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Month: August 2017

Lady Celts run as a team

By DEREK WILEY
Of the Keizertimes

SALEM—McNary’s girls cross country team took the long view at Bush Park.

Running in the Greater Valley Conference Preview Meet on Wednesday, Aug. 30, head coach David Holcomb challenged the Lady Celts to run as a team instead of trying to set a bunch of personal records in the first 5K of the season.

“We wanted our faster girls, Kailey (Doutt) and Ella (Repp), to run with the rest of the girls that we have on the varsity team today,” Holcomb said. “The thinking behind that was let them set a good pace for the girls to strive for. It’s just easy to run with somebody that you know.”

While Doutt was the first McNary runner to cross the finish line in 23:36.99, or more than 4 minutes slower than her PR, Repp and Emma Garland were right behind her in 23:37 and 23:42, respectively.

“Someone like Kailey, who’s battled injuries in the past, (we want to) make sure she gets to October healthy,” Holcomb said. “With Ella, she had a great boost of confidence winning that freshman race at the night meet. We know she’s fast.”

Reyna Terrazas and Alison Repp then finished in 24:04.03 and 24:04.48, followed by Sabella Alfaro in 24:30.59 and Makayla Long in 24:40.97.

The plan was about competing, not just as individuals, but as a team at the district meet at the end of October.

“Their times in October are going to be drastically faster,” Holcomb said of Doutt and Ella Repp. “We hope as far as a core, the seven girls that are on varsity in October, the thinking is we want them, Kailey and Ella will run in the top 15-20, we know that, but as far as Reyna and Allison and Emma go, if they can be somewhere in the top 45-50, that starts to change things as far as where we place as a team. If those girls are in the top 45, we have a chance to compete in conference.

“That’s what we’re thinking about. We wanted them to start building their camaraderie and I think they did a great job. As far as the other girls go, we wanted it to be a boost of confidence that they can hit a pace that we asked them to and they can push themselves.”

Freshman Ethan Whalen led the McNary boys, placing 25th in 19:06.04. Senior Jonas Honeyman took 28th in 19:16.58. Brennan Whalen (19:55.05), Samuel Hernandez (19:59.59) and Emmanuel Figueroa (20:00.76) rounded out the top five for the Celtics.

Holcomb was also proud of his JV boys as senior Noah Egli finished fifth in that race in 20:22.32. Tristan Proctor (20:49.90) and Brock Wyer (20:57.04) placed 14th and 15th, respectively.

“It’s exciting to see those boys fight and compete with each other and see if they can push each other,” Holcomb said. “We’ve got a lot of boys, close to 40 boys on the team. It’s a wide open competition. We won’t know until the middle of the season who are varsity is.”

McNary’s next meet is Wednesday, Sept. 13 against McMinnville and McKay at Joe Dancer Park.

“It’s a really fast course so hopefully they can get good times,” Holcomb said.

Lady Celts top McKay in DeMello’s debut

By DEREK WILEY
Of the Keizertimes

McNary began the Crystal DeMello era of volleyball with a 3-0 win at McKay on Tuesday, Aug. 29.

“It’s exciting to get the season rolling,” said DeMello, a McNary graduate and former player in her first season as the Lady Celts head coach.

“It feels like there’s been a long build up to get the season started. Now that we’re going, I think the girls are ready and we’re pushing through. It’s a good way to start the season.”

The closest of the three games against McKay was the first one as McNary led 19-12 but the Scots came storming back to tie the set at 19-19.

“They started out flat,” DeMello said of her team.  “They weren’t focused at the beginning. They weren’t distributing the ball, so we’ll carry that over and keep learning.”

The Celts regained the lead on a McKay service error and held on for a 25-21 victory.

“It’s always good to be able to come back,” DeMello said. “It’s something I think a team has to practice because this is a game of momentum. It’s nice to know that they have that mental toughness to dig in. It’s also nice to see that they can execute under pressure. Playing under pressure is a learned skill so it’s nice to see that it’s there.”

Freshman Taylor Ebbs got the start and had two kills in the final four points to seal the victory for McNary. Senior Valerie Diede also had a kill down the stretch.

