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Month: April 2016

Young grappler has star potential

By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes

At age 11, wrestler Destiny Rodriguez is racking up awards and trophies that would make a senior high school wrestler green with envy.

In recent months, Destiny has won state championships in the collegiate, freestyle and Greco wrestling – also known as the Oregon Wrestling Association Triple Crown. She also traveled to the Reno World Championships earlier this month where she won her weight class in the girls division and took second in the boys division.

“Reno is different because there are a lot more elite wrestlers. It’s not too different wrestling boys or girls because you have to wrestle hard with everybody,” Destiny said.

She has been wrestling since she was five years old and was inspired by relatives.

“My dad (Isrrael Rodriguez) wrestled and I knew I wanted to do it after seeing my cousin wrestle,” Destiny said.

While she started with McNary’s Mat Club, she’s since moved on to club wrestling with All-Phase and success hasn’t eluded her. This year marks the second time she’s won the Triple Crown.

She prepares for matches by listening to music and thinking about her strategy. Survivor’s Eye of the Tiger and Alicia Keys’ Girl on Fire are two of her favorite pre-match tracks.

Keizer Elementary School fifth grader and wrestler Destiny Rodriguez with some of the recent trophies and medals she's won. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)
Keizer Elementary School fifth grader and wrestler Destiny Rodriguez with some of the recent trophies and medals she’s won. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

In many ways, Destiny’s career is just beginning, but her mom, Veronica, said she’s already seen positive effects.

“She used to be really shy about wrestling. It wasn’t the first thing to come out of her mouth when people asked her if she played sports,” Veronica said. “As time has passed, she’s gotten better and her self-esteem has gone up. Her sense of responsibility and self-control has also gone up. It’s taught her a lot.”

Aside from the acclaim (and numerous trophies, plaques and medals), Destiny said she likes traveling to compete.

“We got to go to Colorado and I met Adeline Gray, she’s a world champion,” she said.

If things go well, Destiny has her sights set on achieving the same level of success.

Portraits for Keizer’s next public mural selling well

Jill Hagen points out some features of the upcoming mural to fellow Keizer Public Arts Commission members April 26. (KEIZERTIMES/Craig Murphy)
Jill Hagen points out some features of the upcoming mural to fellow Keizer Public Arts Commission members April 26. (KEIZERTIMES/Craig Murphy)

By CRAIG MURPHY
Of the Keizertimes

Portraits for Keizer’s next public mural have proven to be popular.

As for getting people to paint those portraits? That’s a different story.

Jill Hagen, mural project manager, gave an update during the April 26 Keizer Public Arts Commission (KPAC) meeting.

Before the meeting, Hagen laid out a one-fourth scale paper replica of the mural, which depicts various scenes from the Keizer Iris Festival Parade. The replica showed where the various images will be lined up when the mural gets put on the north wall of Town & Country Lanes this summer.

KPAC members liked what they saw.

“This is spectacular,” Lore Christopher said.

Hagen began accepting requests to purchase portraits to be put on the mural at the start of April, at $200 each.

At last month’s KPAC meeting, it was decided 10 spaces would be sold at that price.

“We have sold 10 photos so far for $200 each,” Hagen said at Tuesday’s meeting. “Plus we have three people on the waiting list. Everyone has gotten receipts for the 10.”

As for the three people on the waiting list, Hagen suggested offering the faces being put in the crowd of spectators – which would be smaller – for $100 each.

“It would be just three to take care of the waiting list, then we’d keep the raffle the way it is,” Hagen said.

Christopher and Rick Day didn’t like that idea.

“They had their spot in line at that price ($200),” Day said.

As previously discussed, four face portraits are being raffled off in drawings. In addition, there will be portraits of Keizer’s six mayors to date and one of longtime Town & Country owner Don Lebold.

Hagen liked the idea of keeping the four raffle winners and agreed with keeping the $200 price for the three still on the waiting list.

