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Day: July 7, 2017

Man arrested on drug charges twice in 9 months

Of the Keizertimes

A Keizer man on probation after pleading guilty to drug charges in November 2016 was arrested again on new drug-related charges last week.

On Tuesday, June 27, Clayton Lee Smith, 32, was arrested during a traffic stop by members of the Keizer Police Department Community Response Unit. Investigators suspected Smith had committed several drug offenses.

The traffic stop occurred in the 300 block of Sunset Avenue North while additional officers served a search warrant on Smith’s residence at 3950 5th Avenue N.

During the search of the residence, investigators recovered four long guns, two of which were reported stolen to the Corvallis Police Department, body armor, packaging materials, scales, cash, 80 counterfeit $100 bills, 6.9 grams of cocaine, three grams of methamphetamine, and approximately one gram of heroin. Smith is prohibited by law from possessing body armor because he is a felon who has been previously convicted for a crime involving violence.

Officers also impounded Smith’s 2002 BMW 525i at the scene of the traffic stop after spotting a small plastic bindle, packaging materials cash, a used syringe, and a .45 caliber bullet in plain view. After obtaining a search warrant on the BMW, officers found $5,400 in cash, 123 grams of heroin, 76.1 grams of methamphetamine, packaging materials and a loaded .45 caliber handgun.

Smith was previously arrested on Sept. 28, 2016, when a search warrant was served on the same 5th Avenue address. He faced six counts of drug-related charges at the time, but pleaded guilty to only two – delivery of heroin and possession of methamphetamine. He was sentenced to five years active probation in November 2016.

The Marion County District Attorney’s Office charged Smith with delivery of heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine, being a felon in possession of a firearm and body armor, and theft in the first degree. All of the charges are felonies. Smith is being held at the Marion County Correctional Facility on $1 million bail. He was scheduled for his next court date Wednesday, July 5.

Volcanoes bullpen blows up on Independence Day

Of the Keizertimes

The Volcanoes lost a lead in the opening game of a Fourth of July home series with the Hillsboro Hops, who won 6-3.

A crowd of 5,223, after watching pregame ceremonies that included cadets from the McNary High School Junior ROTC, saw Salem-Keizer take a 2-1 lead in the second inning and a 3-2 lead in the third before giving up four runs to the visitors in the eighth.

Hillsboro scored the first run of the game in the first. Bryan Araiza, who had bunted a single and gone to third base on a single by Eudy Ramos, crossed the plate as Tim Susnara hit into a force out.

The Volcanoes answered with two runs in the second. After Ryan Kirby walked and Manuel Geraldo singled down the left field line, both advanced as Dalton Combs grounded out. Kirby scored as Shane Matheny struck out but reached first base on a passed ball by Susnara. Orlando Garcia drove Geraldo home with a sacrifice fielder’s choice.

The Hops tied the score in the third. Camden Duzenack was hit by a pitch from starter Julio Benitez and went to third on a double to right by Araiza. Ramos’s sacrifice fly to right in foul territory drove in Duzenack.

Salem-Keizer went ahead by a run in the third. Rob Calabrese singled to center and went to third on Kirby’s single to center. Geraldo, who was to have a 4-for-4 night, scored Calabrese with a single to left.

In the Volcano fifth, after Geraldo bunted a single with two out, Hops starter Tyler Keele was relieved by Junior Garcia. Geraldo then was caught stealing.

Luis Pino replaced Benitez on the mound at the start of the sixth.

Dalton Combs led off the Volcano sixth with a walk. Matheny then bunted for a hit but was called out for interference, umpire Pete Rivera ruling that he had run out of the path to first base. Jolbert Cabrera argued the call hotly and was ejected from the game. A fly, a walk, and a force out followed, and the inning was over.

Jason Bahr replaced Pino to start off the eighth. Araiza walked, and Ramos scored him with a double to center. Ramos doubled to left center following a pitch that many people in the crowd thought was a third strike, driving in Araiza. Ramos then tagged on a fly to right and went to third. Ellis singled to left, batting in Ramos. Tra’mayne Holmes singled to right, sending Ellis home, and went to second on an outfield throw.

Nick Deeg relieved Pino and allowed a single to left by Ryan Grotjohn, which scored Holmes. Deeg then hit a batter and retired the next one for the third out.

