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Day: November 11, 2016

Gus, Sticky voted All-GVC First Team

McNary seniors Gus Villalvazo and Abigail “Sticky” Smith were voted all league First Team by the Greater Valley Conference soccer coaches. (KEIZERTIMES/Derek Wiley)
McNary seniors Gus Villalvazo and Abigail “Sticky” Smith were voted all league First Team by the Greater Valley Conference soccer coaches. (KEIZERTIMES/Derek Wiley)

By DEREK WILEY
Of the Keizertimes

When asked why they were voted all-league First Team by the Greater Valley Conference coaches, McNary seniors Abigail “Sticky” Smith and Gustavo Villalvazo both pointed to their teammates.

“It’s kind of hard for me to believe I got First Team because I get so much help from the people around me,” Smith said. “Katelyn Tallon, she’s an amazing stopper. She makes my job easier on the field. I feel like part of me winning First Team is a lot of the work that she’s done on the field as well. And my outside defenders really made me stand out.”

Tallon was an honorable mention selection along with Lady Celts Natalia Gonzalez, Abigail Hawley and Jessy Shore. Kayla Evans was voted on to the Second Team.

Villalvazo credited his teammates for helping him return from a torn ACL the previous season.

“Honestly, I was scared,” he said. “I’m one of those players that usually goes all out but not trying to hurt a person. And this year pretty much the whole time I was just thinking about my knee and was pretty slow out on the field. The guys always pushed me to my limits in every practice, warm ups, everyday. They made me a better person inside and outside the field. It was my goal but it was also the team’s goal to have people on the First Team and with their help I got there. Unfortunately, I was the only one but I feel like other players could have been there as well.”

Bhavdeep Bains, Bryan Keo, Jose Vasquez and Javier Zepeda all made honorable mention.

Both Smith and Villalvazo said senior night was one of their favorite memories of the season.

On Oct. 20, the Lady Celts tied South Salem 1-1 with a goal by Hawley in the 67th minute, which was enough to get McNary a play-in game.

“When Abbie Hawley scored that goal against South (Salem) on senior night, I can’t even explain how amazing that felt,” Smith said.

The Lady Celts then shut out Newberg 1-0 to make the playoffs for the first time since 2009.

“It was a really big deal,” Smith said. “It was like a gift being a senior and being able to make the playoffs for the first time in a few years at McNary. It meant that we got to play longer together, we got to have that hope that we were gonna go really far and then we didn’t but it was really exciting.”

The Celtics defeated North Salem 4-1 in their last regular season home game.

“One of the best games I’ve actually played for McNary,” Villalvazo said of senior night. “We went all out and in 25 minutes, we were up 3-0. Everything from defense to offense, we were on top of our game.”

The boys too won a play-in game and then lost in the first round of the playoffs.

“It’s (All-GVC First Team) bittersweet because we didn’t make it as far in the playoffs,” Villalvazo said. “I’d rather focus on teamwork rather than individual. I wish we would have made it further in the playoffs.”

Villalvazo and Smith were both four-year starters at McNary.

Beginning as a goalkeeper, Villalvazo has played all over the field for the Celtics.

“He’s a joy to have in the field,” McNary boys coach Miguel Camarena said. “He loves the game. He loves his teammates. He’s a leader. He’s coachable. He wants to learn. He’s eager to always get better. He can score goals, on free kicks, headers, PKs. He was an amazing additional to our group.”

Smith led a defense that went from allowing 55 goals two years ago to only 16 this season.

“She was the rock in the center of our defense,” McNary girls coach AJ Nash said. “She was a stand out player because she really changed the direction of how we defend and she kept game flows. She was a strong leader in the back as well as a strong player. And she never stepped off the field. She logged more minutes than just about every other player on the team.”

Parade plans come into sharper focus

A llghted float makes its way down River Road North in December 2015. This year’s parade is already on track to be bigger than last year. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald0
A llghted float makes its way down River Road North in December 2015. This year’s parade is already on track to be bigger than last year. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald0

By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes

With a little over a week before the cut-off date, the Keizer Holiday Lights Parade is ahead of where its predecessor was at this time last year.

“Right now, we have more than 30 entries and there were only 28 in the parade last year,” said Danielle Bethell, executive director of the Keizer Chamber of Commerce, which announced it would take on the parade as an annual event in September.

Bethell gave the Keizer City Council an update on planning efforts at its meeting Monday, Nov. 7.

