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Month: May 2018

Keizer providing water to Salem

Here is a complete list of Keizer businesses and residents willing to share water:

The City Of Keizer is activating three water stations at City Hall on the Chalmers Jones Skate Park side off Rickman Rd in the parking lot.

(Business) Willamette Valley Appliance -Keizer

(Business) Salem-Keizer Volcanoes

(Business) KeyBank

(Business) Delaney Madison Grill

(Business) CASA of Marion County Oregon – hose out by front door.

(Business) Reliable Computer Services, LLC

(Business) Odd Moe’s Pizza Keizer – Open 11am-10pm today & tomorrow and 11am-11pm Friday

(Business/Residence) Gerald Pygott, Owner of PSC Marketing Group, at his residence 4765 Riverwood Drive – this is a private residence so please be respectful of his property and time.

(Business) Tony’s Kingdom of Comics and Collectibles 3856 River Rd, Keizer – inside faucet/sink

(Business) Keiser Heidi-Integrity Medical Evaluations Inc. 5845 Shoreline Lane N – Hose outside/faucets inside 8am – 5 pm

(Business/Residence) BattleStorm: Functional Fitness & Defense, LLC 847 Dearborn Avenue NE – Outside faucet/hose until 7pm, please knock on the front door first for assistance and JT and Ashley will gladly help you!

(Business)Subway at 5462 River Road N – 8am-10pm every day

(Business)Willamette Valley Bank NMLS# 713109 5140 River Road N – 9am-6pm

(Business)D & J Dog Grooming 689 Chemawa Rd NE – Will fill jugs in shop or can hook up a hose to the outside spigot.

(Business) McNary Restaurant & Lounge 165 McNary Estates Drive N – 9am-9pm, any bartender welcome to come on in the front doors and they are happy to fill you up in their kitchen!

(Residence) Nathan Smith residence @ 1011 Orchard Street N – this is a private resident so please be respectful of their property and time.

(Business) BFit Gyms 5045 River Road-We can have people come in and fill up water bottles if they need. We don’t have a faucet or anything for hoses we can offer but if people need to come get cold filtered water our doors are open

(Business) The Human Bean Keizer 5007 River Road N

(Residence) John Trost (Farmer’s Insurance Agent) 1185 Swingwood Ct NE Turn right at the light across from the B&S Market instead of left onto Wheatland. We are at the very end of the court. This is a private residence so please be mindful of their time and property.

(Residence/Business) Star 21 Inc Health Care Products & Medical Equipment – 5030 Newberg Drive N – I have a hose hooked up which can even reach the street to their vehicle for filling containers. This is a private residence so please be mindful of their time and property.

(Business) Skyline Ford and Skyline’s Keizer Ford 3555 River Road N

Keizer Christian Church – 6945 Wheatland Road N – Our office hours are Mon-Fri, 9am-1pm and Sun 9am-12pm

(Business) Columbia Bank (Keizer) Hose out back.

(Business) Carl’s Jr. (Keizer)

(Business) Carlos Soto Defining Fitness, hose out front.

(Business) Bonaventure at Keizer Station (watering station)

(Business) Keizer Little League, hose next to field house by rose bushes.

(Business) Weeks Berry Nursery Inc 6494 Windsor Island Rd N

(Business) Dayspring Fellowship 1755 Lockhaven Dr – faucets available 9:30am-4:30pm to fill jugs

(Business) Eagle Home Mortgage

(Residence) Bob & Colleen Busch 4064 Noon Avenue until 10pm-faucet on garage. This is a private residence so please be respectful of their property and time.

(Business) Creative Kids Learning Center 596 Evans Avenue 6am-6pm

(Business) McNary Golf Club

(Residence) Linda (CERT) 6844 Arborwood Court NE – Hose out front, and if you knock can fill small containers. This is a private residence so please be respectful of their property and time.

