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MHS rallies around an injured senior

MHS rallies around an injured senior

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Hannah Samples has been on the minds of many in and around McNary High School lately. The MHS senior was struck by an SUV on the afternoon of Oct. 14 while crossing a street in Salem. She was Lifeflighted to Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU). Sgt. Dave Okada […]

New Area C plans rolled out

New Area C plans rolled out

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes There’s no retail in these Area C plans. Plans were submitted to the City of Keizer last month for apartments and a senior living center in Keizer Station Area C. The issue is expected to be brought to the Keizer City Council in early December. Before that, project proponents […]

Candidates, park talk at WKNA

Candidates, park talk at WKNA

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes City council candidates and Keizer Rapids Park talk filled the West Keizer Neighborhood Association meeting on Oct. 9. Councilor Cathy Clark, running unopposed for mayor, was on hand along with council candidates Roland Herrera and Matt Chappell. Chappell’s opponent, Amy Ripp, was unable to attend, nor was unopposed Brandon […]

Candidates spar at chamber forum

Candidates spar at chamber forum

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Minimum wage and mandatory sick leave are two business concerns drawing attention. Questions about both were asked to five political candidates Tuesday at a Keizer Chamber of Commerce luncheon forum at the Keizer Quality Suites. State Representative House District 25 hopefuls Chuck Lee and Bill Post were in attendance, […]

Formal action taken on Herber property

Formal action taken on Herber property

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes With a bit of hesitation, Keizer City Councilors formally denied a proposal regarding the Herber Farm property, aka the cow pasture at Verda Lane an Chemawa Road. Councilors approved the motion 7-0 at their Oct. 6 meeting, following a similar vote at the Sept. 2 council meeting. Mark Grenz […]

Candidate’s business partner facing charges

Candidate’s business partner facing charges

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Keizer City Council candidate Amy Ripp’s business partner has been charged with four counts of sexual abuse, but Ripp is standing by her partner. Ripp is running against Matt Chappell for the No. 5 council seat, the only contested race of four in the city this fall. A check […]

Parks Board pegs Big Toy site

Parks Board pegs Big Toy site

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes The Big Toy has a location at Keizer Rapids Park. Again. For now. On Tuesday night, members of the Keizer Parks and Recreation Advisory Board selected sites for various amenities in the expanded 28 acres of land that has been discussed as part of the Urban Growth Boundary at […]

Thatchers address ODOT issues

Thatchers address ODOT issues

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes A Keizer politician running for a new state senate seat continues to feel she is being retaliated against by a state agency she used to do business with. Kim Thatcher, owner of both KT Contracting and Highway Specialties based in Brooks, said the issues stem from a 2005 project […]

No new officer for you, KPD

No new officer for you, KPD

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Plans to add a new Keizer Police Department traffic officer midway through the 2014-15 fiscal year came with a big asterisk. That asterisk was recently popped and thus there is not sufficient funding to add the officer position. Susan Gahlsdorf, Finance director for Keizer, confirmed PERS (Public Employees Retirement […]

First public mural dedicated

First public mural dedicated

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes It is Keizer’s newest treasure. “It” is Valley Treasures, the name of the city’s first public mural. A dedication ceremony was held last Wednesday, Oct. 1 at Keizer Florist. The mural is on the west wall of the floral shop at 631 Chemawa Road NE. The mural was designed […]

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