The Clairvoyants Christmas
Spirit Mountain Presents
DATE: December 7, 2019
TIME: 7:00 PM (Doors open at 6:00 PM)
TICKETS: $25, $35
AGE: Adults 21 and over
Amelie van Tass and Thommy Ten are
"The Clairvoyants." They were both born and
raised in Austria and now reside in Austria
When they met in October 2011, they began
to develop their "second sight" act, and two
months later brought it on stage for the first
time. Within a year they had developed a full
length show. Shortly thereafter, they started
In 2016, they decided to take part in the
biggest talent show in the world, "America's
Got Talent." After four months, six different
performances and more than 100,000
contestants battling for the trophy, America
voted them second place.
Van Tass and Ten were awarded "The
German Champions of Mentalism,"
"Magicians of the Year 2015," and, also in
2015, were enthusiastically chosen as the
"World Champions of Mentalism," a prize
that hasn't been awarded in 30 years.
The Future of Local News
Pulitzer Prize finalist Les Zaitz
The Journalists of Salem Reporter
(Education and Nonprofits),
(State Government and Politics),
(Events and Breaking News)
and Troy Brynelson
(Local Government and Business)
Les Zaitz is a 5 time winner of the Bruce Baer Award.
Oregon's most prestigious investigative journalism honor.
(Photo by David Zaitz)
America's trust in the press is more in doubt than ever.
For those in the profession, that's deeply troubling.
If readers don't trust what we report, the hard work of ferreting
out the truth is just so much typing practice.
More importantly, citizens are left struggling to find
truth on which to agree and then to act. When facts are in
dispute, whether it's over immigration, drug addiction or
homelessness, debate becomes immobilized. That's not
good for Salem or for Oregon.
A new study shows signs of hope, at least when it comes
to the local press.
"State of Public Trust in Local News," produced by the
Knight Foundation and Gallup, found that Americans tend
to trust their local reporters more than the national news.
But a deeper look at the numbers shows that all of us laboring
to cover Salem or Bend or Portland have work to do.
We aren't trusted by enough readers.
The study found that 45% of Americans have a "great
deal" or "quite a lot" of trust in local news, compared to
31% for national news. Fine. We do better than our national
colleagues. But that's no celebration. That means 55% have
less than deep trust in the work of the local press.
As a local institution, Americans don't rank the local press
highly among community institutions. People have more
confidence in libraries, local police and local churches.
But the study showed a path forward - and one charted
by Salem Reporter since its founding.
First, the study found that 79% of Americans find the local
press is reporting on matters that figure in their daily
lives. That underscores our belief at Salem Reporter - that
people are far more concerned with and interested in what
happens in schools and local business and local charities
than they are with the State Department or Congress or
other federal institutions.
Second, the study finds a hunger for more. Readers want
the local press to dig deeper into topics that matter. The
study found more attention should be given to drug addiction,
local schools, the environment and the housing market.
And 60% of Americans quizzed in the study found that
local news outfits did only a "fair" or "poor" job of holding
local leaders accountable.
As those reports and studies rolled out,
I spotted a column written by a juror in a
federal trial recently that convicted political
operative Roger Stone of lying to Congress.
"Telling the truth under oath matters. At a
time when so much of our public discourse
is based on deception or just lies, it is more
important than ever that we still have places
where the truth can be presented, examined
and discerned," the juror wrote.
Here was a citizen recognizing something
so fundamental: Truth matters.
But truth matters only if you trust the
source delivering it.
At Salem Reporter, the news crew works
hard to hold the powerful accountable. That's
not easy in a town where tough questions
haven't always been asked. We too often
have to fight to get at government records
that reveal the truth about your leaders. We
too often get stiff armed by officials who see
no need to answer questions about their conduct,
their programs, and their spending.
Our team of reporters - Rachel Alexander,
Troy Brynelson, Saphara Harrell and Jake
Thomas - is skilled at leaping such hurdles,
and we'll continue sharpening and expanding
our coverage of local matters.
The question for you, the reader, is whether
to trust what we report.
You can't decide, for instance, your view
about dealing with Salem's homeless issue
if you don't have facts to back your judgment.
