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Day: February 10, 2017

McNary recognizes senior wrestlers in final dual

Of the Keizertimes

Jason Ebbs wasn’t just McNary seniors Wyatt Kessler, Sean Burrows and Carlos Vincent’s coach for four years. He also knew them as young children on the Celtic Mat Club and as friends to his son, Brayden and daughter, Taylor.

“That’s just a different deal right there,” Ebbs said. “That’s the product of being a coach in the community for 14 years. I’m no longer (just) a coach. There’s some friendships there. There’s some relationships there and just trying to help kids make the next step into the world and be great. They’re good people. I’m happy to be by their side, for sure.”

Kessler, Burrows, Vincent were recognized on Thursday, Feb. 9 before a dual with Sprague, along with first-year senior wrestlers Carlos Flores and Isaiah Rhodes, who Ebbs has enjoyed getting to know.

“I love the first-year seniors that come out,” he said. “We usually end up with one or two of those. That’s awesome and it’s nice to have that opportunity to build a relationship with them.”

At 132 pounds, Burrows used a take down in the first round and a reversal in the second to win his final home match at McNary 4-2 over Jordan Short in a battle of two district placers last season.

“I’ve been wrestling here for 10 years. I had to come out here and leave everything,” Burrows said. “I wrestled really hard and I feel like he broke first and I was able to keep pressuring him.”

The win wasn’t enough for the Celtics to knock off one of the best teams in the state as Sprague came away with a 56-12 victory.

“We knew that Sprague was a tough team and winning this duel was a pretty daunting task but I was extremely proud of every kid going out, standing tall and fighting until the end,” Ebbs said. “They usually bring a little bit of the best out of us and a good competitive spirit. Our kids seem to step up and work hard to perform, win or lose, and they do the same to us. One thing I can always count on Sprague for is a good old-fashion rivalry and we love it. It helps keep our sport alive. Kids are excited. Moms and dads are excited and you can’t lose when that’s happening.”

McNary’s other points came from Enrique Vincent, who at 120 pounds, returned from injury after missing much of the season with an injury to edge Luke Merzenich 10-7, and Brayden Ebbs, who at 145 pounds pinned Dalton Lethco-Willis in the second period.

Sprague won four matches by pin fall and two via forfeit.

Both the Olympians and McNary will compete in the district meet at West Salem on Friday, Feb. 17 and Saturday, Feb. 18.

City council approves public art for roundabout

Of the Keizertimes

The possibility of placing public art in the roundabout at Chemawa Road Northeast and Verda Lane Northeast took a giant leap forward at the Keizer City Council meeting Monday, Feb. 6.

The city council approved the placement of a public art pad in the roundabout, at the request of the Keizer Public Art Commission (KPAC), with a 6-0 vote. Councilor Kim Freeman was absent.

While there were some reservations on the council, Mayor Cathy Clark was most vocal.

“I have tremendous concerns with the functionality given that this roundabout is on an angle. It relieved a tremendous bottleneck and created safety. I have reservations about putting anything there that could compromise the function,” Clark said.

Earlier in the evening, Lore Christopher, a former mayor and current member of KPAC, addressed the issue with the council and suggested that the council would have final say over what goes on the site and the design, but that turned out not to be true.

“One of the reasons we created the commission was so the council would not take on the role of art critic,” said City Attorney Shannon Johnson.

Current KPAC plans call for a cow-themed art piece, an homage to the nearby cows that will likely be replaced by apartments, but there is no funding for the project yet.

“What we are asking is for the council to approve the site so we can begin looking for grant money to fund it,” Christopher said.

Community Development Director Nate Brown said that while he understood the concerns about the roundabout functions, the addition of public art might deter some bad behavior.

“People can go through at a rapid rate of speed and if we re-channel that visibility it may provide a benefit,” Brown said.

