Author: Eric Howald

Man arrested on drug charges twice in 9 months

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes A Keizer man on probation after pleading guilty to drug charges in November 2016 was arrested again on new drug-related charges last week. On Tuesday, June 27, Clayton Lee Smith, 32, was arrested during a traffic stop by members of the Keizer Police Department Community Response Unit. Investigators suspected Smith had committed several drug offenses. The traffic stop occurred in the 300 block of Sunset Avenue North while additional officers served a search warrant on Smith’s residence at 3950 5th Avenue N. During the search of the residence, investigators recovered four long...

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Re-enactors find connections, lessons in Civil War stories

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Joe Cross stepped away from his modern life and comforts over the long Fourth of July weekend to play the role of a Confederate surgeon at the Northwest Civl War Council re-enactment, but the things he’s learned while researching his role have had far-reaching effects on his personal life. Cross joined a legion of fellow history buffs for the annual re-enactments at Powerland Heritage Park in Brooks July 1-4. Last year, Cross had one of his legs amputated and struggled to adapt to his new circumstances even with a modern prosthetic. “I...

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Christian non-profit in finance business

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes When John Thurlow moved his Thrivent Financial office to Keizer about a year ago, business took a turn for the better. “We’ve lived in Keizer for about 15 years and have really tried to plug into the community. Being here in my home community has totally changed the way I get referrals,” said Thurlow. Thrivent Financial offers a wide variety of services ranging from insurance to investment opportunities and retirement planning, but it’s also a non-profit. Thrivent was started as an extension of the Lutheran Church, but has since expanded to the...

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Shortages persist despite refreshed parks budget

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Most management-level government employees probably feel some relief when the new fiscal year begins on July 1 and budgets gets refreshed. For Robert Johnson, Keizer parks supervisor, “relief” isn’t the word he would use. “It feels good, but it doesn’t feel like it’s a license to do whatever I want. It has to last the entire year and something always comes up,” Johnson said. Since the beginning of the year, two things have caused unexpected headaches: wind storms and vandalism. Snow during the winter and wind storms throughout the spring caused tree...

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Keizer’s story will be etched into trees

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes For the past three years, one of more unusual points of interest in Keizer have been two dead, branchless Douglas fir trees in front of Keizer Civic Center. They might remain that way for another two years, but plans are finally in motion to turn them into something else – story poles telling the tale of Keizer. “They will not be totem poles, they will depict the history of our area and I’m sure it will include things like rivers, irises and maybe even the face of Thomas Dove Keizur,” said Lore...

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