“We just got our momentum back and our energy back and our confidence and once we got that, we were back to ourselves,” Ebbs said.

The Celts carried that momentum into the second game, taking a 14-7 lead before putting away McKay 25-15.

McNary then jumped out to a 12-1 advantage in the final game and won 25-9 to finish off the match.

“The girls are a great team,” DeMello said. “Everybody played tonight. Everybody stepped in and I felt like it was seamless, which is something that I love about this team is that they can all play together and lead each other.

“Our opponents are always tough and you never know what they are going to do so momentum in this game and making sure that they cary it forward. That’s what we look for and that they stay disciplined no matter what the score is.”

City will handle KHC rentals

By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes

Keizer city staff will now be handling rentals of the Keizer Heritage Center event room and gazebo.

The Keizer City Council approved a contract with the Keizer Heritage Foundation, owners of the building itself, at the city council meeting Monday, Aug. 21.

Under the terms of the agreement, the foundation will receive 55 percent of rental revenue generated and the city will take 45 percent to cover the costs of staff time.

Tracy Davis, Keizer city recorder and community center manager, said city staff will manage day-to-day scheduling and room prep, while the foundation’s cut of the revenue will be used to cover overhead expenses such as carpet cleaning and maintaining the on-site kitchen.

“We will handle the schedule, pricing, tours, step-up and cleaning and have an on-site host when events take place,” Davis said. “The foundation will continue to supply items like light bulbs, toilet paper and maintain things like the tables used in the event room.”

To arrive at the cost needed to cover staff time, Davis said she compared usage of a comparable room in the Keizer Civic Center and penciled out the staff time consumed by that single space.

“We want to be clear that this is not a matter of city staff needing more to do, but we are trying to be good partners with the community. We are only trying to recover our costs,” Davis said.

The council approved the contract with a 5-0 vote. Councilor Laura Reid abstained because she a member of the foundation board and Councilor Roland Herrera was absent. The contract will be reviewed in six months to determine if any adjustments are needed.

To reserve a room in either the Heritage Center or Keizer Civic Center, call 503-856-3408.

Woman sets fire to lawn, car

On Wednesday, Aug. 16, at 2 a.m., police responded to a report of a fire intentionally set by a suspect in the 5400 block of Chetco Court Northeast.

The owner of the home told officers he was in his garage when he heard a woman talking in his driveway. The man knew the woman because she and his wife were friends at one time. He went into his house and began alerting occupants inside the residence that the woman was outside and going through his wife’s vehicle throwing papers onto the ground.

One of the couple’s sons went outside and told police he saw the woman lighting the inside of a 2003 Nissan Xterra on fire.

The suspect lit the front passenger’s seat of the Xterra on fire and then walked to the lawn where the witnesses said she then lit the grass on fire using an aerosol can. After igniting the flames, the suspect reportedly walked away saying she was going to “burn the house down and kill the baby.”

There were numerous people inside the home at the time of the incident including a one-month-old child.

Police arrested Lacey Linn Probst, 36, and lodged her at the Marion County Correctional Facility. She was charged with attempted manslaughter, arson, and unlawful entry into a vehicle with the intent to commit a crime. Probst was previously arrested in April at the same address for harrassment.

Man defaces speed trailer, ends up cuffed

A man who used a marker to change the posted speed limit on a speed radar reader from 30 to 300 mph was arrested and charged with unlawfully applying graffiti and criminal mischief on Thursday, Aug. 17.

Keizer Police Department Sgt. Jeff Goodman was approached by a witness about 8 p.m. in the 1500 block of Chemawa Road North where officers had deployed portable radar readers earlier in the day.

The witness observed a male suspect defacing the speed sign on the trailer that was deployed on the north side of Chemawa Road for westbound traffic. Goodman was able to obtain a description of the suspect, who was last seen leaving the area with a female, and caught up with the couple at Rushmore Avenue near Nomore Street.

Goodman confronted the suspect who admitted he had just defaced the speed sign.  When asked why, the man responded he was “just being stupid.” He was taken into custody without any further incident.

