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Day: December 29, 2017

Lady Celts break out of slump, get first win at Nike Shootout

Of the Keizertimes

LAKE OSWEGO—McNary struggled to break 30 points in its first two games of the Nike Shootout.

On Friday, Kailey Doutt got there alone, scoring a career high 33 as the Lady Celts defeated West Albany 59-45 in the consolation bracket to break a two-game losing streak.

McNary led just 27-26 at halftime before going on an 18-0 run in the third quarter. Doutt had 15 points, crushing the Bulldogs in the paint.

“I was trying to run hard to the block and beat them there because I think they were tired,” Doutt said. “We worked the ball around a lot better and the guards were penetrating, which opened up other things and we were pushing the floor. That’s what got us a lot of our points.”

West Albany scored its first basket of the third quarter on a free throw with 36 seconds remaining and its only field goal with 24 seconds to go. But by that point the Lady Celts had a commanding 45-29 lead.

McNary primarily plays man defense but went in and out of a 2-3 zone to disrupt the Bulldogs.

“We kind of put that in on the fly,” Lady Celts head coach Elizabeth Doran said. “It was good for us to practice that and they actually did a pretty good job in it.”

West Albany mounted a comeback in the fourth and got within 48-45 with 3:14 remaining. However, McNary closed the game on an 11-0 run.

“You can’t let that go for that long,” Doran said. “We need to learn to snap out of it a little quicker and push back sooner. They’re (West Albany) a tough team for us to play because they play aggressively and they’re pretty much all guards like we are so it’s always a battle.”

After falling to Clackamas 51-30 on Wednesday and Skyview 37-27 on Thursday to begin the tournament, the Lady Celts focused on taking higher percentage shots and getting to the free throw line.

McNary went 19-for-27 from the line against West Albany.

“We were focusing on getting to the basket more,” Doran said. “We shot like four free throws yesterday and not a lot the day before. We were trying to get more high percentage shots at the basket. You’re not going to shoot well everyday. If you’re not making outside shots, let’s get inside and get some higher percentage shots. Kailey is a good player inside. The other teams we’ve faced had big kids inside so it was hard for us to do that.”

Abbie Hawley added 13 points against West Albany. Paige Downer finished with nine.

Doutt scored 12 against Clackamas and Hawley added nine.

Against Skyview, Doutt had 13 and Hawley 10.

“They were the two best teams probably we’ve seen,” Doutt said. “Clackamas, for sure, they’re one of the top teams in the state. They have two tall girls. That’s why they beat us inside. We did a good job defending their guards but inside was tough.”

McNary entered the tournament 7-0 before suffering its first two losses.

“They (Clackamas) were in a 2-3 zone on us and it bothered us a lot, their length and their size inside,” Doran said. “We had no real answer for their inside kids. This has been good for us. We’ve faced a bit of adversity. We were able to bounce back today and get a win.”

AVID film to feature McNary

Of the Keizertimes

McNary won’t get its shot to become an AVID demonstration school until 2020.

But educators and students from all over the country will see AVID techniques at work at the Keizer high school much sooner.

Jennifer Nagle, staff developer and writer of AVID’s new curriculum on focused note-taking, was at McNary with two cameramen on Dec. 12-15 to interview students and teachers and film their work in the classroom.

“They spoke to why it matters and they spoke to one of the things they’ve learned by the time they’re a junior or senior is that you have to learn how to make note-taking your own,” Nagle said. “Learn what works for you and you have to think about how am I going to use these notes before you start taking them.”

One student said focused note-taking made him feel like he had superpowers and when he took really good notes in his hard AP or math classes, he felt like he could do anything.

Making note-taking your own is one of the subjects of a new AVID book Nagle has been working on for two and half years. Through interviews, Nagle discovered that students wanted more flexibility in their note-taking.

“At the time AVID was very much focused on Cornell Notes and that being the only real way that we were teaching students to take notes,” she said. “Cornell Notes are a wonderful way to take notes but there’s other ways. You can take notes in two column or three column or if you’re a super visual person, sketch notes or different diagrams or mind maps. There’s lot of ways to take notes.”

Nagle came to McNary in October for a professional learning session around the revised note-taking and found teachers wanted to dig deeper and become early adopters of the new process.

