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Day: April 28, 2017

Doran to lead girls basketball program

Of the Keizertimes

McNary’s new girls basketball coach Liz Doran’s toughest question at an introductory meeting last week didn’t come from the press but from one of her future players—“Are there any teams in our league that you don’t like?”

“No, I’m not going there,” replied Doran after the room erupted in laughter.

Doran graduated from Crescent Valley High School in 2005 back when the Lady Raiders and McNary played in the same conference.

“We lost a heartbreaker here my senior year that I still remember,” she said.

Doran was a McDonald’s All-American nominee as a senior at Crescent Valley, averaging 19.4 points per game and represented her graduating class as their valedictorian.

Doran signed with Santa Clara University after high school, starting 61 games and leading the team in 3-pointers her junior and senior seasons. In the classroom, she graduated summa cum laude with a 3.95 GPA in bioengineering.

After serving as an assistant girls basketball coach at Moscow High School in Idaho from 2009-2010, Doran returned to her alma mater to become an assistant at Crescent Valley.

After two seasons, Doran was set to become head coach of the girls program but instead jumped at the opportunity to join the staff at Texas A&M International University, a Division-II program in Laredo.

“At the time it was just one of those things that I couldn’t turn down,” Doran said. “It was hard to leave because I was really excited to coach the high school team but it was an opportunity where I thought I could really build my resume and learn more about basketball.”

Doran said she enjoyed coaching in college but got the itch to be a teacher and a coach, so after four years she returned to Corvallis and is currently getting her masters of science and education at Oregon State.

“I think the high school level is meant for me,” Doran said. “I love building basketball skills and basketball smarts but I also love the life lessons that you can learn through basketball and building character, work ethic that will help you in every area.”

At McNary, Doran is replacing Derick Handley, who stepped down at the end of the season.

Under Handley, the Lady Celts won a school record 23 games and finished fourth in the state in 2016. After sending three players to Division-II programs, McNary then went 13-11 last year and lost to Jesuit in the first round of the playoffs.

The Lady Celts will graduate four seniors including leading scorer, Sydney Hunter, who has signed with the University of San Diego.

“It was a tough decision but the demands of being a husband, father of a 3-year old, teacher and coach were getting more and more difficult to balance,” Handley said. “I was realizing that moving forward it would be nearly impossible to give 100 percent to everything, and while I love coaching it was the obvious option.”

Handley will remain at McNary, taking on the responsibilities of the school’s activities director.

“I love the program at McNary and wish the student athletes and their families nothing but the best moving forward,” Handley said. “They are going to be in great hands with the next coach and will continue their success at the high levels our community has come to expect.”

McNary’s new athletic director Scott Gragg hired Doran from a pool of 12 applicants.

“There was one candidate that was far and above the others that were really good candidates as well,” Gragg said. “Coach Doran, we’re lucky that she has chosen to lead the Celtics.”

Doran came highly recommended.

“This is year 40 for me at Crescent Valley, Elizabeth might be one of the best I’ve seen in the classroom and as a coach,” Crescent Valley Athletic Director Craig Ellingson wrote. “She is going to be dynamite. She is a 10 out of 10. I wish I could keep her.”

Doran said she knew McNary was the right fit after meeting with Gragg and Principal Erik Jespersen.

“I’m super excited,” she said. “I feel like it was meant to be. I met Erik and Scott and their vision of where they want McNary to be as a school and athletics, too, I hit it off right away with them.”

Doran delivered a motto of “We Pursue Excellence,” to her new team, which extends to every area of life, on and off the court.

“I want to build a program that has strong character and that’s a classy program, and that starts with respecting each other, respecting the administration, respecting the teachers, respecting referees,” said Doran, who added that McNary will “compete hard, smart and together.”

Doran, who also participated in volleyball, track and golf in high school, recommended her girls play other sports.

“I want you to play basketball, even if another sport is your passion,” Doran said. “I think there is a lot of things you can learn by playing another sport. If you want to play volleyball or softball or run track in college, I will help you develop the work ethic and the mentality needed to succeed. It’s the same across every sport. The actual skills are different but the same mindset is needed to be successful and it transfers to other aspects of life, too. That’s why I want to coach and teach.”

Doran is starting right away. Her first open gym was Wednesday, April 26. A parent meeting to discuss summer ball is scheduled for Monday, May 8 at 7:30 p.m.