(Business) Keizer Florist 631 Chemawa Rd NE. Garden hose out front from 9am to 5pm Mon-Fri

Crush win KeizerFEST softball tournament

The Keizer Crush Little League majors softball 12U team, sponsored by ABB Stoves, won three games on Sunday, May 20 to win the 12U softball championship in the second annual Iris Festival Tournament.

Playing on championship Sunday, the Crush shut out the Eclipse 11-0 to reach the semifinals.

The Crush then topped the Salem-Keizer Shooting Stars 11-4 to advance to the finals.

The Crush continued their dominance in the championship game, defeating the Salem-Keizer Stars Supernova’s 12-2 to win the tournament.

Playing on the team were Kamryn Long, Ali Martinez, Kendra Allison, Emma Jauregui, Madysen Self, Christine McCants, Jade Gardner, Amanda Prather, MacKenzie Mullins and Kaitlyn Donnelly, Natalie McKechine.

The Crush are coached by Jason Long, Dean Prather and Taylor Austin.

McNary sophomore wins talent show

By DEREK WILEY
Of the Keizertimes

Nicholas Weathers was in the fifth grade when he got his first clarinet from Uptown Music.

After winning $1,000 at the first KeizerFest Teen Talent Showcase, Weathers will be able to purchase more music equipment from the Keizer store that sponsored the event on Sunday, May 20.

Playing Premiere Rhapsody by Claude Debussy on the clarinet, Weathers, a sophomore at McNary High School, finished first out of 26 acts from middle and high schools in Salem-Keizer.

“It was really unexpected,” Weathers said. “I just went to state playing that piece and I did not do very well. I wasn’t even in the top five. I was really surprised. I thought one of the amazing singers that performed today would have gotten it and definitely not me.”

Weathers was the only performer not to sing, which he compared to Mozart finding his way into a hip hop competition.

“I thought I was really out of place,” Weathers said. “It was very different for me.”

Weathers wasn’t exactly sure what he would spend his winnings on. But he does have many options.

“My dad is a pilot so I’d like to get my private pilot’s license soon,” Weathers said. “I love music. I always love getting instruments. Maybe driver’s ed. That’d probably be logical.”

Hannah Wood, of West Salem, and Kourtney Lynn Branchfield, of North Salem, who both stood out by performing original songs, finished second and third, winning $700 and $400.

“It was a real confidence booster,” Weathers said. “It meant a lot. I’ve been going through some hard times lately, lots of life things, school. I’ve been so busy I don’t feel like I’ve been able to put time in for myself. I’ve been practicing a lot, AP stuff. It’s nice.”

Youth councilor vacates chair, heads to college on full-ride

By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes

Samuel Hernandez has had a busy senior year. So busy that his academic pursuits pulled him away from his chair as the youth councilor on the Keizer City Council halfway through his term.

Hernandez was a regular presence at meetings until a college writing course at Willamette University created a scheduling conflict, but sitting city councilors were all praise as they honored Hernandez for his time with the council.

“I’ve known Sam since sophomore year and he was a standout then,” said Councilor Laura Reid, who is also a teacher at McNary High School. “He takes advantage of all his opportunities in a way that helps him build new skills. You stand out among your peers in a way that brings them up.”

Hernandez reported that he will be attending Pomona College this fall on a full-ride scholarship. Pomona, one of the top-ranked liberal arts colleges in several reports, accepted less than 7 percent of its applicants for the class of 2022.

In addition to his studies at McNary, Hernandez recently graduated from Willamette Academy, a program that offers support, tutoring and mentoring to college-bound students. Hernandez is one of several valedictorians this year at McNary.

When asked what the most powerful lesson of his time with the council was, Hernandez didn’t hesitate with an answer.

“It was being able to apply what I learned in law and government classes,” he said. “One week, we were discussing the Americans with Disabilities Act in class and, that night at council, we talked about ADA-accessibility in Keizer buildings.”

Hernandez has his sights set on law school after finishing his undergraduate degree and hopes to become a U.S. senator.

