Day: November 20, 2014

“Falling from Horses” by Molly Gloss

“Falling from Horses” by Molly Gloss c.2014, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt $25.00 / $32.00 Canada 336 pages   BOOK REVIEW by TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER Be careful what you wish for. No doubt, you’ve been told that before. What you want and what you need are often two different things, and desires can be dangerous. The wrong wish acquired could lead to disaster. Or, as in the new novel “Falling from Horses” by Molly Gloss, it could also be a means of escape. For Bud Frazer, Hollywood was almost a last-minute thought. Oh, the notion to go there had fleetingly occurred to him a time or two while watching westerns at the local theatre. After awhile, he reasoned that if movie cowboys could get paid for riding, then so could he; riding was something he knew well. Winning second-prize rodeo money only sealed the idea. It was 1938, and Bud’s parents worked on somebody else’s Oregon ranch, after having lost their own. Bud was eighteen, and Hollywood sounded good; he couldn’t bear to go with his folks, away from the land he considered home. There was just no point. After his sister died, there was nothing left to say. And as the bus crossed into California from Oregon, Bud met Lily Shaw. She wasn’t much to look at; she was older than Bud, but he decided he liked her anyhow. She was...

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Three arrested in drug bust

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Three adults were arrested in a Keizer Police Department drug bust on Wednesday – with one arrested while her two young children were home. The two boys, ages 4 and 7, have been placed in the care of a relative by a Department of Human Services case worker. Erin Marie Wells, 37, was arrested around 6 a.m. Nov. 19 at her residence at 1922 Saundra Lee Way NE in Keizer. Later, Jarrod Thomas Wells, also 37, was arrested at the Rodeway Inn on Astoria Way NE in Salem along with 23-year-old Jamie Lynn France. “The investigation is continuing and additional charges and arrests are likely,” said Sgt. Bob Trump with the KPD’s Community Response Unit (CRU). According to Trump, in June the KPD received a report alleging Jarrod Wells was selling methamphetamine from his home on Saundra Lee Way. The complaint was assigned to the CRU and an investigation was started. That investigation led to the search warrant being served early Wednesday morning at the home owned by the Wells. Investigators got a lead Jarrod Wells and France were at the hotel. They were arrested without incident. Jarrod Wells was arrested on three counts of delivery of meth, three counts of delivery of meth within 1000 feet of a school, two counts of child neglect and one count each of frequenting a place...

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New group takes up River Road visioning

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Remember getting homework on the first day of school? Members of the Keizer Economic Development Commission (KEDC) can identify. The group met for the first time at noon on Election Day, Nov. 4 at Keizer Civic Center. Before the group adjourned, chair and mayor-elect Cathy Clark had already given a homework assignment. “There will especially be a review of the River Road Renaissance, what needs to be updated or changed on it and if the whole thing needs an overhaul,” Clark said. “That’s the big homework, is the RRR.” The formation of the KEDC was first discussed a year ago and formalized in March, the same time two dormant groups (River Road Renaissance Advisory Committee and the Keizer Urban Renewal Board) were officially ended. Nate Brown, director of Community Development for Keizer, noted the Keizer Compass visioning exercise helped develop a vision of what Keizer is. “That vision and RRRAC are important for this committee to understand,” Brown said. “That includes looking at why it was done and the things contained in it. We’ll get a sense today of what we want this commission to do and be.” Clark emphasized the need for updates. “RRR is something we’ve developed, done parts of it, but it’s 10 years old,” she said. “Can we look at that, which parts to move forward with, which parts...

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