Joshua Thompson, 28, was taken to the Marion County Correctional Facility.


Saturday, August 12

• 9 a.m. – Burglary on 6600 block Hidden Creek Loop NE.

Sunday, August 13

• 9 p.m. – Theft from vehicle on 1800 block Drexler Lane NE.

Monday, August 14

• 9:22 a.m. – Stolen vehicle on 800 block Foothill Court NE.

• 12:47 p.m. – Theft on 6400 block Tepper Park Way NE.

• 10:54 p.m. – Arrest for FTA-arrest arraignment warrant and giving false information to police officer on 5100 block Joan Drive N.

Tuesday, August 15

• 4:05 p.m. – Arrest for warrant on Juniper Street N.

• 5:10 p.m. – Shoplifting on 6400 block Keizer Station Blvd NE.

• 8:12 p.m. – Assault on 500 block Cummings Lane N.

• 9:10 p.m. – Arrest for bench warrant on 4600 block River Road N.

• 11 p.m. – Arrest for bench warrant on Cherry Ave NE and Clearview Ave NE.

Wednesday, August 16

• 2:09 a.m. – Arrest for unlawful entry vehicle, with intent to commit vandalism, arson, manslaughter, probation violation and warrant on 5400 block Chetco Court NE.

• 10:56 a.m. – Theft on 6200 block Ulali Drive NE.

• 11:20 a.m. – Theft on 100 block McNary Estates Drive N.

• 1:18 p.m. – Robbery on 6700 block Shepherd Court N.

• 4:07 p.m. – Theft on 100 block Churchdale Ave N.

• 8 p.m. – Arrest for restraining order violation on 4100 block River Road N.

• 11 p.m. – Stolen vehicle on 6800 block Wheatland Road N.

Thursday, August 17

• 8:12 p.m. – Arrest for criminal mischief, vandalism, unlawful possession graffiti implement and unlawfully apply graffiti on Chemawa Road N and Shoreline Drive N.

• 10:30 p.m. – Stolen vehicle on 1100 block Horizon Ridge Court NE.

Friday, August 18

• 2:40 a.m. – Criminal trespass on 800 block Lockhaven Drive NE.

• 4:31 a.m. – Arrest for fleeing or attempting to elude police officer on 3700 block Chemawa Road N.

• 4:55 a.m. – Arrest for warrant on Cordon Road N and Hazelgreen Road NE.

• 11:52 a.m. – Theft on 700 block Menlo Drive N.

• 2:23 p.m. – Theft on 6200 block Ulali Drive NE.

• 3:28 p.m. – DUII on 5400 block River Road N.

• 4:22 p.m. – Traffic accident on 1100 block Chemawa Road N.

• 7 p.m. – Burglary, criminal mischief and crime damage on 3300 block River Road N.

Saturday, August 19

• 1:54 a.m. – Arrest for noise disturbance and minor in possession alcoholic liquor on 4900 block Delight Street N.

• 2:44 a.m. – DUII on River Road N and Sam Orcutt Way NE.

• 5:01 a.m. – Arrest for DUII Candlewood Drive NE and Cherry Ave NE.

• 5:25 p.m. – Shoplifting on 6100 block Ulali Drive NE.

• 5:44 a.m. – Arrest for DUII on 5400 block Steven Court N.

• 6:01 a.m. – Arrest for warrant on 5400 block Steven Court N.

• 6:22 a.m. – Arrest for probation violation warrant on 5400 block Steven Court N.

• 8:22 p.m. – Arrest for strangulation and assault on 5100 block Dory Court N.

• 8:24 p.m. – Forgery on 6400 block Keizer Station Blvd NE.

• 8:40 p.m. – Theft from vehicle on 6700 block Field Of Dreams Way NE.

Sunday, August 20

• 3:05 a.m. – Carry concealed weapon and possession burglars tools on River Road N and Manzanita Street NE.

• 12:58 p.m. – Arrest for warrant and physical harassment on 400 block Marino Drive N.

• 7:30 p.m. – Theft on 1000 block Eastwind Court N.

• 8:03 p.m. – Arrest for unlawful possession methamphetamine on 4900 block River Road N.

