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Day: March 24, 2017

Larry James Smith

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Larry James Smith, 70, of Keizer, Oregon, passed away March 19, 2017 after a three-year courageous battle with cancer.

He was born February 10, 1947 in Ontario, Oregon, to Gail and Charleen (Dentinger) Smith. He graduated from Marshfield High School in Coos Bay, Oregon. He went on to obtain his bachelor’s degree from Oregon College of Education (now Western Oregon University) where he excelled on the football field and was a proud member of the TKB. He spoke fondly of his time at OCE and the positive impact it had on his life.

He married Diane Robertson on March 17, 1973. They have three daughters Tana (Kevin) Thomson, Amy (Jeff) Campbell and Haley (Mark) Cooper and six grandchildren Parker, Kellen, Rylee, Cayde, Eaelyn and Brayson. He was a very proud dad and papa and always made his family his top priority. Larry cherished his family and extended family and always looked forward to spending time with them and his visits to Eastern Oregon.

Larry is the ultimate example of service to others. He dedicated his life to children and the community he lived in. He coached youth football, softball and baseball. Larry worked behind the scenes by contributing his time and money to ensure our youth had the best facilities. He recently received the Keizer Service to Education award for the impact he had on Keizer youth.

Larry spent his entire career in the lumber industry and worked up until his death. He was passionate about his career and never viewed his job as work. He formed many strong relationships with his colleagues whom he considered second family. He spent the last twenty-one years working and growing Billboard Lumber and was very proud of the company Billboard Lumber is today.

His love for learning and personal growth was contagious. Larry was a mentor to many and had an amazing ability to motivate and inspire confidence in others. He focused on positivity and was there to encourage others in their time of need.

Our life will never be the same but his spirit will continue to live on through the many lives he touched.

A celebration of his life will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, March 24 at Zenith Vineyard in Salem, Oregon.

Kevin Compton

Kevin Compton, 67, was born on November 5, 1949 to Osia and Victor Compton and passed away March 12, 2017 in his Keizer home from ALS. He is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, (Marlene), favorite daughter (Nichole Black), adored and cherished grandchildren (Isabella and Tyler Black), brother and sister-in-law (Barry and Emma Compton), many treasured nieces and nephews and Honey Boy Blue (Little One).

Kevin’s Celebration of Life will be held on Monday, March 27, 2017 at 1pm at the Grace Community Church, 4105 Lancaster Dr NE, Salem, OR 97305. In lieu of flowers, Kevin would be delighted to have donations made to The Oregon and Southwest Washington Chapter of The ALS Association. Arrangements are by Keizer Funeral Chapel.

Carma Sue Miletta

Carma Sue Miletta  passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, on March 3, 2017. “Sue,” as she was known, was born August 30, 1934 in Des Moines, Iowa to Winnett and Beulah Conrad. After graduating from North Salem High School, Sue met the love of her life, Roy Miletta. They were married on December 8, 1952 and had four children: David, Lisa (Martinmaas), Larry, and Lora. The family moved to Keizer in 1959. After raising her family, Sue worked in food service for Salem-Keizer School District at McNary High School and Kennedy Elementary. After retiring from the school district, she worked for the Oregon State Fair (Poultry Building), eventually becoming superintendent. Sue was a long-time volunteer for the Keizer Heritage Foundation. She loved to read, travel, paint with watercolors, and cheer on the Keizer Volcanoes–she was a season ticket holder for many years. Sue’s positivity, humor, and smile will be greatly missed by everyone who knew her.

Sue leaves behind her children, seven grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild. She is also survived by her brother, Jay Conrad. Sue was preceded in death by her husband, Roy, and son Larry Miletta.

Sue was a member of First United Methodist Church of Salem (600 State Street) and services for Sue will be held there on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 2 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, please honor Sue with donations to United Methodist Church – MICAH  Center (600 State St, Salem, OR 97301) and/or St. Brigid Home (c/o Catholic Community Services, PO Box 20400, Salem, OR 97307-0400).

Keizer girls bring ‘Wrath’ to derby

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McNary freshman Anneke “Wrath” Titus joined the Cherry Blossoms junior roller derby team three years ago.

But she would’ve started much sooner.

“My mom was originally in it (roller derby) so I really wanted to do it ever since she was,” said Warth. “They didn’t have a junior league at the time though. I just started skating with her. She was all for me doing it.”

Wrath’s mom competed for Panty Raiders, which is one of six adult roller derby teams in Salem. The junior team, which is in its third year of competition, is for girls and boys ages 12-17.