Keizer United sets new course

By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes

For almost two decades, Keizer United has been a fundraising arm for a rotating cast of other, small non-profits located in Keizer.

In some ways, that was a useful set-up. For instance, it allowed organizations to pool fundraising resources. However, the changing roster of supported agencies left Keizer United itself without a tangible identity.

It came to a head when the current chair of the group, Meredith Mooney, met with Mayor Cathy Clark last year in the wake of being denied financial support from the city during budgeting season.

“Cathy asked, ‘What is Keizer United?’ We got together later and I told her what I thought it could be,” Mooney said.

Mooney envisioned a new mission for the group as a meeting ground for a wider array of interests and fostering force for collaboration. Keizer United would become a Community Partnership Team, supplying lunch and inviting anyone on a mission to serve the community to join them.

“Whether you are a neighbor or on city council, you are welcome at this table for a meal but, more importantly, organic collaboration,” Mooney said.

That might seem like a hazy realignment of Keizer United’s mission, but it’s already yielding tangible results. At a Keizer United meeting Monday, May 21, two of the featured presenters were Salem Harvest’s Elise Bauman and Simonka Place’s Kathy Smith.

Salem Harvest connects famers and backyard growers with volunteer pickers who harvest crops from fava beans to fruit for other area organizations like the Marion-Polk Food Share.

“There is lots of food being wasted at the farm level because their contracts are filled, the food isn’t pleasing to the eye or the demand dries up,” Bauman said.

An estimated 400,000 pounds of locally-grown food is wasted each season. Volunteers who help harvest are permitted to keep half of what they pick and the other half goes to families and organizations in need.

Farmers and volunteers can sign up at the group’s website, www.salemharvest.org.

Simonka Place serves women in need of shelter and supportive services on River Road North in Keizer. Smith attended the meeting in hope of finding out how the women the shelter serve might give back to the community that has supported them over the years.

“Keizer is an amazing community. We don’t even have to ask and donations come pouring in,” Smith said. “We want to show how much we appreciate that generosity.”

Bauman said she had reached out to the group once before but talks sputtered over transportation issues. In the intervening time, she’d found local churches willing to donate their vans to help transport groups of harvesters to local sites.

“I think it would be empowering for our women to go and be involved in harvesting the food themselves,” Smith said.

By the end of the meeting, the two women were talking about a path forward.

Another recent success was matching Keizer Elementary School, which needed bike helmets for students riding to school with a reduced-cost helmet program offered through the Keizer Traffic Safety, Pedestrian and Bikeways committee.

“We want to create investment in the community and be part of the solution instead of just complaining about the problems,” said Gary Steiner, a current member of the board who was also one of the Keizer United founders two decades ago.

When it came time to request funding assistance from the City of Keizer this year, Mooney had no reservations in making the ask, and it was approved with a $2,000 matching contribution from the Salem Leadership Foundation.

Mooney said working with CPT organizations in Salem helped lay the groundwork for the changes at Keizer United.

“There are a handful of CPTs in Salem and they get $5,000 from the city divided among them. They are able to leverage that into $265,000 in donations and other in-kind services. We want to do something like that in Keizer,” Mooney said.

Is a constitutional crisis in our future?

It comes as a surprise to this writer that only two U.S. presidents have been impeached.

The first was Andrew Johnson who became president immediately after President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated, and Bill Clinton, who ended his presidency having, after all, served two full terms. Regardless of its spare use, there is talk in the land now about another possible impeachment.

President Andrew Johnson was impeached by the House of Representatives on 11 articles of impeachment that detailed his “High crimes and misdemeanors” in accordance with Article 2 of the U.S. Constitution.  The U.S. Senate acquitted Johnson by one vote and he completed his term in office.

