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Month: April 2018

May’s special session isn’t needed

Governor Kate Brown has called for a special session of the Oregon Legislature for May 21.  This is due to the signing of Senate Bill 1528. the $244 million increase in business taxes.  Rather than giving this bill (which had bipartisan no votes) a veto, Governor Brown signed and then called for a one day special session to “fix” it.

The reality is, according to an Oregon Public Broadcasting news story: “The analysis of the tax cut Brown is proposing shows that few sole proprietorships would qualify for favorable tax rates extended to other pass-through businesses in 2013. Roughly 200,000 of Oregon’s sole proprietorships report positive income, but only about 13,000 of those pay any wages, which is a requirement of getting a better tax rate.  Of those 13,000 businesses, only 9,000 filers report paying employees enough to qualify.”

This would be a special session but run like a regular session if the majority in charge do not adopt special rules for the special session to limit bills, amendments, prohibit minority reports, etc. If they don’t, then anything could happen. Also, by looking at the Legislative Concept (the potential bill) being proposed for this session, you’ll find that the “relating to clause” is “taxation.” That means anything “relating to taxation” can be stuffed into this bill. The sky is theoretically the limit on content of the bill. (Think a tax on soda. Coffee. Used cars.  Each of those ideas have been discussed and drafted before.) And, again, depending on whether they adopt any special rules or not, other bills may be introduced in this session and not necessarily on taxes. Think gun legislation or other controversial topics.

As for the Legislative Concept itself (the potential bill) as noted above: It would help only 9,000 sole proprietors out of 276,000. That’s 3.4 percent. The tax relief for those 9,000 businesses would be $20 million in the first biennium. SB 1528 was a tax hike of $244 million. So with passage of this bill, it’s now only a $224 million tax increase!

I will gladly serve you in the Legislature as I have but this special session is a complete waste of our tax payer dollars and in fact could lead to bills that are not appropriate for a one day session.  And I have just learned that in fact the governor’s office is now asking for 5-6 days for this special session.  I want business taxes cut indeed but 3.4 percent of them?  Not something we should be doing.

Lastly, I remind you that ballots for the primary election should be in your mail soon if not already and I do hope you vote.  It’s the most important civic duty we have.  Thank you for letting me serve you again this year.

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

Police do much more good than bad

Before the 1960s, though the Cold War had raged unabated since the late 1940s,  the U.S. was a fairly tranquil place to live and thereby generally enjoyed by its people. However, shortly after John F. Kenney’s assassination in 1963, the Vietnam War began to take on a troubling veneer for an ever-growing number of Americans.Initially the protestors were mostly college youth; before long its detractors numbered a huge cross section of the U.S. population while—by its end—seemed to include virtually everyone.

Not only involving the U.S. military and national leadership from former President Lyndon Johnson’s terms through some of Richard Nixon’s administration, soon all institutions that stand to invoke authority in the country were found wanting and charged as guilty by their perceived support of the ongoing bloody slaughter of American troops, Vietnamese civilians and the North’s Viet Cong warring in southeast Asia.  What began as peaceful protests became riots on campuses, in city streets and throughout the land—the noise and fury heard and seen as a near daily event.

Some of the targets of those years of discontent were police organizations. Not that the police were entirely innocent of the charges thrown at them but many an officer was compromised by orders to ‘defend and protect’ by local and state elected officials.  What resulted was police officers as “bad guys” held responsible for “helping” those Americans who advocated for the war’s continuation.  They were also seen as assisting the nation’s distrusted military industrial complex, those corporations making big money profits through the supply of war machines and materials for “an unwinnable war.”

My personal experience with police in general and individual officers in particular has never had a negative twist to it.  In recent years there has been only one interaction with the police. That occasion took place at McNary High School during the years my wife and I volunteered there and Keizer’s Officer Dan Kelly was the on-duty police liaison.  We were impressed with Officer Kelly, having found him to be an exemplary officer through the conduct of his behavior in fulfilling the responsibilities of the position he held.

What bothers this writer at present is the extent to which protesters nowadays, sometimes employing violent means, continue to work against police organizations and police officers. There are, of course, from time-to-time, among the sworn police officers some ‘bad apples’ but that’s a condition of the personnel no matter what profession or line of work is examined. While there’ve been police officers who should probably not be police officers, quite often these men and women are ultimately mustered out: While it may take awhile, remember it is careers that are at risk.