Councilors stipulated in their approval that KPAC would work with city staff to make sure any public art doesn’t impede the functioning of the roundabout

“Valley of the Gods: A Silicon Valley Story” by Alexandra Wolfe

Valley of the Gods: A Silicon Valley Story” by Alexandra Wolfe

c.2017, Simon & Schuster
$27.00 / $36.00 Canada
261 pages


Here. Try this.

Take a sip. Give it a whirl. Do a taste-test. A preliminary trial, it won’t take long. Here, see what you think. We’re asked to sample things every day, from products to ideas but, as in the new book, “Valley of the Gods” by Alexandra Wolfe, is everything worth a try?

College costs money.

For millions of high school grads, that’s a fact of which they don’t need reminding. It’ll cost most of them a lot, and for years to come – unless they’ve got a better plan, such as PayPal cofounder Peter Thiel’s “20 Under 20.”

Alexandra Wolfe was friends with Thiel before she learned about his program, then offering twenty young adults, all under twenty years old, a whopping $100,000 to “stop out” of college. Take a gap year or don’t go at all, Thiel said. Instead, come to Silicon Valley , create a start-up, work your revolutionary idea, and change the world.

Prior to 1971, there was no “ Silicon Valley ,” says Wolfe; only after the many silicon chip manufacturers moved in did the area get its moniker. Today, the largest industries all have “massive bases there” and it’s “one of the biggest concentrations of billionaires in the world.” It’s a place where failure is success, and success is stratospheric.

In 2009, by invitation from Thiel, the program was launched and twenty new high school graduates came to this frantic-for-the-next-big-thing business community with their near-genius ideas: John Burnham, who wanted to explore asteroid mining. Laura Deming, believer in immortality. James Proud, app builder. John Marbach, who hoped to revolutionize education.

As Wolfe learned while following them, Silicon Valley “tech giants” wanted workers who were “self-taught,” and Thiel’s 2009 group was the very essence of that. Still, the program wasn’t the fast-track to riches everyone hoped: many of The Twenty lived in dorm-like buildings, obsessing about coding and aimlessly part-time-job-hopping with little-to-no distinction between work and life. Their eyes were opened to polyamorous lifestyles, social isolation, and gender inequality.

For them, “Climbing corporate rungs was so ten years ago,” says Wolfe. But particularly when you’re “Under 20” and trying your wings, dreams die hard.

It’s quite easy to trot out the old You’ll Laugh, You’ll Cry cliché, but it’s true in “Valley of the Gods.”  You’ll also get confused an awful lot.

The good news is that author Alexandra Wolfe delves into a world that few have seen up-close: her book takes place in hallowed businesses that many of us only know by their online presences, and it’s an eye-opening look. And yet – while reading about this one elite group of would-be entrepreneurs and the extraordinary lengths that those tech companies go to woo them, there’s a lot to digest and it often comes at a breathless, almost relentless, name-dropping pace. Ctrl-alt-delete.

Less of that and more about the Twenty, perhaps, would’ve been nice but I still liked this book. If you want a good peek into tech businesses and, possibly, the future, find “Valley of the Gods” and give it a try.

Terri Schlichenmeyer is based in Wisconsin

KPD cracks down on home squatters

Of the Keizertimes

This week, the front door to home at 1689 14th Street N.E. is boarded up. Orange fliers are posted all over the house to notify would-be occupants that it has become unsafe. “No trespassing” are in windows.

A little over a week ago, that wasn’t the case.

On Wednesday, Feb. 1, Keizer police officers executed a search warrant on the house that resulted in ousting a pair of sisters and their children, among others, who were squatting inside.

“Last month, (the Community Response Unit) began receiving complaints from neighbors and patrol officers regarding this house. The complaints described a high volume of foot traffic, noise at night, garbage piling up and suspicious people loitering in and around the location,” said Sgt. Robert Trump.

In the process of investigating the situation, police officials learned that the home – which is only several hundred yards south of Gubser Elementary School – was a foreclosure owned by Deutsche Bank.

The women who appeared to be the full-time residents – Stephanie Kahler, 37, and Jenny Kahler, 41 – were contacted and interviewed. Police told the women they needed to leave or face arrest, but they remained.