It was decided the three on the waiting list will be in with the spectators, while the six mayors will have the choice of either being mixed in with the spectators or as separate portraits.

KPAC chair Beth Melendy said people can enter the raffle drawings until May 31. The drawing will take place on Thursday, June 2 at 5:30 p.m. at the Keizertimes office at 142 Chemawa Road NE.

The next issue for Hagen is finding artists to do the actual painting of the portraits. A call to artists was sent out but the response proved the opposite of the portrait sales.

“No one entered a portfolio,” she said. “We need to expand our search.”

Hagen said she’ll reach out to artists in other communities as well as colleges in the area. Jessi Long suggested soliciting interested high school students through Salem-Keizer Education Foundation executive director Krina Lee, as SKEF organized the successful student art show on display through the end of May at Keizer Civic Center.

Christopher said artists will be paid $40 per face painted and can do up to five faces.

Hagen would like to start painting the street and sky background for the mural on the week of May 23 to 27, using grey for the street and blue for the sky.

“I’m looking at two to three days to do this,” she said.

After the background is done, Hagen said gridding will be done for the rest of the mural in the first week of June, with the main part of the mural being done after that. No project end date was announced.

Celts rebound after tough losses

Celt Matt Aguilar heads to first as he turns the 12th pitch of his first at-bat against Sprague High School into a double. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)
Celt Matt Aguilar heads to first as he turns the 12th pitch of his first at-bat against Sprague High School into a double. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes

McNary High School’s varsity baseball team had a rough start to its week April 19, enduring a 7-5 loss to South Salem High School in the seventh inning. Fortunately, it did get better.

“We had a good start and ended on a bad note against South, but we really bounced back and showed what we are made of deep inside by the end of the week,” said Celt Josiah Gilbert.

In the South game, McNary’s Collin Young hit a three-RBI triple in the first inning. Young crossed the plate on a hit by Trent Van Cleave that ended with the latter being thrown out at first. The Celts held on to that 4-0 lead, with Gilbert on the mound, for the next five innings.

In the top of the seventh, the wheels came off on the Keizer team. The Saxons took advantage of walks, errors and a struck batter to run up a 7-4 lead. McNary’s Matthew Ismay finally took over on the mound and allowed the team to make its last stand at the dish.

Ismay scored the final run of the game on an error by South, but that was all the Celts could muster for the 7-5 final.

“We felt like we took a punch to the gut. It was hard to swallow, but we didn’t make the plays we needed to end that game,” said Larry Keeker, McNary head coach.

Keeker said the team had a better game the next day, April 20, as McNary traveled to meet McMinnville High School. The contest resulted in another loss, 4-2, but McNary handled the Grizzlies’ pressure better.

One McMinnville run in the first and two more in the fourth gave the team a 3-0 head start. McNary notched a run in the top of the sixth when Matt Aguilar scored on a hit by Young, but McMinnville answered with one of its own in the bottom of the frame. McNary scored again in the top of the seventh when Joshua Benson scored on a double by Brendan Frizelle, but the next batter flied out to end the game.

“We had a couple of situations when we were a couple of plays away from getting a victory in that game, but they just didn’t pan out,” Keeker said.

Ismay had the best day at the plate going 2-for-3. Starting pitcher Evan Alger lasted four innings with three earned runs and three strikeouts.

On Friday, April 22, McNary hosted the Sprague High School Olympians and two sophomore pitchers, Collin Wentworth and Carl Rumbaugh, kept the Celts in the game on the mound long enough to pull out a 4-3 win.

“It was a big game for both of them especially with all the emotions they had to be going through,” said Gilbert. “They did a great job and we backed them up with only one error on defense.”

Aguilar got things started for McNary in the first inning with a double on the 12th pitch of Celt’s first at-bat. Aguilar scored on a single by Ismay for a 1-0 lead.

