Day: December 5, 2012

Shock, mixed in with relief

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Being named grand marshals of next week’s Festival of Lights Holiday Parade surprised Bud and Trenda Staudenmier. Then again, the couple is marking the holiday season this year with a sense of relief. The Staudenmiers ran the Gubser Neighborhood Association’s Miracle of Christmas program for 11 years, handing over control after 2007 in order to spend more time with out-of-state family during the holiday season. The couple was surprised to be informed by parade organizer Cheryl Mitchell they were named grand marshals for the parade, taking place in Keizer for a second time next Saturday, Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. “I was shocked, just flabbergasted,” Trenda said. “We haven’t done the lights for five years. I kept asking Cheryl, ‘Really?’ We don’t do anything for the recognition. We like to volunteer.” Last year the couple was not at the parade, but for good reason. “I got hit in the face with a piece of steel at work, Peterson Cat,” Bud said. “I’ve been fine. I finally went back to work March 26.” Trenda said her husband had surgery last Dec. 5 and faced a long recovery. “We almost lost him,” Trenda said. The fact Bud has recovered is enough to make the Staudenmiers jolly this holiday season. Being named grand marshals is simply the topping for the humbled couple. “It’s always an honor...

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Cross-trained K-9 has talents to spare

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes The way Sgt. Andrew Copeland sees it, the Keizer Police Department recently got a two-for-one deal. Buster was recently put into service as the KPD’s new K-9 dog, replacing the now-retired Axel. Officer Stephen Richardson is Buster’s handler while Axel settles into his new role as the Richardson family pet. There is a key difference between Buster and Axel: the new dog is cross-trained to be both a tracking dog and to search for drugs. Axel, as well as the other KPD K-9 Bas, only did the former. “When you have agencies our size, when you can get the most effectiveness out of one dog, that’s huge for us,” said Copeland, the K-9 sergeant. “Buster can do two separate things. That makes him cost effective. It wouldn’t be cost effective for a department our size to get a dog just for drugs.” When Axel’s health started to deteriorate, the K-9 unit at KPD made a proposal to get a cross-trained dog. “Our trainer sells more cross-trained than single-trained dogs,” Copeland said. “They are very common in the U.S., but not as common in Oregon.” Copeland said a cross-trained dog doesn’t cost more than a regular tracking dog, but there is extra cost associated with the additional training. The hope is to replace Bas with a cross-trained dog down the road as well. “Stephen...

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