In the meantime, KPD enlisted the help of Ben Crosby, the city’s code enforcement officer.

Crosby found solid waste violations, a broken down pick-up with expired plates, piles of trash and more.

“I also found numerous housing code violations, the big one being a bedroom being built in the garage with no secondary egress or heating.  They were using multiple heaters powered by extension cords throughout the house. Other housing violations were: missing outlets, exposed live wires, holes in the drywall and missing smoke detectors,” Crosby said.

When police served the search warrant, the Kahlers weren’t the only ones in the home.

“Inside and associated with the home, CRU (officers) found methamphetamine and hypodermic needles, and several people with extensive criminal histories were known to associate and/or live inside the home while it was bank-owned,” Trump said.

Two juveniles, the 13- and 16-year-old children of the Kahlers, were interviewed by child welfare workers and released to their mothers after they were arrested and released.

Three pit bull dogs, several smaller dogs and a cat were released to a relative.

The Kahlers were both cited for seven counts of criminal trespass, carrying fines of $35,000 each, and one count of criminal misconduct each, which will cost them another $1,000 each.

In talking about the arrests with members of the city council at a meeting Monday, Feb. 6., KPD Chief John Teague said that even those hefty fines didn’t rise to the seriousness of the crime.

“The penalty is minimal, but we are working to felonize it,” Teague said. “In the past, we’ve dealt with people who use a website that broadcasts the addresses of homes like this for the purpose of directing people to move in and squat.”

This is the fourth time in recent years that KPD officers have had to roust squatters from foreclosed homes, but Teague also urged residents to inform the police when they see suspicious activity.

“We track a lot of foreclosed homes by working with banks, but we can’t track them all. If you live in a neighborhood with a home like this and you see disreputable things going on, let us know,” Teague said.

The non-emergency number for the Keizer Police Department is 503-390-3713.

Call it a day for EDC

Is it time to put a stake through the heart of the city’s Economic Development Commission?

The commission, established by the Keizer City Council in 2014, has not met on its original quarterly schedule; many times there are up to five members absent from sessions. This is no way to run a city commission.

The Economic Development Commission, headed by Mayor Cathy Clark, serves in an advisory capacity to the city council and is charged with providing recommendations regarding economic development in the city.

The commission is supposed to establish a network of communications between resources and talents within the city, identify resources and talents in the community, create  development incentives and remedy regulatory barriers to job creation.

There were suggestions at some of the meetings to do an inventory of vacant commercial spaces on Keizer’s main thoroughfares. This would give the city vital information about space available to businesses that want to locate to Keizer.

There was to be an effort to identify all the stakeholders and property owners up and down River Road in an effort to speak directly with those who have the final say about their property. That task hasn’t been tackled by the commission.

Of course it is hard to accomplish goals when a third of your commissioners are absent from the quarterly meetings. Some members have missed more meetings than other members.

In our view, if a person accepts appointment to a city committee, task force or commission, they should have a better than 50 percent attendance record. It is a commitment to sit on one of the many city bodies; it comes with the responsibility, as well, that each member will be attentive, productive and present.

Being a member of a city body may be a nice additional to one’s resume, but that’s hardly a reason to take up a seat that another person could inhabit. If an appointee to a city body is unable to fulfill their duties, that appointee needs to politely and professional step aside in favor of someone else who is eager to be part of the process.

In the case of the Economic Development Commission there seems to be a lack of interest. Was the commission created with a vague mission? Government officials constantly talk about economic development. Here was a body that was to focus on that exclusively and it was shown little love.

Sunset the Economic Development Commission and go back to the drawing board. The original commission was to be composed of a good fix of business owners, property owners, developers and architects. That plan got skewed over the past three years in the life of the commission.

If the city is serious about economic development then it needs to be serious about the support, funding and power it gives what could be a very important body for the future of the city of Keizer.