The Olys had a 2-1 lead by the time McNary went on offense in the fourth inning. In that frame, Van Cleave scored on a ground out by Tanner Walker and Gilbert scored on a single by Aguilar for a 3-2 McNary lead.

Sprague knotted the game 3-3 in the top of the seventh, but Gordon scored on a walk-off double by Frizelle in the bottom of the seventh to take the win.

“At the end of the week, I was proud of the kids for battling back and coming back to get the win over Sprague. They didn’t let the losses dictate how they prepared or how they were going to compete,” Keeker said.

Wentworth pitched two-and-a-third innings with two earned runs, two walks and two strikeouts. Rumbaugh closed it out with one earned run, one walk and four strikeouts.

McNary had another three-game week on tap and Gilbert said the Celtics were focusing on consistency.

“We’ve been very inconsistent so far this year and right now we’re trying to work on getting more hits and hitting the ball on the ground more because we’re getting a lot of fly balls that go right to a fielder,” he said. “We want to get a lot of hits to start each game so we start ahead and then keep piling them on. We want to be able to ride the momentum of the win over Sprague into this week.”


Baseball camp April 30

The McNary High School baseball program is hosting a Future Celtics Camp Saturday, April 30, for students in fourth through eighth grade.

The cost of the camp is $25 and registration can be completed on-site at the Celtic baseball field. Check-in starts at noon and the camp runs from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Campers should bring a glove and bat, if they have one, and wear a long sleeve shirt, sweats or baseball pants, a baseball hat and cleats. In the case of inclement weather, the camp will be held in the McNary gym and tennis shoes will be required.

From woo to woe to WOW

Serena Dufour, as Lady Capulet, tries to quiet her husband, Cameron Engle as he fights with Tybalt, Dorothy Woolford. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)
Serena Dufour, as Lady Capulet, tries to quiet her husband, Cameron Engle as he fights with Tybalt, Dorothy Woolford. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes

There are certain things one expects when going to see yet another production of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Among them are: misunderstandings, teenage affairs of the heart and mind, and of course, a healthy dose of tragedy.

With McNary’s High School’s latest production of the play, the director, cast and crew are setting out to defy a lot of those expectations. The play opened Thursday, April 28, and continues its run with performances April 29, 30 and May 5-7. Curtain time is 7 p.m. for all shows. Tickets are $5 and are available at the door or online at mcnarytheatre.weebly.com.

“In a lot of productions, most of the conflict can be attributed to miscommunication,” said Dallas Myers, McNary drama director. “With our version I melded a script from a friend of mine, Scott Palmer, with the original text and did some heavy editing and cutting. The result is that there are some much more intentional decisions by the characters.”

In addition to script changes, the play is set against the backdrop of 1940’s Hollywood, and the two warring families, the Capulets and Montagues, are heavily involved in film production. McNary student Katherine Gray supplied the vision for most of the scenery that comprises the set. The play’s soundtrack is provided Postmodern Jukebox, a music group that takes modern era pop songs and rearranges them as period pieces ranging from New Orleans jazz to torch songs – think Taylor Swift’s Blank Space as sung by Fiona Apple. Several of the Postmodern Jukebox’s videos will be projected above the stage during scene changes and during some pivotal scenes.

Changes in the script and setting have echoed even in the smallest aspects of the play, said Dorothy Woolford, who plays a genderswapped Tybalt, a cousin of Juliet.

“Because of the updated time period, we aren’t using swords, we’re using knives and switchblades. The combat is much closer quarters and there’s not as much room for interpretation in the fight scenes, when someone dies it’s the result of intent,” Woolford said.

The same can be said of the actions of certain characters, added McKinley Friesen, who plays Benvolia, a genderswapped version of Benvolio and cousin to Romeo.

“By the end of the play, my character is very angry and broken and things she does are the reason why Romeo and Juliet take the actions they take,” Friesen said.

While some of the additions add a more serious tone to parts of the play, others are much more freespirited.

