Day: September 17, 2014

Med marijuana permit process tuned

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Keizer City Councilors continue to fine tune a permit process for medical marijuana facilities in city limits. City Attorney Shannon Johnson explained an ordinance with the latest updates during the Sept. 2 council meeting. The issue has been a regular topic in Keizer and other cities around Oregon this past year in light of new state laws that went into effect early this year. Recent changes by city staff have included a refining of public property to include all parks and any property zoned public, which would exclude water pump stations and Keizer Station Area B and Area C excess properties. The issue of permit fees is expected to be brought up during the Sept. 15 council meeting. “You still have to adopt the fees, but I don’t see it as a problem,” Johnson said. “The zoning issue is one that will become resolved by the time someone applies. You can wait until locations are determined.” Councilor Dennis Koho, who chaired the city’s Medical Marijuana Task Force in the spring, believes the issue has been dragged on long enough. “I want it adopted tonight,” Koho said. Councilor Jim Taylor, while praising the task force’s work, wasn’t as inclined to move as fast. “I would support it, if not for this issue being on the ballot in November,” Taylor said. “As such, this is...

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K-23 production manager debuts short film Sept. 23

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes  Phillip Wade, Keizer-23 production manager, is making his big-screen debut later this month. Wade acts in, and produced, a new short film title Chryzinium, which will premiere at Salem’s Grand Theatre Tuesday, Sept. 23, at 6:30 p.m. Wade plays a small part in front of the camera, a mysterious antagonist named Eli, but had an even larger part behind the scenes. “Fortunately this happened to be small role, so it didn’t take away much from my duties behind the camera,” said Wade.  “Producing includes purchasing and renting equipment, budgeting, securing finances, hiring cast and crew, scheduling shoot dates, securing locations, coordinating set building, and ensuring the production stays on schedule for completion.” Chryzinium is the brainchild of Wade’s brother, Tim Mark Wade, and director Rick Lord. “They came up with (the concept) after watching an end-times theologian discuss the coming anti-Christ, as described in the Book of Revelation. I soon became enveloped in the idea, quit my job as a web developer, and plans for the movie quickly transformed into a script, which was written by Rick,” Wade said. The film is the story of John Gussman and his daughter, Madison, in a post-apocalyptic era where using a controversial, life-altering drug, Chryzinium, has become universal law. The film tackles the question of how far humanity might go to survive. “Among other things,...

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