Those hoping to enter a float into the parade have until Wednesday, Nov. 23, to do so. Prices for entry into the parade are the same as those for the Iris Festival parade: $35 for non-profits, civic organizations, military organizations and per car for auto clubs; $100 for a commercial entry from Chamber members and political groups/candidates; and $200 for non-member commercial entries. Entries must be received at the Keizer Chamber office, 6150 Ulali Drive N.E. The parade will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10.

Businesses can sponsor a band with a $1,000. Premier supporting sponsorships are available for $3,000. Bronze sponsorships are available for $500.
In addition to the parade itself, Bethell and members of the Chamber are enlisting local businesses to add to the festivities.

“Members and students in McNary’s Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) scoured River Road handing out fliers and the bulk of those businesses asked how they could get involved,” Bethell said.

A handful of businesses are planning to stay open later while others are hosting hot cocoa stations along the route.

“We are also partnering with the Salem Food Truck Association to have food trucks set up along the route,” she said.

Care is being taken to find food trucks that would not compete with nearby Keizer businesses, she added. Churches that traditionally hand out cocoa and treats on the evening of the parade are also working with Chamber officials to spread out more along the parade route. In years past, most of the activities have centered around the intersection of River Road North and Chemawa Road Northeast.

“We want to have as many people as possible involved, but we also want it to be very organized,” Bethell said.

Trump wins presidency

President-elect Donald J. Trump and City Counci candidate Allen Barker

Editor’s note: The story that ran in the paper this week called the city council seat for candidate Allen Barker. The announcement was based on vote tallies from the Marion County Elections Office with all precincts reporting. Since going to press, another 2,000 votes have been added to the total and Laura Reid is ahead by 53 votes. We are waiting for more information from more information from Marion County Clerk Bill Burgess. This story has been updated to reflect the changes and Keizertimes apologizes for the error. 

Donald Trump, in a upset victory that sent shockwaves around the globe, will be the 45th president of the United States.

Trump pulled out victories in key battleground states like Florida, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Iowa, Wisconsin and Michigan for a win in the electoral college tally. At press time, Trump was expected to win  at least 279 electoral votes while his opponent, Hillary Clinton, stalled out at around 218 electoral votes. One of the candidates had to pass 270 electoral votes for a decisive win.

Clinton had a slight lead in the popular vote.

On the local front, Keizer residents approved a 3 percent tax on recreational sales of marijuana and elected a new city councilor. Below are some of the results on local and statewide issues.  All totals will need to be certified in the coming weeks.

Keizer City Council

Position 1

Allen Barker led early returns for Position 1 on the Keizer City Council, but the numbers were updated on Thursday, Nov. 10, and put Laura Reid in the lead by 53 votes.

Mayor Cathy Clark as well as councilors Marlene Parsons and Kim Freeman ran unopposed an will be sworn in anew in January.

Measure No. 24-397

Nearly 80 percent of Keizer voters approved a 3 percent tax on recreational marijuana sales within Keizer. The final tally was 11,316 “yes” to 2,942 “no.”

Measure No. 24-404 and Measure 24-405

Voters narrowly rejected a proposal to allow medical marijuana businesses outside of city limits in Marion County. The final vote count was 55,644 “no” to 54,522 “yes.”

Measure 24-405, which would have permitted recreational marijuana sales outside of city limits in Marion County, was rejected more resoundingly. 53 percent of voters said “no” while 46 percent voted “yes.”

Measure 24-405

Voters overwhelmingly supported a 3 percent Marion County tax on recreational sales of marijuana. Nearly 85,000 voters supported the tax to almost 26,000 that voted ”no.”

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

Scott Walker will become the new district director of the Marion County Soil & Water Conservation District. Walker won with 51 percent of the vote to Stephanie Hazen’s 47 percent. Soil & Water District officials manage natural resources on the local level with an eye toward conservation and enhancement of what is available.

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.

STATE MEASURES

There were many statewide ballots still being counted, but here were the trends as of Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 9.

Measure 97

Would increase Oregon’s corporate minimum tax when sales exceed $25 million, remove tax limits and increase revenues available for education, healthcare and senior services.

No – 59 percent
Yes – 40 percent

Measure 98

Would require the state to fund drop-out prevention and career- and college-readiness programs.

Yes – 65 percent
No – 34 percent

Measure 96

Would dedicate 1.5 percent of state lottery proceeds to veterans services including employment assistance, education and housing and physical/mental health care.