Senior Fatima Falcon Ontiveros is playing Juliet’s nurse and she’s been encouraged to bring her own cultural background to the character.

“Because it’s set in Los Angeles, we thought it would make sense for the nurse’s character to be Latino and even use Spanish for some lines in the play,” Falcon Ontiveros said.

The play’s leads Ryver Nakayoshi, as Romeo, and Skyla Cawthon, as Juliet, are also attempting to make their characters memorable in ways that audiences won’t be expecting.

Nakayoshi is playing his Romeo as if he were a budding star in the Hollywood scene, but he set out to avoid cliché from the moment he found out he was cast.

“One of the first things I noticed was how overly dramatic Romeo has been played by other people and I didn’t want to annoy people. I’ve been playing a lot more with his wit because he’s a very smart character,” Nakayoshi said. “He’s also new money in the Hollywood scene and aware of it. He’s going to have certain ways he acts around some people and not others.”

Given that most people in the audience have read or seen a previous production of the Bard’s tale and know precisely how it will end, Myers encouraged Nakayoshi and Cawthon to focus on the moments leading up to the finale and not dwell on the ending.

Cawthon has made efforts to play up Juliet’s strength rather than her whimsy and it’s opened her own eyes to all the play encompasses.

“It’s made me more aware of how much fun the play can be. There’s so much that is expected when people go to see Romeo and Juliet and this isn’t that. It’s still very emotional in parts, but there’s a lot more variety to the emotions,” Cawthon said.

NOW ARRIVING: Holiday Inn Express at Keizer Station

By CRAIG MURPHY
Of the Keizertimes

Perhaps you’ve heard this one before: a hotel is coming to Keizer Station.

Yes, such talk is running rampant again.

This time, however, there are some differences.

Jack Yarbrough confirmed this week he recently sold his vacant hotel lot at Keizer Station – between Panera Bread and Outback Steakhouse – to an experienced hotel operator, Cheo Tzeo.

Tzeo and his family worked with Yarbrough and realtor Pam Rushing from Coldwell Banker Commercial Mountain West Real Estate to purchase the property.

Though county records as of Monday still showed the most recent transaction being Yarbrough’s purchase of the property for $1,361,605 in March 2014, Rushing said a sale to Tzeo went through last week for $1.25 million.

“I sold the property,” Yarbrough said. “They’re pretty experienced operators. They are decent people. He’s experienced. I think he’ll be able to build a nice hotel. I got paid off last week.”

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Rushing said Tzeo, a Vietnamese refuge who came to the United States in the 1970s, first contacted her in January about the property.

“I’m excited for Keizer Station,” Rushing told the Keizertimes. “He is going to put in a Holiday Inn Express. He’s getting it all approved. He has everything lined up. He’s an existing franchisee. He’s going to put one in here. It’s pretty exciting. He’s been working with the city. He’s really super nice.”

Tzeo said he has sold the Holiday Inn Express he used to operate in Canyonville and is focused on his upcoming Keizer project.

“I plan to build a hotel, a Holiday Inn Express,” he told the Keizertimes on Monday. “It is an excellent location. I’ve been looking for a location along I-5. This is the location I’m interested in.”

The hotel pad in Keizer Station, shown to be on a map as 42,000 square feet, has been mentioned several times in the last few years as getting a hotel.

However, none of the previous plans have gotten to this point.

“The property has changed hands,” said Nate Brown, director of Community Development for Keizer. “I do feel optimistic. We’re talking big dollars here. No one is going to sink that money in without a definite plan. We have worked out most of the details with the architect. I’m very optimistic. It’s not a permit by any means, but it’s certainly significant.”

Tzeo, who acknowledged he was surprised the space was empty, gave a timeline for his hotel, which will most likely be a four level structure with 80 rooms.

“Currently I’m waiting for the design department to finish the drawing,” he said. “I would like to start it in June. It will be nine or 10 months for construction.”

