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Day: September 7, 2018

City backs two sidewalk projects

By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes

The City of Keizer will issue letters of support for two projects to improve pedestrian access around Kennedy and Cummings elementary schools.

The letters will be submitted along with projects proposals to the Safe Routes for Schools National Partnership. The council approved the request from the  Keizer Traffic Safety, Pedestrian and Bikeways (TPB) Committee at its Aug. 20 meeting.

Members of the TPB Committee have haggled over whether to support one project over another for months and ended up throwing its weight behind both. Rough outlines of the projects include additional sidewalk and bike lanes as well as additional infrastructure.

At the TPB committee’s most recent meeting, Aug. 17, issues of money dominated discussion. Requirements for Safe Routes funding include a 20 percent match on the part of the city. In regard to Cummings, the city might be able to negotiate using an investment being made in by the Salem-Keizer School District – to install sidewalks on the school campus – as matching funds. Around Kennedy, which is the larger of the two projects, the city would likely need to come up with the matching money on its own.

Committee Member David Dempster was a proponent of having a back-up plan.

“We have a Safe Routes grant opportunity coming up, but if we have several problems, ODOT occasionally comes up with other grants,” Dempster said. “I think there is a better chance of getting that money than the Safe Routes for School grant.”

Dempster also advocated appealing for monetary support from the city when the 2019-2020 budgeting cycle begins next spring.

Life of Wiley: Salem-Keizer teams look to rebound

I thought week one would be difficult for the Salem-Keizer football teams but the road was even tougher than I expected. Area squads went 1-5 and were outscored 210 to 97.

Can they rebound in week two?

South Salem at Sunset

The Saxons were the only Salem-Keizer squad to win their season opener, defeating Newberg 21-14. And their week two opponent is coming off a 24-point loss. But Sunset played one of the best teams in the state in Tigard and allowed two touchdowns on interception returns. After last week, I need to see more from the Salem-Keizer schools in general before I pick one to win in Portland.

Prediction: Apollos 30, Saxons 17

Bend at West Salem

Speaking of Salem teams playing in Portland, the Titans went to Lake Oswego last week in a game billed as a battle of two of the top teams in the state and were never really competitive, trailing 41-7 at halftime. Lake Oswego’s new quarterback threw for 298 yards and five touchdowns. West Salem’s secondary will obviously have to improve if the Titans are going to make a playoff run. West Salem is the first Salem-Keizer team to play one of the three Bend schools new to the Mountain Valley conference, although in a non-league game. Bend is coming off an impressive win over Barlow in its 6A opener but I expect an angry Titans squad to begin to turn things around at home.

Prediction: Titans 44 Lava Bears 34

Corvallis at North Salem

The Vikings found out playing in 5A, especially in Special District 3, may not be much easier than 6A, getting shut out at Crescent Valley 34-0 in week one. Now, North Salem hosts Corvallis, who also had a difficult time last Friday, falling 49-25 to Lebanon. The Vikings should be more competitive but can they get their first win?

Prediction: Vikings 20, Spartans 14

McKay at Central

The Royal Scots also struggled offensively last Friday, getting shut out at home 24-0 against West Albany. McKay gets Central next. The Panthers are also coming off a bad loss, getting blown out at Silverton 51-14. I see points being a premium in this one. Picking a winner was more difficult.

Prediction: Royal Scots 17, Panthers 13

Sprague at Lakeridge

I don’t know what to think of the Pacers. Last season, Lakeridge won a league game for the first time in four years, playing in the brutally tough Three Rivers League, and qualified for the state playoffs for the first time since 2014. The Pacers then opened this season with a 50-point road win at Jefferson, Portland. All signs point towards Lakeridge being a program on the rise, the Olympians opened the season losing at home and I started these predictions saying I needed to see more from the Salem-Keizer schools before I picked one to win in Portland. Would I back off of that statement jut four predictions later? Maybe.

Prediction: Olympians 35, Pacers 27

McNary at West Linn

Looking at the Celtics schedule at the beginning of the season, North Medford was supposed to be one of the easier games, which probably says more about McNary’s loaded schedule than it does about the Black Tornado. After losing 55-27 at home, the Celtics now travel to play one of their toughest games against one of the best teams in the state, coming off an overtime win at Central Catholic, another elite program. McNary will have to improve drastically in all three phases of the game to have any chance of avenging last season’s playoff loss at West Linn.

Prediction: Lions 50, Celtics 21

Derek Wiley is associate editor of the Keizertimes.

