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Day: March 27, 2015

Keizer teen brings home heavy metal

Tony Castaneda, 13, with some of his recent awards including a belt from the Rumble in Reno and a plaque designating him as state champion. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)
Tony Castaneda, 13, with some of his recent awards including a belt from the Rumble in Reno and a plaque designating him as state champion. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

Of the Keizertimes

When Tony Castaneda made the choice to pursue wrestling instead of soccer, his father was a bit disappointed.

“Soccer was my sport and I felt like I had a lot I could teach him,” said Richard, Tony’s father.

As of this month, there is little doubt Tony made the right decision. On March 14, the 13-year-old won the Oregon Middle School State Tournament. In February, he took second in the OWA Kids State Folksyle Tournament and won the Rumble in Reno Feb. 28.

The Rumble earned him the biggest prize, a pro-wrestling-style belt.

“I went up to the table figuring I’d get a trophy and they handed me a belt. It was really cool,” said Tony, an 102-pounder.

The match that won Tony the belt was actually a rematch with Nevada’s Beau Chacon. Beau had beaten Tony for third place in the same tournament last year.

“I knew I could do it last year, but the coaches got into it and there was a lot of that going on,” Tony said. “This year, we were 5-5 in the third round and he is really good at escaping. I did a roll and caught him with a near-fall that put me ahead.”

He won the match – and the title – 10-5.

A little over a week later, Tony took second in the Kids State Folkstyle and then won the state title at 102 pounds March 7.

In the state tournament, Tony won his first match by pin in 49 seconds, his second match in a 6-0 decision, a third match in an 8-2 decision, and the title with a 4-2 decision.

However, he bristles at the notion of “winning his way” through a tournament.

“There was no easy match. Every kid at a tournament is tough,” he said.

Tony started wrestling in fourth grade because he was being bullied and hoped to deter his tormentors, but his parent encouraged him to stick with it.

“One of his football coaches at Boys & Girls Club told him about the wrestling practice at McNary (High School),” Richard said. “Now, he has so much more confidence and he’s more outgoing. He’ll just go up and talk to whoever.”

The younger Castaneda is also incredibly well-spoken for an eighth grader.

Tony’s accomplishments on the mat caught the eye of Jason Ebbs, McNary head wrestling coach, early on.

“He clearly has a desire to compete, and be competitive at the high levels of wrestling. As I have watched him wrestle, he does a good job of being aggressive and has developed his fundamental skills in a way that he is not afraid to attack and he is not afraid to lose. I am looking forward to working with him as he comes to high school and developing him even further,” Ebbs said.

Tony already has his sights set on a state championship once he’s in high school, but his more immediate goals are on the Whiteaker Middle School track and field team.

“I thought I could have done better than I did last year, I want to be the best in anything I do now,” he said. “I’m more happy than I’ve ever been.”

Lady Celts start 3-1

Haley Ebner makes a throw to first base in the Lady Celts’ softball game with Jesuit High School Friday, March 20. The Lady Celts won 3-2. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)
Haley Ebner makes a throw to first base in the Lady Celts’ softball game with Jesuit High School Friday, March 20. The Lady Celts won 3-2. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

Of the Keizertimes

McNary High School’s girls varsity softball team is off to a roaring start for the second time in two years. The girls are 3-1 after four preseason contests.

The Lady Celts started the season with a 12-0 win over Grant High School Monday, March 16. McNary already had a 5-0 lead when it unleashed a seven-run sixth inning on the Generals.

Senior Megan Ulrey pitched a complete game allowing one hit with seven strikeouts. At the plate, Kiana Villarreal went 3-for-4 with a double, a triple, four RBIs and two runs scored. Madison Oliver also had a triple in the outing.

Two days later, the Keizer team edged Silverton High School’s Lady Foxes 1-0. McNary’s only run came in the sixth inning when Emma Kinler brought home Ulrey on a single. McNary stranded eight runners in the game.

On Friday, March 20, the Celtics beat Jesuit High School 3-2 in a steady rain. Jesuit rallied for two runs in the sixth inning, but couldn’t overcome the Celtics’ 3-0 lead.

