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Month: October 2016

McNary defense lights out in fourth quarter of win at West Salem

McNary linebackers Xavier Martinez and Kolby Barker rush West Salem quarterback Jared Oliver. KEIZERTIMES/Derek Wiley
McNary linebackers Xavier Martinez and Kolby Barker rush West Salem quarterback Jared Oliver. KEIZERTIMES/Derek Wiley

By DEREK WILEY
Of the Keizertimes

SALEM—McNary’s offense landed two haymakers in the first four minutes and the defense then finished the job in the second half as the Celtics knocked out one of the giants of the Greater Valley Conference, West Salem, 33-32 on Friday, Oct. 28.

“This has been a long time coming,” said senior Kolby Barker, who had yet to defeat the Titans in his high school career. “We were ready to take it to West with everything we had. We were not going to lose this game. It’s personal pride for this senior class and everybody. This is something we’ll remember for the rest of our lives.”

McNary jumped out to a 13-0 lead at West Salem.

On fourth-and-1 from the Titan 4-yard line, quarterback Josiah Gilbert fought his way into the end zone to complete a six-play, 76-yard drive. The extra point was no good.

After the Celtic defense forced a three-and-out, the offense needed only one play to strike again as Gilbert found his favorite receiver, Brendan Van Voorhis, for a 72-yard touchdown.

“That (13-0 start) probably gave us the confidence that we could be in this game and win the game,” Van Voorhis said.

But West Salem, who entered the contest 7-0 in league-play and needed a victory to win the GVC outright, wasn’t going down without a fight.

The Titans marched 73 yards on nine plays in four and half minutes to get within 13-7 when quarterback Jared Oliver threw a play-action fade pass into the left corner of the end zone for a touchdown.

Aided by a defensive pass interference penalty, Oliver found another open receiver in the end zone to put West Salem on top, 14-13, early in the second quarter.

On his first carry of the game, A.J. Johnk sliced through the Titan defense for a 20-yard score to put McNary back ahead 19-14 with 7:36 remaining in the first half.

With first-and-goal at the West Salem 9-yard line, the Celtics looked to add to the scoreboard but a holding penalty pushed them back to the 22 and then Gilbert was intercepted.

Instead, the Titans closed the second half on a 15-0 run as Oliver threw two more touchdown passes.

“I didn’t know which way we were going to respond,” McNary head coach Jeff Auvinen said as his team entered halftime trailing 29-19.

West Salem got the ball first in the second half and went right down the field. But on first-and-goal from the McNary 2-yard line, the Celtic defense held the Titans to a 22-yard field goal.

The goal-line stand was a sign of things to come as McNary held West Salem scoreless for the rest of the night.

“That was huge for us,” Auvinen said. “We collected ourselves and then made some adjustments as far as coverage goes as far as our pressure package goes. We just played harder. Put Kolby in the quarterback’s (Oliver) face on his preferred side and that seemed to work really well.”

The Celtics also had to play the entire second half without Lucas Garvey, the team’s best cornerback and leading rusher, who suffered a head injury midway through the second quarter.

Isaiah Rhodes, a senior who transferred to McNary in the middle of the season from Pennsylvania, stepped up on defense.

“He’s worked hard to make us better and it helped us tonight, that’s for sure,” Auvinen said.

Johnk got more carries on offense. His biggest came after Gilbert got the Celtics within 32-25 on a 2-yard touchdown run with 2:20 remaining in the third quarter. Behind a block from Van Voorhis, Johnk got to the sideline and raced 53 yards into the end zone.

“Brendan Van Voorhis made a great block to help me out on the outside and I was just free,” Johnk said. “We really wanted this badly. Lucas is great. We all trust each other to make plays and get the job done. Our offense doesn’t change on who goes in. We can all do the same stuff, just have to be ready.”

Having already missed two extra points and a third blocked, Auvinen decided to go for two and Marc Baiza bulldozed his way into the end zone to put McNary ahead 33-32 late in the third quarter.

The rest was up to the Celtic defense, which forced a punt and then turned West Salem over on downs twice in the fourth quarter to seal the victory.