Officers involved in fatal encounters are almost always placed on administrative leave and then brought before a review board or grand jury to determine whether the case under consideration justified lethal action.  Based on what a citizen like myself can determine from media reports, it seems for the most part that officers involved were more likely dealing with lawbreakers that requires of them a protect-themselves-or-death response.  When I read in print media or see on TV about an encounter that resulted in a death, speculation follows where, under the circumstances, if my life were threatened, I’d likely have done the same as the officer or officers.

Our police are more important that ever.  Then, too, when trouble finds its way to us, it’s unrealistic for the vast majority of us to defend ourselves. The knowledge, training and experience of the average officer cannot be substituted.  Locally, my impression of the sworn officers in Keizer and Salem is that we’re fortunate to have them and are best advised to honor and respect them, hoping for the sake of survival there will continue to be young men and women willing to join the ranks in order to protect and serve the public.

(Gene H. McIntyre lives in Keizer.) 

Foot by foot: Debban PRs in vault

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SALEM—Haley Debban had a horrible track practice last Tuesday.

But Wednesday was a new day as the McNary senior PR’d by a foot in the pole vault, clearing 9 feet, 6 inches, to win the event in a league meet at South Salem.

“I have a bad habit of bailing off the pole too early and balling up and thinking that will be good enough, but instead I need to drive forward and actually get my feet up,” Debban said. “That’s what I was trying to do yesterday and I was just a mess, so then today I looked at the sky and that worked. I actually used the technique that my coach (Dustin Walker) has been drilling into me.”

After matching her personal record of 8-06 and then clearing 9 feet, Debban made 9-06 on her second attempt. She was stunned.

“I hit the mat and thought there’s no way,” Debban said. “I honestly didn’t believe it. Then I got really excited. That was an awesome moment.”

Debban’s vault is tied for third in the Greater Valley Conference this season behind Forest Grove junior Mila Lumae and teammate Paige Downer, who have both cleared 10 feet.

Debban started vaulting last season after watching Downer compete the year before.

“It was hard because I was still running a lot,” Debban said. “I did not do as well as I wanted to in the district meet, 8 feet. Senior year, I just want to vault. I have really bad back issues so running is really hard for me. It’s worked out in my favor.”

Debban and Downer have brought out the best in each other.

“We’re actually best friends,” Debban said. “We hype each other up. If we’re competing for first place at districts, I know we’re just going to be cheering each other on no matter what, same as state. We’re always there for each other. For me to strive to match her in height, it keeps me pushing and driving.”

McNary freshman Ashlin Samples PR’d in the long jump at 16-02.5.

“I just figured out my steps in it,” Samples said. “Once I was comfortable, it was easier to jump. It just felt more consistent.”

Samples also ran the third leg of the Lady Celts 4×100 relay team, which finished first in 52.13.

McNary senior Lucas Garvey won the 200 in 24.08 and the 400 in 53.08.

Other winners were: Dyami Rios (boys 100, 12.37), Leah Doutt (girls 100, 13.64), Caitlyn Kiefiuk Yates (girls 100 hurdles, 17.81), Noah Grunberg (boys 110 hurdles, 17.25), Casey Toavs (boys 300 hurdles, 42.51), Bo Rahm (boys shot put 45-07), Tim Kiser (boys discus, 134-04), Logun Anderson (boys javelin, 153-05), Sabella Alfaro (girls javelin, 95-08), Rian Canini (boys high jump, 5-10) and Sunny Hoang (boys pole vault, 10-0).

The Celtics are participating in the Grants Pass Rotary Invitational Track Meet on Saturday, April 28.

McNary then hosts North Salem, Sprague, West Salem and West Albany on Wednesday, May 2.

Help envision River Road’s future April 26

The Keizer Planning Department is asking everyone with an interest in shaping the future of River Road and Cherry Avenue to turn out for a public meeting and help guide the process Thursday, April 26.

The meeting begins at 6 p.m. at the Keizer Civic Center.