Mayor will ask for $5K to support homelessness project manager

Of the Keizertimes

The Keizer Budget Advisory Committee will have at least one new staff position to discuss when it meets next month, but it will only indirectly affect the city’s parks and police.

At a work session Monday, April 24, Mayor Cathy Clark told the council of her intention to request $5,000 of the city’s 2017-18 budget be put toward funding a project manager position at the Mid-Willamette Valley Council of Governments (MWVCOG). The position, which has yet to be formally established, will oversee collaborative efforts between the public and private sector to combat homelessness in Marion, Polk and Yamhill counties.

“The request will be vetted by the budget committee, but I want Keizer to have some skin in the game,” said Clark.

Clark’s announcement came toward the end of an hour-long presentation to council that detailed a year’s worth of meetings by the Mid-Willamette Valley homeless Initiative. Clark served as a co-chair on the committee.

The position would primarily be funded by Marion County and the City of Salem, both of which pledged $40,000 toward setting up the office within the MWVCOG.

Clark spent most of her time rehashing the findings of the Initiative, but said that homelessness at it’s core is about people.

“We are concerned about taking care of people in our community who are homeless and at risk of becoming homeless,” Clark said.

One of the most pressing issues is housing, and affordable housing, capacity in the Willamette Valley.

“It’s difficult for people who are employed to afford a home and even more difficult for those who aren’t. The worse it gets in Portland, the worse it gets here,” Clark said.

There is currently a 6,400-unit deficit in housing availability for those making $25,000 a year or less, and that is just one example of the shortfall. The wait for Section 8 housing is two to three years and there are already those with housing vouchers and no place to redeem them.

Clark said Keizer has already made some strides by incorporating accessory dwelling units and cottage clusters into its development code and that other municipalities are currently looking at doing so.

When asked how the recent rise in visible homelessness is affecting the Keizer Police Department, Chief John Teague said the problem needed a resolution other than handcuffs.

“An arrest is an inconsequential matter for them. They have no job to lose and there’s no additional stigma. The police have been the answer for decades and it’s not working,” Teague said.

He added that dealing with where to store a detainee’s belongings also stresses limited resources.

One of the goals of the new position is to have a facilitator for fostering collaboration between non-profit and private sector efforts.

“We want to have a continuum of care and having good hand-offs (from one organization to another) is critical,” Clark said.

While the council members did not debate or deliberate their position regarding the $5,000 contribution, several councilors thanked Clark for her work. Councilor Roland Herrera said it was important to overcome the current stigma associated with homelessness.

“I think it’s overblown, the view that people choose to be (homeless). The biggest surprise to me was that all the (homeless people) I’ve talked to, they didn’t choose to. They had lost a job, or had a medical event or some tragedy struck and suddenly they were living out of their truck,” Herrera said.

Hearts Like Fists

Keizer Homegrown Theatre takes stage Friday

Of the Keizertimes

Jay Gipson-King, president of the Salem Theatre Network, is bringing something unique to Keizer.

Hearts Like Fists, Keizer Homegrown Theatre’s spring production, debuting Friday, April 28 at 7 p.m. in the Chemeketa Community College auditorium, comes from the Geek Theater: Anthology of Science Fiction and Fantasy Plays.

“It’s a comic book play, really,” Gipson-King said. “One of my goals was to bring in something new and exciting and targets a younger audience and maybe get some people that don’t normally go to the theatre.”

To reach that group, the cast of Hearts Like Fists had a booth at Cherry City Comic Con. They’ll also be at Tony’s Kingdom of Comics on Saturday May 6—Free Comic Book Day.

Penelope Wright Bays and Craig Will battle during Hearts Like Fists, debuting at Chemeketa Community College on Friday, April 28 at 7:30 p.m. (KEIZERTIMES/Derek Wiley)

The playwright, Adam Szymkowicz, has created a four panel comic strip about the play that will be handed out at the event. The strip will be illustrated by Annmare Cruz, daughter of Tony Grove, owner of Tony’s Kingdom of Comics.

Hearts Like Fists tells the story of four female crime fighters, Lisa, played by Rachael Wiggins, Sally, played by Penelope Wright Bays, Nina, played by Elizabeth Ming and Jazmin, played by Kyrie Haskins, as they defend the city against Doctor X (Craig Will), who is sneaking into apartments and injecting lovers with a lethal poison.