“I knew the whole time we were going to get it,” Barker said. “I didn’t let doubt come into my mind one bit. I gave it everything I had. We all did. It was all around a fantastic effort and that’s what you’ve got to do to beat a team like this. I give all the credit to West. They’re a great team but tonight we showed we’re better.”

Gilbert threw for 163 yards and rushed for 80. Johnk had 135 yards on the ground. Van Voorhis caught four passes for 102 yards.

McNary finished the regular season 6-3 and will travel to Tigard Friday, Nov. 4 for the first round of the OSAA state playoffs.

“These kids just keep battling and playing,” Auvinen said. “It’s fun to watch them compete.”

“Nixon’s Gamble” by Ray Locker

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Nixon’s Gamble” by Ray Locker

c.2016, Lyons Press
$29.95 / $35.95 Canada
352 pages

BOOK REVIEW
by TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER

You can’t fool me.

I see what you did there. I’m watching you; you can’t pull the wool over my eyes. I wasn’t born yesterday. I know all the tricks. Yep, I see right through you… but if you say those things often, always remember – as in “Nixon’s Gamble” by Ray Locker – some things aren’t always transparent.

In the summer of 1975, Richard Nixon was “bitter and combative” as he testified under oath at a grand jury hearing for a Navy Yeoman accused of leaking secrets to the press. Nixon knew that the Yeoman was innocent, and he said so – also admitting that his “entire White House… was based on secrecy…”

It certainly was no secret that Nixon was focused and determined throughout his career. He’d started out in law, served in World War II, then entered politics at the behest of a group of businessmen, ultimately gaining a reputation as a “dirty campaigner” who knew how to collect political allies, and who would do anything to win.

By 1968, he was ready to win the Presidency, and accomplish a set of goals.

Says Locker, Nixon wanted to restore relations with China , “thaw the Cold War” with Russia , and end the Vietnam War but he’d have to use precision: each piece depended on the timing of the others. Nixon knew that if anyone fully understood what he was about to do and how he’d do it, they’d try to stop him.

He’d already sabotaged Johnson’s attempts to end the Vietnam War. Hours after he was inaugurated, Nixon then effectively shut the Oval Office doors, limiting official contact with several Cabinet members. This forced many in his administration to communicate almost entirely with him through his national security advisor, Henry Kissinger, who was also kept partially ignorant of Nixon’s full plan.

But lies beget further lies, leaks happen, and Nixon wasn’t satisfied. He created a Special Investigations Unit, which dubbed themselves “The Plumbers” because their mission was “to stop leaks.” Their efforts eventually extended to break-ins; one, coincidentally, was at the Watergate Hotel…

I had several thoughts as I was reading “Nixon’s Gamble,” the strongest of which is how stunned I was at author Ray Locker’s investigation results.

Even those who think they know Nixon’s career will be astounded at what Locker found in his research. This is one of those books that reads like a spy novel sometimes, albeit one that we know is horribly ill-fated, and that will set your jaw into your lap quite often – both for the audacity that Nixon possessed, and for the legacy that his “gamble” left, even now.

But did it work, or did it not? Locker, in his final pages, writes of the aftermath of Watergate, Nixon’s resignation, and Ford’s pardon, but he quietly leaves readers to decide on the end results.

Bear in mind that there were many players in this historical arc and that can get overwhelming. Still, if you’re a Boomer who remembers, a history buff, or a newly-minted political watcher, “Nixon’s Gamble” hits the jackpot.

Terri Schlichenmeyer is based in Wisconsin

Whiteaker vs. Claggett Creek

Whiteaker quarterback Rian Canini will face off against Claggett Creek running back Dyami Rios on Wednesday, Nov. 2. (KEIZERTIMES/Derek Wiley)
Whiteaker quarterback Rian Canini will face off against Claggett Creek running back Dyami Rios on Wednesday, Nov. 2. (KEIZERTIMES/Derek Wiley)

By DEREK WILEY
Of the Keizertimes

Whiteaker Middle School head football coach Tom Larimer knows slowing down rival Claggett Creek  will be difficult when the two teams meet on Wednesday, Nov. 2.