The Cherry Blossoms next bout is Saturday, March 25 at 6 p.m. against the Emerald City Junior Gems in the Cherry City Derby Girls Mad House, 1335 Madison St. NE Salem.

Tickets are available online for $10 at or at the door for $15.

Wrath, who began skating when she was eight and is now a captain for the Cherry Blossoms, said she’s never really been a “sports kid” but has always enjoyed roller derby.

“I like that if I had a really bad day I can come here and kind of get my stress out,” Wrath said. “It’s really fun because I make lots of friends and I meet new people. It’s challenging and demands a lot physically but it’s really great going out there and having fun and seeing the team grow.”

Maya “Mercury” Blaisdell Wood, a seventh grader at Whiteaker Middle School, started roller derby when she was eight years old in Los Angeles but had to wait two years to turn 12 when she moved to Keizer.

“When I was in elementary school, a kid told me I couldn’t play basketball because I was a girl,” Mercury said. “My mom started looking at sports for me to play and I found this one, which is a really all-inclusive sport, no matter what your size or gender is. It was kind of this hidden sport. What I really love about it is you get to know your teammates really well and it’s just such a unique sports. It’s on roller skates. It’s the greatest.”

In roller derby, each team fields four blockers and a jammer, who wears a star on their helmet and scores points by lapping the pack. Jammers earn one point for each opposing player they pass while opposing blockers try to stop the jammer while also helping their own jammer through the pack.

Cherry Blossoms compete in Portland, Bend, Eugene and Seattle. They are traveling to California in June.

City should look at McNary safety first


I am writing in response to Mayor Cathy Clark’s column (City looking at McNary parking, Keizertimes, March 17).

The safety of the kids is the first priority and this situation has created some compromised safety issues for the students and also along with the parking issues disrupting the lives of the residents of and around Newberg Drive N.

First off let me inform you that this problem of traffic and parking did not exist until sometime mid-term of the school year of 2015-16, and the school was already over-crowded prior to that. All of a sudden the traffic and parking became a huge issue in middle of that school year to this neighborhood. I wonder how they got by prior to this issue since the overcrowding was about the same then as it is today? (Enrollment at McNary in 2013 was 2,107; in 2016 it is 2,075.)

This problem just all of a sudden came to be, if you don’t believe me, ask some of the residents who are fairly new to Newberg Drive. They told me that they would not have purchased here if they knew this problem was coming and it was not that way when they both invested in their homes here just a few years ago.

During the 2015-16 school year, and before, parents were able to deliver their kids to school without knowing to use Newberg Drive. Since there are no huge differences in student enrollment numbers the only solution is to revert back to that time.

This problem exists for convenience rather then necessity. Now that the word is out for an additional drop off point on Newberg Drive and MacArthur Street plus “free parking” on the “under maintained” street of MacArthur Street and in the cul de sac of Max Court, this neighborhood is being taken advantage of and with less safety for the students. In order to stop these safety and parking issues then there are really only two ways to accomplish it and anything else would be a patch job and very ineffective. This patchwork would also enable and help justify the school to continue to make Newberg Drive unsafe and the cul de sac into a high school parking lot. So the two solutions are as follows:

Number one (the best solution) is by locking the gate at MacArthur Street and making McNary a closed campus at least until they make a better parking lot or find another solution to their overcrowding. There would be zero cost (I say it again: zero cost!) to lock the gate and could be implemented in just a few days to notify the students and parents the gate is closed and these safety and parking problems would be solved just like we didn’t have these problems in 2015 and prior. Once again these problems were not here during and prior to the last school year so the parents and students obviously got by with the overcrowding of the school, so its really more about convenience of the parents to drop off students and the “free parking” for students in a cul de sac that was designed to keep traffic and vehicles at a minimum and certainly not to be used as a school parking lot.

Solution number two is not the best—it would certainly tone down the traffic and not do much of anything about the parking issues—is to open the gates on Sandy and Robbindale drives, plus possibly adding another gate to Orchard Street. (note the Orchard Street gate would not be any less safe then the students crossing four lanes of traffic in McNary and through the parking lot at the entry from MacArthur Street).

I agree that adding street lights would be very nice for Newberg Drive, but it is another slim patch up job for the kids safety that doesn’t do anything at all except when it is dark outside. Adding permit parking in this neighborhood would be costly and very difficult for the city and the neighbors to manage and is yet another flimsy patch job when making McNary into a closed campus is a quick and easy fix, with only the inconvenience that they have already endured previously.