• 8:25 p.m. – Arrest for FTA on 4900 block River Road N.

• 8:57 p.m. – Arrest for harassment and criminal threats on 800 block Chemawa Road N.

• 10:27 p.m. – Arrest for unlawful possession marijuana, unlawful possession cocaine, unlawful possession controlled substance and prohibited acts on River Road N and Weeks Drive N.

Monday, August 21

• 12:16 a.m. – Physical harassment and interfere with police officer making a police report on 800 block Foothill Court NE.

• 12:35 a.m. – Arrest for menacing use/display weapons on 4700 block 19th Place NE.

• 1:55 a.m. – Arrest for bench warrant on 4700 block 19th Place NE.

• 4:25 a.m. – Arrest for driving while suspended on 1400 block Chemawa Road N.

Wildfire spreads quick at KRP

By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes

A quick containment effort by the Keizer Fire District helped douse a fast-spreading wildfire in the northwest corner of Keizer Rapids Park Thursday, July 17.

Members of the Keizer Police Department were performing a transient sweep in the area, about 12:35 p.m., when one of them called in a 40-foot blaze that was growing quickly. Keizer Fire District arrived on the scene within eight minutes, and were only slightly delayed while figuring out a plan of attack.

By 1 p.m., KFD had the flames mostly extinguished, but the blaze was not officially declared under control until 3:45 p.m. Crews cleared the park by 5:30 p.m. and continued to monitor the area through the evening and following day.

A Polaris Ranger quick attack vehicle and crew douse spreading flames. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

The cause will likely remain unknown because the site of origin was damaged by multiple vehicles trying to access the flames.

KFD Deputy Fire Marshal Anne-Marie Storms said access and water supply were the two biggest challenges the crews faced.

“It’s a long trek to get to the fire and we couldn’t get a water tender as close as we would have preferred. Each time the brush trucks needed water they had to leave the fire area to refill, this all adds extra time to suppressing the fire,” Storms said.

However, recently purchased equipment – the result of a bond passed by voters – made a huge impact, she said.

A brush truck that can carry 400 gallons of water aided the effort, and Polaris Ranger 6×6 that carries 100 gallons of water was able to access trails and traverse the rougher parts of the terrain.

Storms added that a burn ban is in effect until further notice because of extreme fire danger.

“This burn ban includes recreational fires including backyard fire pits, tiki torches, fireworks and outdoor fireplaces,” she said.

Racists are made not born

Different races? Racism? Such matters rarely touched my young life growing up on Oregon’s northern coast. Most everyone in town was of northern European extraction while I was not aware of an African-American until I reached high school,  he being the only one—a man who shined shoes in a barber shop downtown and lived in its basement.  There were two youths in my high school of other origins, two Chinese-Americans.

I did not acquire good or bad thoughts about persons of other races. The African-American shoeshine guy was likeable whenever I went for a haircut and the two Chinese-American kids mainly kept to themselves.

Meanwhile, there were those among my fellow Americans who adopted racist views.  I got huge doses of their views and values on the subject from my college and university years as well as the world of work among my fellow Americans from teaching and training positions inside the U.S. as well as overseas.  Throughout my adult life I have asked, “How do these people become racists?”

It would require more space than what’s available here for a comprehensive treatment of the subject.  However, should the reader be interested in exploring some of the major reasons that have been identified, let’s consider a few.  In the mean time, the subject continues active in me and cries out for attention.

It’s argued that the most common reason people become racists is due to their environment and upbringing. So, if one’s parents are racists and raise the child with their ideals, then prejudice and racism can be taught or ingrained at an early and impressionable age.  It’s challenging for a child to distinguish the difference between right and wrong when his or her parents, their first role models and people they love and respect, inculcate racist ideas. Then, too, as one grows and matures, those exposures, often years-in-length, can indoctrinate a person as much as youth want to make and keep friends by going along to get along with the same hair style, mode of dress, social and sports activities, and points of view.