“Their backs (Ethan Martin and Dyami Rios) are really, really fast,” Larimer said. “If they get to the edge, they’re gone because not only are they fast but they are pretty strong and tough. You need to contain them.

“Their quarterback (Jack McCarty) doesn’t throw a lot but when he does, he’s good and that makes them really, really hard to beat, because I just think they’re going to be really tough to defend.”

After losing its first two games, Claggett split into two teams, varsity and junior varsity, at the end of September and has since been dominant, going 4-0 and outscoring its opponent’s 174-52.

The Panthers defeated Houck 44-18 on Wednesday, Oct. 19.

Martin had four touchdowns. McCarty threw for two scores and Rios also got into the end zone. TeJohn McCormick scored his first touchdown of the season as well. On defense, Jose Martinez-Reyes and Michael Sly each recovered fumbles, Sunny Hoang had an interception and Grady Burrows recovered an onside kick.

“Our offensive line blocked very well and gave Jack plenty of time to get his passes off,” Claggett head coach Aaron Carr said. “We’ve been on quite a roll lately, the hard work of our kids and the way they’ve improved so much over a short time. Definitely, we are improving every game.”

Led by its defense, Whiteaker opened its season 3-0 before falling to Waldo and Crossler.

The Wolverines then tied Leslie 8-8 on Wednesday, Oct. 19.

Whiteaker dominated total yardage and time of possession, but failed to score on three drives that ended inside the Leslie 25.

“We did a very poor job of finishing our drives,” Larimer said. “When you work hard to move down the field like that, you need to capitalize, and we did not do it.”

Whiteaker drove the length of the field on its first posession and scored on a 6-yard touchdown run by Cameron Parks. Running back Quentin Camenisch led all rushers with 83 yards on 18 carries.

“We did a solid job running the ball and our offense was good enough to run by far the most plays in a game that we have all year,” Larimer said. “We just executed poorly in the red zone.”

The Wolverines drove nearly 60 yards in the final four minutes to the Leslie 8-yard line.

But ultimately, Leslie stopped the Panthers on fourth-and-2 just short of the first down.

Whiteaker’s defense was led by Ethan Schurr, who recovered a fumble and an onside kick, and Griffin Hubbard, who had four tackles for loss and a sack. Isaac Evarts and Hunter Zimmermann each had a game-high six tackles.

Whiteaker and Claggett Creek will play at McNary High School. The junior varsity teams kick off at 5 p.m. followed by the varsity at 7.

“For a lot of these kids it’s the first time they’ve ever played under the lights so it’s a huge deal and it’s a big rivalry game,” Carr said. “The kids should be pumped up and ready to go.”

The players will also get the full experience of having a color guard present the national anthem as well  as school bands.

“We want the kids to feel like they’re playing high school football for one night because then we hook them in to McNary,” Larimer said. There’s tenuous balance between wanting to have a rivalry with your sister school but not forgetting that Aaron Carr and I both have the same goal, that (Whiteaker Principal) Julie DeWitt and (Claggett Principal) Rob Schoepper both have the same goal,  to have these kids have a great experience in football that will make them better people, that will make them more disciplined, make them better students, make their whole experience at McNary more worthwhile. We want to win and we want to be competitive but we can’t forget that really we’re all in it for the same reason, just to give the kids a good experience here.”


Volleyball matches move to McNary

By DEREK WILEY
Of the Keizertimes

Scott Coburn has coached volleyball at Whiteaker Middle School for 25 years and Shirley Richardson has been at Claggett Creek since the school opened in 2001.

But when the two programs play at McNary High School on Tuesday, Nov. 1, that’ll be a first. While the two schools have played one another every year, it’s been in each other’s gyms.

“It will be fun and new for the girls,” Coburn said. “They’re all going to be teammates there next year. It’s a good start for them getting to know each other and getting in the gym they’ll be playing in. The Claggett one they always look forward to because some of them play basketball together. They’re friends off the court. It’s just fun to play against people like that.”

With one set of matches before playing its Keizer rival, Whiteaker’s four teams were a combined 26-2, with the varsity squad, coached by Coburn, undefeated.

