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Two veterans leaving Keizer Police posts

Two veterans leaving Keizer Police posts

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Just like that, the Keizer Police Department has lost two employees with a combined 52 years of experience. Rita Powers, the Police Support supervisor, retired from the KPD Aug. 7 after exactly 26 years with the department. John Troncoso, a longtime detective and head of the Criminal Investigations Division, […]

Smoking ban asked for

Smoking ban asked for

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes They may have had different motives and rationales, but two citizens speaking to Keizer City Councilors on Monday shared a similar request. Rhonda Rich and Darrell Richardson both spoke during the public comment portion at the start of the meeting, asking for a smoking ban at parks in Keizer. […]

Dishing out a big mess at RIVERfair

Dishing out a big mess at RIVERfair

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes In case you’re wondering: don’t put blackberry pie in your hair. That PSA comes courtesy of Anne-Marie Storms, the public outreach specialist at Keizer Fire District. In case your next question is “And she would know that how?” there’s a good story behind it. It happened at the pie-eating […]

New proposal for hazelnut orchard

New proposal for hazelnut orchard

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Maybe those hazelnut trees won’t be lonely and decaying after all. In a somewhat surprising twist, a farmer stepped up last month with an offer to farm the 22 acres of filbert orchards on city-owned property at Keizer Rapids Park. In June, Tony Weathers was granted a release from […]

Council previews infill impact

Council previews infill impact

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Coming soon to the Keizer City Council: discussion on land infill. If that doesn’t sound like the most exciting topic, spare some sympathy for members of the Keizer Planning Commission. “The last three meetings of the Planning Commission were spent on land infill,” commissioner Jonathon Thompson told councilors on […]

Little library posted in West Keizer

Little library posted in West Keizer

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes The first time Carol Doerfler saw one, she was intrigued. “I remember seeing one and thinking, ‘What is that?’” she said. Doerfler, a longtime active member of the West Keizer Neighborhood Association, later saw a story about a Little Free Library in South Salem and realized that was the […]

New details in toddler death at sentencing

New details in toddler death at sentencing

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes In the aftermath of the fire last Oct. 24 that killed her 4-year-old son, Niya Breann Sosa-Martinez talked to detective Chris Nelson with the Keizer Police Department multiple times. The story changed each time. Nelson gave some chilling details July 22 during a sentencing hearing. Marion County Circuit Court […]

Marijuana shop siting prompts question: What is a school?

Marijuana shop siting prompts question: What is a school?

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes There are some complex rules when it comes to recreational marijuana in Oregon. One of the simple rules would seem to be marijuana can’t be sold within a certain distance from schools. The state law calls for at least 1,000 feet distance, while in Keizer the distance is 1,500 […]

Hearing held for new subdivision

Hearing held for new subdivision

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Some concerns were expressed July 16 regarding a proposed new housing development in west Keizer. And no, concerns weren’t just expressed by the neighbors. Three neighbors did express various concerns before Hearings Officer Cynthia Domas, who conducted a public hearing on a proposal to turn 5.73 acres of land […]

Manager leaves Town & Country Lanes after reader board incident

Manager leaves Town & Country Lanes after reader board incident

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes The fallout over a recent billboard message at Town & Country Lanes continued last week as manager Mardi Smith quit. Smith had been at Keizer’s bowling alley for 10 years and had been manager since 2010. Don Lebold has owned Town & Country for 47 years. On July 2, […]

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