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Day: March 25, 2016

Celtics invade social media

KEIZERTIMES/Andrew Jackson
KEIZERTIMES/Andrew Jackson

By ERIC A. HOWALD
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 celticterritory.com, “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

By ERIC A. HOWALD
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

By CRAIG MURPHY
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 salemkeizer.lemonadeday.org.

  —LAZ

Can voters really trust Donald Trump?

To the Editor:

Let’s admit it: Donald Trump has an uncanny skill for branding and marketing. How else do you explain the personality cult that has grown significantly around his campaign, except by looking at his expertise as the CEO of a notable company? He is, as are his supporters, under the impression that his success in various business ventures is proof of how he’s a winner who makes great decisions with minimal downside, yet anyone with an objective eye can see that he’s just as capable of mistakes as the rest of the imperfect human race.

Granting that not all bankruptcies are the same, it is difficult to ignore the fact that Mr. Trump has, as a business executive, declared bankruptcy multiple times over the years. One on its own is easy enough to explain away, but after two a person has to wonder if perhaps the executive(s) running the company might be more foolish than they would have us believe. Trump says “our leaders are stupid,” but his own record as a businessman—his main selling point—should raise a few questions about whether he wouldn’t be yet another political buffoon whose rhetoric proves to be, in the end, nothing more than clever campaign Kool-Aid.

A final note on his finances: Self-funding seems great, but to suggest it’s indicative of his sincerity is to ignore the common theme of his life and career—his base instinct is self-protection and interest. Sometimes those are good things, yet, as fickle in his character and beliefs as Trump has been, they make it difficult to truly discern between sensibility and expediency.  For my fellow Republicans, it’s entirely possible his conversion is true and full; I’m only saying that those who support him shouldn’t be surprised if “The Art of the Deal” came back to bite America in the end.

David Cheney
Keizer

Empty promises of Trump and Sanders

By MICHAEL GERSON

In a time of brushfire populism, the problem is not the populace, it is the populists who seek to lead it. The two candidates who call themselves revolutionaries—Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump—are, in fact, backward looking, intellectually timid and unresponsive to the real needs of the working and middle classes.

This judgment emerges from some basic economics (bear with me). The last several decades have seen both dramatic increases in productivity and the fading of the traditional, American, middle-class dream. The globalization of labor markets (creating competition with skilled workers abroad) and new technology and automation (hollowing out whole categories of labor at home) have placed downward pressure on wages and put a relentless emphasis on acquiring new skills.

If the global economy were your boss, he or she would be demanding harder work for less money while making you go to school at night. Unfortunately, this creep is actually most people’s boss, ultimately.

The populists are right that important institutions have been woefully unresponsive to these changes. A recent Casey Foundation report found that 82 percent of African-American and 79 percent of Latino fourth-graders are reading below proficient levels. How are they being prepared for the new economy? Nearly 10.2 million young people in America are not in school or in the workplace. How did they fall between the sidewalk cracks of American life? Colleges and universities in America graduate only about half the students who enter, leaving many in debt and without a diploma to show for it.

What is Sanders’ liberal populist answer to these challenges? He wants to increase Social Security benefits for everyone, including the wealthy; he wants free college education for everyone, without a serious emphasis on quality; he wants to break up the big banks; and he wants a single-payer health care system.

“What kind of guts does it show to promise people free things?” asks Jonathan Cowan, President of Third Way, a moderate Democratic think tank. The centerpiece ideas of the Sanders campaign could have been proposed by Hubert Humphrey in the 1960s. Sanders would massively expand the commitments of 20th-century liberalism, defiantly un-updated for 21st-century challenges. His campaign is progressive nostalgia in concentrated form.

Trump, the other self-described revolutionary in the race, is running a campaign entirely based on nostalgia. He proposes  to return America to greatness by personally reversing globalization. “I’ll bring back our jobs from China, from Mexico, from Japan, from so many places,” he says.

But how? There is no real policy beneath the pledge. It is entirely magical thinking. The parts of Trump’s economic plan that can be weighed and measured—the productivity loss from expelling millions of workers and the global recession that might result from blowing up the global trading order with tariffs—are frightening. Where Trump is not vacuous, he is dangerous.

Working-class people and their challenges should transform the Republican Party. But Trump’s welcome to these voters includes deception, exploitation and crackpot policies that make their eventual disappointment and alienation assured.

“The populists,” says Cowan, “are not the revolutionaries”—assuming (for the sake of this argument) that revolution involves an ambitious, modern vision of economic adaptation. And who might the real revolutionaries be? Proposals by Third Way to improve the quality of higher education and encourage savings and capital accumulation for lower income people are practical and promising. Reform conservative plans to increase the rewards for work and encourage social mobility fall into this same category.

Centrist Democrats and reform conservatives disagree on many things. But their arguments draw the outlines of an actual 21st-century politics, which puts the best instincts of the left and right to work on real contemporary problems, rather than promising empty revolutions that look mainly to the past.