“This is a very athletic team,” Coburn said. “Their skill level is higher than a lot of teams I’ve had. We don’t have the height that some other teams have had. We just have to scrap and get the ball. They’re very athletic and very competitive. Claggett’s been very competitive this year. They’ve beaten some of the better teams in the league so I think they’re much improved. I know our girls have been working really hard so I think it will be a very competitive match.”

Claggett’s varsity team improved to 4-4 after defeating Waldo on Monday, Oct. 24.

“They’re a dynamic group of girls and they play very well,” Richardson said of her team.

“We beat Walker (earlier this year), which was a huge defeat because we hadn’t beat them in years. That was a huge accomplishment because they’ve always been a really good team. We’ve had close matches with them in the past and hadn’t come out on top. It was a huge victory.”

A win over Whiteaker would also be huge since the Wolverines have won every game in the series but one, five years ago.

“I think Whiteaker is going to be a good game,” Richardson said.

“We’ve always played tough against Whiteaker so I’m expecting another tough game. It’s going to be a good rival matchup.”

The B-teams will begin the action at 3:30 p.m.  Varsity will then follow.

Weird in the best way

The cast of Defying Gravity acts out a bar scene during rehearsal. The play, performed by the McNary drama department, opens Wednesday, Nov. 2 at 7 p.m. (KEIZERTIMES/Derek Wiley)
The cast of Defying Gravity acts out a bar scene during rehearsal. The play, performed by the McNary drama department, opens Wednesday, Nov. 2 at 7 p.m. (KEIZERTIMES/Derek Wiley)

By DEREK WILEY
Of the Keizertimes

McKinley Friesen is feeling existential as the McNary drama department opens its 2016-17 season Nov. 2-5 with Defying Gravity, a play that examines the 1986 Space Shuttle Challenger explosion through the experiences of the teacher, who died in the crash, and her daughter.

Friesen, a senior at McNary, plays the daughter, Elizabeth. One line in the play that has stuck with her isn’t even her own but comes from Claude Monet, an impressionist painter who died in 1926 but finds his way into the present day for a quest of his own.

“There’s a line that Monet says that he’s never seen the earth from any higher than a bell tower,” Friesen said. “It’s interesting how far we’ve come as a human race and how we’re constantly reaching for more and how that evolves in different time periods. People in Monet’s time were just trying to see higher than a bell tower but in this time period it’s trying to get normal people into space.”

The play weaves through time going back from life on the day of the crash to twenty years after Elizabeth has lost her mother.

“It’s interesting that she’s (Elizabeth) both a child and adult, kind of mixing those and blurring the line between those,” Friesen said. “It’s been an interesting challenge.”

Friesen is also enjoying the different movement pieces of the show.

“There’s a part where I basically get lifted up like a cheerleader,” she said. “It’s been interesting to rehearse that. There’s a scene where I’m a little kid lost in a grocery store but instead of grocery store aisles, all the other characters on stage make the aisles with their arms so they are moving as I move and I get even more lost.”

The teacher is played by McNary junior Bella Fox, who grew fond of the part as she memorized a monologue for auditions.

“I really fell in love with it,” Fox said. “I really got into it during auditions. It’s a unique story but it’s not very talked about.”

Fox went to YouTube to research the teacher, Christa McAuliffe, watching interviews of her students.

“She’s a really bubbly, happy character,” Fox said. “Her students just seemed to love her so then I started looking at my teachers that I loved and their bubbly and interactive people. I’m a lot like that, I think, so it was easier for me to find my place. I definitely looked at my teachers and how they acted.”

McNary senior Ryver Nakayoshi has been cast as Monet, who he says is nothing like him.

“He’s a watcher, someone who is out of place, obviously, and leaves remarks on the characters when he’s talked to but doesn’t really take a step to talk to anybody but Elizabeth,” Nakayoshi said. “That is different from me because I’m obviously a very interactive person and whenever I see somebody I talk to them so it’s really hard to play a restrained character.”

But Nakayoshi is enjoying the oddness of the show.

“This show enticed me because, for lack of a better term, it’s just weird,” he said. “And I mean that in the best way possible.”