The best aren’t getting the best

To the Editor:

The trophies awarded at tournaments hosted by Oregon Wrestling Association don’t reflect the titles the winners earned as champions. The recent OWA tournament I attended with  my wrestler was the Oregon Kids Folkstyle Championships. The first- and second-place trophies were simple plaques with no information such as weight class. Also, OWA didn’t order enough so many were mailed. The plaques were $5 before inscription and lower-placing medals 99¢.

This year there were 1,193 wrestlers. Each paid registration fees of $25, totaling $29,825. In addition, floor passes were sold at $25. There were 95 weight classes. Two plaques and four medals were awarded in each, totaling $14 in awards per weight class, $1,330 for the tournament. While $1,330 sounds like a lot for awards, it is only 4.46 percent of registration fees.

Many tournaments such as the Buckle Belt Challenge, Rumble at the Rock, and Best of the West tournaments award singlets, fight shorts, and belts, a $50-$100 value. These tournaments are spending at least four times per weight class as OWA.

My wrestler and his teammates put in many hours for these tournaments, their parents spend lots of time and money, and they should be rewarded when they are deemed the best. I hope OWA decides to properly award their champions with better trophies.

Gennifer Nelson

Josephine Bolf

J. Bolf

Our Mom, Jo Bolf, died peacefully in her sleep. She was born in Flasher, North Dakota to Michael and Genevieve Beehler. Mom grew up with two older brothers and a younger brother. When Mom was a young girl the family moved from North Dakota to Portland, Oregon. In 1951 Mom married Edward H. Bolf.

The Bolf’s were a founding family for St. Edward Catholic Church in Keizer, Oregon. Throughout Mom’s years she was a member of many groups, clubs, and organizations that had a common thread of helping others.

Mom dedicated her life to raising her children and supporting them in their various activities. Mom was an avid reader, as well as, a gracious hostess whether it was for one of the many family gatherings she hosted or church related functions. Mom was an often sought after cake decorator. She enjoyed making wedding cakes as much as birthday and special-occasion cakes. She spent summers picking berries at Nolan’s farm with her children and worked at LaFollette’s farm stand for years. Once her children were raised and out of the house she worked at the Marion County Elections Office during elections. Most recently, Mom enjoyed the “quiet” after-years of happy, healthy and loud children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

We know she is in heaven with her parents, brothers and husband, Ed Bolf. Mom is survived by all seven of her children; Mary Jane “Janie” (Rich); Becki (Tom); Ed (Sharon); Janice (Jeff), Judy; Nancy; and Jennifer (Noemi); 10 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.

Mom will be fondly remembered by her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren for her, generous heart, gentle guidance, patience, and impish sense of humor.

Services were held on Saturday, February 4th at St. Edwards Church, 5303 River Road, Keizer, Oregon.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Father Taaffe Foundation through St. Edwards Church.

Irene Greene

Our beloved grandmother passed away at the age of 99 while residing at Rosewood Court Senior Center. She was born in Winnipeg, Canada, and lived in Keizer for many years. Preceding Irene in death were her husband of 55 years, David Greene and daughter, Carol Smith. Surviving Irene are her daughter, Sandra, three grandchildren, and numerous great-grandchildren. She was loved by all and will be missed greatly. In keeping with her request, there will be no services. Irene will be laid to rest next to her beloved husband and daughter at City View Cemetery.

What are we afraid of?

What are you afraid of?  Many of us feel over-taxed and under-protected by our government so first we should learn the real threats to our country before deciding where to invest in increased safety.

If safety means not dying then we should also know the causes of death in America.  Center for Disease Control (CDC) statistics from 2014 show the vast majority of deaths in America were caused by some medical condition. Most of us manage to avoid being killed accidentally or by someone with malice aforethought and inevitably die from medical conditions, many of those the inescapable result of getting old. The price of birth is death. We don’t need to spend much here. Eat right and exercise—it’s hard to even imagine the money saved by reducing heart disease and obesity-related disease.  What are you afraid of?