And what politicians in our system might carry on an adult conversation about the goal of ensuring that all Americans are prepared for the new economy? The answer, surprising myself even as I write it, would probably be President Hillary Clinton working with House Speaker Paul Ryan and an emerging Republican anti-poverty caucus (think Sens. Tim Scott of South Carolina and Mike Lee of Utah) in the Senate.

There are many other reasons to oppose Clinton for president (or, if you are a Democrat, to want Ryan deposed and the Senate retaken). But if the goal is addressing working-class struggles, the real revolution might come from a divided government.

(Washington Post Writers Group)

Time to stop clock-changing madness

A couple of weeks have passed since we were put upon again by this mindless moving of our clocks ahead in spring and back in the fall. Everyone who survived can forget about it for awhile. Rather than resign to daylight saving time, I argue, the best response to this matter is to ask: Why do we continue this truly unnecessary interruption among so many other interruptions that we must put up with in modern times, when most of us would prefer our lives to be more simplified?

My effort? A request of Senator Kim Thatcher that she ask for a bill to end the abomination of daylight saving time in the legislature’s hopper two sessions past. It got a hearing, although, the only legislator who showed up for it was Thatcher, the room for it otherwise serving to represent zero interest in something that every Oregonian with whom I’ve discussed the subject has wished this imposition would be sent to the dustbin of history.  Before the recent session, I asked the new guy, Representative Bill Post, if he’d help me during the short session.  But this matter, he reported, was not among his priorities. Silly me, I thought representatives represent.

Is this just another good news, bad news story? Daylight saving time adds an hour of light when the days get longer, as though people in huge numbers become agriculturalists in the mid-March downpours and, no matter the soggy soil and muddy climes, head outside with trowel in hand to make certain that an added hour of daylight is used to plant flowers and, even possibly, put a crop in the ground. To others, who must put up with this silliness and lack of consideration, they lose an hour’s sleep that impacts their ability to function in wakefulness mode for about two weeks after the onset of new time. Actually, based on what medical science knows about the circadian rhythm, that set of internal body controls that can keep us healthy or not, this factor can cause sickness and even death when thrown out of whack.  We are advised not to take the circadian rhythm consideration lightly while  this threat-to-all could be lessened if we got rid of daylight saving time. If every Oregonian became knowledgeable about the importance of life balance as related to the workings of the circadian rhythm, it’s surmised that there would be a groundswell of support for keeping Pacific Standard Time year-round but too many ignore it to their demise.

Other states have gotten in touch with enlightenment, those include Hawaii, most of Arizona, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands.  Meanwhile, California has a bill (not unlike the one that I tried here with help from Thatcher in 2015) that would ask voters to abolish the practice of changing clocks twice a year.  Legislators in Alaska and nearly a dozen other states are debating similar measures.  Then, too, those patriots in New England want to secede from the Eastern time zone, adding themselves to Nova Scotia and Puerto Rico in the Atlantic time zone as New England sticks out into the Atlantic Ocean farther east than anywhere else, forcing it to 3:45 p.m. sunsets in places in Maine’s December, causing them to experience a borderline to the Arctic Circle.

There’s been report after report that, due to the time changes, traffic accident increase as do heart attacks and strokes when we change time.  Further, the argument that electricity is saved has not proven true under the scrutiny of study and analysis.    Perhaps, as with other matters, the only way change can occur with something like this is if a legislator has a personal or family disaster over the time change and then becomes a zealot for no time adjustments. Otherwise, those folks like to argue with each other into infinity most of which results in more impositions that severely test one’s soul and sanity while nothing to satisfy the average beleaguered person, much comes of this futility.

In keeping up with the times and what Americans want, a Hello Inc. survey conducted on 1,018 citizens between Feb. 23 and 29, and reported on March 14, found that 59 percent of Americans consider daylight saving time a waste of time.  Another third have decided that daylight saving time is “outdated.”  “Hello!” Is anyone besides Thatcher awake and willing to be responsive in that wedding cake-shaped building in Salem?

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

L. John Van Lydegraf

L. Lydegraf
L. Lydegraf

L. John Van Lydegraf, 92, died March 15 at Lancaster Village in Salem.

He leaves his wife of 72 years, Ina; his son Dale; two daughters (Donna and Janelle); seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren and a true, close friend Shirley DiShon-Richardson.

John served honorably with the army during World War II in both Europe and the South Pacific. Upon his return, he owned and operated several gas stations for 20 years. He also owned D & V Hardware in Keizer and later South 12th Street for 12 years. He then commercial fished for two  years, after which he became a home fuel delivery truck driver for Capital City Transfer.

After retiring in 1985, John and Ina became snowbirds, traveling to Arizona each year for nearly 30 years.

John had many activities he was passionate about (hunting, fishing and camping) and had a number of pastimes he enjoyed.

Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, March 19 at Calvary Lutheran Church, 198 Fern Ridge Road in Stayton at 3 p.m. A social gathering will be immediately following. Arrangements entrusted to Weddle Funeral Services.