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Day: November 17, 2014

Award winning at 425 degrees

Dawn Schierman, manager of the Keizer Papa Murphy's, shows the award she won recently for being named Papa Murphy's Regional Manager of the Year. (KEIZERTIMES/Craig Murphy)
Dawn Schierman, manager of the Keizer Papa Murphy’s, shows the award she won recently for being named Papa Murphy’s Regional Manager of the Year. (KEIZERTIMES/Craig Murphy)

Of the Keizertimes

As the awards banquet continued, Dawn Schierman was getting frustrated.

The manager of the Keizer Papa Murphy’s Take ‘N’ Bake Pizza was at a company conference at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif. recently with her boss, store owner Chris Copp. Copp convinced Schierman to come under the guise of vice president of Operations, Craig Weiss, needing a partner in a trivia game.

“I told her it would be really good for her to be there and that the vice president of operations wanted to have her on his team,” Copp said.

There was an ulterior motive: Schierman was being recognized as the Papa Murphy’s Regional Manager of the Year.

Schierman, however, didn’t realize that.

“It’s hard to pull one on me,” she said.

Even though she’d already gotten an award for being a top Papa Murphy’s manager at a breakfast event, as the banquet continued Schierman found herself wondering why she wasn’t getting one of four Manager of the Year awards as other recipients started being called to the stage.

“She looks at me and goes, ‘What do I have to do to get that?’” Copp said of Schierman’s reaction. “She was the last one they announced. It was priceless. She was like, ‘I should be up there.’”

Schierman admits she was already processing a message to send to Weiss.

“I’m already brainstorming, thinking about what to tell him. I was thinking, ‘What do I need to get up there?’” she said.

While concentrating on what she would write, Schierman completely missed the introduction of the final award recipient. She was brought back to reality only when she heard her name being called.

“I was completely shocked,” Schierman said.

Copp, who first became a franchisee for Papa Murphy’s in 1983 and currently has five stores in the Salem-Keizer area and three more in the Portland area, long had trust in Schierman. He tapped Schierman to help open his Stayton location in 2005, then brought her to the Keizer store as manager.

“She’s pretty motivated,” Copp said. “She’s just one of those people that has no excuses. If you ask her to do something, she finds a way to get it done. When corporate came up with its new five-star program in May, it looks at quality of service, sales growth, speed of service, cleanliness and community involvement. Dawn said, ‘I’ll be a five-star manager.’”

The Keizer store is Copp’s first to be rated at five stars. That’s not bad for a store that in the past was one of Copp’s weakest.

“Of the eight stores I had, it was No. 7,” Copp said. “Now it’s No. 1. The bottom line, to go from No. 7 to No. 1, it has a lot to do with management. Dawn knows how to train people. She’s running the store and training people as well. She grooms them and gives them the opportunity to go to the next level.”

Schierman, a married mom with a 15-year-old son and a 10-year-old daughter, manages a crew of 13 employees.

“We do a lot of fundraisers here, especially with the American Cancer Society and McNary High School,” she said. “My son will probably work in one of our locations when he’s 16. I’ve hired some of his friends already. I tell my crew things you learn now like work ethic will benefit you down the road.”

The award was for Papa Murphy’s northern region, which includes stores in Oregon, Washington, Wyoming and Montana. Copp estimates at least 500 stores make up the region.

“It was pretty prestigious,” Copp said of the award. “I wasn’t totally surprised. Dawn deserved it, but I wasn’t thinking it was a shoo-in because I don’t know a lot of these managers.”

Schierman, who is finishing her bachelor’s degree in business management through the University of Phoenix, appreciates her boss right back.

“Chris and (his wife) Julie are amazing,” Schierman said. “They are very family-oriented. That’s huge to us.”

Ready to light up? Read this info first

Of the Keizertimes

So recreational marijuana has been approved in Oregon.

Time to get ready for Jan. 1, right?

Not quite.

Updated results from Monday show Measure 91 passed comfortably in the state as a whole, with 827,690 people (55.9 percent) in favor compared to 652,849 people (44.1 percent) against.

In Marion County, the measure wasn’t approved, though by a relatively narrow margin. There were 53,159 no votes (51.73 percent) compared to 49,610 yes votes (48.27 percent) for the county. as of Monday’s updated results.