President Bill Clinton was impeached on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice by the House in 1998.  Clinton’s impeachment trial was held in the Senate where he was acquitted of all charges in early 1999. The Whitewater scandal along with an Arkansas real estate deal that spun a tale possibly associated with the suicide of a White House lawyer, the firings of White House Travel Office personnel, and Clinton’s affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky delivered enough political and legal damage to bring his impeachment.

Here and now, President Donald Trump finds himself in the throes of several high-profile controversies that appear likely to bring serious trouble to him.  What began as an investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election has evolved into an ever-enlarging, ready-to-erupt volcano of scandals involving an adult-film star, influence peddling, and, among other rumors, what Trump knew about allegations of sexual abuse by the New York attorney general.

What has President Trump done to fight for his survival?  He’s out regularly on the campaign trail where he attacks Democrats but does not mention his problems while he implores his followers to support the oft-repeated witch hunt charge. He badgers Congress for more legislative triumphs than his one victory with the tax cut package while he brags about a stock market and employment gains over which he has no direct control.  He keeps signing executive orders and presidential memoranda although few of them have survived to appear in the Federal Register.

Meanwhile, there are a number of Trump-related shortcomings that deeply trouble this writer.  A few examples, from the many, include President Trump’s misguided efforts to sabotage health care coverage for millions of U.S. citizens, worsening the devastating effects of climate change, gutting clean air and water protections, giving tax cuts to billionaires and huge corporations, destabilizing statements and actions on the world stage, attacks on our news media, organizations and reporters, interference with the Russia investigation which involves Russia’s attack on our democracy, self-serving efforts to cash-in on the presidency and thereby enhance his family’s wealth, disdain and contempt for the rule of law, and so on.

Impeachment in the U.S House could arrive from deliberations there by a newly-seated Democrat majority after the upcoming November election.  However, given a U.S. House impeachment, conviction is unlikely to follow because the Democrats are unlikely to realize a two-thirds head count required for a conviction in the U.S. Senate.  Even if there is a conviction, it’s believed Donald Trump will defy it as it is further believed he will defy all orders that precede it, including depositions, subpoenas, indictments or any other U.S. legal system maneuver.

Donald Trump has made it clear multiple times that he wants an unlimited term in office and made no bones about his admiration for other world leaders who possess life terms.  Writer opinion: He will never leave the White House without being forced out and it’s plainly clear to see already that there are few members of Congress who have enough of what it would take to oust him.   A constitutional crisis will predictably follow while it remains anyone’s guess, due to lack of a U.S. precedence, as to how that problematic condition will play itself out.

(Gene H. McIntyre lives in Keizer.)

Champion Cheer climbs the Summit

By DEREK WILEY
Of the Keizertimes

McNary senior Madesyn Samples had been with Champion Cheer Athletics in Salem for 13 years, since she was five. Brynlee Ramsay had been with the gym for 10 years, since she was six.

But neither had experienced a season like this last one.

Competing in the D2 Summit at Walt Disney World Resort’s new ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orland, Fla., Samples, Ramsay and Champion Cheer’s Level 3 Blaze team advanced to finals for the first time in the program’s 14-year history and placed third in the nation.

“It was amazing, especially my senior year to get third at Summit, it’s just crazy, especially with all my friends there with me,” Samples said. “I think we did so well because we all wanted it so much for ourselves and four our teammates. Everyone jumped up and was screaming and hugging each other and crying and it was really awesome.”

Blaze competed in the semifinals on Saturday, May 12 and then were one of seven teams to advance to finals on Sunday, May 13. They performed a two-and-a-half minute routine of tumbling, stunting, jumping and dancing to music.

Judged by the number of athletes performing each skill, Blaze received zero deductions for a total score of 96.97 out of 100.

“It’s so awesome to see them work all year and then to come out and end the season in such a big event and perform so well and place so high,” said Angela Rasmussen, co-owner of the gym. “In Orlando it is a huge stage at ESPN. It’s very intimidating. They just opened a brand new arena at Wild World of Sports just for cheerleading. Just with the nerves and all of the pressure and all the build up from being there, our kids just did so amazing.”

