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Day: May 6, 2016

Vote for these shoes

By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes

When McNary High School senior Reina Strand approached Todd Layton, the Celtic graphic arts teacher, with a flyer from the Vans Shoes company soliciting entries for shoe designs and the opportunity to win $50,000 for the school, Strand expected (hoped) he would assign it to other students.

Instead, Layton made it a class project. Strand was charged with heading up the design for a pair of boardsport-themed shoes.

“I started out with just snowboarding, but it kind of grew to include surfing,” said Strand. “I approached it from a graphic design standpoint and I created vinyl stickers and then applied them onto the shoes. Most of the things I create stay on the computer and it was cool to make something that someone could wear.”

McNary High School students designed these shoes for a contest that could win the program $50,000. Online votes are being collected now. (Submitted photo)
McNary High School students designed these shoes for a contest that could win the program $50,000. Online votes are being collected now. (Submitted photo)

Fellow Celtic students Kim White and Elsa Olsen were tasked with creating a pair of music-themed shoes; Fallon Dunham created a pair of art-themed shoes; and Katelyn Kolb tackled a pair with the theme of local flavor.

Along the way, each of the artists enlisted fellow students and made some inspired choices because the Celtic Vans collection was selected as one of the top 50 entries in the country.

The final winner will be decided on a combination of online votes and Vans judges’ assessments. To support the McNary students, go to sites.vans.com/customculture, click “vote,” sign in with e-mail or a Facebook account, then click “northwest” and look for McNary’s entry in the second row on the page. Participants can vote daily until May 11.

“I don’t think I believed anyone when I found out we made the top 50, I had to see it for myself,” said Olsen.

A few of the students who had a part in producing designs for the Vans shoes. Front Row: Kaylinn Love, Hannah Kannier, Jordyn Gilstrap, Elsa Olsen, Fallon Dunham, Katelyn Kolb, Kennedy Kelley and Elizabeth Russell. Middle Row: Lauren Loosli, Kim White, Kayanna Dunaway and Tori Fryman. Back row: Vanessa Hayes and Reina Strand. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)
A few of the students who had a part in producing designs for the Vans shoes. Front Row: Kaylinn Love, Hannah Kannier, Jordyn Gilstrap, Elsa Olsen, Fallon Dunham, Katelyn Kolb, Kennedy Kelley and Elizabeth Russell. Middle Row: Lauren Loosli, Kim White, Kayanna Dunaway and Tori Fryman. Back row: Vanessa Hayes and Reina Strand. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

Olsen and White each took one shoe of the music-themed pair. Olsen went old school with an electric guitar, vinyl records and logos from bands including the Rolling Stones, AC/DC and Kiss.

“My take was having the other shoe feature modern bands and I used an acoustic guitar, guitar picks and logos from Taylor Swift, Twenty One Pilots and Fall Out Boy,” said White.

Kolb’s local flavor shoes highlight the terrain of Oregon on a light blue background.

“I picked a few Oregon locations like Bend with mountains, Portland with a rose and waves for the coast,” Kolb said.

Along the way, some of the design leaders were roping in classmates to help with the work.

Strand ended up with about 50 stickers for each shoe and it took upward of an hour to finish each one.

“Then I had two or three people just helping me clean up all the excess pieces after they were on the shoe,” Strand said.

“One of my friends, Tori (Fryman), helped me figure out which colors to use and where everything was going to go,” Kolb said.

There were also some more difficult lessons:

“Sharpies bleed,” said White.

She and Olsen used a combination of markers and colored pencils to complete their shoes, but the markers had a mind of their own.

“I would get something looking perfect, put it down and come back and the colors had run everywhere,” Olsen said.

Strand said working on the project actually served as a way for the graphic arts students and more traditional art students to work together.

“I know in the design classes we had we had trouble kind of figuring out how some of our ideas would work, but the art class was really able to help us work through it,” Strand said.

Other students who participated in the shoe designs were: Sierra Murray, Adele Cooper, Chance Crosby, Gretchen Meyer, Cami Decker, Kayanna Dunaway, Kaylinn Love, Kennedy Kelley, Elizabeth Russell, Hannah Kannier, Jordyn Gilstrap and Aimee Williams.

Celtic baseball wins 2 of 3, sets up playoff push

McNary’s Matt Aguilar takes a swing in recent Celt baseball action. (Eric A. Howald/KEIZERTIMES)

By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes

The McNary High School varsity baseball team’s rematch with West Albany High School Saturday, April 30, turned out much better than the first time around.

The Celts won 1-0 after losing to the same team 10-0 in the first round robin of the Greater Valley Conference.

“Losing to them twice was going to make it difficult for us to have a shot at the playoffs, so that was an important game for this team,” said Larry Keeker, McNary head coach.

Some difficulties executing the small-ball game were the only thing that kept the Celts from running up the score even higher, Keeker added.

McNary junior Matthew Ismay handled starting duties on the mound and went six-and-a-third innings, allowing only four hits.

“He did a really good job of throwing a lot of strikes and the defense played with only one error behind him,” Keeker said.