“We’re asking the community to come and tell us their vision for River Road and Cherry Avenue. The first part of the meeting will be a presentation, but then we will have dedicated stations where people can go to talk about traffic, safety, aesthetics and the types of development they would like to see,” said Nate Brown, Keizer community development director.

City staff expect to update or replace the existing plans for Keizer’s main commercial areas at the end of the process. Depending on how residents want the areas develop, it might mean substantial changes to how new developments are constructed  – with residences on top of commercial spaces to aesthetic changes like a wider palette of color options or increased attention to landscaping.

Last month, smaller groups of stakeholders – ranging from property owners to business owners to community members – met with consultants from Portland-based OTAK to discuss their hopes and expectations for changes.

Lou West, owner of Keizer Town Square, said improvements have come to River Road in fits and starts, but the free market was key to deciding what happens and when. He also expressed considerable appreciation for the improvements that have already taken place. As little as 30 years ago, River Road was a rural county highway with a hodgepodge of sensory input from unregulated signage to utility wires strung along the roadside.

James Marshall, owner of Delaney Madison Grill, said River Road lacked a cohesive identity – a point that was driven home as he took a newly-hired chef on an underwhelming tour of the city.

“It’s the way it’s been developed and it has taken an austere direction. I want something a little sexier. I think it can have more of a wow factor,” Marshall said.

While admitting there were obstacles to the idea, Marshall said a trolley or streetcar traveling a circuit of River Road North and Cherry Avenue would bring “instant identity” to Keizer’s business corridor.

Opinions generally ran the gamut on most topics of discussion, but most agreed that both Cherry Avenue and River Road lacked natural gathering areas.

In addition to meetings with stakeholders and the public at-large, a group of 10 stakeholders comprise the Community Advisory Committee, which will review the findings and make a recommendation to the Keizer City Council on the path forward.

In addition to changes in development standards, city staff also want to hear ideas for how to fund any improvements and major changes. Keizer’s strapped budget, a recession and other financial hurdles made it difficult to sustain past improvement efforts.

Freshmen, sophomores shine at Dave Snook

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Freshman Ashlin Samples had already made her mark on the McNary track team in the girls 4×100 relay and long jump.

At the Dave Snook Freshmen/Sophomore meet on Friday, April 20, Samples showed she may also be a threat in the pole vault, winning the event by clearing 8 feet, 6 inches.

“Practice was good the day before so I was more comfortable with this meet,” Samples said. “I was clearing 8-06 consistently so I was ready to go into the meet.”

While Samples ran hurdles and did the long jump in middle school at Whiteaker, pole vault is completely new.

“I think this one has been the hardest for me just because I didn’t know anything going into it,” Samples said. “This one is the most fun. I like working on this more than hurdles and long jump.”

Samples work with Champion Cheer Athletics has helped.

“I’m a flyer so I get thrown around so I’m used to being in the air,” Samples said. “It was different having to control myself and not have other people throwing me.”

Along with winning the pole vault, Samples also placed second in the long jump at 15-04, fifth in the 100 hurdles with a PR of 17.46 and third in the 4×100 relay in 53.86 with teammates Isabella Walker, Caitlyn Kiefiuk Yates and Olivia Cartwright.

“It’s kid of stressful because I’m always worried about the next event and then I’ll forget to think about the event that I’m doing at the time,” Samples said.

McNary freshman Ella Repp ran through shin splints to win both the 1500 and 3000 in 5:18.85 and 11:26.11.

“I wasn’t thinking about it,” Repp said. “I had to finish the race. I tried zoning it out.”

Kennedy Buss won the 800 with a PR of 2:27.86 and took third in the discus with a PR throw of 98-02.

Walker had a PR of 4-11 to finish second in the high jump. Natalie Rios placed third at 4-08. Rios also took third in the javelin at 84-06.

Emerson Woomer had a PR of 31-08 to finish second in the shot put. Yates placed third in the 100 hurdles in 17.29. Hannah Mallery took third in the 300 hurdles with a PR of 51.81.

Walker, Buss, Cartwright and Reyna Terrazas finished second in the 4×400 relay in 4:20.77.

McNary’s boys opened the Dave Snook meet by easily winning the 4×100 relay as Ethan Martin, Cole Garland, Brian Hernandez and Dyami Rios finished in 45.04.