“This work lined up with what they were already working towards and their own initiative of taking AVID school-wide and having note-taking really being a focus already on the campus,” Nagle said. “It’s not like I was asking them to throw out something they were doing and try something different. They were just ready to run.”

Heidi Tavares, AVID coordinator at McNary, said teachers welcomed the flexibility.

“We had some staff with Cornell Notes (saying) that it was hard for them to do that and they kept arguing, rightfully so, that there’s other formats that we can use but AVID was so Cornell Notes so that’s what we did,” Tavares said.

“It was almost this huge sigh of relief from the staff when Jenn came up and said here are all the options and the flexibility.”

For the film, Nagle interviewed nine AVID students, Keith Cardoza, Arik Dela, Deja Jamie, Irik Ambos Wittner,  Gina Munguia-Martinez, Amner Arellano, Ramon Garcia, Jena Burrus and Boston Smith, over two days at McNary.

“I wanted students talking about note-taking and explaining the process to students as opposed to it being educators talking to students,” Nagle said. “They’re getting to talk about the different phases of note-taking, their tips and tricks, and then we’ll put that all together into a video montage with the footage of what it looks like in classrooms as they’re talking.”

Nagle filmed in four classrooms: Jordan Keeker’s Algebra II, Dylan Bartholomew’s Physical Science, Mandy Elder’s AVID elective and David Holcomb’s AP Human Geography.

Instead of the normal class time, each period lasted two hours to allow for filming. While all of the questions and answers came from the teachers and students, some had to be repeated to allow for the cameramen to move. Some students had a case of the giggles.

“There was a question in a science class, we had him ask it four times,” Tavares said.

Wanting the video to stay fresh, the students also had to think about what they were wearing. Dec. 12-15 just happened to be spirit week at the school. Dec. 13 was flannel shirt day.

“There was just enough to make it feel very Pacific Northwest,” Nagle said.

Although Dec. 14 was ugly sweater day, there weren’t any in Elder’s class as most of the students changed into their McNary blue “bold enough” AVID t-shirts.

Nagle is going to an AVID middle school in San Diego in February to finish the filming. Her book is scheduled to be released in the spring. The video will be rolled out in the summer and be used in professional development training for 50,000 teachers in every AVID school in the country.

“We were so excited when Jenn came and we were able to share the chapter on focused notes with the entire staff,” Tavares said. “We’re the first ones to see this. We’re the first school to get to pilot this.”

The promise

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Few things hold such promise as the dawning of a new year. When the calendar turns to January 1, we shake off the old year and look to the new with a sense of optimism; all that we want to achieve in the next 12 months is as doable as any of the best laid plans.

Schools, governments and business generally have their own new year without benefit of the calendar. The school year begins anew each September; governments operate on a fiscal year that start in July or October; and businesses can choose to begin their year whenver they wish.

At the end of each year media outlets compile lists of the top stories and events of the previous 12 months, scrapbooking the year into neat little boxes and stories. We feel it is more important to look forward to what may be and what could be coming. The past is the past, all that man can do is learn from it.

Looking forward, Keizer residents and voters will have a busy year in 2018. The first election, for Measaure 101, is on January 23 when voters will be asked to retain the Oregon legislature’s temporary tax on hospitals, insurance companies and a few other groups to make up for a Medicaid funding shortfall in order to keep low-income Oregonians insured. Keizer and Oregon residents are like those in every other part of the nation—no one wants their taxes to increase or their health insurance premiums to go up.  Measure 101 could result in that.

In May voters will pass judgement on the $620 million bond for the proposed Long-Range Facilities Plan for Salem-Keizer School District. The Long-Range Facilities Plan is aimed at meeting schools’ long term needs in areas such as capacity and building safety.

The May election is also a primary for state and county offices.

In November’s general election, the city of Keizer will be voting on its mayor and three councilors.

It may seem like a lot of election ballots to peruse throughout the year, but the election results will shape the way we live here in Keizer. That is true especially regarding the growth of Keizer; there is a very good chance that the councilors who are serving starting in January 2019 will have a big say in whether or not our Urban Growth Boundary will be expanded.

