Chemeketa Courier

Courier manager lands internship

By Shad Russell

Caitlyn Lehner is following in the footsteps of an elite crowd.

Recently, Lehner, a reporter and co-managing editor for the Chemeketa Courier, applied for and was awarded an internship through the prestigious Snowden program.

Snowden internships are awarded to students who are interested in pursuing journalism as a career path.

Lehner took her first steps down the media path in 2009 when she took a feature writing class from William Florence, Chemeketa’s journalism instructor.

Chemeketa Visual Communications students show off their skills

By Caitlyn Lehner

Graduating students’ creativity and dedication will be featured at the upcoming Visual Communications Portfolio Show.

The show will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. on June 2 in Bldg. 4-279. Everyone is invited.

Holly Amlin, a Visual Communications student, said, “I’m excited to show my family and friends that all the hard work I put into school in the last three years has been worthwhile.

“I’m also excited to have people see my work. I’m proud of what I’ve done, and it’s so rewarding to share my work with others.”

Gathering shows off native culture

By Tavis Evans

The drums provided a steady beat for Saul Jurado as he danced.

Shuffling and shaking, his body and legs moved with the pounding drums, covered in traditional male Native American regalia and festooned with hawk, eagle, turkey and pheasant feathers.

Across his chest was a beaded breastplate, and on his feet were jingles that sounded like a constant tambourine.  

Saul is a confederated tribe member of the Silitz and a former Chemeketa student who was one of the many inter-tribal dancers, drummers, and natives taking part at Chemeketa’s NW Native Club’s Spring Gathering May 19 in the quad.

Remembering Montez Bailey

By Shad Russell

Montez Bailey no longer walks this mortal earth, but his memory lives on in the hearts of Chemeketa students and the community.

Bailey, the victim of a tragic and untimely demise and a former Chemeketa student, was shot and killed on May 27, 2009. 

Chemeketa took steps to make sure that his memory was not forgotten. One of those steps was to set up a memorial scholarship in Bailey’s name.

Today is the two-year anniversary of his passing.

Invasive Noise


Thump. Thump. Thump-thump-thump-thump…

 If you take a class in Bldg. 7, you know what that sound is: time for exercise classes, complete with “OK everybody, let’s go…” calls from the instructor. 

But you’re not in an aerobics class. Instead, you’re in contemporary algebra, struggling to hear your own instructor amid the varied sounds of various exercise sessions.

So your instructor closes the door.

But it’s no good. The thump-thump hammers through the razor-thin cubicle-style walls, and the yelling continues to increase in volume as the workout continues.

Storm look toward next year after a difficult season

By Joaquin Aguilar

It’s over.

Chemeketa’s baseball season wrapped up this past weekend against the SW Oregon Lakers in the Storm’s final doubleheader of the year.

In Chemeketa’s final outing, the team was swept by the Lakers and lost the season series, 4-2. Moreover, the baseball team lost 11 of its final 12 games, diminishing any hopes for a postseason performance. 

From the Southern Region, the Mt. Hood Saints and the Lane Titans represented the division. 

The Storm finished at the bottom of the region and was 8-22 against its league competitors; Chemeketa was 11-30 overall. 

Award-winning author visits Chemeketa


By Jordan Liudahl

A geologist-turned-journalist and award-winning author, Naseem Rakha spent May 18 at Chemeketa speaking about her latest book.

“The Crying Tree” received the 2010 annual Book Award from the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association.

Louanne Whitton, a faculty member and the reading and study skills program chairman, said that Rakha’s visit was part of the Chemeketa Reads and the Chemeketa Reads Project.

Cherry City Clix for Kids

By Shad Russell

Superman, Batman, and Hal Jordan/The Green Lantern defeated Darkseid and several of his minions today.

The damage was minimal, clean up took approximately three minutes, and no one was harmed. Everyone shook hands after the battle, and all proceeds were donated to North Salem High School’s wrestling program.

That, at least, would be the story the day after the fund-raising event called Cherry City Clix for Kids.


Chemeketa student killed in Woodburn

By Ryan Peterson

Tomas Montes-Sanchez, a Chemeketa high school student, died Saturday in front of his Woodburn home from a gunshot wound.

According to Chemeketa president Cheryl Roberts, Montes-Sanchez was close to completing his GED testing.

Roberts said, “Please join me today in holding the memory of Tomas. This brings to mind the loss of other Chemeketa students as well.

“As we mourn the death of Montez-Sanchez, we have the opportunity to examine our own commitment to embracing, modeling, and encouraging a world of non-violence.”

Stimler is outstanding graduate


By Caitlyn Lehner

Bonnie Stimler is outstanding.

It’s easily recognizable to those who meet her – and now she has proof.

Stimler recently was introduced as the 2011 recipient of the Outstanding Graduating Woman Award by the Salem Branch of the American Association of University Women.

The mission of the AAUW is to advance equity for women and girls through
advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.