Medical marijuana has been legal in Oregon since being approved by voters in 1998, which led to the creation of the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program (OMMP). That type of marijuana was not affected by last week’s vote.

Figuring out what to do if the recreational marijuana ballot measure was approved has been a hot topic in Keizer, Marion County and the state as a whole this year as local jurisdictions have scrambled to figure out what local regulations and controls would need to be in place in case the measure was approved.

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) has been tasked with implementing Measure 91. OLCC staff has started a website ( that, among other things, includes an ever-growing Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section. Some of the questions and answers posted to date are below.

What does Measure 91 do?

Starting July 1, 2015, Measure 91 allows the personal use and possession of recreational marijuana under Oregon law. It also gives OLCC authority to tax, license and regulate recreational marijuana.

When will Measure 91 go into effect?

Starting July 1, 2015, Measure 91 allows the personal use and possession of recreational marijuana under Oregon law. Measure 91 requires OLCC to begin accepting license applications by Jan. 4, 2016.

Who will implement the initiative?

The initiative designates the Oregon Liquor Control Commission as the state agency that will implement the terms of the initiative. Measure 91 gives the OLCC authority to tax, license and regulate recreational marijuana.

What impact does Measure 91 have on the current Medical Marijuana Program?


Should I get a new OMMP card or renew my existing card?

Only you as an individual can determine that question. The OLCC cannot advise you about if or how to make that determination.

What is the difference between recreational marijuana and medical marijuana?

Medical marijuana is for patients with qualifying medical conditions. Recreational marijuana is for personal use for adults 21 years of age or older.

Where can I buy marijuana?

Marijuana will be available for purchase through retail stores. Measure 91 requires OLCC to begin accepting license applications by Jan. 4, 2016.

Can I take marijuana into Washington where they also allow recreational marijuana?

No. You cannot take marijuana across state lines.

How much marijuana can I have?

Beginning July 1, 2015; recreational marijuana users can possess up to eight ounces of marijuana and four plants per residence in Oregon. An individual can carry up to one ounce in public but cannot consume in public.

Can I grow marijuana at home?

Yes, with limits. The act allows home grow of up to four plants and eight ounces per residence beginning July 1, 2015. Home grow plants and product must be kept out of public view.

When can I start growing my own at home?

Measure 91 takes effect July 1, 2015; at that time you can begin growing at home.

Who can smoke recreational marijuana? What is the minimum age?

As of July 1, 2015, the minimum age for consuming recreational marijuana in Oregon will be 21 years old.

Can my teenage son/daughter consume in our private residence?

No. As of July 1, 2015, the minimum age for consuming recreational marijuana in Oregon will be 21 years old, regardless of where it is consumed.

How much will marijuana cost?

The retail price of recreational marijuana will be determined through a competitive marketplace.

Where will marijuana stores be located?

The act does not set forth siting requirements. These types of policy questions will require an extensive public rulemaking process including legislative and public input.

Where can I smoke marijuana?

Measure 91 does not allow marijuana to be smoked/consumed in public.

How will OLCC protect children?

One of OLCC’s main priorities is to prevent sales to minors. The measure prohibits recreational marijuana sales to people under the age of 21. The act gives OLCC authority to regulate or prohibit advertising. OLCC may regulate packages and labels to ensure public safety and prevent appeal to minors.

Can I get a DUII while under the influence of marijuana?

Yes. Current laws for DUII have not changed. Driving under the influence of intoxicants (DUII) refers to operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated or drugged, including impairment from the use of marijuana.

What is OLCC’s role to prevent drugged driving?

The act requires OLCC to examine research and present a report to the Legislature. Staff intend to partner with the Department of Justice Criminal Investigation Division and Oregon State Police to facilitate research on this issue. Current Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (DUII) standards will continue to be enforced.

Can I lose my job for using marijuana?

Passage of measure 91 does not impact employment law in Oregon.

Where will the tax money go?

Measure 91 provides distribution of revenue after costs to the following: 40 percent to Common School Fund, 20 percent to Mental Health Alcoholism and Drug Services, 15 percent to OSP, 10 percent to cities for enforcement of the measure, 10 percent to counties for enforcement of the measure and 5 percent to Oregon Health Authority for Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention.

How will the OLCC go about making policy decisions?

The OLCC will take a measured approach to implementing Measure 91 with a great amount of accountability through a transparent and inclusive public process.