The future belongs to those that plan for it. It is easy to conclude that 2018 will be a big year for Keizer. The opening of the Waremart grocery store at Creekside Shopping Center will herald a revitalization of that faded retail development. Keizer households have been counting the days until Keizer’s second grocery store opens its doors and offers prices that budget-minded consumers want.

The addition of a cinema at Keizer Station will bring entertainment choices to the city that residents have been clamoring for years, especially after Keizer Cinema closed in the 1990s.

The new year promises to be very good for Keizer and its residents. We have the amenities we need: streets, sewers, parks and schools. A former Keizer mayor used to say when it comes to spending money on public projects it comes down to ‘must-have’ and ‘like-to-have.’ If there is no money available after paying for the ‘must haves,’ then it falls on the city’s private and philantropic organizations to work on the ‘like to haves.’ A good example of that is Keizer’s public art program, led by the Keizer Chamber Foundation.

A case can be made that Keizer has what it needs. If nothing was added or changed, most Keizerites would be happy with the status quo. That’s a good situation for those who want to retain Keizer’s quaint atmosphere.

Just as many wildlife animals are deep in hibernation until the thaws of spring, we humans will also hunker down in January and February, recuperate from the hectic holidays, recharge and get ready to attack life with gusto again come March. There is high school to graduate, colleges to apply to; many will seek new employment or buy a new house.

As we turn the calendar to a new year, each person will remember the good in the past, overlook the bad while planning and hoping for a year of personal prosperity for themselves and achievement for their school-age children. It’s a promise the calendar makes to us and a promise we have to work at to make happen.



Bundy mistrial highlights distrust

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As Washington conservatives question whether partisan FBI officials working for Special Counsel Robert Mueller have stacked the deck against President Donald Trump, a criminal case in Las Vegas points to the sort of federal prosecutorial abuses that give the right cause for paranoia.

Last week, U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro declared a mistrial in the infamous 2014 Bunkerville standoff case against rancher Cliven Bundy, his sons Ammon and Ryan, and co-defendant Ryan Payne, on the grounds that federal prosecutors improperly withheld evidence.

The standoff, in which both sides were armed, was a national news story that pitted a Western rancher against federal officialdom. Bureau of Land Management officials had tried to seize Bundy’s cattle following a decades-long dispute over grazing fees. The rancher had stopped paying federal grazing fees in 1993 to protest a BLM directive that he cut back on cattle grazing in order to accommodate the threatened desert tortoise.

In the course of the trial, Navarro found that prosecutors failed to share video surveillance, maps and FBI interview reports with defense attorneys. “A mistrial in this case is the most suitable and only remedy available,” Navarro explained.

As the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported, the judge stressed that she did not want her decision to be seen as a signal that the defendants are not guilty.

Navarro’s decision apparently was a reflection on federal officials. It follows release of a memo by BLM investigator Larry Wooten that described “a widespread pattern of bad judgment, lack of discipline, incredible bias, unprofessionalism and misconduct, as well as likely policy, ethical and legal violations among senior and supervisory staff” in the BLM’s Office of Law Enforcement and Security.

Wooten wrote that he had seen “excessive force,” described officers grinding Bundy’s son Dave’s face in gravel and opined that federal officials were intent on commanding “the most intrusive, oppressive, large scale and militaristic cattle impound possible.”

In an apparently partisan reference that used a term Hillary Clinton designated for some of Trump’s supporters, Wooten wrote that a federal prosecutor said, let’s get these “shall we say Deplorables.”

(Likewise FBI agent Peter Strzok and FBI lawyer Lisa Page, who worked on Mueller’s probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election, shared texts in which they called Trump a “loathsome human.” Mueller removed Strzok after he learned of the texts.)

Wooten also wrote that the Bundy case “closely mirrors” the circumstances behind the trial of former Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska.

In 2008, federal prosecutors indicted Stevens, a Republican senator, for failing to report that an oil contractor had paid for renovations on his Alaska cabin. A jury convicted Stevens, who lost the re-election.

Only later did the case fall apart after a Department of Justice probe found prosecutors had withheld exculpatory evidence. Attorney General Eric Holder, who inherited the case after President Barack Obama won the White House, asked the courts to throw out the conviction.