Kinsey McNaught was the only batter with more than one hit and went 2-for-3. Villarreal had a double.

McNary’s first loss came Monday, March 23, to West Linn High School, but it wasn’t for lack of offense. The final score was 15-14 Lions.

After the Celts ran up a 4-0 lead in the first inning, West Linn went ahead 6-4 in the third. By the sixth inning, the Lions were up 15-7. McNary scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth and five in the seventh, but fell just short of knotting it up.

Villarreal went 3-for-5 at the dish including two home runs and four RBIs. Oliver, Villarreal, Ulrey, Hannah Carr, Nicole Duran and Emma Kinler all had doubles. Oliver led the team with five RBIs and also had a home run.

Bicyclist recovering after hit

Keizer's John Henry Maurice, shown riding his bike in a photo from his Facebook page, is recovering after being hit by a truck earlier this month. (Courtesy John Henry Maurice)
Keizer’s John Henry Maurice, shown riding his bike in a photo from his Facebook page, is recovering after being hit by a truck earlier this month. (Courtesy John Henry Maurice)

Of the Keizertimes

Keizer’s John Henry Maurice had plans to compete in some bicycle competitions this summer.

Those plans appear to be on hold for now, as the main emphasis for the 59-year-old is recovery.

As a result, longtime friend Carolyn Homan could be making changes to her usual Friday plans.

Maurice was riding his 30-speed road bike near Antelope in Central Oregon on the evening of March 14 when he was struck by a drunk driver.

According to a report from the Oregon State Police, 56-year-old Melissa Brooke Herz was driving a 2007 Toyota Tundra and pulling a trailer westbound on Highway 218 in Wasco County when the right side of her pickup hit Maurice.

Herz left the scene and later stopped on Highway 97. A trooper noticed a mirror was broken off and later saw a mirror at the crash scene. Herz was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of intoxicants, failure to perform the duties of a driver, reckless driving and second-degree assault.

Maurice, meanwhile, was taken to St. Charles Madras and later flown to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend. His wife, Joanne Heilinger, has traveled to Bend to be with him three times since the accident, mostly around her work schedule at the Salem Kroc Center.

Heilinger said the injuries have included four broken ribs on the left side, several breaks in his lower left leg, a broken left scapula (shoulder blade), a cut on the left side of his temple and a concussion. Maurice had an initial surgery to stabilize the left leg and now has a cast on it.

“He’s recovering as well as can be expected,” Heilinger said on Tuesday. “He’s still in the hospital. He’s getting around on a wheelchair. His spirits are good. Part of what’s taking more time than we thought is to get him situated over here.”

In particular, Heilinger is looking for a place her husband can do rehab around here.

“We’re working on getting him a bed in a rehab place in Salem or Keizer,” Heilinger said. “Maybe he will transfer tomorrow.”

Maurice is a longtime employee at Portland Community College, where he attended school.

Heilinger has been logging plenty of miles to visit her husband.

“It’s been pretty hectic,” she said. “I made three trips to Bend in a week’s time. I would come home, turn around and return again.”

Heilinger has been amazed by the outpouring of love and support.

“I’ve felt very supported by the friends and cyclist friends,” she said. “One neighbor mowed my front yard without me asking. We have some former Keizer friends who live in Bend who opened their home to me. I spent some nights at their house, even when they weren’t there. That was so great.”

For about 10 years now, Carolyn and Tom Homan have been regularly eating dinners on Fridays with Maurice and Heilinger, as well as Carol and Martin Doerfler. Carolyn Homan has been among the many friends hoping for the best.

“Joanne posted the news on Facebook the next day,” Homan said. “I remember saying out loud ‘Oh no!’ At that point it was just a rundown of his injuries. I couldn’t imagine it. It was very surprising. You know (bicycle riding) can be dangerous, but still you don’t expect it.”

On St. Patrick’s Day, the trio of couples, minus Maurice, went out for dinner together.

Heilinger had just returned from Bend and gave her friends medical updates.

