Month: June 2014

“The Last Kind Words Saloon” by Larry McMurtry

“The Last Kind Words Saloon” by Larry McMurtry c.2014, Liveright $24.95 / $27.95 Canada 199 pages BOOK REVIEW by TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER Every good thing must come to an end. In some cases, that’s a surprising relief: you can only have just so much fun. In other cases, though, the end comes quietly, slowly, so that few actually realize it until it’s already crept away. That includes friendships and ways of life, and in “The Last Kind Words Saloon” by Larry McMurtry, it’s almost closin’ time. Every cowboy in Texas knew that Charlie Goodnight possessed exceptional hearing and vision: Charlie could see and hear anything on the plains, but that didn’t stop him from going into a partnership with a showy Englishman who had no sense. It was odd, but it wasn’t all bad. When Lord Ernle had a little accident, Charlie ended up with land, cattle, and a half-done mansion on the ridge near Long Grass – which was “nearly in Kansas, but not quite… nearly in New Mexico, too, but not quite… might be in Texas.” Finally, Charlie’s wife, Mary, got the house she wanted. And when the exotic beauty everybody thought was Ernle’s concubine moved in, Mary got the woman-friend she wanted, too. The mansion – and the man who planned it – had been the talk of Long Grass. Doc Holliday hoped he might perform dental...

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Parks Board ready to start new program

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes The funding amount isn’t what was hoped for. No matter: members of the Keizer Parks and Recreation Advisory Board are ready to start their new matching grant program. In the midst of trying to get more money for the program – which will in essence allow the Parks Board to partner with community members and double funds – board members finalized the application forms. The hope is for completed forms to start being submitted prior to monthly Parks Board meetings, which take place the second Tuesday of each month. The next meeting is on July 8. Meetings usually start at 6 p.m. in council chambers at Keizer Civic Center, though the July meeting will take place in the McNary High School cafeteria. With the new program, groups or organizations will submit applications to Debbie Lockhart at city hall (930 Chemawa Road) for projects and indicate what they are willing to put into the project, both in terms of materials and labor. Parks Board members will go through the applications and choose the top ones, matching funding requests. As an example, if a group is willing to put in $500 towards cleaning up a park and the application is accepted, Parks Board members could put $500 worth in materials towards the project. In recent years the Parks Board has had an annual fund of...

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Lady Celts hosting first camp under new coach

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The McNary High School girls basketball program is hosting a camp for hopeful future Celtics July 1-3. It will double as an opportunity for athletes and their families to meet the Lady Celts’ new head coach, Derick Handley. “We’ll be looking for the next Madi Hingston or Sydney Hunter, and there’s going to be lots of hands-on time with current players and coaches,” Handley said. The camp is open to all girls in kindergarten through eighth grade and will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day. Cost of the camp is $45 per camper and includes a shirt. Two can register for $80. Registration forms are available at the McNary office, 595 Chemawa Road N., and can be completed on the first day of camp provided space is available. Handley replaces Paul Pickerell who led the program for two years before accepting a job coaching golf at Corban University in March. Handley joins the Celtics having led the McKay High School program for four years and providing a much-needed shot in the arm to a fading Royal Scot program. “My first year, we only had 16 girls try out. Last year we had more than 50,” Handley said. Handley, who lives in Keizer with wife Allison and 5-month-old son Emerson, will also be teaching English and social studies at McNary,...

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Needed: a new van

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Charlie Cheney needs a new van. One look at how he fits into the current one, a mid-1990s Ford Econoline, is probably all it would take for anyone to agree. Charlie needs to tilt his chair back to about a 60-degree angle to clear his head under the roof of the van just to get inside. Once there, he’s only able to right himself to about 45 degrees, giving his face only about two inches of clearance from the interior ceiling. He’s ridden like this since he was 14 years old. “If we’d ever have an accident, I’m not as secure as I could be,” Cheney said. This weekend One Treasure Church is hosting an epic flea sale in hopes of raising the final portion of the $60,000 it will cost to get him a new one. The sale will be held June 28 and 29 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Cheney home, 1219 Manzanita Street N.E., in Keizer. Charlie, 27, was born with a neuromuscular disease called spinal muscular atrophy that causes an ever-increasing weakness in his muscles. The condition has confined him to a wheelchair since age 13 when he had a metal rod inserted in his spine to correct scoliosis. Charlie is a substitute teacher and tutor with the Salem-Keizer School District and an active member...

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No more Honey at MHS

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes With 30 years experience as a teacher and administrator, there’s not a whole lot that keeps John Honey up at night when it comes to the day-to-day operations of a high school. That’s changed in recent weeks knowing he’s to become the planning principal for Salem-Keizer’s new Career Technical Education School. “It’s rejuvenating a bit. I love and enjoy the community and students at McNary, but there’s not a whole lot that’s surprising. I don’t lie awake and wonder what will happen tomorrow here, but with this new opportunity, I’m already lying awake at night coming up with questions we haven’t asked yet,” Honey said. The CTE school will be tasked to work with local industry representatives to graduate students prepared for high-demand, high-wage jobs. Honey was reassigned from North Salem High School to McNary in 2010 and will continue as McNary’s principal through the first semester of the 2014-15 school year when his replacement will take the reins. He’ll continue working from an office at McNary on the CTE planning at least through the end of the school year. “Our assistant principal Sue Smith retired this year, so the plan is to replace her with an associate principal who will move into my office when I transition out. Then, the district will hire a new assistant principal,” Honey said. The plan...

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