In the bottom of the eighth, Geraldo led off with an infield single, Combs and Matheny were then retired, and Erbert Gonzalez replaced Junior Garcia on the mound. Orlando Garcia singled to left, but the next two batters were retired. The Volcanoes could not muster more than one walk in the ninth.

“One bad call” was Cabrera’s answer to the question of what went wrong with the game.

Junior Garcia was the winning pitcher at 2-0, and Gonzalez had his fourth save. Bahr took the loss for an 0-1 record. Benitez allowed two runs, both earned, and six hits in his five innings but struck out three and walked none.

A fireworks display followed the game.

Wednesday, June 28: Boise 8, Volcanoes 3

Walks and errors contributed to three of the Hawks’ runs as Boise took the rubber game of this road series.

A Salem-Keizer run in the top of the first inning was followed by a four-run rally in the Boise half of the first. Three walks, two errors, and a single produced the runs.

The Volcanoes scored one run each in the second and fourth and were behind only 4-3 until the Hawks scored three times in the fifth. Their final run came in the seventh on a home run by Daniel Jipping.

There were two errors as well as eight hits on each side. In the Volcano first, Malique Ziegler reached first base on an error and second on another error and scored as Kevin Rivera was thrown out on a steal attempt.

Both starters were the pitchers of record. Jose Marte, who was pulled after two innings, took the loss at 0-1. Breiling Eusebio, who had seven strikeouts in his five innings, was the winner at 3-0.

Thursday, June 29: Volcanoes 2, Tri-City 0 (12 innings)

Pitchers kept bats on both sides quiet until the 12th inning of this first of a five-game series in Pasco, Washington.

In the top of the 12th, Kevin Rivera led off with a single and Manuel Geraldo singled him to third base. Ryan Kirby singled Rivera home, and Geraldo went to third on an outfield error. A single by Juan Rodriguez scored Geraldo.

The Volcanoes ended up outhitting the Dust Devils 8-6.

Salem-Keizer starter Julio Benitez went five and two-thirds of an inning with six strikeouts.

Luis Pino then struck out three in two and one-third of an inning and Heath Slatton pitched the next three, striking out six and getting the win with a 2-1 record.

Vic Black, continuing his rehabilitation, fanned three in his one inning and got his first save.

Friday, June 30: Volcanoes 7, Tri-City 2

Salem-Keizer scored three times in the first inning, and the Dust Devils never caught up.

In the Volcano first, one-out singles by Kevin Rivera and Manual Geraldo were followed by a double from Ryan Kirby that brought both home. Kirby went to third base on a wild pitch by Henry Henry and scored on an error.

Tri-City’s two runs came in the second and third. The Volcanoes added two runs in the fifth as Geraldo drove in Malique Ziegler with a triple and scored on an error.

In the Volcano eighth, Dylan Manwaring doubled and scored on AJ Ramirez’s first home run of the season.

Geraldo and Ziegler stole one base each, remaining tied for the club lead. It was No. 10 for both.

Alejandro De La Rosa was the winning pitcher with a 1-0 record, and Nick Deeg had his first save. Henry took the loss at 0-2.

Saturday, July 1: Volcanoes 2, Tri-City 1

Garrett Cave, one of seven newcomers to the Volcanoes, lost no time in getting his first professional save.

Salem-Keizer came from behind in this game, the Dust Devils having scored their run in the second inning. The first Volcano score was a leadoff home run by Gustavo Cabrera in the fifth.

In the Volcano eighth, Jeffry Parra hit a one-out double and Mikey Edie ran for him. With Malique Ziegler batting, a wild pitch by Jordan Guerrero sent Edie to third. Ziegler was then hit on the hand by a pitch and left the game.

Edie scored on a sacrifice fly by AJ Ramirez.

Logan Webb was the winning pitcher in relief at 1-0. Guerrero was the loser at 0-1.

Sunday, July 2: Tri-City 4, Volcanoes 2

This first Dust Devil win of the five-game series was decided by Chris Mattison’s two-run homer in the eighth inning.

Six Volcanoes played their first professional game: Outfielders Logan Baldwin, Dalton Combs, and Bryce Johnson; third baseman Michael Sexton; and relief pitchers Aaron Phillips and John Russell. Catcher Rob Calabrese and second baseman Orlando Garcia played their second professional game.