This second point can be difficult for many Americans to accept.  Nevertheless, highly reputable study after study has found that a person is racist because he or she has low intelligence.  As far as why racist people are more likely to have lower than average IQs is open to interpretation.  Let’s review a couple here, including that people with low IQs may be more impressionable and thereby less open-minded when it comes to changing childhood impressions. In other words, from where they started in life, with all its early and later influences, remain largely unchanged regarding their foundational views of the world.

Much of this approach to the matter has to do with what makes up the size of the parts of a person’s brain.  Apparently, the ability to think and problem solve has a great deal to do with brain parts like the amount of amygdala versus gray matter in the anterior cingulate cortex. Studies have disclosed that heavy on amygdala fosters fear over anything new and different while more gray matter helps to reason, understand and practice empathy. Bottom line: racism is a form of simplifying things for those who have a problem with complex issues that require open-mindedness, understanding and dealing with that which is novel and fresh.

All of this can get very scientific and esoteric to the average American. Meanwhile, we have some large and very troubling problems in our country related to racism and the consequences of it in the form of white supremacists, the KKK, white nationalists, neo-Nazis, and so many hateful others.  As an American, I try not to be naïve about the prospects of changing our people into Kumbayaists; yet, we know we could do a huge-lot better than now and, of greatest importance, just because an American may not arrive in life with great gobs of gray matter, or whatever it takes, without excuses, does not mean that person is not educable.

Today, now, finally, may we Americans re-dedicate ourselves as a people to those founding principles that established our nation whereupon this great land fulfills its promises from the Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution and we, from the many, really become one.

(Gene H. McIntyre lives in Keizer.)

Schrader: White House turmoil begets Congressional opportunity

By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes

Congressman Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.) is trying to find the bright side of controversial remarks by President Donald Trump regarding protests in Charlottesville, Va., which left one counter-protestor dead.

“Trump’s horrifying remarks on Charlottesville have been denounced on both sides, and I think it will help us realize we are more on the same page than not,” Schrader said.

Rep. Schrader is home from Washington, D.C., while Congress is on a break and made a swing through Keizer Thursday, Aug. 17, that included speaking at a Rotary Club of Keizer meeting and a stop at the Keizertimes office.

At a time when the nation seems as divided as ever, Schrader said he is looking for solutions.

“I think there is great opportunity as (Trump) pushes Republicans and Democrats closer to working together,” he said.

Despite partisan battles over the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Schrader and several of his fellow Democrats began formulating a plan to solve the problems of the ACA rather than repeal it entirely. That effort spawned a bipartisan plan to stabilize individual health care markets.

The plan encompasses several changes, including a repeal of a medical device tax, adjusting the employer mandate to affect only those businesses with 500 employees or more, allowing for more innovation within state-run health care exchanges and placing control of the cost-sharing-reduction (CSR) payments under the oversight of Congress.

CSR payments are made to insurers to offset the costs of providing discount insurance plans for Americans who make up to 200 percent of the federal poverty limit. Recently, Trump threatened to withhold the payments entirely before deciding to make the August payments. It is uncertain what will happen in the coming months.

“Under reconciliation, the plan to repeal the ACA, the President can stop the payments from occurring, but the insurance companies still have to offer those plans,” Schrader said. “If the payments are withheld one of two things occurs: premiums go through the roof, or insurance companies decide they don’t want to play in the individual market.”

Putting the authority for mandating those payments under congressional purview would restore some certainty while still maintaining oversight, he added.

Schrader said the effort to put forward solutions has given the Blue Dog Democrats, a caucus of conservative Democrats of which Schrader is a member, more traction in DC than they’ve had in the past.

“We are being welcomed back into the fold because the route back to the majority is the Blue Dog Democrats. We have to get back into the districts that were underperforming from the Democratic standpoint in terms of Trump support,” Schrader said.

Aside from the fight around health care, circumstance has placed Schrader at the helm of two efforts to reform veterans rights. He is sponsoring two bills that could have a big impact on veterans throughout the country. The first, the HOMES Act, would establish a 10-year statute of limitations on civil obligations for deployed soldiers. The intent would be to prevent active duty service members from losing their homes while serving. The second, the Involuntary Recall Bill, would provide exemptions for soldiers who accepted retirement buyouts and were later injured while involuntarily recalled to active duty. Under current rules, retirement checks can be withheld until the buyout amount is repaid.