The cast also includes Sam Byers-Tibbits, who portrays Peter, a lonely heart surgeon who has failed at love until he meets Lisa. Mike Jaffe plays the commissioner of the city and Mathew Willem and Elijah Rodriguez make up the ensemble.

“It’s very strongly feminist,” Gipson-King said. “It’s an all female crime fighting team and they get to wield weapons and fight the bad guy and it’s all very exciting.”

The cast worked with John Elliot, a choreographer from Eugene, blocking the five fight scenes over just three days.

“It’s pretty amazing and speaks very highly of John’s skill level as a choreographer,” Gipson-King said. “He specializes in exciting flashy style of fighting as well as the weapons. Every night (of rehearsal) we do fight call over and over again.”

Additional shows are April 29 and 30 and May 5, 6, 12 and 13 at 7:30 p.m. Matinees are scheduled for April 30 and May 7 at 2 p.m. Doors open 30 minutes prior to the start of the play.

Tickets are $15 and available at the door or online at Brown Paper Tickets

The show is recommended for ages 10 and older.

“There’s one pretty sexy kissing scene,” Gipson-King said.

The first 25 ticket holders can enjoy a free cupcake happy hour with sparkling cider and coffee.

The auditorium is in Building 6 at Chemeketa Community College. The closest parking is in the purple lot.

Eclipse can be good for Keizer

There has been news from across Oregon about how communities are preparing for this summer’s total solar eclipse on Aug. 21.

Reports have included news about hotels cancelling reservations (some made years ago) and re-booking rooms at many times their current rates. A thousand extra camping spaces are being made available after every site in the eclipse’s path between the Oregon coast and the Snake River had been reserved months in advance. There is a gigantic festival slated for Madras—Oregon Solarfest, just a few miles from another festival—Moonshadow.

All around Keizer communities and organizations have been planning and seen their hotels and campgrounds get completely booked. Those who planned ahead were able to secure a spot at the coast, in the mountains, on a lake or a river. Eclipse-viewing fans who did not plan ahead will be able to experience the solar event here in Keizer.

A handful of volunteers and civic leaders are working feverishly to prepare Keizer for the expected onslaught of visitors who can’t find space anywhere else along the eclipse path.

We don’t mind if Keizer is not the first choice for visitors from outside the area, but as the choices become limited Keizer can take full advantage of the situation.

More than 150 RV and tent camping sites will be prepared for the event.  The city, the Keizer Parks Foundation and KRA—which operates the Keizer Rotary Amphitheatre—are planning events and concerts for visitors to enjoy.

Keizer’s business community—especially those that sell food and daily needs items—should also be planning on how they will attract a captive audience. Organizers of Keizer’s solar eclipse event will bring them here, it’s up to the rest of us to turn it into a positive for our bottom lines.


Regarding Rep. Post criticism

To the Editor:

I highly recommend that if Mr. McCall or anyone in this district has concerns regarding Representative Post, there are plenty of ways to reach out to him (his phone and email are printed in this paper once a month) and address whatever questions they may have directly with him. I firmly believe, however, that most voters in HD 25 would echo the sentiment that Rep. Post is doing a fine job and encourage him to keep up the fight for small government in a Capitol where the prevailing philosophy seems to be ‘the bigger the better.’

David Cheney

Costs for our traveling president

To the Editor:

No one alive today can verify or deny that French King Louis XVI’s wife, Marie Antoinette, said “Let them eat cake.” This alleged comment of hers was inspired by the belief that she and her royal family cared not at all what happened to starving Parisians.

In the U.S. these days, we know for a fact that millions among us do not have enough to eat and are without safe shelter.  The problem is further compounded and distress-causing by the huge number of American children going hungry and homeless.

Meanwhile, our “royal” family lives as though they care not at all what happens to American adults and children who find life to be a daily challenge by the absence of food and housing.

Apparently paying little heed to these needs, President Trump and family travel at taxpayer expense to his Florida golf club, Mar-a-Lago, almost every weekend at taxpayer expense, closing in on his first 100 days at a whopping cost of $50 million.