Last week: 4-2

Overall record: 4-2

Game changer: Haselip leads McNary attack

By DEREK WILEY
Of the Keizertimes

Izzy Haselip is not just the only member of the McNary girls soccer team to have played Summit.

She’s also one of the few girls in the entire state who can say she has defeated the girls soccer giant, winner of five of the last six 5A state championships.

The last time Summit lost a playoff game, Haselip was there, celebrating with her Silverton teammates a 4-3 upset in the 2016 semifinals. Haselip scored the second goal of the game.

“The intensity was crazy and the atmosphere,” Haselip said of the playoff game at Summit. “We had so many fans. They had so many fans. It was loud and crazy.”

After her sophomore season, which ended with a 3-2 loss to La Salle Prep in the 5A state championship game, Haselip decided she needed a change and transferred to McNary.

“I feel like when I came here it was way more welcoming,” Haselip said. “(McNary head coach) A.J. (Nash) was super excited to have me. That was nice, being the new person and everyone was so welcoming. My transition was so easy.”

Senior Izzy Haselip scored two goals in McNary’s season opener at South Medford after dealing with a nagging ankle injury last year. Photo by Alex Wyatt

Nash expected Haselip to lead McNary’s offense last season.

“In the initial trainings last year, we knew that she was a forward that could change the way our offense operates,” Nash said.

However, a sprained ankle suffered during practice changed the course of her junior season. Haselip missed four league games and finished the year with only three goals.

“I was disappointed that I didn’t really get to showcase how good I can be,” Haselip said. “I felt like I was never really a 100 percent and I felt like it was always kind of nagging me.”

Back healthy, Haselip showed what she’s capable of in McNary’s first game of the 2018 season.

Trailing 1-0 in the second half at South Medford, Haselip tied the game with a header and then snuck behind the Panthers defense to score the game-winning goal.

“The injury played as much of a mental toll and a fitness toll as anything last year and even though we got her back and she did produce, she just never caught up,” Nash said. “This year to see her get out there and get confidence early opens up so much for this team. I’m really proud of her.”

Haselip believes McNary can make a playoff run this season, similar to Silverton’s in 2016.

“I really feel like we can go farther in the playoffs this year,” she said. “I feel like we’re just a different team from last year. It’s our atmosphere and our confidence. I feel like we kind of lacked that last year and we have a lot more captains and a lot more leaders on the field. I’m really excited about it and how well we play together now. It’s exciting.”

As for Summit, who McNary hosts on Saturday, Sept. 29 at noon.

“I’ve talked to (my teammates) about how big they are and how aggressive they are and how dominant they are when they have the ball and how well they are shooting from the outside,” Haselip said. “It’s going to be a different game.

“I feel like we’re becoming way more dominant and confident in ourselves that we can compete with them this year. I think they’re so used to being dominant in 5A that they’re going to be surprised when they play 6A teams.”

Haselip would know.

Oregon is better than these political ads

In a lifetime as an Oregonian, having been witness to giants of morality, ethics and decency, including Mark O. Hatfield, Tom McCall, Robert W. Straub, and Victor Atiyeh, now, in election year 2018, I witness a gubernatorial candidate who says nothing when two small children, allegedly with their mother, are used in a television campaign advertisement that uses propaganda techniques and outright mendacity to advertise support for their guy.  The ad is a bottom feeder of the disgusting kind where one cannot get through it without a stomach churning, migraine headache event.

Credulity is stretched to explosive lengths!  Really, are there homeless camps “everywhere”?  Are foster care children all without food?  Is there no refuge throughout the state for seniors in abusive nursing homes where monsters “care” for them?  And the current governor, Kate Brown, protects horribly depraved conditions for children and seniors a secret (only eliciting a “Shhh!”) while she turns a blind eye to criminally-minded persons who sell drugs while operating day care centers?  For shame on those authors of the video message who know all of it is really fake news!

The Republican candidate for governor says nothing so he leaves us to believe he supports this kind of skullduggery.  Meanwhile, the apparent secret society of cowards, “Oregon Priority,” are too ashamed of their tactics to come out and identity themselves?  Oregon’s TV channels out of Portland, in a state where a citizen cannot have a ‘letter to the editor’ included in any newspaper without including name and address, allow these people to use gross exaggerations and downright prevarications while they hide behind a cloak of secrecy!