Champion Cheer has 26 girls on its Level 3 team, ages 11-18, including 10 from Keizer—Ramsay, Madesyn Samples, Ashlin Samples, Kayla Camper, Raegan Bedingfield, Taylor Johnson, Katelyn Hampton, Emily Daniels, Stephanie Wade and Angelina Fajer.

“It was really, really cool,” Ramsay said. “We were the first Champion team to actually make it to finals to day two, let alone take third in the whole competition was just crazy. It was a super cool experience and I’m glad I got to be a part of the team that actually made it to day two.”

Olena Rumbaugh, Brooke Junker and Kaitlyn Roop competed on Champion Cheer’s Level 2 team Burn, which also competed in the D2 Summit in Orlando.

The two teams qualified for the Summit at a national event in Portland in January.

Blaze placed first in the CHEERSPORT National Championships in Atlanta in February.

Burn finished second.

But the D2 Summit was the biggest stage yet.

“It’s much more stressful and everyone is really nervous,” Samples said. “Once we start performing, I think that everybody just looks at each other and realizes that we just have to be calm and trust each other.”

Rasmussen co-founded the gym with Lynelle Blum in 2004 and its has grown to over 130 athletes on its competitive all-star teams, ages 4-18.

“You never know how far you can go but it has been so awesome,” Rasmussen said. “It’s crazy to see how far we’ve come and how far we still have to go. Several of our kids have been with us for over 10 years. It’s been really cool to watch them grow up and learn to love the sport just like us.”

Champion Cheer began its 15th season this week with team evaluations.

“It pumped them up so much for this upcoming season,” Rasmussen said of finishing third at the D2 Summit.

“They’re all excited to get back to work and do even better next year hopefully.”

Cherriots mulls cheaper fares

By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes

Cherriots, the Salem-Keizer public transit system, is currently reviewing its fare structure and seeking public input on possible changes.

The full proposal and a short online survey are available at www.cherriots.org/better. Comment is being sought through June 8.

Some of the possible changes include:

  • Instituting a reduced fare program for low-income users, provided the riders can supply proof of Oregon Health Plan coverage or SNAP benefits.
  • Standardizing fares to $2.25 on regional routes.
  • Eliminating a $60 monthly pass that works only on regional routes and reducing the cost to $75 (from $85) for a universal pass that could be used on all local and regional routes.
  • Reinstating free youth and student passes. Children 11 and under could ride for free with a paying passenger, middle and high school students could ride for free with a student ID.
  • Creating a $90 monthly pass for Cherriots’ LIFT paratransit service. Current;y, lift riders have no monthly pass options and one-way fares are $3.20.

 

The Salem-Keizer Transit System Board is seeking to help families and low-income riders; simplify the fare structure and make it more equitable, ease transfers between local and regional buses, and encourage youth ridership. Changes to the fare structure will be based on public input and incorporated in July 2019.

Area residents can also offer comment on the proposal at several upcoming events:

  • Tuesday, May 29, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Chemeketa Community College Free Speech Table in Building 2.
  • Thursday, May 31, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Downtown Transit Center.
  • Wednesday, June 6, from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Downtown Transit Center.
  • Thursday, June 7, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Keizer Transit Center in Keizer Station.

Lyle Anderson

February 25, 1932– May 19, 2018

Lyle Anderson was born on Feb. 25, 1932, in Parshall, ND and passed away peacefully on May 19, 2018.

L. Anderson

Lyle married DeNae S. Reuter on Jan. 25, 1957 and they settled in Salem, Ore. Lyle got his teaching degree at Oregon College of Education and after graduating they relocated to Creswell, OR for the offer of a one-year teaching position at Creswell Middle School. He retired from there 27 years later. Shortly after retirement, they moved to Keizer to be closer to family.

Lyle’s hobbies were golfing, bowling, yardwork and of course his trips to Reno and the casino.