Salem-Keizer scored a run each in the first and eighth, and Tri-City scored two each in the fifth and eighth.

Volcano starter Stetson Woods, although not pitching to a decision, had eight strikeouts in his six innings. Russell took the loss. Dust Devil reliever Fred Schlichtholz was the winner at 1-0.

Monday, July 3: Volcanoes 3, Tri-City 2 (10 innings)

Salem-Keizer played yet another extra-inning game to take this series four games to one.

Kendry Melo, pitching the last two innings, got his first win for a 1-0 record, hitting one batter but retiring the other three. Jose Marte, the starter, allowed no runs and struck out three in his five innings.

The Volcanoes got their first two runs in the third inning. Malique Ziegler led off with a single and reached second base on a wild pitch by Thomas Cosgrove, who had taken over from starter Travis Radke.

A throwing error by Cosgrove on a pickoff attempt sent Ziegler to third. Rob Calabrese walked, and John Riley doubled both runners home.

The Dust Devils, who had only two hits in the game, scored once in the sixth and once in the seventh.

In the 10th, Michael Sexton led off with a single, and Mikey Edie ran for him. Calabrese singled, and an outfield error put him on second and Edie on third.

Edie scored as Ryan Kirby reached first on a fielder’s choice.

The losing pitcher was Evan Miller at 2-2.

Re-enactors find connections, lessons in Civil War stories

Of the Keizertimes

Joe Cross stepped away from his modern life and comforts over the long Fourth of July weekend to play the role of a Confederate surgeon at the Northwest Civl War Council re-enactment, but the things he’s learned while researching his role have had far-reaching effects on his personal life.

Cross joined a legion of fellow history buffs for the annual re-enactments at Powerland Heritage Park in Brooks July 1-4.

Last year, Cross had one of his legs amputated and struggled to adapt to his new circumstances even with a modern prosthetic.

“I was going through a period where I thought I should be walking by now, I shouldn’t have a problem,” Cross, a Portland resident, said.

His struggles weren’t helped by a tidal wave of media portrayals showing athletes and military veterans doing any number of things on prosthetics not much different from his. Then a friend in the re-enactment community brought him a letter from a Civil War soldier struggling with an amputation and prosthetic, which, in the 1860s, would have been porcelain wrapped in rope and strapped to the man’s leg.

“I read his account and realized I wasn’t the first one to go through this. He picked himself up and did it. It gave me inspiration to keep going and working at it. I still have to use a walker to walk, but this time last year I couldn’t even stand,” Cross said.

Cross has been taking part in re-enactments for more than 40 years and had roles in Revolutionary War, War of 1812 and medieval productions, but the Civil War is the one that keeps pulling him back.

“I think it was the most defining moment of this country. You will have a hard time finding a war as devastating as this and yet the nation healed itself and became one again,” Cross said.

Crediting Abraham Lincoln elicits a hiss and jeer from a passing Confederate friend, but Cross is adamant.

“(Lincoln) had such forethought and never wavered from what he felt needed to be done,” Cross said.

Cross started as infantry, and worked his way up to field command and running the artillery before strapping on a bloody surgeon’s apron and beginning to assemble a macabre collection of tools used in the field for everything from first aid to surgery.

While the tools look somewhat threatening, Cross himself is a font of knowledge regarding techniques of the day and how each of the implements was used. He had several bundles of horse hair on display that were used for stitches. Surgeons of the time boiled the hair which strengthened it and gave it elasticity.

“After a while, they realized there were fewer infections when they used the horse hair. But it took them even longer to realize it was because they had sterilized it before use,” Cross said.

Amid the knives and saws are some more unusual items like a large funnel used to administer chloroform by covering the nose and mouth.

That alone was a tricky prospect because patients could only ingest so much without becoming poisoned. A smaller tool, developed by a Confederate surgeon, was inserted into the nostrils and would have allowed for longer sedation because the patient could still draw oxygen through the mouth.

“But it was discarded after the war because it was assumed that the Confederate surgeon didn’t know the job well enough,” Cross said.

Given the nature of the tools available and the horrific injuries suffered on the battlefield, Civil War surgeons have a bad rap as “butchers” who didn’t care. Reading the diary of a surgeon returning home from the battlefront changed Cross’ mind.

