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Month: March 2016

Agenda for Keizer City Council meeting







Monday, April 4, 2016

6:00 p.m.

Robert L. Simon Council Chambers

Keizer Civic Center

Keizer, Oregon 97303




a. City Council Position Number Six Applicant Presentation

b. RESOLUTION – Validating Appointment to City Council Position Number Six



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Chainsaw artist talks to KPAC

Lore Christopher (left) celebrates as David Hillesland speaks at the Keizer Public Arts Commission meeting  March 22. (KEIZERTIMES/Craig Murphy)
Lore Christopher (left) celebrates as David Hillesland speaks at the Keizer Public Arts Commission meeting March 22. (KEIZERTIMES/Craig Murphy)

Of the Keizertimes

Is David Hillesland the Tree Whisperer?

Last month the chainsaw artist from Lyons was driving past the Keizer Civic Center when he saw the two bare trees, which are scheduled to be decorated as story poles next year as envisioned by members of the Keizer Public Arts Commission.

“Those two stumps were yelling at me,” Hillesland told KPAC members at their meeting on Tuesday.

As she did last month, KPAC member Lore Christopher took credit for the trees still being up.

“You have me to thank, David,” Christopher said. “I had to fight my limbs for that.”

Hillesland said he gave up a banking job seven years ago during the throes of the recession and started whittling on wood. Then he ran into a chainsaw artist, who showed him how to do art with wood. Thus began a new business, All Natural Edge Designs.

“I do work based on scale and budget,” Hillesland said.

As one example, Hillesland recently carved a piece for an agency in Eugene with 1.5 children in a tree, with that number selected because that fit the agency’s budget.

Hillesland said he can provide detailed blueprints for his work and knows how to both prepare wood for work and how to make it last, which can include annual touch-up work.

“I have a track record for providing work on time and on budget,” he said. “Before I started this, I couldn’t even do a stick figure drawing. I’ve got the business training as well. When I drove by and saw the trees, they were screaming at me.”

Upon hearing that, Christopher started dancing around for the second month in a row and then explained the background of the story poles project.

“Both trees are old growth timber, which have been on the property for hundreds of years,” Christopher said. “We hoped to save them when we built this building, but the roots got disheveled. Bill Lawyer (Public Works director) had the idea of letting the trees have a place, have them carved and make them part of the civic center complex. One is about 20 feet tall, one is 25 feet. Others wanted them to be cut down, but I fought to keep them up.”

The plan is for one tree to be done by a Native American group, with the other a public art design. Christopher asked Hillesland if the Grand Ronde tribe could provide a design and he could carve the design.

“Absolutely,” he responded. “If they want to collaborate, I’m totally willing to do that. They would get to put their thumbprint on the design.”

Hillesland also said working with community members on the second tree is fine with him.

“That is very comfortable to me,” he said. “I’m really comfortable with the whole diplomatic process. I’m comfortable being in front of cameras. I can be the person to get the whole community involved.”

Hillesland estimated the bigger trees is 32 to 34 inches in diameter, while the smaller one has a diameter of about 28 inches. He typically charges about $500 a foot for his work but can be flexible. If work isn’t being done until sometime next year, he suggested spraying the tree with bug spray and putting tar on the top.

“I’ve done all aspects of all of this,” he said.

Christopher loved it all.

“You are our MVP for the day,” she told Hillesland.

Christopher also suggested Hillesland could have some of his work be public art along River Road.

“If you’re interested, submit it to us,” she said. “If you’re accepted, we’ll pick a spot for you. It might give you additional business.”

New regulations discussed at luncheon

From left: Michael Morter, Jason Brandt, Alison Hart and Bill Post spoke at this month’s Keizer Chamber Luncheon. (KEIZERTIMES/Craig Murphy)
From left: Michael Morter, Jason Brandt, Alison Hart and Bill Post spoke at this month’s Keizer Chamber Luncheon. (KEIZERTIMES/Craig Murphy)

Of the Keizertimes

Stand together, be creative and brace for more.

Those were three of the main messages shared during last week’s Keizer Chamber of Commerce luncheon forum, which was focused on surviving government mandates.