We’ve seen this sort of ugly thing used in national campaigns and campaigns in other states but very rarely in Oregon.  It is hoped Portland’s TV stations will manage to grasp some integrity and close down this disgusting example of extreme support for the GOP candidate.  It serves no one, save the sick and deranged among us, and should be brought quickly to an end by Oregonians who will not stand for this kind of perverse and deceitful dirtiness in Oregon politics.  Please find other means of making money.

Lastly, here, in this context, as an appeal for honor and respect among and between current day candidates for public office, John McCain, recently deceased, and a politician who seated self-promotion and self-protection last among his priorities, comes to mind.  How with McCain, even when he could have encouraged ill will against his opponent, Barack Obama, stood his ground and would not capitalize on blatantly prejudicial statements against Obama to further his political aspirations.   We’re in for smoky campaign conditions to match our summer air from now to November 4 unless Oregonians rise to object with denunciations and then, should they be ignored, vote their sentiments.

Gene H. McIntyre in Keizer @503-393-8489.

Keep the conversation going

By CASEY CHAFFIN

On Saturday, Sept. 1, in seeming response to a set of Keizertimes stories on hate crimes and bias incidents, Oregon State Rep. Bill Post created a poll in the Keizer, OR Facebook. Post’s poll asked: “Do you feel like Keizer is a ‘racist’ or ‘non-inclusive’ community?”

The poll set off a discussion about hate and inclusivity in Keizer. Much of it ran along the lines of “Keizer is great, everything’s fine” and “racism is everywhere so stop attacking Keizer.” But there was a subset of commenters talking about structural inequality and several people of color sharing their experiences with discrimination in Keizer.

As a contributing writer to the set of stories about hate in Keizer, it’s the kind of conversation I wanted to see. Some of the comments made me angry, but I was encouraged to see people grappling with what it means to live in this community and what it means to ostracize others.

As I was scrolling through comments, I noticed an admin of the Keizer Facebook group was telling people “political/religious comments” weren’t allowed. I thought, how are we supposed to discuss hate, discrimination and racism without getting political? These are political issues and we need to discuss them, even if it starts arguments and ruffles feathers.

I was disheartened later that day to see that the admin ended up deleting the entire post with all the comments, and then made a new post with a disabled comment section redirecting people to the Keizertimes website to vote in the poll addressing the homophobic language in the Keizer city charter. In doing so, the admin shut down a conversation about hate and discrimination and racism—and in the process shut down my hope of progress toward a better Keizer.

Neither the question of what it means for Keizer to be inclusive nor the dismissal of that question are new. This topic has previously been brought to the city council. In the past year since Keizer citizens requested the city council pass an inclusivity resolution, it was discussed at only one work session before disappearing completely. If every forum for dialogue is shut down, we will not make progress—only stagnate in our current positions.

Hate is an uncomfortable issue to discuss. Looking at our own community and seeing something we don’t want to see is jarring. But we need to get uncomfortable. That discomfort is the beginning of understanding. And understanding is what we need to address the systemic flaws that allow hate to go unchecked. We need to create spaces where we can discuss these issues of discrimination and inclusivity, because we need to have this conversation now. We’ve been putting it off since Oregon’s founding. We can’t just delete the Facebook posts and pretend like everything’s fine—because it’s not. And it won’t get better until we can talk about it as a community.

(Casey Chaffin was an intern with the Keizertimes this summer.)

Dog rescued

To the Editor:

Kudos to the folks at Keizer Station who took the initiative to rescue a dog from a locked car today,  Wednesday, Aug. 22.

After seeing that the dog was in distress and having failed to be able to locate the owner, they did exactly as the Good Samaritan law (ORS 30.813) prescribes: they broke into the car, called the police, and remained with the dog until the owner arrived. They also waited for the police to arrive.

Given all the information available on how quickly a car can heat up, it is astonishing that some pet owners are still so thoughtless or reckless that they will leave an animal in a locked car on a hot sunny day. With recent temperatures in the high 80s, the temperature inside a car, even with a window open a crack, can quickly exceed 120 degrees—potentially lethal for a pet.

The owner of the dog rescued today did not seem appreciative of the actions of the Good Samaritans. Hopefully, on reflection, she will realize the favor they did for her and her dog, or she will realize that she is not an appropriate owner of a pet.

Doug Parrow
Keizer

Kudos

To the Editor:

Nice work on bringing the conversation about racism in our community to the forefront. It would be lovely if you would keep this conversation going through a regular series on the topic.

Jessica Johnson
Keizer