This information about the way Trump, in what’s viewed as business-as-usual-form, is conducting his presidency, including alleged violations of the U,S. Constitution’s Emoluments Clause or, in layman language, using one’s office to make money, has resulted in ever more disquiet among the American citizenry quite like that reported to have been the prevailing French sentiments before they took action.

Unfortunate for most Americans, any criticism of 45 is greeted by his typical reply: “I’m president and you’re not.”

Gene H. McIntyre

Harder for school board position

To the Editor:

I have known Dr. Kathleen Harder and her family for many years. She’s down-to-earth, easy to talk to, and genuinely concerned with those around her. Her compassion is matched only by her willingness to work hard.  That makes her a great doctor, and it will also make her a very effective member of the Salem-Keizer School Board.

Kathleen is a dedicated mom who, alongside her husband Rob, has raised a bright and talented young man who graduated from the Salem-Keizer public school system and is headed off to college. She is passionate about our public school system. I know she will work hard to ensure our students, teachers, and administrators have everything they need to be successful.

I’m proud to endorse Kathleen, and I join more than 50 other endorsements, including the Salem-Keizer Education Association, Stand for Children, and many others throughout our community.

Please join me in voting for Dr. Kathleen Harder for Salem-Keizer School Board.

Randall Sutton

Moving bills is a lesson in politics

From the Capitol
By Bill Post

This has been a crazy week here in the Oregon legislature. Two thousand-seven hundred eighty four bills have been introduced so far this session, and April 18 was one of the biggest deadlines. To remain viable, all bills (besides those in the Rules and Ways and Means committees) had to have a work session and be moved out to the House (or Senate) Floor.

Most of my bills didn’t make it out of committee and are thus “dead.” I do have a few still kicking in Ways and Means, which I am excited about. House Bill 2570 and House Bill 2961 are both bills to try and help solve the housing affordability crisis we are in.

This month I’ve had several groups of constituents come and meet with me. From business leaders to citizens to St. Paul school kids, no matter who, I love introducing people to their Capitol. One of the questions that these visitors often as is “How does a bill die?” So let me explain:

As mentioned above, to survive this last deadline, the bill had to be “worked” or moved out of the committee to the chamber floor for a vote. The person who appears to make that decision is the committee chairperson. They are the ones who schedule the bills in the committees. Sometimes though, the chair of a committee will refuse to work a bill that the leadership wants to move—so that chair might be removed from the committee for the day, or removed from the chairmanship altogether. That is a big threat that can be used against the chair. If they like the position more than they care about the policy that is passed, that can be a real threat.

During one of my committee meetings on the deadline day, the committee hearing was interrupted multiple times. The door would crack open and a hand would poke through, beckoning to the chair/vice chair. They would stop the committee, go out into the hall and meet with the staff of the majority party caucus. They would then come back in and either kill the bill or work it, depending on how they were instructed. This is only my third session so I don’t have a lot to compare to, but I’ve asked some of the senior members and they’ve never seen anything quite like this.

This is the kind of thing that the average voter has no idea actually happens. Instead of the 11 people on that committee discussing the issue, listening to testimony and coming to a decision, a few people in a back room make the decision and run the proceedings.

I don’t want to sound like I am blaming a particular party here—either party is capable of bending the rules and hijacking the true deliberative process we were sent to the capitol to conduct. In the Oregon House, 60 representatives are each elected by about the same number of Oregonians. Should one of those representatives squelch the voice of the other 59? This is why elections are so important—again, not to elect a specific party, but to elect people who have solid principles and are committed to letting every voice be heard in the democratic process.

(Bill Post represents House Dis- trict 25. He can be reached at 503- 986-1425 or via email at rep.bill- [email protected])

Gilbert Martinez

G. Martinez

November 4, 1960 – April 21, 2017

Gilbert Martinez passed away on April 21 in Temecula, Calif.

Martinez was born in Orange County, Calif. but spent most of his childhood in Keizer.

He graduated from McNary High School in 1979. He moved back to California where he loved riding his Harley Davidson Fatboy in the sunshine and lived life in the moment. He was passionate for his family and dog named Harley. He succumbed from pancreatic cancer and will be missed by many special friends and family.

Martinez is survived by four brothers, two sisters and his mother.