The timing wasn’t surprising, given recent action by the Oregon Legislature to increase the minimum wage in the years to come. Other recent mandates such as mandatory paid sick leave and mandatory heath care were also discussed.

Jason Brandt, CEO of the Oregon Restaurant and Lodging Association, referred to the three items as “a three-headed monster” and noted the fines on companies for not providing health insurance.

“They’re all happening at once,” Brandt said. “None of us will have silver bullet solutions for you. The ones who are the most creative are the ones that will survive and thrive.”

Brandt noted a group that had threatened to put the issue on the November ballot backed off following the actions of the legislature.

“The state is preempting any local government from passing laws on the topic,” Brandt said. “They also retained the ability to change the plan in future sessions. We need to gather stories of how these minimum wage increases impact businesses.”

Though it ultimately wasn’t effective, Brandt praised business supporters for protesting the wage hike.

“I’m impressed by how you people mobilized,” he said. “We had 20 percent people more than the other side. To those that stepped up, to stand in front of the legislative committee and talk about what it would do to your business, my hat is off to you. That’s one of most important things you can do.”

Alison Hart, CEO of the Oregon State Chamber, also liked the turnout.

“My message is how we need to work together,” Hart said. “On minimum wage, we had the best grassroots effort ever. We had started the wave of grassroots. We have to change who is in the legislature and we have to do it now. Our strategy will be to target districts that have the ability to be changed. We can have an impact and make a stand for small businesses.”

Hart warned about the proposed initiative petition 28, which she said “should be of far more concern” than the minimum wage increase.

“There are billions of new taxes proposed for the November ballot,” Hart said. “This is of great concern, a hidden sales tax that will hurt consumers.”

Hart, who noted businesses will be forced to pass increased costs to consumers, said local companies in the service industry will be at an unfair disadvantage compared to out-of-state competitors. She also warned there is no guarantee the extra funds will go to education, health care and senior citizens.

“We have some ills in the state that need to be fixed and they need more funding,” Hart said. “Because there is no guarantee, this is a hugely damaging proposal. We need to band together to fight this.”

Michael Morter from the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services, talked about health insurance restrictions and regulations, including companies with 50 or more full-time equivalent employees being required to provide health insurance coverage.

“You can work with an insurance agent for the right health care coverage for your employees,” Morter said. “It was designed as a public market place originally. There are hundreds of plans to choose from. At zero cost to your business or employees, a qualified insurance agent can help with choosing the right coverage.”

Rep. Bill Post, R-Keizer, said there are representatives who want to work together but aren’t allowed to due to political parties.

“It has been building for 27 years,” Post said. “These people believe you business owners are the problem and that you need to share the wealth. There are moderates on both sides that want to work together, but they are taken into the back room and their legs are broken. You will no longer be the chair of your committee.”

Post is convinced a ballot measure for raising the minimum wage would not have passed.

“This ballot measure was at 58 percent in February, which means it was going to lose in November,” Post said. “Polls mean nothing in February. I was not afraid. I wanted us to roll dice on the tax measure. The people in Oregon would not have passed $15 minimum wage.”

Hart said chambers need to get together to get the word out to vote against IP 28.

“Please join the coalition,” she said. “The business community needs to actively take a stand. We were excited to see the turnout this session. On this one, we have to turn out. This is the biggest political battle we’ve ever seen. We have to win this one. We have to.”

Second homeless meeting in Keizer on March 29

The new Mid-Willamette Homeless Initiative needed a new home.

The first meeting of the task force last month was held in a meeting room at the Salem Public Library, but a crowd of more than 100 people filled the room beyond capacity.

As such, the second meeting will be held next Tuesday, March 29 in council chambers at Keizer Civic Center, located at 930 Chemawa Road NE. The public meeting is scheduled to go from 4 to 6 p.m. Future meetings will also be held at the location.

“We were so pleased by the overwhelming response to our first meeting,” said Keizer Mayor Cathy Clark, one of the task force co-chairs. “Clearly our broader community cares deeply, as we do, about connecting people with critical services and, of course, housing resources.”