Yes – 83 percent
No – 16 percent

Measure 94

Would amend the state constitution and eliminate mandatory retirement at age 75 for state judges.

No – 63 percent
Yes – 36 percent

Measure 95

Would allow public universities to invest in equities, stock or securities representing ownership interest.

Yes – 70 percent
No – 29 percent

Measure 99

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.

Yes – 66 percent
No – 33 percent

Measure 100

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.

Yes – 69 percent
No – 30 percent

The improbable president

He could never win the Republican presidential nomination. The country would never elect him to the highest office in the land and make him the most powerful person in the world.

The morning after the election proved that in the  end, polls, pundits and media were all wrong. Donald J. Trump defied all the odds and defeated Hillary Clinton to become America’s 45th president.

Trump had his finger on the pulse of middle America—he understood and gave voice to their frustration, anger and anxiety. Now he has ridden that frustration and anger right into the Oval Office. He is the most improbable person ever to be elected to the presidency.

The president-elect did not present an agenda or a set of policies. He has a free hand in policies he’d push for because he didn’t outline any during the campaign. What he said he wants to do is build a wall on the border with Mexico to keep our undocumented immigrants who come here to live off the nation’s largess and take jobs from Americans.

He proposes a ban on Muslims from certain areas of the world. He wants to deport millions of undocumented immigrants. He wants to cut taxes for the wealthy. He wants to rip up or renegotiate trade deals and treaties.

A President Trump won’t have carte blanche to carry out his plans but he will have a Republican controlled Congress to ease the way.

The American democratic system worked. The country elected a leader and we will see a peaceful transfer of power from one party to the other. Our system allows people to say and write what they will about their support or scorn for the leaders of the land. Hillary Clinton supporters are understandably disprited over the election’s results. Trump supporters and Republican are ecstatic.

The country is badly divided politically and culturally. We have to take Trump at his word that he wants to unify a country he helped cleave. He wishes to be the president of all Americans. Hillary Clinton set the right tone at her concession speech on Wednesday morning when she called on her supporters to accept that Trump would be president and to give him a chance to lead with an open mind.

Though Trump did not win an overwhelming mandate, he did win the election. On January 20, 2017 he will become our president and we must give him his due as the victor. Our country is a nation of checks and balances. The people spoke on Tuesday, they have another chance to speak in 2018 and again for president in 2020.

Just as many were surprised by his victory, we may be surprised by what he actually does once he’s in office.

  —LAZ

Start small

By ERIC A. HOWALD

When Matthew Boger stepped out from behind a curtain at Los Angeles’ Museum of Tolerance, my reporter brain went into overdrive.

I was on a retreat with coworkers and Matthew was the first person to greet us as we arrived. He seemed a warm, amicable and sincere person. To me, nothing stood out about him in particular aside from the notion that he might be gay.

A day later, museum organizers put us in a dark room and cued up a video. In the opening moments, the camera is taken on a jog down a darkened street and the viewer hears Matthew’s voice telling us how he got up to run away, but his pursuers caught up to him in an alley.

He was beaten severely by a group of men for the crimes of being homeless, in the wrong place at the wrong time, and gay.

Fortunately, Matthew survived the encounter and worked his way out of homelessness. Eighteen years later, in 1998, Matthew heard about a gay 21-year-old being beaten to death in Wyoming, an attack motivated by hate.

He decided soon after that he wanted to a find a place where he could use his voice in support of others. It wasn’t long before he was volunteering at the Museum of Tolerance.

At the same time, another LA resident, Tim Zaal, was experiencing his own epiphany. Tim was a white supremacist with a lengthy record that included being charged with a hate crime.

Tim’s son had learned to say the N-word and “Heil Hitler” around the same time he was learning “mommy” and “daddy.” Tim decided that what his son was learning from him needed to change. He started volunteering at the Museum of Tolerance.

At some point, Matthew and Tim ended up working on the same project, and sharing their reasons for volunteering at the museum. By that point in the video, most of us were fairly certain where it would lead, but the twist still hit like a sucker punch: Tim had led the assault on Matthew more than 20 years prior.

After a lot of work and effort – including apologies and acceptance – they are still lecturing side-by-side about their convergent paths.

After the credits rolled, Matthew came out from behind the curtain, talked about his experience and told us he would answer a few questions.