You can't decide whether new city fees
you have to pay are justified if you don't have
facts about where the money would go.
Without key information, you won't know
if public officials are saying one thing and doing
another. You won't know if government
decisions serve your interests - or special interests
with the ear of those in power.
So, what's a reader to do?
Understand, first, that Salem Reporter
operates on principles it lives by daily. We
make those public on our website, a rarity in
journalism. We are driven to earn and keep
your trust. We are determined to scrub even
the appearance of bias out of our reports. We
are determined to always serve the citizen,
not favor those in power - or fear them.
Then, you can question us. If you doubt our
information or wonder its source, ask us. We
are transparent about where we get our reporting
and our facts. If we err, we'll fix it and
As journalists, we will do all we can to earn
your trust. At the same time, consider giving
that trust based not on general perceptions
of the media but on our performance.
One wall in the way is the issue of bias.
Across the country, people have become
more fixed in their views. Because of the
unchecked content on social media, people
seem to more readily conclude that any view
or fact that doesn't fit their own isn't to be
trusted and is the result of deliberate bias.
I can't speak for the national media, which
does have much to atone for. Here in Salem,
though, we're working every day to build a
news organization you can trust. We do so
because it's vital to Salem's future, that readers
like you believe what they read of ours.
We want your trust, certainly, to sustain
our business, but more crucially to sustain
Salem. This community needs citizens who
believe in the possibilities for change, for improvement.
The community needs citizens to
act on facts, not emotions powered by argument.
We fervently intend to continue building a
local news organization in Salem that is an
instrument of that progress by earning your
deep and continuing trust. Join us by subscribing
or advertising. The future of local
news is in your hands.
Les Zaitz is editor and CEO of Salem
Reporter and a journalist in Oregon for more
than 45 years. Send him comments at: les@
Capitol Auto Group Breaks Ground
For New Subaru Dealership
and Event Pavillion
(Zone Director of Subaru of America),
Scott Casebeer (President CAG),
Matthew Casebeer (CAG GM Capitol Toyota),
Tim Detoni (Toyota Financial Services),
Salem Mayor Chuck Bennett
and Alex Casebeer (CAG President)
Artist Rendering of
The Future Home of Capitol Subaru
Golden shovels, wielded by representatives of Capitol Subaru
and Subaru of America, made the dirt fly on Auto Group Avenue
in Northeast Salem. Capitol Auto Group broke ground Nov. 4 for a
new, 70,000 sq. ft. Capitol Subaru Dealership.
Capitol Auto Group President, Scott Casebeer, kicked the event
off by thanking his staff and recognizing the impact they have had
on the success of the Subaru dealership.
"The most important part of this is our employees," he said.
"They've heard me say this 1000 times, that our employees are
#1. We were at capacity in our current facility and our employees
were doing the best they could to make do with the space we've
got. They are so excited about 70,000 sq. feet of Subaru facility."
The success of Capitol Subaru locally and the popularity of the
brand worldwide is what has allowed Capitol Subaru to expand.
Subaru has been consistently named by Kelley Blue Book as
the best overall brand and most trusted brand. The American
Customer Satisfaction Index ranks Subaru first in safety and
Salem Mayor Chuck Bennett thanked the
Casebeers for their investment in the area.
"This will be a tremendous addition to the
business community," he said. "What is really
important is Capitol's ongoing commitment
to our community. They are tremendous
leaders in the Willamette Valley and a great
supporter of Salem-Keizer. The generosity of
Capitol Auto Group has benefited the United
Way, the Boys and Girls Club, and Marion-
Polk Food Share, just to name a few."
Subaru General Manager Alex Casebeer
said Subaru is one of the fastest growing
brands and the Subaru Outback is the #1 sold
car in the State of Oregon. He noted that,
interestingly enough, the project is being
supported by Toyota Financial Services.
They funded the initial Capitol campus
development 10 years ago.
"This store is so involved with the
community," said Brian Moscatelli, zone
director of Subaru of America. "They
are always looking to invest back. This
investment is pointed at the Capitol Subaru