Salem Mayor Anna Peterson and Marion County Commissioner Janet Carlson led the first Mid-Willamette Homeless Initiative meeting Feb. 17. Next week's meeting will be in Keizer. (KEIZERTIMES file/Craig Murphy)
Salem Mayor Anna Peterson and Marion County Commissioner Janet Carlson led the first Mid-Willamette Homeless Initiative meeting Feb. 17. Next week’s meeting will be in Keizer. (KEIZERTIMES file/Craig Murphy)

Task force agenda items include presentations and discussion regarding affordable housing and strategic planning. Time is also set aside for public comment. Written feedback may be submitted in advance to [email protected] by noon on March 29.

The Mid-Willamette Homeless Initiative has launched a website to share information and chronicle task force progress. The website features meeting dates, agendas and minutes, meeting materials, key documents, news articles, as well as related links and staff contact information. The address is

“We are excited to offer a website where people can quickly find information about the task force,” said Marion County Commissioner Janet Carlson, another of the co-chairs. “The website offers everything from agendas and minutes to research studies and local resources.”

Salem Mayor Anna Peterson led the Feb. 17 meeting until handing it over to Carlson. Presentations related to housing, services and funding sources were made by Community Action Agency, Marion County Housing Authority, Salem Housing Authority, West Valley Housing Authority, the Department of Housing and Urban Development and Rural Oregon Continuum of Care.

“The Mid-Willamette region is proving once again that it is the collaboration capital, by joining forces to address the many and varied causes of homelessness,” Peterson said. “I am confident that with the leadership of the task force members, and the strong support and interest already shown by the communities, we will find solutions and garner resources to meet these pressing needs.”

The task force is a joint effort between Salem and Keizer, as well as Polk and Marion counties. Each jurisdiction has appointed five members to serve on the task force. In addition to Peterson, Clark and Carlson, Jennifer Wheeler represents Polk County.

The initiative was established to help address issues facing people experiencing homelessness in the area.

The task force is looking at contributing factors including addiction, education, mental health and transportation. Key areas of focus are likely to include affordable housing, chronic homelessness, critical services and public safety, among others.

“We’re so pleased at the amount of community interest,” Wheeler said. “With a much larger venue for the second meeting, we should be able to accommodate the community interest.”

For more information regarding the Mid-Willamette Homeless Initiative, contact Hitesh Parekh with Marion County at (503) 566-3915 or [email protected], or Laura Walker with the city of Salem at (503) 540-2405 or [email protected]

Tuesday’s meeting will include a discussion of barriers and opportunities to expand affordable housing, with information from Rob Justus, Mike Erdmann, Eric Olsen, Ron Hays and Don Jensen.

Koho returns to council

Keizer City Councilor Dennis Koho (left), flanked by Roland Herrera, returned to the council on March 21 for the first time since suffering a heart attack on Feb. 6. (KEIZERTIMES/Craig Murphy)
Keizer City Councilor Dennis Koho (left), flanked by Roland Herrera, returned to the council on March 21 for the first time since suffering a heart attack on Feb. 6. (KEIZERTIMES/Craig Murphy)

Of the Keizertimes

There weren’t a whole lot of people at Monday’s Keizer City Council meeting.

Councilor Amy Ryan and youth councilor Siri Scales were absent, while Brandon Smith’s former seat is still vacant.

City attorney Shannon Johnson and Public Works director Bill Lawyer were absent, as was police chief John Teague. Only three audience members were present, in addition to a Keizertimes reporter.

All of which made Dennis Koho’s presence that much more surprising.

Less than two weeks after being released from the hospital following a Feb. 6 heart attack (see last week’s issue for more details), Koho was slowly easing back into a normal routine. At the previous council meeting on March 7, councilors approved a month-long leave of absence for Koho.

And yet, there was the council president, seated between fellow councilors Roland Herrera and Marlene Parsons. Mayor Cathy Clark welcomed Koho back to the dais three times, with the former mayor getting a round of applause the first time. Before the meeting, councilor Roland Herrera took a selfie – after all, this is 2016 – with Koho.

Later in the meeting, councilors gave an update on recent meetings or events they have attended. Koho’s well-known humor came through.