Schrader said both bills were just recently introduced, but he doesn’t foresee resistance within Congress.

Another bill that has already cleared both the House and Senate takes aim at prescription drug prices by clearing hurdles to get generic options on the market and offering limited exclusivity for the companies that produce them. The bill was a bipartisan effort of Schrader and Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-Fla.).

“If we can give the right incentives, we can get the generics companies into the market. With that, the incentive to rip off the marketplace goes away,” Schrader said.

Schrader is also part of a subcommittee dealing with energy policy and trying to forecast what that looks like for the years and decades ahead.

“I’m an all-of-the-above energy guy. I favor renewables – I am a Northwesterner – but there are great swaths of this country that depend on fossil fuels to power their economy,” he said.

Given the Blue Dogs’ seeming resurgence, Schrader said there are lessons the group – and the Republican counterpart, the Tuesday Group – could impart to all of the nation’s lawmakers.

“Don’t demonize someone because they have a different point of view. Try to figure out what that person really needs. We all want healthcare, but do we need to repeal ACA or are you worried about the growth in entitlements or the increase in premiums,” Schrader said. “Long-term solutions are bipartisan solutions. Partisan decisions are not representative of where the American public is at during any given point in time. Ostensibly, the Congress is supposed to represent the people, not just the team that won the last election.”

Hanging up the stethoscope

By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes

It’s been the summer of the long goodbye for Dr. Jay Jamieson of Willamette Valley Physicians on River Road North.

After 34 years as a family care physician in the area – 30 of them in Keizer – Jamieson is retiring. The goodbyes have taken on a now-familiar form: Jamieson talks with the patient about the problem of the day and is about to leave when the patient asks if he “has a minute.” Then a new space is opened up.

“They will recall some poignant moment in their health and thank me for helping them through it,” Jamieson said.

In those moments, Jamieson is awed by his profession and the ways in which things he learned years ago, or just last year, make a difference in people’s lives.

“You have six billion chemical reactions going on in your body right now and I have skills that allow me to ask you questions regarding what’s going on and then examination skills that can lead me to the possibilities of A, B, C or D. And, if that’s the case, we do X, Y or Z to figure it out,” Jamieson said.

Several people loomed large over Jamieson’s decision to become a doctor. His own childhood primary care physician and Dr. Grant Thorsett at Willamette University were two of them, but Jamieson’s mother, a registered nurse, had some of the biggest impact.

“She would come home with stories of amazing things that happened,” Jamieson said.

Jamieson was born in New Jersey and moved to the west coast after his father was transferred, as a civilian contractor, to Vandenberg Air Force Base in Lompoc, Calif. He received his pre-med degree from Willamette University and then studied medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago.

Jamieson said serving in many capacities for only a month at a time during a three-year residency prepared him for the day-to-day work of  being a family physician.

“Every month during your residency, you’re working in a new field, with new patients and new systems. You are sort of taught resiliency,” he said. While he tried to keep an open mind, he stuck with general practice over a specialization because it gave him the opportunity to do a bit of everything.

Jamieson returned to the mid-Willamette Valley in 1983 and began working for Northwest Human Services office in west Salem. After working off his student loans, he performed medical missionary work for more than a year and then made his return to the Salem area.

At the time, there were only two doctors in Keizer. Dr. Vernon Casterline and Dr. Greg Thomas, and Casterline was planning his retirement. Jamieson took over Casterline’s side of the practice in 1987 and Thomas and Jamieson purchased and bought the property where WVP now sits in 1996.

Both Keizer and the medical field have changed a lot since Jamieson first came to town.

On the civic side of things, Jamieson said one of the biggest treats was the arrival of the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes. For a while, Jamieson was tapped as the Volcano’s team physician, but the responsibilities alongside raising five kids and being a partner in the clinic eventually prompted him to step aside.

In the grand scheme, medical practice has changed more drastically.