The game wasn’t settled until the seventh inning. Celt Trent Van Cleave took first after being hit by a pitch. Josiah Gilbert reached first on an error by the second baseman, but McNary’s next two batters struck out, bringing up senior Matt Aguilar.

Aguilar took the first pitch and scored Van Cleave to end the game.

“It was a line drive to the right-center gap. I wasn’t trying to do too much with it,” Aguilar said.

Keeker said Aguilar has been working hard at the plate all season and it was nice to see it pay off in a big way for him.

Earlier in the week, the Celts beat North Salem High School 7-0 and lost to the West Salem High School Titans 11-3.

“We knew that the West Salem game would be a tough one for us, but coming out of the week with two wins was our goal and we felt good about that,” Keeker said.

The Titans already had a 4-0 lead by the time McNary made it to the board in the fourth inning. Aguilar scored on a ground out by Ismay. In the fifth inn Van Cleave scored on a throwing error, but West Salem unloaded for six runs in the bottom of the frame. In the sixth, Brendan Frizelle scored on a ground out by Trevor Gilbert.

The Celts are still striking out too frequently, but Aguilar said there wasn’t a single cause.

“It’s a little bit of everything, for some of us it’s the fundamentals of our swing, for others it’s seeing too many pitches or being too timid,” he said.

The Celts spread out their runs in the game with North Salem High School, a four-run sixth was the best of them. T. Gilbert hit a bases-load triple scoring Aguilar, Frizelle and Ismay, and then scored on a ground out by Van Cleave.

The Celts traveled to meet McKay High School Tuesday, May 3, and had a rematch with Forest Grove at home Friday, May 6.

Keeker said the pressure was on for the rest of the season.

“We have games with South Salem, McMinnville and Sprague after this week and those are games we’ll need to win to have a shot at the fourth playoff spot,” Keeker said.

Aguilar said the team is working on its entire approach to the remainder of the season.

“We’ve been tentative as to how well we’re going to try to play. Now we’re trying to be more aggressive and have a more killer mentality,” Aguilar said.

‘Now do the right thing’

JT Hager (file photo)
JT Hager (file photo)

By CRAIG MURPHY
Of the Keizertimes

Keizer’s financial season officially got underway Tuesday night as the Keizer Budget Committee went over the proposed 2016-17 fiscal year budget.

Several were on hand asking for more funding help, particularly in regards to parks. In a couple of cases, committee members were scolded for not providing enough.

Most of the Keizer Parks and Recreation Advisory Board members were on hand, in addition to most of the Keizer Points of Interest Committee (KPIC) members. Leaders of the West Keizer Neighborhood Association (WKNA) were also present.

Parks Board members were most vocal.

Matt Lawyer and Richard Walsh focused on maintenance issues at Keizer parks and how other communities put a higher percentage of available funds into parks.

According to a handout distributed by Walsh, several items are in need of urgent repair. The list includes a new roof and paint on the gazebo at Chalmers Jones Park, rebuilding the gravel roadway at the entrance to the disc golf portion at Keizer Rapids Park, resurfacing the tennis court at Bob Newton Park, rebuilding the sports courts at Northview Park and Claggett Creek Park and replacing the old play structure at Meadows Park.

“One concern is maintenance that needs to be done,” Lawyer said. “The budget doesn’t reflect that need. We’re here to encourage the Budget Committee to evaluate that and to ask for a possible increase in funds for the Parks Board.”

While appreciating the money currently spent on parks, Walsh emphasized the need for more.

“We’re not anywhere near what we need,” he said. “Maintenance needs to be increased. Yes, we have a status quo budget, which means it is a deteriorating budget because we don’t have the funding to pay for maintenance. Ivy continues to grow in trees and roofs continue to crumble. There are things we can’t get to with our budget.”

Walsh said that Woodburn has a smaller population and budget, but puts more into parks, with a similar story in McMinnville.

“Their citizens want that and support that,” Walsh said of Woodburn residents. “They want that here, too.”

Mayor Cathy Clark pointed out both of those cities have a higher tax rate than Keizer.

JT Hager, another Parks Board member, was slightly more critical with his comments.

“People and parks are synonymous,” Hager said. “When I first heard about Keizer, I thought Keizer was a neighborhood of Salem. One thing I continue to hear is we want to be separate and unique. I have to come to you and be honest. It’s not against you personally, but you’re not living up to your uniqueness of doing a good job in the area of parks.”

Hager gave examples of listening to his mechanic by doing maintenance on his car and doing work on his house.

“I maintain the car. I pay money to maintain the roof on my house so that I don’t have to pay a bunch later,” Hager said. “I’m not saying take money away from the police. I hear the argument that not everyone uses the parks. Well, not everyone uses River Road or the police department, either. But please, do we have to beg? Our parks are not in good shape. We have guys doing yeoman work, but we’re not giving them enough. We’re falling behind on parks and it’s going to get worse. If I can’t maintain my car, maybe I should sell it to someone who can, but I don’t want to. I don’t want to sell our parks, either.”

As he ended his time speaking, Hager got in one more jab.

“Thank you for letting me scold you a little bit,” he said. “Now do the right thing.”