“I could tell you all about the hospital and rehab center,” Koho said. “You don’t want to go to the rehab center if you don’t have to. But the alternative wasn’t good, so I was happy to be there. I’ve been in a tiny hospital room for the last six weeks, so I’ve been trying to get up to speed.”

Clark, who was suffering from a cold and thus had Koho sitting further away from her than usual, welcomed him back again.

“Welcome back,” the mayor said. “We’re so glad to have you here.”

In other business March 21:

• Hersch Sangster gave reports on both the Planning Commission and Traffic/Bikeways/Pedestrians meetings from last week. The Planning Commission approved a motion for pre-application conferences with city staff to be free. That motion is expected to be brought to the council next month.

As far as the other committee, Sangster said he’ll start filling out an application soon to get Keizer designated as a bicycle-friendly community. Work is also being done for a grant to pay for signage alerting bicyclists to areas of interest in Keizer.

• Councilors unanimously approved an ordinance updating the Keizer Development Code in regards to daycare facilities, bringing city code in line with state code. The ordinance was approved without any comment.

• In addition to a shortage of people at the meeting, the meeting was also short. The meeting was over in less than 35 minutes. There was only one administrative action. When it came time for councilor liaison reports late in the meeting, two councilors weren’t ready because of how quickly the meeting was moving.

Hop around town for egg hunts, Easter services


If you are looking for Easter services or egg hunts this weekend, there is no shortage of options.

Here are a few of the events around town and the region:

• Egg hunt at Bauman Farm, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Arrive any time and jump in line to seek out 12 eggs and collect a prize. Cost: $4.

• Keizer Christian Church is hosting an Easter egg hunt Saturday, March 26, at 10 a.m. Service will be held at 10 a.m. Sunday, March 27. 6945 Wheatland Road N.

• Community Egg Hunt at the Kroc Center, 10 a.m. Saturday, March 26. More than 10,000 eggs will cover the north field of the Kroc Center. An underwater egg hunt will follow at the leisure pool at 11:45 a.m. Cost is $5 in addition to a day pass or membership.

• Egg hunt for kids 10 and younger at the Willamette Heritage Center, 1313 Mill Street S.E., in Salem 10 a.m. Presented by Mill Creek Station and Catering, Bella Hill and Teaselwick Wools. On-site registration begins at 9:30 a.m.

• Salem Mennonite Church services will be held Sunday, March 27 at 10:45 a.m.

• Dayspring Fellowship will offer Easter services Saturday, March 26, at 6 p.m.; and Sunday, March 27, at 9 and 10:45 a.m.

• Countryside Christian Church will offer services at 9 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday, March 27. 5775 McLeod Lane N.E.

• Keizer Community Church will offer service at 11 a.m. Sunday, March 27. 380 Churchdale Avenue N.

• St. Edward Catholic Church will offer an Easter Vigil mass Saturday, March 26, at 8:30 p.m. English services Sunday, March 26, will be held  at 8:15 and 10:30 a.m. A Spanish-language service will be held at 12:30 p.m. 5303 River Road N.

• Keizer Church of Christ will hold English-language service at 10:30 a.m., and a Spanish-language service at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, March 27. 5405 Ridge Drive N.E.

• Salem Evangelical will host sunrise service at 6:30 a.m. Sunday, March 27, additional services will be held at 9:15 and 11 a.m. 455 Locust Street N.E.

• Easter services at Clear Lake United Methodist Church will be held March 27 at 10 a.m. An egg hunt will follow at 11:30 a.m. 7920 Wheatland Road N.

• Easterpalooza at First Presbyterian Church, 770 Chemeketa Street, N.E., in Salem. Egg hunts (times for specific age groups available at, pancake feeds, bounce houses and carnival games are all planned at this free event beginning at 10 a.m. Free. A classic service is planned for 9 a.m. Sunday, March 26. A contemporary service will begin at 11 a.m.

• Egg hunt at Belcrest Memorial Park, 1295 Browning Avenue, in Salem. 10 a.m. For children 10 and under. The Easter Bunny and Volcanoes’ mascot Crater will be in attendance.

• Church on the Hill Keizer will offer services Sunday, March 26, at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. 2105 Keizer Road N.E.