Wooten is no fan of Cliven Bundy who, he wrote, instead of “properly using the court system or other avenues to properly address his grievances, he chose an illegal, uncivilized and dangerous strategy in which a tragedy was narrowly and thankfully avoided.”

Tragedy was not averted in the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon last year when law enforcement shot and killed Robert “LaVoy” Finicum during a Bundy-inspired showdown.

“Clearly Bundy should not be made out to be some kind of hero,” observed Jim Burling, vice president of the property-rights oriented Pacific Legal Foundation. “But BLM and DOJ are doing everything they can to turn Bundy into some kind of martyr and they’re giving him far more credibility than he should be given.”

Attorney General Jeff Sessions takes the matter seriously. According to spokesman Ian Prior, Sessions “personally directed that an expert in the Department’s discovery obligations be deployed to examine the case and advise as to next steps.”

As for the Justice Department, said Burling, “If they want to enforce the law, they should look at the mirror first.”

(Creators Syndicate)


Residents should help decide how to grow city

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The question asked on the front page of the December 8 issue of the Keizertimes hopefully will motivate every Keizer resident to get involved in deciding how and where our city grows. The issue most certainly got me reflecting on how relatively easy it has been to get around this town but how that condition is changing and will predictably become so much more challenging if we do not plan and act wisely.

A considerable stroke of pure genius was the decision to occupy—for multiple retail and living space use nearby—that area named Keizer Station bordering Lockhaven Drive, Ridge Drive, I-5 and the south side of Volcanoes Stadium. Keizer Station reminds me of my early days as a school teacher in Beaverton, having Portland’s then newly-built Lloyd Center, where there was always a place to park, it was crime-free and it offered the only one-stop shopping in Oregon at the time. At present, shopping malls may be on the decline elsewhere while Keizer Station is one that will be viably-important for years to come.

River Road North  is getting more and more congested and thereby increasingly difficult to negotiate as a result of businesses along it where—as just one example—drivers think it’s okay to block the street so they can get their coffee.  Keizer police could start issuing tickets but that’s a negative for them when it should be a business responsibility to establish a site that does not impede traffic. Conditions we have already, and growing, along River Road North, could be curtailed if a proactive city council and mayor would not permit traffic-impeding conditions.

While we’ve still got a measure of time, we should move as much business by incentive to Keizer Station and increase available space there so that new or existing businesses can locate or re-locate there instead of River Road.  At the same time, more high rise apartment buildings for seniors (such as Bonaventure at Keizer Station) and the general population should be built in what could become a much larger space for all investors interested in developing retail space and apartment buildings.

Keizer Station is rapidly expanding and will continue to grow as Keizer’s population grows and more traffic uses Interstate 5.  It would appear urgent then to negotiate with Volcanoes Stadium to help its owners relocate, although it may require eminent domain to get it done.  Then, too, there’s open land immediately to the west of the ball park and some, too, just north of it before farmland that could be incorporated into an expanded shopping center as we move through the years of growth and development predicted to come and, to one degree or another, has already arrived.

Regarding this subject, most certainly a case for civil engineering and road work should be a part of development deliberations.  All paths to Keizer Station become heavily congested before holidays and often during certain times of any day.  Woodburn Company Stores became a dangerous exit before the highway improvements were made.  This is the time to get started for Keizer Station, not only for its freeway location but also access by the Salem Parkway NE as well as Chemawa and Lockhaven Drive.

Another casualty of letting things grow topsy turvy is the rich farmland near Keizer’s city limits, that land adjoining it and the Urban Growth Boundary (UGB).  The entire nation keeps using up rich farm land to house people on city lots and acreage when it would seem proactively wise to ask how we’ll eventually feed everyone when land to grow fruit, vegetables and farm animals is covered with people living on it.  It’s truly a matter that’s ignored at what promises human peril.

Hope proactive over reactive becomes a well-established Keizer modus operandi.  Otherwise, we give our next generation big problems we likely could have done a whole lot about. One final thought here: talk, persuade, cajole a large grocery, pharmacy, clothing, electronics, jewelry store to be built inside Keizer Station. That would be a crowning apex to a shopping location that could be among the very best in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest.

(Gene H. McIntyre lives in Keizer.)