In the last city council meeting City Manager Chris Eppley said that he can not order the school to lock the gate but has tried to get them to lock it, but I would be willing to bet that he has some clout inside the borders of Keizer and Salem-Keizer School District. This is about the safety issues of the students plus the upsetting of the lives of the people who live in and around Newberg Drive.

Mr. Eppley and Mayor Clark I am asking you to step up and use your powers to stop this madness caused by the new principal of McNary and the Salem-Keizer School District. You could file Quality Assurance Model (QAM) papers with the school district and show objection. You could also go public and announce your position strongly since I know you really care about student safety and possibly even for the residents of this neighborhood. I think the Salem-Keizer School District would listen to you. Once again, I am asking the city of Keizer to stand up for your citizens both young and old and stop the school from causing safety issues and making this neighborhood a very uncomfortable place to live.

(Charles Anderson lives in Keizer.)

The world watches a shrinking presidency


It is difficult to overestimate the geopolitical risks of this moment —or the (both disturbed and eager) global scrutiny now being given to the American president.

     Aggression is growing along the westward reach of Russian influence and the southern boundary of Chinese influence. Intercontinental nuclear capacity may soon be in the hands of a mental pubescent in North Korea. In the Middle East, a hostile alliance of Russia and Shiite powers is ascendant; radical Sunnis have a territorial foothold and inspire strikes in Western cities; America’s traditional Sunni friends and allies feel devalued or abandoned; perhaps 500,000 Syrians are dead and millions of refugees suffer in conditions that incubate anger. Cyber terrorism and cyber espionage are exploiting and weaponizing our own technological dependence. Add to this a massive famine in East Africa, threatening the lives of 20 million people, and the picture of chaos is complete—until the next crisis breaks.

It is in this context that the diplomatic bloopers reel of the last few days has been played—the casual association of British intelligence with alleged surveillance at Trump Tower; the presidential tweets undermining Secretary of State Rex Tillerson during his Asia trip; and the rude and childish treatment given the German chancellor. When Donald Trump and Angela Merkel sat together in the Oval Office, we were seeing the leader of the free world—and that guy pouting in public.

     Every new administration has a shakeout period. But this assumes an ability to learn from mistakes. And this would require admitting mistakes. The spectacle of an American president blaming a Fox News commentator for a major diplomatic incident was another milestone in the miniaturization of the presidency.

An interested foreigner (friend or foe) must be a student of Trump’s temperament, which is just as bad as advertised. He is inexperienced, uninformed, easily provoked and supremely confident in his own judgment. His advantage is the choice of some serious, experienced advisers, including Defense Secretary James Mattis, national security adviser H.R. McMaster and deputy national security adviser Dina Powell. But success in their jobs depends on the listening skills of Donald Trump.

Mere incompetence would be bad enough. But foreigners trying to understand America must now study (of all things) the intellectual influences of White House chief strategist Steve Bannon. His vision of a Western alliance of ethno-nationalist, right-wing populists against globalists, multiculturalists, Islamists and (fill in the blank with your preferred minority) is the administration’s most vivid and rhetorically ascendant foreign policy viewpoint. How does this affect the alliances of the previous dispensation? That is the background against which Trump’s peevishness is being viewed.

Foreigners see a president who has blamed his predecessor, in banana republic style, of a serious crime, for which FBI Director James Comey testified Monday that there is no evidence. They see an administration whose campaign activities are being actively investigated by the executive branch and Congress. If close Trump associates are directly connected to Russian hacking, foreigners will see the president engulfed in an impeachment crisis—the only constitutional mechanism that would remove the taint of larceny from the 2016 election.

And foreigners are seeing politics, not national security, in the driver’s seat of the administration. Tillerson was given the job of secretary of state, then denied his choice of deputy for political reasons, then ordered to make a 28 percent cut in the budget for diplomacy and development. Never mind that Tillerson has been left a diminished figure. Never mind that stability operations in Somalia and Northern Nigeria—the recruiting grounds of Islamist terrorism—would likely be eliminated under the Trump budget. Never mind that programs to prevent famines would be slashed.

When asked if he was worried about cutting these programs during a famine, budget director Mick Mulvaney responded: “The president said specifically hundreds of times … I’m going to spend less money on people overseas and more money on people back home. And that’s exactly what we’re doing with this budget.” The benighted cruelty of such a statement —assuming that the only way to help Americans is to let foreign children die—is remarkable, and typical.