• Easter at Lancaster Mall Saturday, March 26. Families with children ages 2 to 10 are invited to celebrate Easter at the mall with games, prizes, entertainment on the main stage and a special Easter candy hunt in balloons. Hosted by Connection Life Church. Hop on over and visit the Easter Bunny in his springtime garden near Sears. Visits with the Easter Bunny between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. are always free and professional photo packages begin at $15.  Each child who visits will receive a souvenir.  No personal cameras.

• Woodburn Aquatic Center Underwater Easter Egg Hunt, noon Saturday, March 26. Eggs float and some will sink. Children will be grouped together by age and have their own special time to hunt. Please bring a waterproof basket or egg holder to store eggs. Admission $6 per youth participant. 190 Oak St., Woodburn.

• Easter Brunch at the Oregon Garden Resort Sunday, March 27. Adult cost is $28.95, kids 12 and younger 12.95. 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 895 W Main Street, Silverton.

Celtics invade social media

KEIZERTIMES/Andrew Jackson
KEIZERTIMES/Andrew Jackson

Of the Keizertimes

A group of McNary High School students has taken on a monumental task this semester: making high school cool in the digital realm.

Students in a new digital marketing class have spent the past month creating content for the Celtic presence on Twitter and Facebook through videos, photos and infographics, all of it paving the way for a new website that will soon replace the existing one.

“We are trying to get as many people as we can to go online and like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter, but to do that we have to make it as cool as we can,” said Maddysen Vandewalker.

Feeding the social network beast and trying to reach all 2,000 students is no small task, and it’s paving the way for surprising lessons for the students involved.

“It’s really fast-paced,” said student Andronick Martusheff. “When we are putting up the news we try to get the most important stuff out there as fast as possible to get people interested.”

Vandewalker has discovered just how much editing of film and video she can do on her phone.

It’s also provided insight into how social networks function well in terms of grabbing attention.

“I think a lot more about what I put online, especially on Twitter and Instagram,” said Chloee Calhoun. “I’m more careful about what I put there, but I also try to make it more simple and easy to understand.”

Students are given three options when it comes to creating content: they can make a video, create an infographic, or write-up a brief story to accompany a picture.

“I like doing the infographics,” Martusheff said. “I started playing around with Photoshop a while ago and liked being able to create my own thing off a blank slate.”

He’s currently developing a new opening sequence for the Celtic News Network, and he’s collaborating with music producer Giancarlo Marcelo.

Marcelo got his start taking a recording arts class at McNary that taught him how to use computer software to make beats, he’s now putting that knowledge to use for the school.

“I like hip hop and jazz, but not every instrumental is going to sound that way. I’ve had to learn to produce other types of beats, like doing a news opening,” Marcelo said.

One of Marcelo’s tasks is helping to create a library of music that future producers can draw from whenever it’s needed, without having to worry about copyright infringements.

While the goal is to draw in a larger audience, Vandewalker said even she has grown more appreciative of what she and her classmates are doing.

“Most of the time I go home knowing I have to make a payment or something for a class and then I forget, but I look through the @CelticTerritory Twitter and the reminder is right there. I’m grateful to have it,” Vandewalker said.

To keep up on all the latest happenings, visit, “like” Celtic Territory on Facebook, subscribe to Celtic Territory on YouTube, or follow @celticterritory on Twitter and Celtic_Territory on Instagram.

McNary relay team hits world stage in PDX

Of the Keizertimes

The track and field season is barely underway, but the McNary High School boys 4×400 relay started things off in a big way.

The team – comprised of seniors Anthony Nguyen and Austin Brown, junior Brendan Van Voorhis and sophomore Levi Timmons – took part in an exhibition race at the International Association of Athletics Federations’  World Indoor Championships held in Portland March 17-20.

“It’s a pretty cool experience just to be on the track with those great runners,” said Van Voorhis. “A big stage like this one is going to be pretty comparable to state.”

The Celtic team was picked for the honor by a special selection committee based on performances from the 2015 outdoor season and 2016 indoor season. They were also slotted in the finale race, the boys invitational, that featured teams from Washington, Idaho and Oregon.

