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REI set to open May 2

REI set to open May 2

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Looking for new outdoor gear in Keizer? If so, here’s some good news: the REI store in Keizer Station is about to open. Washington-based REI (Recreational Equipment Inc.) already has several stores in the region but none in the Salem-Keizer market. That will change early next month as Salem […]

Prep work for any Big Toy site

Prep work for any Big Toy site

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Regardless of where The Big Toy at Keizer Rapids Park ends up going, the site will need work done before the community build. The play structure is set to be built Sept. 17 to 21, but prep work will need to be done prior to that. The question which […]

Another possible new site for Big Toy

Another possible new site for Big Toy

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes The number of possible sites for The Big Toy at Keizer Rapids Park has grown again. The latest was presented by Keizer City Councilor Jim Taylor to a small group last Wednesday, April 9. It was mentioned last week at the council meeting there were six possible sites for […]

A kid, a cop, a cake

A kid, a cop, a cake

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes As his birthday party continued, 5-year-old Mekhi was suddenly worried. He saw the tears streaming down the face of his mom, Shauntel Norman. “You happy?” Mekhi asked, concern written all over his face. Indeed Shauntel was. A month earlier, Shauntel and Mekhi came from a rough situation in Missouri. […]

Police thinking of Pearsons

Police thinking of Pearsons

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes In more ways than one, it was a difficult situation. On the night of March 5, police officers responded to a call at the Pearson residence on the 4800 block of Ventura Loop. The details known now are both chilling and heartbreaking. Brett Angus Pearson and friend Robert Daniel […]

Saving trees could alter location for The Big Toy

Saving trees could alter location for The Big Toy

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Has a Keizer Planning Commission decision taken out some possible sites for The Big Toy at Keizer Rapids Park project? In recent months Mayor Lore Christopher has pushed to have the community build play structure constructed in the front of the orchard area by Chemawa Road. The orchard is […]

New subdivision being built off Windsor Island Road

New subdivision being built off Windsor Island Road

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Shortly before the groundbreaking last Friday, gravel was still being moved for a road yet to be built. If all goes according to plan, by the end of 2015 that road – and 54 new homes – will be complete. That is the plan for Windsor Island Estates, a […]

Big Toy initiator resigns his role, cites family

Big Toy initiator resigns his role, cites family

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes William Stitt was thinking of his children when he first brought up the idea of a regional play structure in Keizer. Stitt was also thinking of his children when he recently stepped down from the Community Build Task Force that is overseeing The Big Toy at Keizer Rapids Park […]

Rawlins properties auction April 29

Rawlins properties auction April 29

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Two last steps were taken Monday evening to prepare for the auction of the Rawlins properties later this month. During a brief Urban Renewal Agency meeting Monday evening, agents authorized the payment of Urban Renewal Funds to the city for the properties in Keizer Station Area A. Per the […]

Pot moratorium bumped to ’15

Pot moratorium bumped to ’15

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes The Keizer City Council is following the lead of others in regards to a moratorium on medical marijuana facilities within city limits. At a Monday meeting, councilors unanimously agreed to extend the moratorium from its original Aug. 6 date to May 1, 2015. That date is the outside date […]

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