“It’s always more fun with the six of us,” Homan said.

Homan would love to have Maurice back in the area while he recovers.

“We can’t wait to have him back,” she said. “Maybe we’ll take some takeout food over there.”

Like Heilinger, Homan has been impressed with the support shown.

“It’s been great,” she said. “The Salem Bicycle Club is a great group. They’ve all been asking about him. A lot of folks helped Joanne right after the accident. One friend went to Bend with her since she had to get John’s bike and car. It’s a really good group of people. Neighbors were standing in the street waiting for her to come home, taking care of the cats and mowing the lawn. It’s nice to have people step up like that without being asked. It’s pretty cool.”

Maurice posted about the incident on his Facebook page the morning after being injured, before he had his initial surgery.

“I woke up in the hospital wondering why I was there,” Maurice wrote on March 15. “I found out that my injuries were a little bit more extensive than originally thought…After talking with the doctor it looks like all of my plans for races this summer are in doubt.

“All I remember about the accident is just waking up on the road, wondering why I was there,” he added later. “However, the kind policeman told me what had happened…I was found by my friends on the bike ride I was doing, who called 911.”

Maurice wrote later his summer race plans didn’t look too good.

“What does look good is that I expect to be able to recover completely from my injuries and will be able (to) focus on this race in the years to follow. I am in good spirits and I know that I am receiving the best care possible, which will allow me to have fun in the future,” he wrote.

Three men changing education

If Chuck Lee and John Honey get students as excited about the Career Technical Education Center (CTEC) as adults, the facility will surpass all expectations.

The Career Technical Education Center—long a dream of the Salem-Keizer School District—is scheduled to open this fall on Portland Road. Budget cuts of more than $120 million a few years ago put the kabosh on the district moving forward. It took the zeal and vision of Larry Tokarski’s Mountain West Investment Corp. to provide $7 million to make the center a reality.

Lee and Honey have been making presentations around Keizer and Salem to talk about the vision and creation of CTEC. It is hard not to be infected by their excitement and enthusiasm.

The CTEC will prepare students for high-skill, high-wage jobs that will be in high demand as millions of Baby Boomers start to retire from positions in the trades such as mechanics, plumbing, construction, electrical and the like. Accepted students will remain enrolled at their resident high schools; they will take advanced electives as well as math and English at CTEC.

The first classes will begin this fall.  The goal is enroll up to 200 students, with an eventual student body of 1,000 within five years. The first class will find a large remodeled facility. Students will have access to transportation from their own high schools to CTEC. They will also be able to continue to be involved with extracurricular activities such as sports and the arts.

At the Career Technical Education Center students can earn up to 35 total credits over a two-year period. They will take classes, many taught by experts, will take them from introduction to manufacturing and onto skills that are vital in the trades including reading blueprints, precision measuring and hands-on building.

The number one concern of owners of construction and manufacturing companies is their need to replace retiring employees and not being able to identify skilled workers. The education center addresses that concern head on. High schools will always graduate a number of students who wish to attend college and enter a non-trade career: finance, law, medicine, etc. The Career Technical Education Center is an excellent option for those who don’t wish to be a lawyer or doctor but want to make a good living.

Chuck Lee and John Honey bring many years of educational experience to their task of creating the center and getting it operational. Lee, until recently, was president of Blanchet Catholic School and sits on the Salem-Keizer School Board; Honey was principal of both McNary and North Salem high schools.

Lee, Honey and Tokarski are a formidable team creating an educational facility not found anywhere else in the country. Due to their vision Salem and Keizer are on the cutting edge of vocational education. We’re excited and we want our kids to be excited, too.


Too many bills

From The Capitol

Things are moving quickly here in the legislature these days. One short check of the Oregon Legislative Information System (OLIS) where you can see every bill, where they are and everything on committees and floor sessions and you will find some of the craziest ideas you can possibly imagine. Everything from fines for large gatherings in the forests, to banning “Sharia law” in Oregon, to “animal porn,” to….well, you get it. It seems when one gets elected, one is supposed to write all kinds of bills. I just don’t get this burning desire to create more laws. They may have the best of intentions but it’s just more laws. I want to cut government restrictions and red tape and chip away at the already-too-numerous laws we have now.