The McNary 4x400 relay team, Austin Brown, Brendan Van Voorhis, Anthony Nguyen and Levi Timmons, was invited to take part in an exhibition race at the IAAF Indoor World Championships Sunday, March 20. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)
The McNary 4×400 relay team, Austin Brown, Brendan Van Voorhis, Anthony Nguyen and Levi Timmons, was invited to take part in an exhibition race at the IAAF Indoor World Championships Sunday, March 20. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

“It’s good exposure for us and our school. It’s a way to get our names and the name of our school out there,” said Nguyen. “It also gives us a big edge to have that high-level competition this early in the season.”

The Celtics lost their anchor, Kyle Torres, to graduation last June, but Nguyen is returning after a standout sophomore season that saw him finish second in the Greater Valley Conference meet 100 meter in 2014. Van Voorhis has served time on both the 4×100 and 4×400 team, Brown is a veteran of the 4×100 and Timmons is an up-and-comer from the junior varsity team after a strong freshman season.

“It’s cool because watching them run last year was inspiring,” Timmons said. “My goal is just to keep up with them this year and improve individually as well.”

In a pool of mostly individualized competitions the relays stand out for the team effort required.

“It’ s different from other events because you have other people relying on you, but that pressure pushes us to get better and make sure that we’re doing what we need to be doing,” Brown said.

The Celtics finished fourth in the race with a time of 3:34.

Kelley Borresen, the Celts’ relay coach, said the invitation to the World Indoor Championships was a credit to the way the program has bred success over time in both boys and girls relays.

“Each year, everyone on those teams has been willing to add to their training. By this time in the year, they’re lifting weights every morning and spent time running in the off-season. They have become a group of leaders for the program as a whole, and they do a great job of including the younger kids in the training and lifting them up,” Borresen said. “Being selected for the race is a nice way to recognize the effort and level that our athletes have trained at.”

While it’s a bit early to be talking about the season yet to unfold, Borresen has high hopes.

“With the work they’ve put in, they are in a good position to compete at a high level,” she said.

Suspects identified in Goodpaster shooting

Bernard Calloway, Diontay Edward Wilson
Timothy Bernard Calloway and Diontay Edward Wilson

Of the Keizertimes

Some surprising information came out recently regarding the Jerrid Goodpaster homicide at Keizer Station.

Among those surprised? His father, Eric Goodpaster.

Jerrid, 28, was fatally shot in a Keizer Station parking lot near Starbucks on Valentine’s Day evening. No arrests have been made yet, but detectives with the Keizer Police Department did talk to two persons of interest in Eugene two days after the homicide.

Those two were identified recently by The Register-Guard newspaper in Eugene, which got the names and other information from a court document that has since been sealed.

The paper named the two suspects as Salem’s Timothy Bernard Calloway, 24, and Portland’s Diontay Edward Wilson, 26. Calloway and Wilson were arrested in relation to other crimes but were both interviewed in regards to the Goodpaster shooting.

“Calloway and Wilson are serving time for unrelated crimes at this time,” KPD deputy chief Jeff Kuhns said on Tuesday. “Nobody, including either of them, has been arrested for or charged with any crimes in relation to the Goodpaster homicide investigation. Our investigation is ongoing to this day.”

From the start, KPD officials have stressed Goodpaster knew the suspects involved with the shooting and thus the public wasn’t in danger.

“I have stated many times publicly that we believe we have identified everyone who was present when the homicide occurred,” Kuhns said.

Eric Goodpaster said the lack of information the family has gotten from police is frustrating.

“We have gotten very little information from them,” Eric told the Keizertimes. “Most of what we know came from The Register-Guard. I think there’s a lot (the KPD) are not telling us. But until they charge those two, we don’t have a whole lot to go on.”

The shooting took place shortly after 6:30 p.m. Feb. 14 in a parking lot near Starbucks.

Jerrid graduated from McNary High School in 2006 and married Angela later that year. Eric said the two had met the summer before, when Jerrid was working a construction job in Tillamook.

According to The Register-Guard, a search warrant affidavit showed Jerrid had set up a time to meet the suspects at Keizer Station. Witnesses told KPD detectives they saw two men arguing before one got into a dark sedan and took off, while the other lay on the ground. The death was believed to stem from a marijuana deal gone bad. Jerrid died at Salem Hospital due to injuries from a single gunshot to the abdomen, according to documents.