Garland also won the long jump with a PR of 19-06. Martin and Rios placed second and third in the 100 in 11.71 and 11.87. Hernandez took second in the 200 in 24.06. Garland, Hernandez, Gabriel Martinez and Elio Carella then placed second in the 4×400 relay in 3:44.95.

Logun Anderson won javelin with a throw of 143-06. Emiliano Lopez Sanchez took third in the 3000 with a PR of 10:17.07.

Celtics even series with Sprague

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After loading the bases in each of the first three innings and getting nothing to show for it, McNary desperately needed a big hit and Ty Covalt came through.

With runners on first and second and one out in the bottom of the fourth, Covalt ripped a double down the left field line to score two runs. The Celtics scored five runs in the inning and held on to defeat Sprague 5-4 on Monday, April 23.

“That just broke the ice for us,” McNary head coach Larry Keeker said.

Covalt hit the double on the 10th pitch of his at bat.

“I knew he wasn’t spotting his curveball so I knew I was going to get a fastball,” Covalt said. “I was just battling until I found something I liked and put a barrel on it and did something cool.”

The Celtics tied the game at 3-3 when Covalt scored on a deep fly ball to center field off the bat of Colin Wentworth that Sprague couldn’t snag.

After Wentworth advanced to third on a wild pitch, Ryan Thompson brought him home with a sacrifice bunt. David Alfaro then added a RBI single to give McNary a 5-3 lead.

McNary senior Carl Rumbaugh went all seven innings to earn the win. He pitched in and out of jams for most of the game, the biggest coming in the top of the sixth when Sprague loaded the bases with no outs but scored just one run on a fielder’s choice.

“That shows his competitive spirit in those situations,” Keeker said of Rumbaugh. “He didn’t look rattled, which is a good sign.”

Rumbaugh said the key was pretending like no one was on base.

“I think it’s a brand new ball game and keep dealing, keep throwing strikes and pounding the zone,” said Rumbaugh, who mixed up his fastball and curveball to strike out four Sprague hitters.

Rumbaugh’s defense didn’t do him any favors, recording six errors.

“We didn’t play good defense today,” Keeker said. “For us to survive this game with six errors and all those guys left on base is quite frankly a little bit incredible. We made our own mess but were some how able to pull this one out. If you look at the numbers you wouldn’t think we’d win this game. Finally, we had something go our way.”

McNary drew nine walks in the game and recorded seven hits.

David Allen was 2-for-3 and scored a run.

Robert Benson made a diving catch in left field to start off the seventh. Rumbaugh got two more fly balls to the outfield to finish off the Olympians.

The loss was just Sprague’s second in league play.

“We needed this. Guys got together and we battled,” Covalt said. “We’re getting a little momentum and confidence that will hopefully carry us throughout the season and we’ll get some more wins here.”

The win evened the series with Sprague, who took game one 5-0 on Friday, April 20.

Jacob Jackson, who was 2-for-3 with a walk, doubled to lead off the game but was stranded at third.

The Celtics then loaded the bases in the top of the third but Noah Bach’s line drive was hit directly to the right fielder, ending the threat.

McNary finished with just four hits in the loss.

“They’re a good team,” Keeker said of Sprague. “They’ve got a solid senior class and a deep pitching staff.”

After losing their first four Greater Valley Conference games, the Celtics have won three of four.

“The message from the coaching staff has simply been we are going to put our heads down and push forward,” Keeker said. “We’re just not going to allow anybody to feel sorry for themselves or quit. We just won’t allow it. We’re not made up that way as coaches. We’re just going to continue to battle and compete and try to help them through those difficult moments that we seem to run into quite often.”

Classic Tap expands to three studios

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The sign still says Classic Tap, but there is more happening behind the doors than ever.

The longtime Keizer dance studio recently moved to new digs at 5063 River Road N. in Schoolhouse Square. Its new home is less than 1,000 feet from the old Chemawa Road location, but three studio spaces are allowing owner Liz Goff to offer more classes and more classes simultaneously.

“Even though we have a lot of space during the day, the main times for classes are between 4 p.m. and 9 p.m.,” Goff said. “We have quality teachers and we wanted a quality space.”