When Jamieson started out, his responsibilities entailed regular visits to the hospital either to admit patients or simply make the rounds on patients already there. Those duties are now performed by interning physicians who send Jamieson updates. It might seem like a small thing, but the change helped Jamieson get more sleep and focus on patients at the clinic. There is also significantly more outpatient treatment available for most problems.

“If you had a blood clot when I started, you’d be in a hospital for seven days and I would have to go to the hospital and check in on you every day. Now they start you on shots you give yourself and a pill and it works fine,” Jamieson said.

In 2011, with major changes coming as a result of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Jamieson and Thomas sold the clinic to WVP Medical Clinics. Jamieson sees both good and frustrating things in what the ACA accomplished, but if 34 years in medicine taught him anything, it’s flexibility.

Still after all that time, and with retirement a mere week away, Jamieson can still find himself reeling at the thought of all his career has entailed.

“I was doing a sports physical the other day and I looked over at the boy’s mom and said, ‘You know, you would have been about the same age when I first started seeing you,’” he said.

Jamieson has treated as many as five generations of the same family, and has numerous families in which he’s treated three generations. Given that entrenchment in people’s lives, he’s tried to assuage the fears that come with change.

“I won’t be here, but people will still come before paper and our patients’ time will be treated as valuably as our own,” he said.

More than that though, it’s left him with a different sense of awe – at the lessons in humility his patients have taught him. Jamieson and Thomas never put up billboards or paid for a lot of advertising even when competition came to town. They relied mostly on word-of-mouth. It was only recently, during the summer of the long goodbye, that Jamieson is able to comprehend the scope of his impact on the lives of his patients, in those moments after the scheduled appointments are over.

“It’s been humbling to realize that they trusted me and the other staff with their healthcare needs and we take that very seriously,” he said. “Hearing people thanking me has been very humbling and I did not realize the impact I had. I always figured I’m just one of many family doctors, but some of my patients kept coming back for 30 years.”

Volcanoes take in the eclipse

By HERB SWETT
Of the Keizertimes

The Volcanoes kept fighting Monday, eclipse day, but fell to the visiting Hillsboro Hops 9-5.

Believed to be the first eclipse-scheduled game in the history of professional baseball, the event drew 5,297 fans for the largest attendance not on a Fourth of July in Keizer Stadium history.

They came from 34 states not including Oregon, as well as nine foreign countries: Australia, Canada, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, England, Italy, Japan, Norway, and South Africa. Canadians came from British Columbia, Alberta, and Ontario.

Noah Petro, a research scientist for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, threw two ceremonial pitches, one just before the eclipse and one just after it. Both balls are on their way to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.

Alexis Mather, Miss Oregon 2016, sang the national anthem.

The plan was for the first inning to be played before the eclipse, the remainder of the game after. However, a traffic delay for the Hops and a lengthy top of the first inning changed plans. John Timmins, normally a reliever for Salem-Keizer, was the starting pitcher with the plan for a regular starter, Peter Lanoo, to take over for the second inning, which he did.

The bottom of the first, however, did not start until the eclipse ended. Rather than start Tucker Ward, a reliever, the Hops started a rotation pitcher, Tyler Badano.

Hillsboro made things rough in the top of the first. Ryan Grotjohn hit a one-out single to right field and went to second base on an infield single by Luis Lara. Dan Swain singled to center, driving in Grotjohn, and went to second on a throw. With Swain on third, Daulton Varsho hit a home run to left, his first of two homers in the game. In the middle of the first, the Hops had a 4-0 lead.

Badano set the Volcanoes down in order in the first. Lanoo did the same to Hillsboro in the top of the second.

In the Volcano second, Orlando Garcia hit a one-out double down the left field line. Manuel Geraldo singled to center, driving him home, and reached third on a single to center by Michael Sexton. Rob Calabrese hit a sacrifice fly to right, scoring Geraldo. Hillsboro’s lead was cut to 4-2.

The Hops added to their lead in the fourth. Thompson led off with a single to center and went to second as Varsho grounded out. Ryan Tufts reached first and then second on an error by third baseman Shane Matheny that allowed Thompson to score. Jorge Perez doubled to center, driving in Tufts and giving the Hops a 6-2 lead.