The space almost wasn’t empty for Tzeo, according to Yarbrough.

“He’s going to build a hotel and operate it himself,” Yarbrough said. “He knew some of the same people I did. He had already done his due diligence. We were going to go with Marriott. My thought is he’s going to start pretty quickly, to take advantage of the spring and summer. He doesn’t seem like a guy that is going to slow down.

“The sale came out of the blue,” he added. “I was getting ready to build it myself, but I have a landfill project in Idaho. I decided not to split my time. I had a realtor (Rushing) get ahold of me. I was preparing to build it myself. I was just getting started, but I couldn’t do both adequately. I would have liked to own it and build it.”

As Rushing talked with Yarbrough, she became worried that would indeed happen.

“Cheo contacted us and was looking for hotel sites,” she said. “Jack was almost going to do it himself. But Cheo was on the ball. He’s a really interesting guy. They have bought and worked on apartments and hotels. Now they have enough so they can do something like this. They are the nicest people you’d want to meet. I showed the property to him. He really liked the site and so did Holiday Inn Express. It moved pretty quickly.”

Yarbrough was impressed by the job Rushing did, as well as the Tzeo family.

“Pam Rushing did a very nice job,” he said. “She came over, we did a few negotiations and I decided to sell it. I also met Cheo and his wife and their two children. I thought they were honorable people. You could tell they were hard workers.”

Richard E. Brown

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Richard E. Brown, 85, passed away on April 3.

Richard was born on Nov. 27, 1930 in Culver City, Calif. His family moved to Oregon and he graduated from Molalla High School in 1950. After school, Richard joined the United States Air Force. He retired from the USAF as a staff sergeant in 1971.

Richard met his wife, Marlene, on the dance floor at Fairchild Air Force Base in Washington. The two married in 1958. The couple had sons born in 1960, 1961, 1963 and 1964. A daughter, Theresa Ann, was stillborn. The couple has six grandchildren.

After retiring from the military, Richard delivered civil process and worked for Marion County.

Richard passed away at French Prairie Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Woodburn. A service was held at St. Edward Catholic Church in Keizer. Richard is buried at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.

Richard is survived by wife Marlene, sister Jean Kruger (John) and sons William, Rick Jr. and Rodger, as well as the grandchildren. He was preceded in death by son Eric.

The Trump pivot

By MICHAEL GERSON

WASHINGTON – Word on the street is that Donald Trump wants to hire a serious campaign team and give some serious policy speeches – 10 months after his presidential announcement and just as he has nearly secured the Republican nomination.

A consistent plurality of GOP primary voters has found such establishment credentials – a campaign with actual content – to be unnecessary. Trump’s disdain for outsiders and his air of authenticity have been enough.

But now, according to campaign adviser Paul Manafort, Trump will demonstrate “more depth,” show that he is “evolving” and change “the part that he’s been playing.” The campaign has promised to hire speechwriters and Trump is practicing on a teleprompter in his office.

“At some point,” says Trump, “I’m going to be so presidential that you people will be so bored.”

In the Trump pivot, he may move right, or left, or some incomprehensible combination of the two. (How many supporters of Planned Parenthood have the immediate instinct to punish women who have abortions?) Lacking a political philosophy, the reactions of any given day are uncertain. Trump is the quantum candidate: You can know his position on an issue, or the date on a calendar, but it is impossible to predict both at once.

Any rebranding effort must honestly confront the problems of the brand. Trump has a disapproval rating of 70 percent among women and the highest overall disapproval rating recorded by Gallup since it began tracking this measure in 1992. Among voters 18 to 24, Trump loses to Hillary Clinton (who is notoriously weak among younger voters) by 25 points. A recent poll found Trump with 11 percent support among Latinos, the lowest support for a Republican presidential candidate since polls began tracking Latino votes. In Florida – won by Jeb and George W. Bush as governor and president – Trump is losing to Clinton among Hispanic voters by 51 points. Fifty-one points.