Goff took over the business from her mother, Jane Raddatz, and uncle, Danny Wold, in 2014 and has been working ever since to expand the options of available classes.

Students at Classic Tap learn a new series of steps during a class Monday, April 16.

“We still offer tap to all ages, but we have ballet, jazz and hip hop, also contemporary dance along with yoga and modern dance,” Goff said.

Visit for the full list of offerings, times and tuition costs.

When Goff was looking for a new space, two things took priority: students safety in parking lots and easy access to other places in the community.

“We’ve got parents that drop their kids off and go get coffee. Most importantly we wanted good parking and safety for the kids. Darren Bloch (owner of Schoolhouse Square) was great to work with and he’s a big advocate for the businesses here being their own community,” Goff said.

The most immediate beneficiaries of the new studios have actually been adult students. A yoga instructor, Pati Kearns, is now offering classes on Friday and Saturday. An adult ballet class, focusing mostly on workouts and core strengthening, began in recent weeks and a dance cardio class it starting up in May.

“It’s great to have adults come back later in life. Most of them started going to a gym at some point and realized they weren’t having any fun after being dancers earlier in their lives,” Goff said. “When they come back, the adults are the most tenacious. They’ll put in more effort than even some of the kids do.”

Since the relocation occurred in the middle of the dance season, other students will feel the full effect of simultaneous scheduling this summer and then in the fall.

Classic Tap instructors only need about eight students to open up new sections of classes, and Goff encourages those interested to come and find out what the options are.

“If there is a group of homeschooled students that would like to take a basic movement course, that’s something we can do as long as we have an instructor available,” she said.

Many of the current instructors grew up in the old studio and now lead classes throughout the week. Goff started teaching at 16.

“We are just an all-around studio. We are family-oriented and we have a passion and love for dance. Our instructors are teachers and counselors and best friends when we need to be,” Goff said.

The other instructors at Classic Tap are Raddatz, Renee Meier, Kala Schafer, Sharon Lane, Sarah Greco, Jim Bennett and Lauren McCurdy.

Cavell to stay home, play at Corban

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McNary senior Chandler Cavell was ready to follow his brother and walk on at Seattle Pacific University until he met Austin Johnson, head coach at Corban University, late in the season.

And on Wednesday, April 11, Cavell signed with the Warriors.

“I like the coach a lot and being close to home was probably the biggest thing for me, just having a little bit of that security in my back pocket and going home and doing laundry and having my parents to support me,” Cavell said.

Johnson attended several of Cavell’s games late in the season as McNary finished the regular season on a six-game winning streak to win the Greater Valley Conference.

Cavell played in open gyms at Corban as well as toured the campus before making his decision.

“It was pretty tough for me to pick between there and Seattle Pacific but my family supported me through it all so that was nice,” Cavell said. “My parents are happy because it’s a lot closer so they can watch me.”

Chandler is the third Cavell sibling to play a sport in college after Madi and Harry went to Seattle Pacific to play volleyball and basketball. But Chandler never felt pressured to follow in their footsteps.

“My parents did a good job of not forcing me to going into one thing,” Cavell said. “They didn’t pressure me into getting a college basketball offer or anything like that. It was something I wanted to do.”

Cavell, who has played basketball for as long as he can remember, joined the Keizer Youth Basketball Association in the fourth grade and then began playing on tournament teams in middle school.

McNary head coach Ryan Kirch has known Cavell since he was in the fourth grade.

“I got the opportunity to watch him grow, not only as a player but as a person to the point where we’re at now, where he’s graduating,” Kirch said. “It’s been a real treat and joy. I feel very blessed to have the opportunity to work with not just a great player but maybe even a better person.

“On the basketball floor he’s a great competitor and demands excellence out of himself and his teammates but he’s a guy who does it always with a smile on his face. I think he garners a lot of respect from his teammates with the way that he carries himself, not only on the basketball floor but in the classroom. When we look at how we want our players to represent our program and our school, Chandler is a perfect example of that. His parents have done a great job of raising him. The community has been great in supporting him and I couldn’t be happier for where he’s at.”

Cavell, who led the Celtics with 16.4 points, 6.3 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 1.5 steals per game this season, was unanimously voted to the All-GVC First Team.