The newspaper further noted the affidavit stated a medical marijuana card and cell phone were found in Jerrid’s pocket, with the phone having a conversation about the victim selling the suspect an ounce of marijuana for $120.

Eric said his son’s medical marijuana use goes back to when he blew out his knee playing football at MHS. That derailed hopes of playing football at the college level.

“I knew he had the card,” Eric said of his son. “I knew he was smoking pot and had the plants. We talked about it several times. They had talked about having children, but that’s a no go with the plants. He’d had knee problems since high school and said the marijuana helped.”

However, Eric strongly disagrees with the idea his son was selling drugs.

The newspaper stated court documents showed detectives traced the phone number Jerrid sent messages to as belonging to Wilson. A family member told detectives Wilson and Calloway came to her home the night of the shooting and described a drug deal gone bad in Keizer.

On Feb. 16, Keizer and Eugene police officers teamed up to arrest Calloway and Wilson in Eugene.

According to the newspaper story, the man driving Wilson that night told cops he knew Wilson and Calloway were in trouble and had “probably hurt somebody” and said the two washed their clothing at his home before planning to leave for Los Angeles.

Eric said Jerrid had quit construction and started work at a catering company.

“He really enjoyed that,” Eric said. “He and Angela were in the mindset that they wanted to have a house and be set in their careers before having a family. They had the house. They had started to talk about having kids again.”

Eric, who talked on the phone with his son shortly before the shooting, still wants more information from police about that night.

“I understand they’re wanting to be rock solid, but I think they have information that doesn’t have a bearing on the legality of the case,” the father said. “There is information they could share.”

With no arrests or charges, Eric said the frustration builds.

“I hope something happens soon,” he said. “It’s be nice to at least have some closure. But really, there’s never going to be closure.”

It’ll be a lemony day

Imagine a Sunday in the very near future. Now imagine being able to sample lemonade at stands throughout Keizer and Salem on that day. Lemonade that is the product of the creative imagination of kids throughout the region.

That Sunday, May 1, is Lemonade Day, a national project that teaches kids how to be little businesspeople. The first Lemonade Day in our area was in 2014. Now under the guidance of the Salem-Keizer Education Foundation and the support of dozens of sponsors, kids of elementary- and middle-school age will be able to make some money for themselves.

Orignated in Texas, Lemonade Day was devised to give kids an idea of how a business is created including planning, following through and enjoying the profits.

Lemonade Day in Keizer and Salem will be as creative and diverse as the kids who register a stand. In recent years some Lemonaders have joined with siblings or friends to create a lemonade recipe (often with the help of parents), building a stand and most importantly, deciding where to locate their stand. Some have erected their stands in front of their houses; others have received permission to put their stands at busy retail locations.

Lemonade Day is a fun activity including parents. Either individually or with a team, each little company gets to devise a name for their stand, test different recipes to come up with the ulitmate lemonade. By asking for donations from grandparents, parents or neighbors, each team is able to purchase the ingredients for the lemonade and the stand.

Besides learning how to build their own business from the ground up, Lemonaders learn how to manage money. Each registered stand agrees to split their money in three piles: one third for their education, one third to donate to a charity of their choice and, best of all, one third to use as mad money.

Getting involved with Lemonade Day should be seen by parents and kids as a worthwhile and fun project. Parents can be the ultimate mentors to their budding businesspeople, steering them in the different aspects from seeking money needed to create the best lemonade stand and the most delicious lemonade available.

On May 1 there will be stands throughout the entire region. Some stands will serve lemonade with fruit additions and baked goods as an upsale, some stands will be gathered with other stands in a pod-formation to attract the greatest number of customers.

Lemonade Day is a fun project in which the kids learn something: teamwork, salesmanship, design and more. With the helping hand of a parent, guardian or family member, our kids will be out in force that day, proudly serving their hearts out. It won’t matter if their stand is in The Meadows or Gubser neighborhoods or in front of a busy storefront. With guidance they’ll have fun, help others and add to their education fund.

Registration is open now at