Halfway down the CDC list appears the first non-medical cause of death—accidental death. Drug overdoses have now eclipsed traffic deaths as number one cause of accidental deaths.  I wish I knew where an increase in funding would help to reduce drug use. If we were able to resist using our phones for any reason while driving that would cost nothing and save plenty of lives, and the same drugs that cause overdose deaths contribute to traffic deaths.  What are you afraid of?

Coming in at tenth as cause of death in America is suicide. This looks like a problem better served by compassion than cash. How does a nation so rich with opportunity seem so bleak and hopeless to more than 40,000 of us each year? It sounds naïve even to me but it seems like we could do better just by listening to each other.  You can’t know someone’s desperation without giving them that time.  What are we afraid of?

Because reduction in the rate of all these deaths would require us to change our behaviors or lifestyles we find it easier to focus on outside threats.

We could build a wall along the Mexican border. The intent here is probably more financial security than protection from terrorist violence.  That wall would be more symbolic than functional—subject to tunneling, scaling, flying over and boating around. The most frequently mentioned cost estimate is about $14 billion. That $14 billion might save more lives if spent on careful control of opioid drugs, or discouraging inattentive driving.  What are you afraid of?

Or we could concentrate our efforts on banning refugees from entering our country.  On the CDC list for cause of death in America there is no entry for acts of terror by refugees. The Cato Institute reports that since establishment of the Refugee Act of 1980 no American has been killed in a terrorist act by a refugee that has been through the long and thorough “vetting” required to get a visa.  Zero.

It is more than faintly ironic that our President tweets in apocalyptic terms the dangers of “People pouring in. Bad!” and instructs Homeland Security to “VERY CAREFULLY” check refugees already vetted, interviewed, finger-printed, DNA-checked, and finally granted a visa in a rigorous process that can go two years.  This from a president who has never held a public office and still refuses to release his tax records. Not much vetting for a man assuming the most powerful position on the planet.  What are you afraid of?

(Don Vowell gets on his soapbox regularly in the Keizertimes.)

Emmalene JoAnn Dickey

After a long period of declining physical health, Emmalene JoAnn Dickey passed away peacefully on Jan. 22, 2017.

She was born in Bay City, Ore., to Archie and Ruth Sybil Bair on Jan. 9, 1927. JoAnn, as she was known most of her life, spent her early years growing up in Bay City, and then moved to Salem where she graduated from Salem High School (now North Salem High School).

She married Everett Philip Dickey in 1952. They were married for 60 years at the time of his death on Aug. 2, 2013.

After they married they lived for a short time in Eugene before moving to Canby. In 1955, they moved to Salem and then later Keizer. Before JoAnn was married she worked as a telephone operator in Salem. When she and Phil started a family, JoAnn primarily stayed at home to raise their three children.

She worked in the canneries during the summers, and also worked in elections, both at the local precinct and in the elections office when living in Keizer. JoAnn enjoyed time with family, cooking, canning, sewing. One of her favorite places to visit was the Oregon coast. She also had a great sense of humor and really enjoyed spending time with her cousins, nieces, and nephews. A visit by several of her nieces earlier in 2016 brought a big smile to her face, and joy that had become so rare for her as her condition continued to get worse.

JoAnn was a committed Christian and lived her commitment out in her life. JoAnn and Phil were long time members of the Salem Foursquare Church on Broadway. She was a regular member of the choir, sang solos and duets with Phil, played the organ, and helped produce the weekly church bulletin. Many have recalled her kindness, and her positive influence on their lives upon hearing the news of her passing. Her faith carried through both the good and bad times of life. Even as her health continued to deteriorate and pain would worsen she would lean on her faith to carry her through the difficult times.

JoAnn was preceded in death by Phil, her husband of 60 years. She is survived by her daughter Debbie Fischer, sons Stephen (Diana), and Chris (Mary), five grandchildren, and seven great grandchildren.

Arrangements are by Virgil T. Golden Funeral Services and internment is at Belcrest Memorial Gardens in Salem.