“He was going home from Gettysburg after spending such a long time in the field that he couldn’t open and close his hands anymore. His assistant had to put tools in his hand and close his fist around them,” Cross said. “He said he did it because he wasn’t sure who would do it if he wasn’t in the field. This was someone who really cared.”

Many re-enactors are encouraged to read letters from the time period, but Cross finds diaries to be much more illuminating because the authors never expected them to be read by family members.

Cross said he spends a lot of time in libraries researching the time period, but he was greatly helped by reproductions of actual surgeon manuals given to Union and Confederate troops.

“They’re written in such a way that even if the surgeon hadn’t performed the procedure before, an assistant could read it to him while he was working,” Cross said.

Corporal Tim O’Neal, with the 116th Pennsylvania Volunteers, also found his calling off the battlefield. After starting as infantry in 2013, he and wife KathyJo are now artificers in the engineering corp.

“Basically, it means we can go out and tell 100 other people what to do,” Tim said.

Tim and KathyJo are working on a Cumberland pontoon, a folding bridge capable of spanning a large divide such as a river. Tim made his way to the engineering corps because he could put his carpentry and metalworking skills to use.

“I just kind of got tired of shooting at each other. I prefer to build than anything else, so I busted myself down from sergeant to artificer,” Tim said.

Artificers were the skilled workers with specialties like carpentry or blacksmithing who worked closely with officers that were frequently graduates of West Point. Tim joined the 116th Pennsylvania because his family hails from New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Tim’s third great grandfather served with the 15th New Jersey during the Civil War.

“Re-enacting gives you a real sense of what they went through,” Tim said. “Even the tools we use to make things are the same ones I remember seeing and working with alongside my grandfather.”

KathyJo started as part of the cooking unit with some of the other wives in the troop, but found she liked working alongside her husband better. Tim handles the woodworking and cutting while KathyJo coats the wood in linseed oil and paints. During the past five years, they’ve built everything in their campsite from tables and chairs to the metal stoves.

“We built it all, we don’t buy anything,” KathyJo said. She wants Tim’s next project to be a wagon to haul it all into camp.

The unknowns of the eclipse

Depending on whom one talks to there could be as many as one million people pouring into Oregon for the total solar eclipse on Aug. 21.

The eclipse, which has fostered a number of multi-day events along the path of totality in Oregon, has led the state, counties and cities to hope for the best and expect the worse. Marion County’s emergency management office is expecting 50,000 to 200,000 visitors to the county.

There are too many unknowns so every municipality, including Keizer, must plan for a crush of people, cars and recreational vehicles. Are the throngs expected in Marion County coming from near or from far? That is a big unknown. If most are coming from out of state, we can expect them to stay around for a few days. If, on the other hand, a majority are coming inside Oregon (where the eclipse is not viewable), then we would expect those visitors to come for the day of the solar event and then go home.

Local leaders are not taking anything for granted. Mayor Cathy Clark and others are imploring residents to be prepared for the onslaught of visitors in August. It is akin to preparing for a disaster such as a hurricane, only it is not a disaster, it’s an opportunity. Local residents are advised to get all their vehicles filled with gas and stock up on goods from the grocery store. You would think they are preparing for a swarm of locusts, coming in, buying up everything at our stores, buying all of gas, taking all the money out of our local ATMs.

All of that may come to pass, or the hype may be grander than the reality. Nobody knows.

Whichever turns out to be true, there are two truths we do know. We are grateful that our local and state governments are prepared to assure that an additional 200,000 or one million visitors does not adversely affect our lives. And, any number of visistors to our area should be seen as an economic boon.

Every business, large and small, can tap into the Eclipse Economy with special promotions and products. An event such as this was made for the entrepeneurial spirit. Restaurants can create eclipse themed items, t-shirts and other commemorative items can be created and sold, with such tag lines as “I didn’t see the sun in Oregon. Total Eclipse, August 21, 2017.”

The Keizer Parks Foundation the Keizer Festival Advisory Board (KFAB) are spearheading our own eclipse event at Keizer Rapids Park. More than 150 RV and tent camping sites are being prepared for the eclipse weekend beginning on the Thursday before the Monday event.