     The sum total? Foreigners see a Darwinian, nationalist framework for American foreign policy; a diminished commitment to global engagement; a brewing scandal that could distract and cripple the administration; and a president who often conducts his affairs with peevish ignorance.

Some will look at this spectacle and live in fear; others may see golden opportunity.

(Washington Post Writers Group)

Turning policies into numbers


President Donald Trump presented a radically different budget blueprint to Congress last week. The new plan would increase defense spending by $54 billion and fund the increase with targeted cuts in other discretionary spending.

What makes the $1.1 trillion budget truly unique, Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney told reporters before the rollout, is that “we wrote it using the president’s own words. We went through his speeches, we went through articles that have been written about his policies, we talked to him, and we wanted to know what his policies were, and we turned those policies into numbers.”

Mulvaney called the blueprint an “America First” spending plan, a “hard-power budget” that moves spending from soft-power programs like foreign aid and into building up the military itself. Trump’s plan would cut the budgets for the Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development by 28 percent. While critics are alarmed, the blueprint has a saving grace, according to Mulvaney: “The president ran saying he would spend less money overseas and more money back home.”

Critics are appalled. “By increasing military spending by $54 billion while cutting spending on civilian diplomacy and assistance, the Trump administration is militarizing foreign aid,” charged Adam Isacson, senior associate for defense oversight at the Washington Office on Latin America.

As rumors of the pending foreign aid cuts spread last month, more than 120 retired generals and admirals sent a letter to Congress in which they quoted Trump’s Defense Secretary James Mattis, who said when he was commander of the U.S. Central Command, “If you don’t fully fund the State Department, then I need to buy more ammunition.”

Trump also campaigned on a plan to have Mexico pay for a wall at the U.S. border. But Mulvaney said the proposed budget includes $1.5 billion for the border wall this year.

Over the years, conservatives have proposed cutting federal funding for a number of pursuits they consider left-leaning. Rather than talking about cutting these expenses gradually, Trump proposes to eliminate completely funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Legal Services Corporation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the United States Institute for Peace.

In answer to a press question, Mulvaney expounded, “the policy is that we’re ending federal involvement with the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.”

A reporter asked, “Over a period of years?”

“Well, this year,” Mulvaney answered.

Mulvaney has clearly stated that this preliminary or “skinny budget” won’t reduce the deficit—but it won’t increase deficit spending either. To make a dent in the national debt, Trump would have to cut entitlement spending.

“Unfortunately, the budget does not include any proposals on mandatory spending or revenue and does not include any proposals or projections beyond 2018,” the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget opined. “In this sense, this budget ignores the 70 percent of spending that is responsible for 90 percent of spending growth over the next decade and tells us nothing about how the Administration will address the nation’s unsustainably rising national debt.”

The blueprint next goes to Congress. While Republicans control both the House and the Senate, history shows that for all their fiscal conservative talk, Republicans often are loath to actually cut the cord of federal spending.

“While nearly every Republican claims to be a fiscal conservative, many of them defend subsidy programs important to their states or personal interests,” observed Chris Edwards, editor of the Cato Institute’s, who tossed out rural business subsidies as an example. “As Trump’s proposed cuts are considered on Capitol Hill, it will become more clear to Republican voters which members are real fiscal conservatives and which are defenders of big government subsidies.”

Washington simply isn’t used to administrations proposing huge cuts that seem likely to end in what one journalist described as the largest proposed reduction in the federal workforce since World War II. That same reporter asked Mulvaney if the White House had considered the “impact on property values.” (The question showed that, in a sense, every Beltway homeowner has an interest in keeping the government big.) Clearly Mulvaney had heard the real estate question before. His answer was direct and provoked laughter in the briefing room. “I work for the president of the United States,” Mulvaney answered. “The president of the United States, he represents the District of Columbia, Northern Virginia, and Southern Maryland, but he also represents the rest of the country. And I can assure you that we did not write this budget with an eye toward what it would do to the value of your condo.”

(Creators Syndicate)*

Five-timers club

Of the Keizertimes

McNary lacrosse coach Ryan Bowlby needed only one word to describe Chad Pinney’s game after the Celtic junior scored five goals in a 13-9 win over Hermiston on Friday, March 17.


“Chad used to live back there so he knows a bunch of these boys,” Bowlby said. “He grew up with them. His old best friend is on the team so you knew what you’re going against and he rose to the challenge, which is brilliant. He’s the one that kept us in it with the first couple of goals.”

