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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 […]

Herrera lawsuit continues

Herrera lawsuit continues

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes A former city employee is continuing his legal battle with a local restaurant, as a result of a 2011 confrontation that cost him his job. Roland Herrera, a 19-year employee with the Public Works department of the City of Keizer, filed a lawsuit in 2012 against C&M Victor Company, […]

Trio is honored for 25 years of service at KPD

Trio is honored for 25 years of service at KPD

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Jeff Kuhns can still remember being on a call with partner John Troncoso, when both were detectives at the Keizer Police Department. The two both started at KPD on Oct. 1, 1989 – two of the nine officers who started that day including John Teague, who returned to the […]

A marijuana extravaganza

A marijuana extravaganza

One council meeting, four talks on drugs

KPIC, Bluhm to point out key trees

KPIC, Bluhm to point out key trees

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes It’s been documented how well Wilbur Bluhm knows trees, including all 241 kinds in Keizer. After all, it was the retired horticulturist Bluhm who spent the summers of 2011 and 2012 going down every street in Keizer, identifying every type of tree in town. That work was done at […]

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