Claire J. Reed, 1930 – 2017

C. Reed

Known for her cheerful disposition and positive attitude, Claire was often looked up to for her guidance, support, and love for friends in need experiencing difficulties in life. Her firm belief in a personal God, and a curiosity which took her to new experiences throughout the world, well showed that she lived the life she had to the fullest, in spite of many disappointments and setbacks.

Born in 1930 during the Depression, of Russian immigrant parents, Timothy and Stenia Ejov, she spent her early years in Englewood, N.J. She proved herself an outstanding student, and subsequently graduated magna cum laude from Houghton College, Houghton, N.Y. Her liberal arts degree well prepared her for the years to come, which took her through an early divorce and the unexpected responsibility of assuming full financial support of her family.

Initially working in the Customer’s Security Dept. of the Fidelity-Philadelphia Trust Co. dealing with stocks and bonds, she subsequently became sales office manager for Franklin Electronics Corp, a private firm, which in conjunction with Jet Propulsion Labs, manufactured the high-speed digital printers used to track the first space shuttle flight in stations around the world. Thereafter, she moved on to Temple University as program administrator for the psychiatry department, which had just received an unexpected $3 million grant establishing the first Community Mental Health Center in the country. Upon successfully carrying out her duties there she was appointed the first Grants Management Officer for the newly created Temple University Health Sciences Center, breaking the existing “glass ceiling” for women. During this time, in addition to her in-house responsibilities and government/faculty interactions, she developed a computer program for grants administration, which was recognized nationally, became a key player in the formation of the “National Society of Research Administrators”, which included university, industrial and pharmaceutical administrators, all dealing with massive Federal funding; was invited to join the NIH as an ad hoc consultant in evaluating very large program/project grants in universities throughout the country for both the Neurological Diseases and Stroke, and Heart and Lung institutes. After many years in this position, she did a short stint with the Michigan Cancer Foundation as Research Administrator, and was the model for the American Cancer Society’s poster, “How to stop Worrying about Breast Cancer”. She finished her career at Lehigh University, in Bethlehem, Pa. as Assistant Director of the Office of Research, after serving many years as Program Administrator, negotiating grants and contracts for the various Engineering departments, including an experiment on the space shuttle Columbia. She authored a Research Manual on the “Conduct of Research at Lehigh University,” assured compliance of the small animal facility, and wrote a brochure on “Solid State Studies at Lehigh University.”

Over her lifetime Claire has traveled the world, having visited over 50 countries, always curious of other cultures and their history, sharing this with others via travel presentations. Upon retiring in 1989, she met and married the love of her life, Robert P. Reed, a mining engineer at Bethlehem Steel, who predeceased her in 2009. During their 20-year marriage, they traveled extensively both here and abroad, entertained friends at home, where their hospitality was always enjoyed. Both were deacons at the First Presbyterian Church in Bethlehem, Pa. for many years, and without doubt, their Christian faith gave them both, strength throughout their lives. In 1998 they moved to Tucson, Ariz., and in 2004 to Keizer, Ore., to be near family due to Bob’s increasing disability with Lewy Body disease.

Nevertheless, life did not end with Bob’s passing on. True to form, life began again. Realizing at 80 that life was now playing out, Claire fulfilled a life long dream of owning a sport convertible and hence purchased a Mazda Miata M-5, which indeed, has given her a “new” life. Joining the local Miata club she enjoyed rallying with the boys, giving older friends rides, which they claim made them feel young again, and simply having fun. She continued to travel as much as possible until her death, knowing that such stimulation provided much needed social interaction and good conversation. She will be well missed.

She is survived by her daughters, Diane Morris, Salem, Ore., and Robin Dittmer of Ivins, UT, as well as son-in-law Tom Morris; grandchildren, Kenneth, Casey and Amie Rose, her husband Mike and great grandson; and Nathan, his spouse April and two great granddaughters, Jason with great-grandson and Kassandra Dittmer. Claire was also much loved by her step children, Robert Reed III and his wife, Patricia, Amy Reed Link and her spouse, Don, Christina Reed Williams, and her spouse Don, as well as their eight grandchildren. Throughout her life God has been a comfort and blessing without whom she could not have “made” it, in her words. She will be missed by the many friends and lives she has touched throughout her lifetime, as well as her dinners, for which she is well known.

At her request, no services will be held. Assisting the family is Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service, Salem, Ore.