The rest of the cast includes Madelyn Hurst and Josiah Henifin, playing Betty and Ed, a retired couple who drive their Winnebago across the country to see the launch; Ashton Thomas, playing C.B., a NASA mechanic and Annie Purkey, who portrays a bartender named Donna.

Defying Gravity opens Wednesday, Nov. 2 at 7 p.m. in the Ken Collins Theater with additional shows through Saturday, Nov. 5. A matinee is Saturday at 2 p.m. All tickets are $5 and available online at  mcnarytheatre.weebly.com or at the door.

“We’re looking to get a big crowd out,” said Dallas Myers, McNary drama director. “The kids will always preform better with a bigger crowd and the straight shows are just as good as the musicals. I’m really happy with this one. We’re doing some cool things movement wise with it, which I’m really excited about. I’m pumped to see them do it. I’m interested to see how they’ll react when a crowd is here and a crowd reacts.”

The show is rated PG-13 for strong language.

“It’s not for lewd purposes,” Myers said. “There’s some language in it that we couldn’t get permission to edit out. It’s nothing that you wouldn’t hear in a PG-13 movie. There’s no sex or anything. It’s a real tame PG-13. There’s one time a character says something and he even apologizes for saying it.”

Fox said there’s something in the show for everyone.

“It’s got everything, the love that I share with my daughter, the love of a couple, and worries and doubts, just an array of emotions and I think it will leave the audience feeling something special. That’s what I hope they will take away from it.”

It’s decision time for Oregon voters, here’s a primer

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With ballots making their way to voters, the Keizertimes took a look at some of the major issues and the local candidates in contested races. We are not endorsing any of these measures or candidates in this article, merely presenting a look at the issues and potential effects.

STATE MEASURES

Measure 97

A “yes” vote would increase Oregon’s corporate minimum tax when sales exceed $25 million, removes tax limits and increase revenues available for education, healthcare and senior services.

A “no” vote retains existing tax minimums, including a cap of $100,000.

The measure would generate approximately $3 billion per year for every fiscal year beginning July 1, 2017. Opponents say some of the costs would be passed on to Oregon consumers in the form of higher prices on some consumer goods. Supporters claim that the measure is a way to ensure large businesses pay their fair share.

While the measure earmarks revenues for three aforementioned areas, attorneys for the state Legislature have said that those could be altered with budget bill amendments that do not require a public vote.

Measure 98

A “yes” vote would require the state to fund drop-out prevention and career- and college-readiness programs. A “no” vote maintains the status quo.

Essentially, the measure would require the state Legislature to provide $800 per student to establish or expand high school programs providing career-technical education, college-level courses, and dropout-prevention strategies. School districts would apply for grants based on need and the Oregon Department of Education would monitor outcomes. The measure would require an additional $147 million annually to be committed to the resulting programs, but does not generate additional income – leaving it to the Legislature to determine future funding.

Measure 96

A “yes” vote would dedicate 1.5 percent of state lottery proceeds to veterans services including employment assistance, education and housing and physical/mental health care. A “no” vote would not earmark the revenues for these purposes.

Currently, about 67 percent of state lottery funds are undedicated, this measure would earmark revenues for veterans services and potentially increase Oregon’s competitiveness for federal matching funds.

Measure 94

A “yes” vote would amend the state constitution and eliminate mandatory retirement at age 75 for state judges. A “no” vote would retain the mandatory retirement age.

Measure 95

A “yes” vote would allow public universities to invest in equities, stock or securities representing ownership interest. A “no” vote prevents the institutions from investing in equities.

The Oregon Legislature already approved such investments in 2013, but a provision in the Oregon Constitution may prohibit it.

Measure 99

A “yes” vote creates a dedicated fund for outdoor school education fund with revenues from the Oregon State Lottery. The goal would be providing outdoor programming to every fifth – and sixth-grade student in the state.  A “no” vote will keep the outdoor school programs funded as funds are available.

