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City increases grant request total by $50K

City increases grant request total by $50K

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes According to the commercials, 15 minutes could save you 15 percent. Members of the Keizer City Council are hoping 10 minutes from Monday will pay 50 percent more. Councilors met in a special session at noon on March 31 to repeal a resolution pertaining to The Big Toy at […]

Chemawa project restarting

Chemawa project restarting

  By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Just a bit later than expected, the final phase of the Chemawa Road North construction project should be restarted next week. Completion of the project, which was originally slated to be done in 2012, could happen in July, according to an Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) official. ODOT […]

Parking at Big Toy questioned

Parking at Big Toy questioned

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes An early concern about The Big Toy at Keizer Rapids Park project resurfaced recently. At the March 11 Keizer Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting, the issue of parking was brought up – especially if the Site 1 location between the amphitheater and the boat ramp is chosen. Originally […]

Renaissance Inn getting a Quality upgrade

Renaissance Inn getting a Quality upgrade

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Quality is coming to Keizer. Quality Suites, that is. Keizer Renaissance Inn, which underwent a change of ownership last June, will soon become Keizer Quality Suites and Conference Center. The change is expected to take place in mid- to late-April. The Renaissance Inn, built in 1997, is currently Keizer’s […]

Big grant application for The Big Toy project is nearly completed

Big grant application for The Big Toy project is nearly completed

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes The amount on the grant application is $100,000. At least $100,000. Nate Brown, director of Community Development for Keizer, has been working with Jeanne Bond-Esser on the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department’s Local Government Grant for The Big Toy at Keizer Rapids Park project. The grant has been pointed […]

Debate grows over Big Toy site

Debate grows over Big Toy site

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes The grumbling has been increasing regarding the placement of The Big Toy at Keizer Rapids Park project. As previously mentioned in the Keizertimes, for months it appeared certain the community build play structure would be built between the amphitheater and the boat ramp area of KRP. In late January, […]

Medical marijuana dispensary task force gets going in Keizer

Medical marijuana dispensary task force gets going in Keizer

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes The city’s Medical Marijuana Dispensary Task Force has been established. Just don’t expect many meetings for the group. The task force held its first meeting last Wednesday, March 19, at Keizer Civic Center. City councilor Dennis Koho, who chaired the initial meeting, passed around a calendar and had the […]

New details come out in Keizer murder case

New details come out in Keizer murder case

  By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes A positive has emerged in the past week concerning the murder of a Keizer mother. On the other hand, disturbing details of the murder were also unveiled. Michelle Pearson was killed in her Ventura Loop home the night of March 5. Husband Wilfred “Bill” Pearson was also shot […]

Getting the head in gear

Getting the head in gear

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes For Jun Zhu, the reason for opening Gearhead Automotive earlier this year was simple. “We don’t have enough affordable auto repair shops in Keizer,” said Zhu, who opened his shop at 1091 Chemawa Road North No. 11 in January. “I’m also trying to see if I can help the […]

Housing update at GGNA meeting

Housing update at GGNA meeting

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes The state of the housing market depends on your perspective. Dana Burk, a principal broker and certified residential specialist with John L. Scott in Salem, gave a real estate update at the most recent Greater Gubser Neighborhood Association (GGNA) meeting. “One of the biggest questions I get every day […]

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