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Porter’s to become Full Monty’s in July

Porter’s to become Full Monty’s in July

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Porter’s Pub is changing hands – not to mention names and style – again. The longtime bar is expected to reopen late next month as Full Monty’s Bistro. There will be a public hearing on a liquor license application for the new business at the July 6 Keizer City […]

Mural timeline still undecided

Mural timeline still undecided

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes For months, this summer or early fall has been targeted as the time for Keizer’s second public mural to be done. That could be changing, though it’s not certain yet. Lore Christopher and Jill Hagen, both members of the Keizer Public Arts Commission (KPAC), announced plans in February to […]

Splash Fountain hours (kinda) set

Splash Fountain hours (kinda) set

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Hoping to use Keizer’s Splash Fountain on Mondays and Tuesdays? Better hope for extreme heat. Next week might just qualify. A heat wave is expected to hit Keizer this weekend, with highs forecasted to be in the 90s through next week. That includes upper 90s on Monday and Tuesday. […]

Mom pleads guilty in fatal fire case

Mom pleads guilty in fatal fire case

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes A Keizer mom has pleaded guilty in a case involving the death of her 4-year-old son. Niya Breann Sosa-Martinez, now 24, pleaded guilty to three charges earlier this month, including manslaughter in the first degree. Fire destroyed the apartment on Susan Court Sosa-Martinez shared with her two young children […]

Palma Ciea talked about again at Parks Board

Palma Ciea talked about again at Parks Board

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes For a park that hasn’t had much attention over the years, Palma Ciea Park has sure gotten a lot of notice recently. After neighbors talked about the issue at the June 1 Keizer City Council meeting, the same people brought up the topic again at the June 9 Keizer […]

Council amends marijuana permit process

Council amends marijuana permit process

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes A relatively simple question split the Keizer City Council on Monday. The first question didn’t cause the issue: should a permit for a medical marijuana facility in Keizer expire each June 30 – regardless of when it was issued – as the ordinance approved last year reads, or should […]

Officer honored for saving life

Officer honored for saving life

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes The first time Keizer Police Department Officer Andrew Phelps met the Clason family, it was not a good situation. Tammy Clason had called 9-1-1 on March 1 because her husband, 60-year-old Glen Clason, wasn’t breathing. Phelps was the first responder to the call and administered CPR until medics from […]

Stitt happy to see Big Toy happen

Stitt happy to see Big Toy happen

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Will Stitt’s son had to wait nearly a year. Before Liam Stitt turned 6 last September, dad figured he had the perfect present: a new playground at Keizer Rapids Park called the Big Toy. While such a structure was already in the park’s master plan, it was Will Stitt […]

WE DID IT: The Big Toy

WE DID IT: The Big Toy

There was plenty of pride and spirit on display as the Big Toy was built starting last Wednesday, June 10. There were also the volunteers, completing Keizer’s motto. The only problem was not quite enough volunteers. As a result, the scheduled 5 p.m. soft opening on Sunday, June 14 didn’t take place. Instead, project leaders […]

The therapy of helping a community

The therapy of helping a community

By CRAIG MURPHY Apparently I wasn’t the only one who noticed her. While at the Big Toy build site multiple times in the past week or so, I began to see some familiar faces. I’m not just talking familiar in terms of people like city councilors or department heads I see on a regular basis. […]

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