WKNA board member Carol Doerfler expressed disappointment on maintenance issues already cropping up on the Big Toy at KRP, the play structure built last summer by volunteers. Doerfler recalled a recent outing to the Big Toy with her 9-year-old granddaughter, who along with her grandma was surprised to find several parts broken.

“As we left, my granddaughter said, ‘How come all of this stuff is broken already?’ I said, ‘I don’t know but I will ask. I hope they can fix it.’ I hope you will find it in your hearts to maintain a thing that was created to benefit Keizer.”

Budget Committee member Kim Freeman said she’d noticed the same maintenance issues and said Mark Caillier, who headed up the Big Toy project, was looking at setting up an annual maintenance event.

“The people who donated money to the project will appreciate it,” Freeman said.

“Kids will, too,” Doerfler said. “A lot can be done by volunteers, but you get to the point where you volunteer your heart out, how much more can you give? It’s up to the city fathers to give a boost.”

Budget Committee vice chair Joseph Gillis, a father of two young girls, referenced Keizer’s tax rate of $2.08 per $1,000 of assessed value, which is continually hyped as the lowest tax rate in the state.

“This city is built on the volunteerism and the citizens within it,” Gillis said. “We do a great job with saving money. I don’t want to be the $8.48 (per $1,000) Roseburg tax, but I don’t view the $2.08 as a good thing, either. If we’re not maintaining things, we will lose the volunteer aspect.”

Jill Bonney-Hill, KPIC chair, spoke about a request for funding to have flood history signs installed at KRP, in addition to markings on poles.

“The signs and markings will serve as an educational tool for those that visit the park,” Bonney-Hill said. “We hope these are the first steps in an outdoor museum where the Sternwheeler Jean paddle wheel could be displayed.”

WKNA vice president Rhonda Rich asked for her funding to be renewed, while Jim Taylor asked for $5,000 for DUII patrols to pay for overtime for police officers to do 12 extra patrols a year.

“Very possibly when an officer pulls over an impaired driver, that officer could very easily be saving that driver’s own life or the life of someone else,” Taylor said. “There are thousands of innocent people killed by drunk drivers each year.”

Once public comments were done, all of the audience members left as committee members started going over the budget. By the end of the three-hour meeting, all budgets within Administrative Services and Public Works were approved. Based on the progress made at Tuesday’s meeting, it was possible the budget could be approved at Thursday’s meeting, which was past this paper’s deadline.

The requests for maintenance money were interesting in that city manager Chris Eppley went over his budget message at the start of the meeting, which mentioned an area of higher numbers this year.

“One area of increased funding is to maintain the community center, which is getting a lot of use,” Eppley said. “We’re approaching seven years in this building. The community center is showing the wear the most. A lot of people come through, with food and beverages. In order to maintain it, we need to increase the funding to sink into the center.”

Overall, Eppley said the $38 million budget is largely status quo. He pointed to the urban growth boundary as a big one.

“It’s one of the most important discussions we’ll have over the next year, to go over the next 20 years,” Eppley said. “How much do we want to grow, if at all?”

Murder suspect charged

Timothy Bernard Calloway has been charged with murder. (Submitted)
Timothy Bernard Calloway has been charged with murder. (Submitted)

By CRAIG MURPHY
Of the Keizertimes

Charges were filed this week in connection with a Valentine’s Day homicide at Keizer Station.

Court documents show Timothy Bernard Calloway, 25, has been charged with murder, first degree robbery and unlawful use of a weapon. Jerrid Goodpaster, 28, was fatally shot in the parking lot near the Keizer Station Starbucks on the evening of Feb. 14.

A couple of days after the shooting, Keizer Police Department detectives talked with Calloway and Diontay Edward Wilson, 26, about the incident. Both were arrested in Eugene on other unrelated charges. KPD deputy chief Jeff Kuhns had maintained his department only referred to the two men as persons of interest in the Goodpaster case, not suspects. However, a court document in the unrelated case against Wilson describes him as “a suspect in Keizer Station crime.”

As of Wednesday, Wilson had not been charged in the Goodpaster case.

Eric Goodpaster said he isn’t sure how he feels about charges finally being filed in his son’s case.

“I have mixed reactions,” Eric Goodpaster said. “From what little we finally did get from the district attorney’s office, (Wilson) is not saying anything. He has not talked to them at all.”

The father is convinced both Calloway and Wilson were at the scene of his son’s shooting.

The victim, Jerrid Goodpaster (Courtesy Facebook)
The victim, Jerrid Goodpaster (Courtesy Facebook)

“They were there to rob him, plain and simple,” Eric Goodpaster said. “I don’t know if Jerrid told them he would buy something or not. They assumed he had money on him. They went with the intention of robbing him. That makes sense with what little information we have.”

Both Kuhns and Keizer police chief John Teague confirmed on Monday the charges against Calloway, but emphasized more could be coming.

“Our investigation is ongoing at this time,” Kuhns said.

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 in a recent Keizertimes article.

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

As mentioned in the previous article, 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 documents further noted 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 expressed frustration with the KPD previously and talked at the time about his frustration with the case.

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