talk is cheap,” he said. “The governor no longer has the passion to serve and it’s hurting the state. He’s become more aloof and out of touch. We’ve seen it with CRC and Cover Oregon and the hiring of Rudy Crew. While Oregon’s economy lagged, he’s studying gross national happiness in Bhutan. We need to have a governor who spends time in the state.”

By contrast, Kitzhaber pointed to a special session he called last fall for legislators to work on the PERS (Public Employee Retirement System) issue. He pointed out everything on the agenda was quickly approved, while the federal government was shut down.

“The success of that session speaks to who we are and how we work together,” Kitzhaber said. “Oregon, in three days, set an example for itself and the nation.”

Kitzhaber said he first got interested in politics with Robert Kennedy’s 1968 campaign.

“That inspired me and motivated me to be in public service,” he said. “I’ve learned Oregon is not a good place for any of us to live unless it’s a good place for all of us. It’s not about just creating jobs, it’s about a strong and deep middle class.”

Keizer woman recalls the echoes of WWII

Joy Beebe was a teenager living in south London when Germans began bombing the city during World War II. Her memories of the experience are fuel for her involvement in Spirit of '45 Day activities each August. (KEIZERTIMES/ Eric A. Howald)
Joy Beebe was a teenager living in south London when Germans began bombing the city during World War II. Her memories of the experience are fuel for her involvement in Spirit of ’45 Day activities each August. (KEIZERTIMES/
Eric A. Howald)

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Keizerite Joy Bebee’s lasting impression of war is its sounds.

“There is never any quiet. The bombs get bigger and bigger. We had anti-aircraft guns stationed in a nearby park, there were planes in the sky, a railway track several hundred feet away carried rocket guns back and forth. Once the windows were blown out in our home, they were replaced with linen held in place with strips of wood and the wind would blow and you could hear the linen moving,” Beebe said.

Even the silences were marked by a peculiar lack of noise.

“When Dunkirk fell, things got quiet, very quiet. We all knew what was coming then. They told us that there would be peace in our time, but the enemy only had one more step before entering Britain. We sort of braced ourselves for it at that point,” said Bebee, who still speaks with a mild British accent despite 57 years on American soil.

Bebee was 14 years old and living with her family south of London when the British entered World War II alongside France, Australia and New Zealand. Her father, a veteran of World War I, was chronically ill after being gassed twice in that conflict and Bebee’s mother kept the family together.

The area where Bebee’s family lived was 22 miles from the coastline in Dunkirk, France. Preparations for what was to come began even before the German forces captured Dunkirk. Rationing in Britain had begun six months earlier.

“Many of the children were evacuated, but that ended up being a disaster,” Bebee said. “Some of the children were sent to farms and got along all right, but some families didn’t like the children they were sent, some of the children ran away and tried to get back home. Our mother wouldn’t let us be taken away.”

Bebee said airborne dogfights were commonplace in the months prior to the fall of Dunkirk, and quieted only as the Germans began ramping up for a full-scale attempt at invasion.

Families in the area had been issued black fabric to make curtains that would prevent interior light from escaping and indicating to German planes flying overhead which buildings were inhabited. Bebee’s mother didn’t take up the British government on its offer of an Anderson Shelter, an air-raid shelter meant to be partially buried in the ground and expected to withstand everything but a direct hit. They did accept a Morrison Shelter, a large steel table with wire netting that fell around the side to protect from flying shrapnel

“We slept in the cupboard under the stairs until we got the Morrison Shelter,” Bebee said. “Then we slept under the shelter.”

Outside her home, things were also changing. Most of the area’s lakes were drained to prevent German pilots from ascertaining their positions using geological formations. Even road signs were taken down in an attempt to confuse any enemy troops who made it to land.

“The trouble was most of us didn’t know where we were going either,” Bebee said.

Bebee’s family lived in what was to become known as “bomb alley” because it sat on the route German planes used to invade British airspace.

“The Germans would always keep one of their bombs to drop on the way out of the country and it fell around us,” Bebee said.

The family’s neighbor across the street once left her Anderson Shelter to make a cup of tea and the shelter took a direct hit. Down the street, another bomb took out the entire first floor of a residence and left the bathroom fixtures, including the bathtub, hanging from heavy lead pipes. The resident at the time of the bombing had either been bathing or taken shelter in the tub.

“I remember it took them a while to figure out how to get her down,” Bebee said.

Incendiary bombs were dropped by the hundreds and burned anything combustible within its range, Bebee said.

“People were always running around with sandbags to put out the flames. I remember my father going out on several occasions to put out fires on our fences and shed,” she said.

Despite the potential terror each moment held, life carried on even if the schedule was altered. School was canceled for the most part, but Bebee said students met with teachers, in air raid shelters, usually twice a week to pick up work to take home. Bebee herself held a job in central London tracing residents who had failed to pay taxes.

“It turned out that more than 90 percent of them were either overseas fighting or had been killed in the raids, but it took a lot of searching. What you have to remember is that entire families had been wiped out in the raids,” Bebee said.

She returned to London 30 years later and there were still plots of land completely vacant after being bombed in WWII.

“I asked our taxi driver about it and he said the only way the government could be sure no one in a family was left was to wait 30 years to see if anyone filed a claim,” Bebee said.

There were also beacons of hope. One came in the form of Prime Minister Winston Churchill, whose oratory skills helped bolster spirits. Another was St. Paul’s Cathedral. In photos at the time, the area around the cathedral is decimated, but the cathedral itself is unblemished.

“It had survived, and so would we. It was a mental thing,” Bebee said.

For the younger residents, like Bebee, there was also excitement over the influx of new people to the London area.

“The population went up to about 11 million during the war and we had Americans, Australians, New Zealanders, French and Polish troops in the city,” Bebee said.

It was at a dance hall where she met a young American, Pfc. Carl S. Bebee, a member of the Signal Corps, which helped intercept and prepare information that was passed along to Bletchley Park where the Germans’ secret codes were deciphered.

The couple married after Carl summoned up the courage to ask Joy out on a date. Carl brought his bride back to Keizer and they remained married until his death 50 years later. Joy still lives in their first home.

Bebee recalls much of what happened in vivd detail, but those memories also fuel her participation in The Spirit of ‘45 Day honoring WWII veterans.

“Our big thing is to try to get our children to learn about history and not be quite so selfish,” Bebee said. “I learned that nothing is so dramatic that you can’t get over it. I’m known for not dwelling on the bad things and moving on to the next thing. I get more panicky now in my old age than I did when I was younger.”