There will be musical entertainment on the Keizer Rotary Amphitheatre stage for four days. Activities in the park and on the river are being planned to show visitors the best that Keizer has to offer.

Those who did not plan ahead and travel to Marion County for the eclipse on a whim will find lodging choices very limited. The camp sites at Keizer Rapids Park will most likely be fully booked by the first of August. Keizer residents may consider booking a site for their friends and families.

Keizer should be thankful to get its share of the tens of thousands of visitors into the county in August. The city is looking very good; we want people to go away with positive thoughts about Keizer and its residents.


Impeachment calls ill-conceived

Calls for impeachment of President Trump are whiny and ill-conceived. A political remedy, impeachment has been used against only two of the 44 people who have held the presidency—Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton. A conviction by the U.S. Senate, after impeachment by the House of Representatives, removes the person from office. There are no criminal penalties, that would come from prosecuters.

Groups call for Trump’s impeachment because of his Tweets, for his boorish behavior, or for his treatment of women and others. These alone  cannot be considered impeachable offenses.

Calls for his impeachment are as effective as pundits and columnists who write about how Trump should change the way he performs as leader of the free world.

Whether one totally supports Trump or vociferiously opposes all that he stands for, all have to realize that Donald Trump is the man who was elected. There was not much about his personality, background or behavior that wasn’t known. Though he lost the popular vote by almost 3 million votes, he won the Electoral College, which is the only vote that counts.

A person can blindly support a president or blindly hate what and who they are, but supporters and detractors alike need to be clear-eyed and work within the system to bring about the change they wish to see.

Wishes and hopes don’t create change. Involvement and hard work create change. Always has, always will.


A gerrymandering of virtues


If we have learned anything from the last few years in our politics, it is that civility is for suckers, that compromise is a sign of weakness, and that moderation of temperament is boring and unmarketable.

It is time to level with our sons and daughters. Winners—real winners, of the kind blessed by religious authorities and trusted with the highest office—are rude and belittling. They always insist on getting their way. And they are the angriest, neediest people in the room.

Just forming these words causes revulsion. Why does such cynical and chaotic moral messaging bother us so much? For one, we suspect that political arguments, over time, seep into our common culture, determining the boundaries of acceptable discourse. Recalcitrant toddlers, truculent teens, disagreeable co-workers and egotistic exes across America can plausibly claim that “the president is on my side.”

But the main consequences are more public. What is the first law of political dynamics? Boorishness has an equal and opposite reaction. My favorite example is that subset of Democrats (including the head of the Democratic National Committee) who believe that populism is demonstrated by profanity. What our sad and desperate politics really needs, in this view, is more f-words.

The reaction, however, reaches beyond language. A portion of the Democratic Party views “resistance” as an excuse for ideological purification —a franker socialism in economics, a stricter uniformity of cultural views, a determination to use tolerance as a cudgel. The decadence of the administration is producing Savonarolas of the left.

Just as we need rational policy deliberation—to do things like repairing our health system in a bipartisan fashion, or preventing entitlement commitments from swallowing the entire federal budget—we have the politics of resentment in the language of sleazy campaign operatives.

There is an element of America’s founding that anticipates, even welcomes, such a clash of factions. James Madison sometimes sounded like our constitutional structure is a finely tuned machine, counteracting ambition with ambition without need for the democratic virtues.

In fact, civility and a spirit of compromise were required, again and again, to prevent the Constitutional Convention itself from breaking apart in anger and recrimination. The structure resulted from the virtues. The heroes of the founding were not those who held the strongest views. It was those who held strong views and still found a basis for agreement—frustrating, disappointing, glorious agreement.

A constitutional convention held in 2017 would likely fail. It is sobering to think that the American political system, at this point in history, would probably be too divided to reproduce itself. Who would want to face primary voters after being identified with a “great compromise”?

As most of the founders envisioned it, the constitutional order flies with two wings. The first is the system of separated and balanced powers. The second is a set of public virtues—such as civility, compromise and moderation—that turn the mob (which they feared) into citizens.

Our democratic structure is stressed but basically sound. The values, however, come in for routine, ideologically diverse abuse as weakness and surrender. Revive the founders and they would see a country hacking away at its own democratic limb.

It is not my purpose to be dismissive of institutional reforms that address campaign finance or gerrymandering. But it is necessary, not only to redraw the lines of House districts, but to redraw the lines of propriety and respect. Americans need to be conscious and intentional about rebuilding the infrastructure of democratic values.

