Cessna Skyhawk plane crashes at Dayton airport killing local business owner.

     At approximately 5:45 p.m. today a single Cessna Skyhawk plane crashed at Dayton airport shortly after takeoff, killing prominent local business owner and the planes pilot Lawd Smith.  The weather at the scene was strong rain with a strong driving rain. ” It was taking off 15 minutes ago when it crashed in a field adjacent to the runway. Th control tower tells me the pilot managed to get off the ground but immediately after takeoff he radioed the tower, saying he was having major problems controlling the aircraft. Soon after the plane crashed. This could have been related to the weather, we’re not sure yet.” said Maricia Collins of the Portland Federal Aviation Administration field. In the article All about the Cessna 172 Skyhawk writer Anders states that the Cessna plane has a reputation for being the safest general aviation aircraft available and is often used a trainer aircraft even in, but not limited to, the military. In fact the Cessna 172 has a world record for flight endurance lasting 64 days, 22 hours, and 19 minutes. Lawd Smith, the planes pilot, was a prominent local business owner in town.  Lt. Micheal Walton of the police department states that Smith had planned to fly to central Oregon for a long weekend.

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WK17 Editorial Cartoon

What is the cartoon’s title or caption?

The caption says economic crisis


Who drew the cartoon?

Nate Beeler


When and where was it published?

The Washington examiner


What is familiar to you in this cartoon?

The Elephant and the mule, representing republicans and democrats


What questions do you have about this cartoon?

What does it mean that their both roasting marshmallows


Editorial cartoonists combine pictures and words to communicate their opinions.

What tools does the cartoonist use to make his or her point?

_X_ Humor

__ Caricature

_X_ Symbols

__ Stereotypes

__ Speech balloons

_X_ Labels

__ Analogy to another historical or current event

_X_ References to popular culture, art, literature, etc.



List the important people and objects shown in the cartoon:

The fire, marshmallows, Elephant, and donkey


Are symbols used? If so, what are they and what do they mean?

The fire is used to represent the economic crisis and how bad it is


Are stereotypes used? If so, what group is represented?

The republicans and democrats


Is anyone caricatured in the cartoon? If so, who?

Both Republicans and democrats


Briefly explain the message of the cartoon:

The cartoon is saying that even though there is a huge economic crisis, both parties are doing nothing to to help stop it


What groups would agree /disagree with the cartoon’s message? Why?

Anyone from either political party could find it offensive and disagree with it.


Do you think this cartoon is effective in its message?

Only a little

WK17 sports reporters


Name a sports reporter from these organizations – What are there beats?:


Statesman Journal –


Oregonian –


Portland Tribune –


New York Times –


Name a sports columnist for:

Statesman Journal –


Oregonian –


Portland Tribune –


New York Times –


For answers to these questions – Look at 2 Sport writing on the blog

What is a summary story?



What is jargon?



What is a cliché?





Why is the “report em as they play em” strategy for sports writing is a recipe for disaster?




WK16 Student competition

Article title: U.S. Details New Efforts to Support Ailing Bees


I believe that the attempt to rehabilitate the honeybees and Monarch butterflies is a good idea. Bees don’t just make honey; bees as well as butterflies are a large part of the pollinating insect’s population. When they land to drink nectar they gather pollen on their legs and wing and when they land on a different flower they leave some of the other flowers pollen behind, this pollinates all the flowers allowing them to reproduce and grow strong.

But it’s not just flowers, without them a lot of the crops would have trouble reproducing, they could wither and die. This in turn could cause a food shortage affecting everything and everyone.

So the fact that their numbers are quickly decreasing is quite alarming. However growing more of their favorite plants would be a large help n bringing their numbers back up, and freshen up the landscape.

Though the population will take years to increase back to their former numbers they just need a little help getting there.

Trinity Mitchell

South Salem Highschool

Freshman, age 15

Salem, Oregon



Why did they report on this story?

A: There was a local hero, as well as it was a happy story that alot of people had probably heard about. It effected the locals, the man, as well as the lady police officer. It also interrupted traffic
Are there any ethical concerns about the story/footage?

A: I think is okay to show this mans picture because he disturbed the peace by stopping traffic. He didn’t do anything bad but because he affected the public I think they had a right to show his face.
What privacy does this person have?

A: If the man wanted the might have to blur his face in the video but they would still be allowed to show a picture of his face on the news.

WK15 Question

Q: Why did the journalist say that the cell phone would make the biggest impact in today’s journalism?

He probably meant that the cell phone would not only make it easier to get tips/leads on the go but also if someone texts you you have evidence that they said it. That way they can’t deny  saying anything.

WK13 news story

Rose auditorium Spring Choir Concert

By, Trinity Mitchell

On Thursday April 9th all the South Salem High school choirs preformed their Spring Concert in the rose auditorium from 7:30-9:30pm, tickets were $3.00 each or $5.00 for two tickets, students got in for free. The concert consisted of four different choirs including the Symphonic choir which will be heading to state. The concert was delayed, but otherwise went on without any major problems.

The Southernaires choir went on first, they sang the songs “Georgia on My mind” followed by “A bunch of Blues”. Next the Bella Voce choir preformed “Gerakina” and “The poet sings”. Statesmen choir followed singing “The Turtle Dove and A Capital Ship”. Then came the Chanteuse choir singing “Les Berceaux”, “Do Not Stand At My Grave and Weep”, and “High Flight”. Last but not least the Symphonic choir preformed a sight reading demonstration then sang “Nunc Dimittis”, “Tykus Tykus”, “Ballade to the Moon”, and finally “Way Over in Beulah Lan’”.

William Mclean, the South Salem high school choir teacher, commented on the performance, “I thought it was great, the concert gave everybody a chance to showcase chanteuse and symphonic choir, after a successful district choir.” Said the choir director.

Students had a lot to contribute, “It was a wonderful learning experience, and then after we sang, symphonic sung afterwards it was an enlighting experience as to what I could become.” Said Jasmin Cardenas member of the Bella Voce choir.