One bill I did introduce, HB 2969,  is a bill to help out small businesses across the state. Last week it was voted unanimously out of committee and hopefully will be voted on in the House soon.

So let’s take a look at a hot topic issue from the last couple weeks. Education: The amount of emails I get overall is pretty high and I answer them all, but education is by far the topic I hear the most about. The word on the street is that the legislature is “cutting the K-12 budget.”  That is not true, so don’t buy into that.

There are many of us in the building who want to increase funding for K-12 to $7.5 billion. Yes, you read that right—billion. Instead of that, however, leadership has started the negotiations at just over $7 billion, and then schools are required to provide all-day kindergarten.

On top of that, I just found out about HB 3390, what I call College for Convicts.  Yes, $9,500 a year for three years so convicts can get a college degree. I’m not opposed to the concept but not at the expense of our kids.

So finally, I want you to know that my office is really your office. Please call my staff anytime and schedule a visit or if you have a high school student who would find it interesting to be an honorary page for a day, please contact us. Thank you for allowing me to serve you.

(Bill Post represents House District 25. He can be reached at 503-986-1425 or via email at [email protected])

Anti-vaccination forces hurt all

Rude awakenings, it was once believed, were reserved for other states in our nation.  Now we know from recent events that the one exceptional state, Oregon, is no longer of privileged status as was true in former years.  Our former governor has taken a dive for a girlfriend and it turns out that he may have had a lot of state administrators helping him, those apparently willing to be bossed around by the former governor’s fiancee.

But the most threatening among the changes that have come to Oregon of late is that which decries vaccinations and the immunizations against disease that are afforded by them.  In the West, specifically western Europe, experimentation with ways to control disease date back to the 1700s when successful means were found to rid the population of smallpox. Other efforts followed and enabled people and their children to avoid diseases that promised certain death in years past.

The means to control polio came to be in my lifetime.  It was a truly dreaded malady that took away a victim’s ability to breathe outside an “iron lung” and other forms of paralysis that deprived those so contracted with not being able to carry on with lives resembling normality.  Jonas Salk was recognized as a hero throughout the nation and that meant a lot of grateful Oregonians, too.  I remember well how I hoped for years I would not get polio and then escaped that worry after receiving my dose of prevention.

But what matter of madness do we endure now?  People who will not permit vaccinations against serious, death-threatening diseases for their children, themselves and the entire population.  What has caused so many among us to ignore the consequences of dangerous, terminating illnesses?  Frankly, I have no answer to my nagging question. I can guess at the reasons but suggest that the greatest, the most compelling reason for vaccinations has to do with humanity: the foundation for perpetuating a civilized world, one where the very survival of humans is at stake.

As a child I heard none of the bizarre screams and yells directed at enlightened medical doctors and Oregon leaders whose laws that bring health protections to all persons living in this state.  Those against it must hail from times long past where ignorance ruled and science was yet unknown.

Meanwhile, way beyond disappointment is what’s felt about those caved Oregon legislators who surrendered their integrity to the wanton few who came to Salem to protest what could have been public health protections through required vaccinations. It’s not understood what these representatives see as their job when they turn their backs on public safety for the majority to practice cowardice in response to the few misguided among us.

One TV host has suggested that we not acquire our health information from talk show hosts, radio nutcases or “Google University.”  Rather, he went on to say, look to medical graduates who attended medical schools with accreditation.  Then there’s the very wise quip about those who forget history being destined to repeat it and the wise doctor who asks whether you remember the time you got polio: “Of course you don’t, because your grandparents got your parents vaccinated who in turn got you vaccinated.”  But this kind of logic is unfortunately too obscure for those among us who prefer darkness over light.

Incidentally, it would have to be a rather brainless God to discourage people from inventing and using vaccinations.  If God weren’t  smart, don’t you see, he’d not have created a humankind that could save itself.  After all, he had already made a huge mistake with the dinosaurs.