Civility is not weakness. It is the native tongue of a successful democracy. What Stephen Carter calls “civil listening” allows people who are opponents to avoid becoming enemies. Civility prevents dehumanization.

Compromise is not surrender. It is the lubricant of a successful democracy. What Jonathan Rauch calls “a cardinal virtue” allows for incremental progress on difficult issues such as health care. It is a moral principle that elevates progress on the common good above ideological purity.

Moderation is not indecision or centrism (as important as political centrism may be). It is the mode or mood of a successful democracy. What Aurelian Craiutu calls a “difficult virtue for courageous minds” puts an emphasis on reasonableness, prudence and balance. It is a principle rooted in epistemological modesty — a recognition that no one possesses the whole truth.

These values are crucial to self-government, and it would be nice if those who govern would speak up for them once in a while, without embarrassment or apology. And oh, yes, us too.

(The Washington Post News Service & Syndicate)

Businessman for president? Make it Buffett


I am sure there are a great number of Americans who recognize the name Warren Buffett. Those who know of him know that, currently, he is the world’s second-richest man, after Bill Gates.  Last week he appeared on the Public Broadcasting’s NewsHour and was interviewed by anchor Judy Woodruff.  Some of his most salient comments are worthy of readers’ attention and consideration.

Before his wisdom is shared here, we may wish to remember that Buffet has been an extraordinarily successful businessman.  The 86-year-old Nebraskan is the chief executive of investing house Berkshire Hathaway with a net worth, according to Forbes, at $76.6 billion.  Berkshire Hathaway also owns a major share in Wells Fargo and the BNSF Railroad. Incidentally, he’s never been a politician or elected to public office although his father was elected to four non-consecutive terms in the U.S. House of Representatives from Omaha while the family lived in Washington, D.C. during those years.

Regarding the pending Republican healthcare proposal, Buffett says “it amounts to a tax cut for the rich” while “the U.S. economy would benefit far more from establishing single-payer health care as that is the best system” and “we are such a rich country, we can afford it.”  Also, “bringing down the costs of healthcare would do more to help American business than cutting corporate taxes” but “there is no incentive to bring down costs.”

On the economy, “the U.S. economy has recovered since 2009 but the lion’s share of the benefits have gone to the very wealthy while all Americans aren’t doing well as this has been a prosperity that’s been disproportionately rewarding to the people on the top.”  Buffett has called for higher taxes on the rich.

According to Buffett, the U.S. should be the world’s moral leader as well as the world’s economic leader.  The U.S. leads badly, says Buffett, when it was revealed by the latest House and Senate healthcare plans, as analyzed by the Tax Policy Center, that would provide the top 1 percent of earners in the U.S. an average tax-bill decrease of $37,240.

Buffett reported that, if passed, the GOP health care bill would save him $679,999 or 17 percent of his tax bill.  “There’s nothing ambiguous about that and the people its directed at are couples with $250,000 or more of income” while, says Buffett, “you could entitle this the Relief for the Rich Act.” Buffett reported that he’s got friends who’ll enjoy savings of $10 million and more.  What’s additionally sad to Buffett is that Republican members of Congress voting for the healthcare bill as it stands will serve themselves by bringing down their own taxes.

From what’s known of Warren Buffett, he’s a businessman all Americans can believe in and be proud of.  His word can be trusted by his years of telling the truth.  His dealings with people are well known as civil and respectful while his charitable actions have helped people all over the world to better lives. He and his first wife of 52 years, now deceased since 2004, never showed off their wealth, having lived in a modest home they bought as young newlyweds in which they raised their three children and Buffett continues to live with his second wife who he married eleven years ago.

He’s helped his children, now grown, to  establish viable careers of their choosing but do not work for him.  He will donate his wealth to charity upon his passing. He’s happy living on $100,000 a year, finding a life with those he loves and who love him being the most fulfilling.  A personal opinion of the man finds this writer wishing he would consider a run for president as he would only promise what he could deliver and would be honest in all matters as he has been as a businessman.  If Americans generally want a business man or woman as president, it’s surmised there must be others as grounded and dependable as Buffett.

(Gene H. McIntyre lives in Keizer.)