A recovery from these problems would require spectacular and sustained political skills that Trump has never demonstrated. Trump has only shown one skill: displaying the Trump persona in public. His campaign is crippled by a technology developed by Thomas Edison – the ability to record the human voice. Trump can’t be the candidate who didn’t call for the systematic exclusion of Muslims at the border; the candidate who didn’t call for the mass expulsion of 11 million undocumented workers; the candidate who didn’t call women bimbos and fat pigs and attack the looks of an opponent’s wife.

Trump has spent years purposely cultivating an image that is misogynist and “politically incorrect” on racial issues. There are limits to a speechwriter’s ability to make his cruel and cold creed seem warm and lifelike – as there are limits to the taxidermist’s art.

In fact, Trump has been so vitriolic, so irresponsible, so far over the line, that he would need a commensurate repudiation of his previous views in order to be persuasive. He would need to reverse himself on immigration, on religious bias and on a national security policy consisting of war crimes. Rebranding Trump would require the repudiation of Trumpism, thus undermining the appeal of authenticity at the heart of his candidacy.

GOP leaders such as Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus are trying to pretend this is a normal political moment, in which the party should forget its disagreements and unite against the Democrat.

“We can’t win,” Priebus says, “unless we rally around whoever becomes our nominee.”

This is a dangerous delusion. If Trump is chosen in Cleveland, the Republican Party is headed toward electoral disaster, all the way down the ticket. Many – if not most – Republican candidates at the state and local level would need to run in revolt against their party’s presidential pick.

It was under Priebus’ leadership that the 2012 Republican “autopsy” was produced, a document calling for accelerated outreach to women, the young and Latino voters. Trump represents the reversal of everything Priebus had planned for the Republican future. If Priebus ends up blessing the Trump nomination, the results would reach far beyond 2016. It would turn the sins of Trump into the sins of the GOP. And Priebus would go down as the head of the party who squandered the legacy of Lincoln, the legacy of Reagan, in a squalid and hopeless political effort.

If Trump wins in Cleveland, Priebus should think beyond the current election and demonstrate the existence of a party better than its nominee. The head of the RNC should resign, rather than be complicit as his party is defiled.

(Washington Post Writers Group)

Obama’s Legacy Tour

By Phyllis Schlafly

President Obama quietly slipped out of the country last week for a world tour intended to enhance his “legacy” as a globalist. His first stop was Saudi Arabia to reassure King Salman of America’s continued support for that brutal absolute monarchy, where Christians are forbidden to worship openly.

Obama then went to London to socialize with members of Britain’s royal family and play a round of golf with Prime Minister Cameron. At a joint news conference with the prime minister, Obama advised the British public how to vote on “Brexit,” the June 23 referendum on whether to leave the European Union.

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II is prohibited from expressing her personal views on such a controversial matter, but that didn’t stop America’s head of state from intruding on another country’s domestic political issue. Just as in our own presidential race, the loss of national sovereignty is a major issue in the United Kingdom where public opinion forced the government to call a referendum on continued membership in the EU.

Obama even published an op-ed in Britain’s Daily Telegraph to urge Britain to stay in the European Union. Suggesting that national sovereignty is merely a relic of the past that “we all cherish,” Obama wrote that today’s challenges of “migration, economic inequality, the threats of terrorism and climate change” require “collective action.”

No, the best way to control “migration” and “the threats of terrorism” is to restore national sovereignty. Events of the past year — from the terrorist attacks in Paris and Brussels, to the way Germany was overrun by more than a million Muslims from the Middle East — prove the failure of “collective action” through the EU superstate.

President Obama obviously doesn’t believe in national sovereignty, but has used every available way to tie us down in a web of global controls and commitments. Hence the enthusiasm by ordinary Americans for presidential candidates who promise to reverse the bipartisan “consensus” run by and for the elites.