McNary finished the season 20-6, winning the Greater Valley Conference and advancing to the second round of the OSAA state playoffs.

“He has an incredibly high ceiling,” Kirch said. “I can’t wait to see  how good he becomes. You wish you had one more year with him because you just know he’s going to get better and better.”

Lady Celts break out of slump

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McNary hadn’t scored a run in 12 innings when Taylor Ebbs went to the plate with the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the first.

Her strategy?

“Just have fun.”

“I’ve been putting myself in too much pressure lately,” Ebbs said. “I think we’ve just been trying to do too much.”

That approach paid off as Ebbs hit a high inside pitch to right field to score two runs and the Lady Celts broke out of a slump to defeat Sprague 6-2 on Friday, April 20.

“That (first) inning could have potentially been a little bigger,” said McNary head coach Kevin Wise, after the Lady Celts left the bases loaded. “I was just happy getting a couple on the board.”

The Lady Celts could’ve had a big second inning as well. But after Abbie Covalt singled and Nadia Witt doubled to lead off the inning, Sprague pitcher Shae Barna retired three batters in a row, stranding the runners at second and third.

McNary was able to add four more runs in the bottom of the fifth.

After Haley Ebner and Emma Kinler led off the inning with singles, Kate Ronning hit a line drive to right field to load the bases. Faith Danner then knocked in two runs with a ground ball to left field.

Haley Bingenheimer added a RBI single and Covalt hit a sacrifice fly to center field to stretch McNary’s lead to 6-0.

Sprague scored its only two runs in the top of the seventh.

Danner pitched all seven innings to earn the win from the circle.

The Lady Celts finished with 14 hits. Witt was 4-for-4 with a double.

“They had more fun today,” Wise said. “When we’re a little more loose, it just goes a lot better, especially with our younger girls.”

The win came after McNary was shut out 3-0 at West Salem the day before. The Lady Celts had only three hits in the loss.

“We were just getting up and trying to hit home runs,” Wise said. “The girls at West (Salem) and our girls, most of them have played together for a long time. We all get a little too amped up and trying to do too much. I think we were a little tight.”

Lane wins NBA contest

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Bo Lane, Keizer, grew up listening to Portland Trailblazer games on the radio while shooting hoops with his uncle, pretending like he was on the team.

His interest in graphic design has stretched nearly as long.

With the Trail Blazers Fan Appreciation Poster Contest, those two passions collided.

Lane designed his poster of a generic Portland player, palming the basketball while flying through the sky on his way to the hoop for a dunk, using Adobe Illustrator.

Lane estimates the poster took him about six hours to complete, working three to four nights at home after his kids went to bed. He started with the background, using the red and yellow colors of the Utah Jazz’s City Edition jersey, the Blazer’s opponent on Fan Appreciation Night.

“That was the first thing that popped in my head,” Lane said. “I knew I wanted to do something with that. I’ve got to use that to incorporate the Portland versus Utah aspect of it. That was the starting point. It’s just a cool color scheme anyway. It was easy to go from there.”

Lane was pleased with the final result. Although, he’s his toughest critic.

“I’m pretty hard on myself,” Lane said. “Every time I do something I wish I would have done something different.”

After being selected as one of four finalists, Lane then won an online fan vote.

To garner support, he posted the contest to Facebook.

“I had a lot of people share it,” Lane said. “I was surprised.”

He was awarded two 200-level tickets to the Blazers final home game on Wednesday, April 11 and during the first timeout presented his framed poster, signed by all of the players, to a season ticket holder.

“I’m a behind the scenes kind of person so I wasn’t looking forward to being in front of the camera but it was fine,” Lane said.

Eight posters were presented to Blazers president Chris McGowan and upper management. Another 100 copies were sold at the game, with the money going to the Trail Blazers Foundation, which gives grants to nonprofits, schools and underserved youth.

Lane attended about a dozen Blazer games this season and had tickets for Game 2 of Portland’s first round playoff series against the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday, April 17.

Lane, a former youth pastor, has done graphic design work for the past 16 years, mostly freelance for churches and other ministries. He also designed the McNary Youth Baseball logo.

Lane currently serves as the marketing director for Mission Increase Foundation, helping Christian ministries implement a biblical approach to fundraising.