I keep questions on hand like other people keep lip balm or tissues, and I was cycling through them at warp speed. I felt honored when he finally called on me, after I settled on four words: How did you start?

It wasn’t much to go on, but Matthew figured it out.

“I started small,” he said. “I asked him how his day was going, or what his plans were and we were able to build on that.”

It’s nearly 4 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016. The morning after Election Day.

I can’t sleep, or I won’t permit myself that small mercy. It’s as though I want to deny myself long enough that I can deem it sufficient punishment for being delusional and misguided. It’s never felt so naïve to want a little more unity, a bit of cooperation, or an ounce of empathy.

But Matthew’s words are on my mind. Tomorrow … today … soon, I’m going to start small.

To view the video described in this column, go to bit.ly/2fxXQFn

(Eric A. Howald is managing editor of the Keizertimes.)

Astronomy and the US debt

To the Editor:

Numbers in astronomy are astronomical; the U.S. debt is in the same category. There are approximately 300 billion stars in our galaxy. It would take about 100,000 years, at the speed of light, to cross it. It is estimated there are 100 billion galaxies in the observable universe. Billions used to be extremely large numbers—now lost in the shadow of trillions by our national debt.

Our national debt is currently $19.8 trillion. The federal budget deficit was $480 billion in 2015, nearly $167,00 for every taxpayer. The government spent half a trillion more dollars than it took in?

Here is a perspective: if you transpose dollars to seconds and go back in time 1 million seconds it would 12 days earlier. Go back one billion seconds and you end up back in time almost 32 years. If you go back one trillion seconds you go back more than 31,000 years. If you go back 20 trillion seconds you are at approximately 600,000 B.C.

Distances in astronomy and the speed of light are unattainable and don’t affect our daily lives here in America. But the national debt in the trillions of dollars will bring the U.S. economy to a screeching halt.

John P. Rizzo
Keizer

Can the Crystals honor more than 13 a year?

There are close to 5,000 employees who work for the Salem-Keizer School District, so it comes as an annual surprise when such a very tiny number of them are given special recognition by way of the Crystal Apple Award.  Surely, with all the millions upon millions of dollars spent through taxation here in the effort to provide a public education to thousands upon thousand of local children there would be more among those employed than the 13 in 2016 recognized as outstanding.

Since the psychology of honoring only 13 is so negative one would think that special consideration would be given to the hardworking, dedicated and often relatively low paid among all those district employees.  Most certainly it would seem more fitting if each school, elementary, middle and high, held an annual event giving recognition to everyone who works there.  Perhaps a small budgeted amount could be set aside to be used by each school’s parent group to cater a luncheon or dinner to honor all who work there.  Perhaps next year, instead of the superintendent receiving a huge salary increase for nothing deserving it except keeping up with other districts’ superintendents pay, that money could be spent to give the many other employees something to honor them.

Further, the choice of persons to receive a Crystal Apple are apparently chosen based on the most subjective and random of criteria.  Are these people honored because they provided special enrichment to the lives of the children in our schools or is it because they did something, or many things, special for the person or persons who nominated them?  Then, from the several more nominated, how is it that a mere handful find their way to the top of the heap?  Again, it’s surmised to be so politically personal as to be distastefully repugnant and disrespectful to everyone else.

My wife and I attended a Crystal Apple Award ceremony about a dozen years ago.  We noticed in the first place that it was rather costly to purchase the tickets and that most likely many another interested person or family in this community would find it too expensive just to show up.  Then, too, from the standpoint of people dressed to the “nines,” some in tuxedos and evening gowns, how many among us can afford the necessary attire to show up and be generally accepted as dressed appropriately for the occasion.  It seemed mainly to be an event where the district’s well-heeled power elites could strut their stuff and make a power statement.  We decided we wouldn’t attend another one.

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

Sharon Cross

Sharon Cross, life long Keizer resident, passed on Oct. 29 at the age of 75.

After triple bypass surgery 11 months ago, she struggled with multiple health problems. Sharon was alert, coherent, and ornery as ever, and still had her sense of humor all the way up to two days before her passing. She will be greatly missed.

She was preceded in death by both her parents, and all her siblings, and her son Scott Cross.

Survivors include sons Mark (Soraida) Cross, Ron (Stephanie) Cross, and daughters Lori Kapfer, Jodi (Nick) Olsen, and daughter in-law Brenda Cross, and several grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Per Sharon’s request, there will be no service. Her ashes will be spread in the Van Duzer Corridor at a later date.