The fund would be created with 4 percent of quarterly transfers from the state lottery, or about $5.5 million per quarter, with a cap of $22 million. The dedicated fund would not affect other education programs funded through the lottery.  About 67 percent of state lottery funds are currently undedicated

Measure 100

A “yes” vote would prohibit the purchase or sale of products – with the exception of specific activities, inheritances, certain antiques and musical instruments – and imposes penalties up to $6,500 for doing so. A “no” vote would continue to allow the sale of the same items unless the species are native to Oregon.

Species affected include: elephant, rhinoceros, whale, tiger, lion, leopard, cheetah, jaguar, pangolin, sea turtle, shark (expect for fins) and ray.

LOCAL MEASURES AND CANDIDATES

Measure No. 24-397

A “yes” vote would impose a 3 percent city tax on sales of recreational marijuana within Keizer. A “no” vote rejects the tax.

City officials have been reticent to offer projections on how much the tax might generate in revenue and the funds are not earmarked for specific purposes.

According to mjbizdaily.com, a marijuana industry trade publication, the average annual revenue reported by dispensaries and recreational sales shops was $974 per square foot. Even with a modest estimate of 500 square foot per business, the city stands to reap about $44,000 per year on the sales of Keizer’s three operating marijuana retailers.

Revenue per square foot is a measure of how efficiently a retailer uses space.

Measure No. 24-405

A “yes” vote would allow recreational marijuana businesses to set up shop in unincorporated areas (outside city limits) of Marion County. A “no” vote would only allow such businesses inside city limits. Allowing such businesses in specific cities would remain the domain of city councils and voters.

The measure was bankrolled by the Oregon Cannabis Business Council.

Measure 24-406

A “yes” vote imposes a 3 percent tax on recreational sales of medical marijuana in Marion County. A “no” vote rejects the tax.

Revenues from the tax are not earmarked for a particular project or service.

Keizer City Council

Position 1

Allen Barker and Laura Reid are seeking the same chair on the Keizer City Council.

Barker is a retiree with experience in construction and financial services and is currently a volunteer on the city’s budget committee.

Laura Reid has taught at McNary High School since 2001. This is her first foray into public service aside from volunteering in community-based organizations.

For more information on both candidates and their positions, visit www.keizertimes.com.

Marion Soil & Water Conservation District Director, At Large #1

The district director position has earned the interest of two candidates, Stephanie Hazen and Scott Walker. Soil &Water District officials manage natural resources on the local level with an eye toward conservation and enhancement of what is available.

Hazen is a retired veterinarian and business owner with no prior public service experience, but has taken an active role as a volunteer with the water district. She and her husband have undertaken the task of converting large swaths of their rural property into native habitats.

Walker served as the associate director of the water district for the past 18 months. He is a retired statistician and program evaluator with the state of Michigan. His interest in the issues the water district tackles began with degrading wells in his own neighborhood and winter water storage was an emphasis during his time as a Silverton city councilor.

Sleeping next to strangers

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By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes

Wiz wasn’t sure where he would spend Monday night.

“I don’t know. We can only go so far pushing a cart, and there are only so many places you can go without being bothered,” he said.

Wiz was one of about a dozen people who set down stakes underneath the awning at the south entrance to the old Roth’s building over the weekend. Late Monday morning officers from the Keizer Police Department visited the group and asked that they move on. The temporary camp had already sparked numerous mentions on social media sites asking what, if anything, would be done about the people there.

Wiz volunteered to talk about his experiences when I approached some of the straggling camp members about what brought them to this point.

Until earlier this year, Wiz lived just south of Keizer in a mobile home court where he paid around $300 a month in rent. He made his way in the world traveling to art shows and fairs in the area selling handmade leather items and carved art. He played guitar, too, claims to have opened for Deep Purple in 1966.

“I was paying rent, but I wasn’t ever home. I was always traveling to shows. I decided I would rent a couple of storage spaces and use one as a workshop and the other as a gallery while I was living in my van,” he said.

When his van was rear-ended by “a big diesel truck” things started to spiral rapidly, and he’s been living on the streets since.

“It’s just a profound difference in perspective to be the guy sleeping next to the guy you’ve never met because you don’t want to freeze to death,” Wiz said. “It changes the way you think. I’ve gone through dumpsters looking for things for people to eat.”