(Gene H. McIntyre’s columns appears weekly in the Keizertimes.)

Hillary’s Nixonian path to office


The effective kickoff of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign was an act of deck clearing so breathtaking, so brazen, that it remains difficult to process.

A former secretary of state summoned reporters to the United Nations, made a statement on Iran nuclear negotiations, then admitted deleting more than 30,000 emails she deemed personal from the account she exclusively used while in office.  This was the culmination of a deliberate, multiyear end run around congressional oversight, the Freedom of Information Act and the archiving of federal records. Documents she found inconvenient to sort while in government were convenient to destroy after leaving office.

Those looking for a historical parallel turned, inevitably, to one figure. According to Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., Clinton is “a modern, Democratic Richard Nixon.” “Nixon didn’t burn the tapes,” tweeted Joe Scarborough, “but Hillary deleted the emails.” Politico’s Todd Purdum did a careful historical comparison to Nixon, finding Clinton similarly “suspicious, defensive, contemptuous of the press and scornful of political adversaries.”

Clinton’s email housecleaning —barring future revelations—may work. She seems to have effectively navigated the gray areas of federal rules to avoid transparency.  But Republicans clearly hope the Nixonian label—which some in the media find credible—will stick. They believe the email controversy, while not politically fatal in isolation, will add to the composite image of a candidate driven by secrecy and resentment, surrounded by a ruthless palace guard and convinced that rules apply only to others.

A Republican candidate for president in 2016 (like every candidate for president) will need to negatively characterize his or her opponent. But the narrative of Clinton as Nixon underestimates both leaders.

First, the obvious: Nixon won two presidential elections, after being associated with low political tactics (against Helen Gahagan Douglas) and a series of scandals (including a political donation controversy that nearly forced his resignation as vice president, and a political favoritism scandal somehow involving his brother Donald and Howard Hughes). Well before Watergate, Nixon was not viewed as an ethical paragon. But he was generally viewed as smart, tenacious, tough and knowledgeable about the world. Which sounds familiar.

The context of Nixon’s two presidential victories (1968 and 1972) was unique. For many Americans, Nixon represented social order in a frightening world of riots, assassinations and bell-bottom jeans. But a reputation for toughness was also seen as a presidential qualification during the Cold War, and Nixon (who had gone toe to toe with Nikita Khrushchev in the “kitchen debate”) benefited from the contrast to Hubert Humphrey and George McGovern.

The comparison to Clinton can certainly be overplayed. By all accounts, she lacks Nixon’s personal awkwardness and strangeness. But a portion of the characterization “Nixonian” is a compliment: hardworking, untiring, relentless. While another portion—wary, secretive, ruthless—can lead down some dark alleys.

Right now, Clinton is generally benefiting, not suffering, from this reputation. The next president, from either party, will need to provide a contrast of strength and purpose to President Obama’s foreign policy of disengagement that has resulted in disaster and led to inadequate, ad hoc responses. Despite her association with the failed “Russian reset,” Clinton is generally positioned to Obama’s interventionist right on foreign policy matters (especially on Syria). She is a Democrat who would be seen as a tougher, more responsible alternative to her former employer.

And this reputation is also helping Clinton within her party. Her pre-campaign has been rusty—her awkward book tour, her claim that she left office “flat broke,” her exorbitant speaking fees, her foundation’s acceptance of donations by foreign governments. Democratic concerns about her skills are real; but public criticisms are rare and mild. Some of this reflects Clinton’s position as a prohibitive front-runner, but some is also the intimidating effect of her style of politics. No Democrat wants to be on the wrong list.

Clinton is not unbeatable, but the effort to label her as Nixonian will not beat her. Republicans face a very difficult electoral map; their party is still viewed more negatively than the alternative; they have managed to alienate large numbers of working-class and minority voters; and all of their prospective presidential candidates are currently losing to Clinton by double digits.

If the next election is viewed by Republicans as a referendum on Hillary Clinton’s scandals—and this distracts from the task of reconstituting the Republican message and appeal—then Clinton may take the Nixonian path to the Oval Office.