The U.S. presidential race in both parties has come down to three aspects of national sovereignty: controlling our borders, regulating trade in the interests of American workers, and avoiding pointless foreign wars in the Middle East. On all three issues, Hillary Clinton is on the wrong side, and so are the Republican kingmakers who are trying to stop Donald Trump and Ted Cruz from winning the Republican nomination.

While Obama was campaigning for global governance in London, his Secretary of State John Kerry was in New York to sign the global climate change agreement adopted with great fanfare in Paris last December. Some 175 nations sent representatives to the UN for a signing ceremony on Earth Day.

Many of the 175 nations plan to submit the agreement to be ratified by their respective legislatures, but Obama has no plans to seek the advice and consent of the U.S. Senate. As Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) says, “The only reason President Obama is not sending the Paris Climate Agreement to the Senate as a treaty is that he knows the Senate would handily reject it.”

Lack of ratification is not stopping Obama from implementing what he considers a binding agreement containing enforceable “pledges” to reduce the use of carbon fuels. Obama’s Clean Power Plan regulation was temporarily blocked by the Supreme Court shortly before Justice Scalia died, but a host of other costly regulations are moving forward with little or no resistance from the Republican Congress.

At the very least, Senator Lee says, Congress must block any more payments to the UN’s Green Climate Fund, to which taxpayers have already sent $500 million. That’s in addition to the $10 billion a year our government wastes on “green” energy schemes, which can’t provide steady, reliable and affordable electricity.

Obama concluded his weeklong foreign trip in Germany, where he praised Chancellor Angela Merkel’s disastrous mishandling of Muslim migrants and refugees, saying she’s “on the right side of history on this.” No, the right side of history would have been to emulate the Polish King Jan Sobieski who turned back Muslim invaders at the Gates of Vienna on Sept. 11, 1683.

German sovereignty is now so compromised that Merkel agreed to prosecute a German comedian for reciting a poem that she said was “intentionally insulting” to the Turkish president. Turkey controls the flow of migrants and refugees into Germany, and could easily send many more.

Even in our country, political correctness has prevented an open discussion of how immigration is changing our culture. We need a president who restores national sovereignty and puts Americans first.

(Phyllis Schlafly is a lawyer, conservative political analyst and author. Her most recent books are Who Killed the American Family? and the 50th anniversary edition of A Choice Not An Echo. She can be contacted by e-mail at [email protected])

It’s spring!

The weather has improved, the outdoors are drier and warmer so conditions invite the planting of one’s favorite flowers and vegetables. The amateur gardener like me has gone to a nursery and bought seeds or small plants already underway. A day or two is spent getting the ground ready by way of a bag or two of topsoil and with some rainfall, but not too much, all by way of getting things to grow to adult-size and eventual harvest or vase display indoors.

You retire for overnight from your labor and wait for happenings. You come out the next morning to survey the products of your work and – the horrors! – the leaves have been half- or fully-chewed away and it appears that there’ll be no flowers or veggies for you to visually enjoy or enjoy in tasty eating. Meet the snails and slugs that have been laid as eggs in the ground last fall and have slept through the winter in anticipation of those warm rains and sunny days that bring them to life with big appetites.

However, not all need be lost. When in matters of those items that grow in the ground and things agricultural, there’s the Oregon State University Extension and Experiment Station Communications. Most recently, those in need of help with the scourge of slugs and snails can look to what OSU Extension Service master gardener Claudia Groth has to offer those gardeners who seek advice on garden growth survival.

Of course, slugs and snails are aroused to action when spring arrives as then they rise from their winter hiding places underground to feast on tender seedlings, emerging plants and even seeds as all this takes place when the soil temperature gets above 50 degrees. The advantage these creatures have against you is they’re equipped with tongues lined with thousands of tiny, very sharp teeth. Unfortunately, once the leaves are nipped, the damage is there all summer long.