Day-to-day living, he said, revolves around three questions: how do you stay warm and dry; what do you eat; and where do you go to the bathroom?

“And where do you put your stuff so it’s there when you come back if you do go to the bathroom?” he said.

He’s met some on the streets who he’s felt made their way by preying on other homeless people, but he seen others tap deep veins of kindness.

“The people who have the least share the most. Someone will give you their last scrap of food, or part of it,” he said.

Prior to taking up the spot under the awning, some members of the group – who Wiz calls brothers – had been living around the old Alberston’s just north on River Road North. When it was announced that the building had been sold to new owners, word made its way down the ranks that the camp would have to find another spot.

Wiz understands it’s necessary to a degree, and bore no umbrage to police officers who end up as the messengers.

“When we were over there, the police would come by and tell us to flag them down if we needed anything,” Wiz said.

Local and regional leaders assembled a homelessness task force earlier this year with plans to make recommendations for coping with Marion County’s burgeoning homeless population. Talks have spanned topics too numerous to list, but many have been targeted around specific subgroups: youth, veterans, women, domestic violence victims and many, many more.

When asked what the area’s homeless residents need most, Wiz gets visibly distraught, but settles on the necessities.

“There’s too many, but it’s the basics. We could use lockers to store our stuff for a few hours or a couple of days for a few dollars. There should be more public restrooms. You don’t have to be homeless to need a place to pee,” he said.

Wiz remained under the awning until mid-evening. Tuesday morning, he, and his brothers, were gone.

Karen Lovett

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K. Lovett

Karen Lovett, 73, passed away after a battle with lung cancer while she was surrounded by her loved ones.

She was born on June 16, 1943 in Portland to Allen and Maude Berger. Karen was truly one of a kind. She was vivacious, funny and so full of life. In true Karen fashion, some of her last words made her family laugh. Karen was beloved by many and her greatest passion and joy in life was bringing her family together.

She is survived by her daughters whom she loved dearly: Maria (Lovett) Eyerly, Marci (Lovett) Hill, and Kristin (Lovett) Thompson; her sons-in-law who were like her own, Charles Hill and Brian Thompson; six grandchildren who think she was the best grandma in the world: Alison (Eyerly) Stewart, Tyler Thompson, Trent Thompson, Jacob Thompson, Briley Hill and Melana Hill;  her sister and best friend Kathi Rees; and Maizie, her dog who never left her side.

Karen enjoyed  gardening, hosting family barbecues, watching television and having lunch at McNary’s restaurant.

Judith Ann Herber Peters

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J. Peters

Judith Ann Herber Peters, 73, of Keizer, passed away on October 21, 2016. Judi was born December 16, 1942 in Vancouver, Washington. She was the daughter of Joseph and Rosalie Herber.

Judi is survived by her husband of 53 years, Larry, her daughter Shannon Tallman and grandchildren Shelby and Austin Tallman and Taylor and McKenna Peters. She is also survived by her brother Joseph Herber and sisters Tyrene Denlinger and Mary Mize.

Herer son, Shawn Peters and daughter, Lori Kim Peters, preceded her in death.

Judi enjoyed being around family and truly loved spending time with her grandchildren. She was an avid reader and treasured her visits with friends. Many people knew her by her warm smile and laugh.

Memorial services were held Thursday, October 27 at Keizer Funeral Chapel, followed by a celebration of life at the Keizer Elks Lodge.

Camp gone, homelessness isn’t

Mike could sleep standing up.

It wasn’t a parlor trick he’d learned to impress people, it was a survival skill. He’d spent much of his late teens and early twenties homeless and figured out that if he could find a 24-hour laundromat and leaned up against the dryers while they ran, it solved two problems: 1) he could sleep in a warm, dry place, and 2) people would simply think he was waiting for his clothes to dry and not hassle him for loitering.

I thought about Mike for the first time in years as I nervously walked across the street hoping to talk with some of the members of a homeless camp that had been slowly growing for three days. I’d been watching mentions of the camp pick up throughout the weekend on a couple of social media sites and figured it was only a matter of time before the Keizer Police Department were asked to intervene.