In the Volcano fourth, Garcia singled to center and reached third on a single to right by Geraldo. Sexton got Garcia home on a fielder’s choice, and the score was 6-3.

Lara added a run in the top of the fifth with a homer to right.

Varsho led off the sixth with a home run over the right field fence. Owings singled to right, and Ryan Dobson brought him home with a double to left. Hillsboro led 9-3.

In the bottom of the sixth, Logan Baldwin led off with a walk. Ryan Kirby followed with a single to left, saw left fielder Connor Owings bobble the ball, and headed for second. Owings, however, made a quick recovery and fired to first, and Kirby did not get back there in time. Baldwin reached third as Garcia grounded out and scored in an infield single by Geraldo.

Cesar Yanez pitched for the Volcanoes in the seventh, allowing one hit but no runs.

Facing Luis Castillo in the bottom of the seventh, the Volcanoes got only one baserunner, on a walk.

A newcomer, Weilly Yan, pitched for the Volcanoes in the ninth, walking two but not allowing a run.

Matt Peacock, pitching the ninth for Hillsboro, walked Rob Calabrese with one out. A double by Matheny moved Calabrese to third, and he scored on a ground out by Malique Ziegler. That was the fifth and last Salem-Keizer run.

Badano was the winning pitcher with a 1-2 record. Timmins took the loss, going to 1-4.

“They’re playing hard,” manager Jolbert Cabrera said of his Volcanoes, noting the first inning was the biggest problem.

“I think we’ve just got to be consistent all around,” was Garcia’s comment. “We need to put it together.

Join the campaign to decrease distracted driving in Oregon

Nearly 500 people died on Oregon roads in 2016, according to the Oregon Department of Transportation. That is an increase of almost 60 percent in three years. Evidence concludes that many road deaths can be linked to distracted driving.

Drive Healthy is a new campaign from the Oregon Department of Transporattion, Oregon State Patrol and AAA, begining Sept. 1,  to encourage healthy driving habits. They want to achieve a marked reduction in the number of people injured due to distracted drivers. Every three hours someone in Oregon is injured by a distracted driver, which is not surprising when up to 75 percent of Oregonians say they drive distracted.

Healthy driving is defined as ‘hands on the wheel, mind on the road.’ That’s especially true here in the mid-Willamette Valley where traffic gets heavier year after year. Let’s face it, we’re really talking about people talking or texting on their cellphones while driving. When you drive look around and you’ll conclude that easily 75 percent of your fellow drivers are concentrating on their phone call or their text message rather than the car in front of them or on the sides of them

The Drive Healthy campaign will endeavor to make healthy driving a winning proposition by having drivers install the LifeSaver app and participate as driving members of an organization or a group. Beginning Sept. 1,  the competition starts to see who is Oregon’s safest driver.

When a driver registers the app that scores on whether you unlock or use their phone while their vehicle is in motion. Less unlocking of a phone means a a higher score. Drive Healthy will post the scores which are reset each month. Not only will they be able to see who the safest drivers are, but also track changes in driving behavior.

We fully embrace this campaign. States can pass no cell while driving laws, but the enforcement generally comes when and if that driver is pulled over for some other infraction. The Drive Healthy campaign is an alternative to the scolding campaign that never seems to work: don’t text and drive lands on too many deaf ears.

A societal change of behavior regarding distracted driving really needs to start when people are driving with their young kids in the car—young people ape what they see, and if pre-teens see their parents texting or talking on their cellphones it reenforces the message to the children that it is okay. That behavior then follows them into their cellphone-owning and driving years.

The Drive Healthy campaign is not a frivolous, teens-only, program. It is for everyone. Members of a church, members of a club, co-employees—groups can be comprised of anything.

This is a good time to get the LifeSaver app and join the healthy driving campaign. The penalty for distracted driving also goes from $500 to $2,000 and goes into effect on Oct. 1.

Not getting injured, or getting into an accident or receiving a $2,000 fine are some good incentives to be part of the campaign.

Drivers can visit drivehealthy.org to learn more about the program and the app.

  —LAZ