These pests are selective in what they love to eat, like petunias, but they don’t usually bother geraniums. In the veggie- and fruit-bearing areas, they like lettuce and other salad greens like broccoli, beans and strawberries. These gardener frustraters go on attack at night while they look for protected places during the day. A search and seizure approach of all places where they may be hiding will bear “fruit” as I have found them even on the inside lid of my “green” garbage can which is kept outside at my house. Sneaky devils they are, they’ve been known to hide even under gloves left unattended in the garden.

Along with the “to do” above here, Groth recommends the following actions with which I agree: (1) Water in the morning or you’ll provide them the best means of transportation if all’s wet at night; (2) Although it’s against my better instincts, use “beer traps” by pouring beer in a shallow container and place it strategically in your garden; (3) Avoid salt use, as it damages soil and plants therein; and (4) Go out after dark with gloves on and pick them up for disposal as you see fit.

Further help can be obtained by a search of the National Pesticide Information Center at OSU.

We own no stock in the company but have found a liquid product at Fred Meyer called Force II, Deadline Slug and Snail Killer. It leaves nothing to guess work in our garden.

Best wishes for gardener success!

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

Agenda for Keizer City Council

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CITY OF KEIZER MISSION STATEMENT

KEEP CITY GOVERNMENT COSTS AND SERVICES TO A MINIMUM BY PROVIDING CITY SERVICES TO THE COMMUNITY IN A COORDINATED, EFFICIENT, AND LEAST COST FASHION

AGENDA

KEIZER CITY COUNCIL

REGULAR SESSION

Monday, May 2, 2016

7:00 p.m.

Robert L. Simon Council Chambers

Keizer, Oregon

1. CALL TO ORDER

2. ROLL CALL

3. FLAG SALUTE

4. SPECIAL ORDERS OF BUSINESS

a. PROCLAMATION – Elks National Youth Week

5. COMMITTEE REPORTS

6. PUBLIC TESTIMONY

This time is provided for citizens to address the Council on any matters other than those on the agenda scheduled for public hearing.

7. PUBLIC HEARINGS

a. RESOLUTION – Authorization for Supplemental Budget – Keizer Station Local Improvement District

b. Keizer Development Code Text Amendment – Single Family Residential

c. Keizer Development Code Text Amendment – General Procedures – Types I, II, and III Actions (Expedited Land Decisions)

d. Land Use Fees

8. ADMINISTRATIVE ACTION

a. ORDINANCE – Amending Keizer Development Code Regarding Section 1.200 (Definitions), Section 2.118 (Urban Transition), Section 2.310 (Development Standards for Land Divisions), Section 3.101 (Summary of Application Types),

Section 3.106 (Lot Line Adjustment), Section 3.202 (General Procedures – Types I, II, and III Actions), and Section 3.210 (Pre-Application Conference); Amending Ordinance 98-389

9. CONSENT CALENDAR

a. RESOLUTION – Amending Resolution R2016-2658 (Authorizing the City Manager to Apply for a Local Government Grant from the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department for Keizer Rapids Park projects; Repeal of Resolution R2015-2550)

b. RESOLUTION – Authorizing the City Manager to Award and Enter into an Agreement with Armadillo Boring Inc for Shoreline Drive Storm Drain Repair

c. Keizer Police Report on Disbursement of Petty Cash Funds

d. Approval of April 18, 2016 Work Session Minutes

e. Approval of April 18, 2016 Regular Session Minutes

10.COUNCIL LIAISON REPORTS

11.OTHER BUSINESS

This time is provided to allow the Mayor, City Council members, or staff an opportunity to bring new or old matters before the Council that are not on tonight’s agenda.

12.WRITTEN COMMUNICATIONS

To inform the Council of significant written communications.

13.AGENDA INPUT

May 9, 2016

5:45 p.m. – City Council Work Session

Canceled

May 16, 2016

7:00 p.m. – City Council Regular Session

June 6, 2016

7:00 p.m. – City Council Regular Session

14.ADJOURNMENT

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