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Welcome home, Officer Ricketts

Welcome home, Officer Ricketts

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Seeing an officer at school during lunch this coming year isn’t necessarily a negative. Especially not if it’s Keizer Police Department officer Travis Ricketts with his two children – Allison, 9 and Cole, 6. Ricketts, a former KPD reserve officer, was hired by the KPD on June 18 and […]

Candidates spar in governor debate

Candidates spar in governor debate

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Dennis Richardson kept attacking. For the most part, Gov. John Kitzhaber steered clear of the attacks. The two candidates for governor sparred during their first debate last Friday, July 18 at the Salem Convention Center, as part of the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association’s annual summer conference. A number of […]

Cops nab tire slashers

Cops nab tire slashers

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Two Keizer teens were arrested for puncturing tires on 15 vehicles. Sgt. John Troncoso with the Keizer Police Department said a 15-year-old Keizer male was arrested along with a 16-year-old Keizer male. Troncoso said on Wednesday the younger juvenile is believed to be solely responsible for tires being punctured […]

Doing more with less

Doing more with less

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Recent discussion of Keizer’s salary survey and raises for city manager Chris Eppley and city attorney Shannon Johnson have brought a spotlight to the rather unique working conditions at Keizer City Hall – at least in comparison to comparable cities. As mentioned last week in the Keizertimes, there have […]

Report OKs cow park change

Report OKs cow park change

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes The Keizer Hearings Officer’s report about a controversial land use change at the “cow park” on Verda Lane isn’t coming to the Keizer City Council until September. If the public hearing on the topic from last month is any indication, council chambers will be a busy place again on […]

Respecting their authority

Respecting their authority

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Usually a board responding to the Keizer City Council lets councilors have the final say. That is the case with the Keizer Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. Usually. There is now an exception: the Parks Board’s new matching grant program. Last week, by a unanimous 5-0 vote (councilors Cathy […]

Boss recalls Knupp

Boss recalls Knupp

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes As days turned to weeks, Robert Allen Knupp’s co-workers held out hope. After the 54-year-old Keizerite was reported missing on June 8, his co-workers at Garten Services Inc. in Salem kept looking for him. “His co-workers have been great,” Garten CEO Tim Rocak said. “People really rallied to try […]

KSC still looking for fields at KRP

KSC still looking for fields at KRP

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Field space issues aren’t going away anytime soon for the Keizer Soccer Club (KSC). As such, club officials are hoping to move forward with plans for two soccer fields at Keizer Rapids Park. The idea was brought up last week during the Keizer Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting. […]

Plan for sports facility outlined

Plan for sports facility outlined

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Picture this, if you will. Picture softball and baseball fields at Keizer Rapids Park, as well as a multi-use field for soccer, football and lacrosse. In addition, picture an adjoining indoor facility for indoor sports such as tennis and basketball, plus space for softball and baseball teams to use. […]

Wanted: owner of this chicken

Wanted: owner of this chicken

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Rusty Funk was walking by the dumpster at her apartment one day last month when she saw something out of the ordinary. “My son was here, so I told him to come look,” Funk said. “I told him, ‘You’ve got to help me catch a chicken.’” Initially, Funk didn’t […]

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