McNary fell behind 3-0 in the first five minutes before battling back.

“We definitely came out flat to start the game, not being ready and miscommunications on defense,” Bowlby said. “They weren’t talking the first quarter and by the end of the game they were yelling and everyone was talking. That was big since in lacrosse you have to communicate to be successful on defense. If you don’t talk, you won’t win.”

Pinney scored the Celtics first goal midway through the first quarter and added another with 3:37 remaining. Alex McGrath then tied the game 3-3 just 14 seconds into the second quarter.

After Pinney scored again with 8:14 remaining in the first half, Jonathan Williams, despite being fouled and momentarily knocked out of the game, scored his first of five goals to give McNary a 5-3 lead and conclude a 5-0 run.

The Celtics led 5-4 entering halftime but Hermiston quickly tied the game and then took a 6-5 lead with 7:25 remaining in the third quarter.

After Williams tied the contest back up at 6-6, Pinney again took over, scoring two more goals to give McNary a lead that would stick, 8-6 with 10:18 left to play.

“We just worked as a team and just really moved the ball around, looked for the open shots and took them,” Pinney said.

Hermiston twice got within one goal of the Celtics, 8-7 and 9-8, but McNary, playing two-men-up, scored four goals in the final 2:39, one each by Tyler Anderson and Jack O’Connor and two by Williams, to put away the visiting Bulldogs.

“They had a team win. That was the big thing, lots of guys scoring out there, Bowlby said. “Defense, we were able to show a bunch of different things. We had worked on a new defensive set on Wednesday and they were able to implement it tonight. That’s a big step for them.”

Bowlby also acknowledged the play of goalie Marcus McCoy.

“He came up phenomenal like always, a great athlete going after the ball, made some great saves out there to keep us in the game,” Bowlby said.

The Celtics expect another close game on Friday, March 27 when Mountain View comes to Keizer.

“It’s always a back-and-forth game,” Bowlby said. “One year we win. Next year they win. They won last time so it’s our turn.”

Lady Celts open season with 10-0 win

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Batting leadoff, Nadia Witt said she was just trying to get on base.

The McNary center fielder did more than that, going 3-for-3 with two doubles and two runs scored as the Lady Celts shut out Cleveland 10-0 on Thursday, March 16 to open the 2017 softball season.

“We played a lot better than I expected,” Witt said. “I wasn’t expecting us to play bad but we played really good and we all communicated well and just played as a team.”

McNary sophomore Faith Danner pitched all five innings, recording six strikeouts and no walks. She allowed seven hits but only four got out of the infield.

“I was focused on hitting my spots, no matter what was behind me,” Danner said. “I was hitting the corners pretty good. I wasn’t throwing a lot down the middle.”

Freshman outfielder Alexa Cepeda, who hit second in the Lady Celts lineup, claimed she was nervous before her first high school game. But it didn’t show as Cepeda went 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles and two RBI.

“My first at bat, I was kind of shaking but I think I got them (nerves) out,” Cepeda said. “She was pitching outside so I tried to take it the other way.”

Witt and Cepeda’s bats sparked McNary early. After Witt doubled to leadoff the bottom of the first inning, Cepeda roped a double of her own down the third base line to knock in Witt for the Lady Celts first run of the season.

With two outs in the bottom of the second, Witt and Cepeda did the same and their back-to-back doubles gave McNary a 5-0 lead.

“She gets on a lot and she has wheels, the kid can fly,” McNary head coach Kevin Wise said of Witt. “And that’s what you want as a leadoff hitter. You want someone who is aggressive, who is going to push the issue. And then Alexa, I mean that kid for a freshmen, she already hits like she’s an upperclassman. She can hit and she can slap so we’ve got the best of both worlds.”

First baseman Haley Ebner singled to bring home Cepeda to give the Lady Celts a 6-0 lead after two innings. McNary added four more runs in the third.

Danner was 2-for-2 with a walk while courtesy runner Sabello Alfaro scored two runs. Emma Kinler and Nicole Duran both had RBI singles. Freshmen Kendyl Jennings and Haley Bingenheimer both had a hit and scored a run in their first game.

“One thing I like about our lineup, all up and down, we don’t really have a weak spot this year,” Wise said. “We’ve got kids who can hit one through nine. Last year, we lost to this team 13-17 so to have us come out and play like this, especially when you look and we had one senior on third base and four freshmen starting today. I’m really happy with this start. It’s good. I couldn’t be happier.”