(Washington Post Writers Group)

Ted Alan Sharp

T. Sharp
T. Sharp

Ted Alan Sharp of Keizer lost his battle against cancer Friday, March 20. Sharp was 66.

Ted was born in Ontario, Ore. on Aug. 12,1948 to Eugene and Flo Sharp and was raised in New Plymouth, Idaho, graduating from New Plymouth High School in 1966.

He graduated from the University of Oregon with a bachelors of science degree in economics in 1970. His graduate work was at Portland State University where he majored in accounting. As a CPA he worked in public accounting for several years later moving to private industry.

While at the UO he met his wife Marilyn. They married in 1971 and in 1977 welcomed daughter Sarah.

Ted was an avid skier, moving to ski patrol when he entered the accounting world. Racquetball and golf soon followed as favorite pastimes.

Ted and Marilyn loved their early marriage treks following history through central Europe, Russia and the U.S. Later, spring breaks were a favorite on any sunny island where he enjoyed snorkeling, sunshine and spending time with friends.

When Sarah entered college and her studies took her across the nation and around the world, he and Marilyn enjoyed visiting her as often as possible in her far off and exotic places.

Ted dearly loved his family and friends and enjoyed being part of their lives. He was surrounded by many caring and loving people in his final days.

Ted was preceded in death by his parents. Survivors include his wife, daughter and sister Renee Holiday; his brothers-in-law Ron Wilkinson and Marvin Cruickshank with their wives Karen and Kelly, seven nieces and nephews, plus 14 great nieces and nephews, all of whom he loved dearly.

A Funeral Mass and Celebration of Life will be held at St. Edward Catholic Church in Keizer on Tuesday, March 31 at 10:30 a.m. The family respectfully requests memorials to the cancer research center of your choice.

Please visit to leave a note of condolence for the family. Arrangements in care of Keizer Funeral Chapel.

William C. Drakeley Sr.

W. Drakeley, Sr.
W. Drakeley, Sr.

William C. Drakeley Sr.,101, died Thursday, March 19.

He was born October 3, 1913, in Angie, North Dakota, the son of William C. and Sadie P. Jones Drakeley. The family moved to Salem when he was 17 where he graduated from Salem High School.

As a young man Bill worked many jobs including logging, the TB Hospital and mowing the Marion County Courthouse lawn. In 1933 he apprenticed under Burt Edwards to learn the meat business. He and Edwards partnered to open Keizer Food Lockers on North River Road in 1948.

He was active in forming the Keizer Volunteer Fire Department, the Keizer Lions Club and the Commercial Club which was the predecessor to the Keizer Merchants Association, which later became the Keizer Chamber of Commerce.

Bill volunteered many hours for his church, Knight Memorial Congregational and belonged to several fishing organizations. He always worked hard.

He met Elva Irene McCune at Knight Memorial Church and they were married May 23, 1936. They had three children: William C. Drakeley III (Joyce), Janice Ellen Brown (Dennis), and Linda Jean Hammer (Peter). There are seven grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren. Elva died in 1986.  They had been married 50 years.

Following Elva’s passing, he married longtime friend Mildred C. Hallisy on Nov. 28, 1987. He then had an additional family of three stepchildren: James Hallisy (Geri), Marilyn Foster, and Cheryl  Keeney (Richard). There are six step grandchildren and 11 step great-grandchildren.

Bill was preceded in death by wife Elva Drakeley, wife Mildred Hallisy and stepdaughter Marilyn Foster. Also preceding him in death were his five brothers and sisters: Doris Cochran, Clarice Stewart, George Drakeley, Helen Pierpoint and Ray Drakeley.

He is survived by his sister-in-law Helen Drakeley of Dallas and many nieces and nephews.

Interment wast Thursday, March 26, 1 p.m. at Belcrest Memorial Cemetery. A memorial service followed at 2:30 p.m. at Keizer Funeral Chapel, 4365 River Road North in Keizer.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association, or a charity of your choice.