Lyle was preceded in death by his wife DeNae in September 2013. He is survived by his daughter Kris Kahler, son-in-law Bruce Kahler and granddaughter Kari Kahler, and his extended family, Brandon and Nic Kahler, Kristal Clubb and their families.

A Celebration of Life Open House will be held from 2 p.m.  to 5 p.m., on June 16 at his daughter’s house in Keizer. Arrangements by Restlawn Funeral Home; online at RestlawnFH.com.

Threats are an unavoidable fact

By MICHAEL GERSON

Those who find “globalists” to be villains should attend to recent events in Congo. In the remote region of a remote country, government agencies and international institutions identified by sterile acronyms are working to prevent the spread of a disease that could result in the swift globalization of panic.

This week could well prove decisive in Congo’s current Ebola outbreak—which started in April and, at this writing, counts 40-some probable and confirmed cases. If the disease remains largely rural and grows by ones and twos, contact tracing and the use of an experimental vaccine are likely to remain on top of things. If there are outbursts in multiple parts of the city of Mbandaka—which counts more than 1 million people—or clusters are found downriver in Kinshasa, it will mean trouble.

The good news? The response to this outbreak, according to National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Francis Collins, is “vastly further along” than four years ago in Liberia and Sierra Leone. Last time, the World Health Organization (WHO) was slow, confused and ineffective. This time, teams from WHO and Doctors Without Borders were quickly on the scene. WHO’s new director-general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, visited the site of the outbreak within weeks. Stockpiles of the vaccine being deployed had already been prepositioned in Liberia and Mali, with the help of the global vaccine alliance GAVI. Congo’s health minister, Oly Ilunga Kalenga, has been in daily contact with Anthony Fauci’s staff at the NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. (When I talked to Fauci, Kalenga had contacted him 15 minutes before with a request). All involved knew this day would eventually come, and they have been preparing for it.

There are serious challenges in responding to a highly infectious disease in the rural Equateur province, parts of which can only be reached by helicopter. But medical authorities have some new tools, including the more aggressive use of experimental drugs. The vaccine rVSV-ZEBOV seemed dramatically effective during the West African outbreak four years ago, but circumstances did not allow for a controlled trial. About 4,000 doses are now in Congo—with perhaps 3,000 more on the way—and health authorities are in the process of creating a cold chain of refrigeration to deliver the drugs where they are needed. They will be deployed in a strategy called “ring vaccination,” in which anyone who has been in contact with an Ebola victim, and anyone who has been in contact with those contacts, is vaccinated. There is also a second vaccine and a NIH-developed anti-viral treatment (which only appears to be helpful when administered within five days of becoming sick) that may be employed in Congo.

Congo has had eight outbreaks of Ebola before this one—each of them eventually defeated. A lot of good people, representing a number of global institutions, are working to ensure that the ninth ends the same way.

Like tremors before the “big one,” every defeated outbreak provides a frightening hint at what an epidemic might look like. The West African Ebola outbreak of 2014 took about 11,000 lives. If it had spread into the cities of Nigeria, the levels of death and global panic would have spiraled beyond control. But this is not even the worst prospect. A flu pandemic—with a strain that is easily transmitted and has a high mortality rate—could take tens of millions of lives.

When it comes to health, the world has become a single, massive body. A serious infection arriving at the weakest part of the immune system—say the health systems of West Africa—can easily spread to the whole. This argues for strengthening our health defenses—the ability to detect and respond to pandemic threats—in remote places. And it will require vaccines that can ring a disease and make a global immune response more effective. At NIH, Collins has been pushing hard for the development of a universal flu vaccine, which would be broadly protective against pandemic strains. Funding that effort could end up the most important spending in the entire budget.

The globalization of threats—from terrorism to pandemic disease —is a bare, unavoidable fact. And it will only be met and mastered by determined, heroic globalists.

(Washington Post Writers Group)