It turned out officers had talked with members of the group a few hours before I summoned up the guts to approach them.

Like Mike, the man I met at the old Roth’s building, Wiz, has his own areas of expertise. He knows the warmth and security of sleeping next to a stranger on a frigid night, he knows that we could drown the predators of the world in the wells of kindness, and he knows that pride should be no barrier to starvation, which is a kind of pride all its own.

Wiz teared up three times as we talked, but never over his own circumstances. His eyes pooled in response to what he’d seen in others he’d met living on the streets.

A very wise man once told me that pride and shame will keep someone moving – even when they have nothing else to cling to.

Once I learned this, I started seeing it everywhere, in those with presidential aspirations to the men and women living on our streets. Pride and shame are the engines that drive us to wake up and face another day, and the only differences are the circumstances we have to stare down in any given 24-hour period.

The same man also told me that’s its our responsibility to heal the pride and shame of others when it is bruised or damaged – a lesson I try to hold close whenever I meet someone new.

Keizer police are responding to a increased number of homeless communities springing up around the city, which means that the Roth’s camp was likely just the tip of an iceberg. That’s worrying for two reasons. First, it means that there is a larger, unseen homeless population just beneath the surface. Second, and more troubling, it might lead some to think that the “problem” has been solved because the most visible camp has dispersed.

The sight of a homeless community in Keizer may be a shock to our values, but that in itself might not be such a bad thing. It’s what we choose to do about it that defines what we become.

-EH

Brown unenthusiastic choice

By Gene McIntyre

Oregon’s not unusual in terms of embracing one major U.S. political party and then the other. Take the last eighty years, late 1930s to the present day, and the reader will find that there have been eight Democrats and eight Republicans occupying the chief’s office in our capitol.

It’s not like some elections for governor have not been close.  And, now, if GOP candidate “Bud” Pierce, a generally moderate Republican, hadn’t stumbled badly in debate in Portland when he discussed domestic violence and sexual assault, showing lack of understanding of two societal issues and then not taking responsibility for what he said, the current race might have been much tighter.  Meanwhile, as usual, with little chance to win, there are other candidates for Oregon governor through Libertarian James Foster, Independent Cliff Thomason and Constitution’s Aaron Donald Auer on the ballot.

Regarding office tenure, former Governor John Kitzhaber proved to me, as expressed through concerns in earlier columns, that serving more than two terms can result in an office-holder who concludes he owns the people rather than that the people own him.  For Kitzhaber it meant resigning in disgrace at the start of term-four under charges, yet unresolved, of influence peddling.  He also jettisoned the public’s trust by surrendering his authority and responsibility to a fiancée.

Meanwhile, in 2016, I borrow from The Daily Astorian when I report their “reluctant” endorsement of Kate Brown.  Journalists there, editorializing about the election, view this state’s voters facing a “conundrum, having to choose between a sitting governor who lacks vision, visibility and leadership, or an inexperienced political newbie whose debate stumbles showed he’s clearly not ready for prime time.”

If developments go the way they’re expected to go, with Brown in the job for the next two years, it would seem high time for a Republican to take over the reigns of Oregon’s highest public office.  It’s surmised that some of the job holders in top state jobs have probably been there since Goldschmidt’s administration which may explain why disturbingly often there’s a scandal among department heads.  In the meantime, Brown has proven herself somewhat able to get things done by way of legislation on the minimum wage and sick leave.

Questions, nevertheless, persist as to her lack of assertiveness in dealing with Democrat buddies in the Oregon Senate and House.

A confession not having to do with breaking a law or committing a sin is usually easy to admit.

Listening to two of them debate on October 20 concluded that Brown may be more likely to contribute the most as governor.  Pierce is critical of everything while his solutions are vague, lacking in detail and prosaic.  Further, he needs a speech coach to help him deliver answers as he too often talks like he’s reading from a medical encyclopedia while he speaks too fast and in monotone voice.  Brown speaks clearly, using precise facts and action ideas and comes across as friendly and approachable.  One could go on and on but the weight factors are in Brown’s favor; suffice it to say that, although I remain unenthused to date and await demonstrations of leadership, I’ll vote for Kate Brown.