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No farewell speeches yet for mayor, council president

No farewell speeches yet for mayor, council president

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Mayor Lore Christopher declined the opportunity to give a speech. That didn’t stop others from giving speeches about her, however. Christopher presided over her last Keizer City Council meeting on Monday evening. The next time the council meets, on Jan. 5, she will open the meeting but soon turn […]

Youth is being served (and serving) in Keizer

Youth is being served (and serving) in Keizer

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Having a youth councilor on the Keizer City Council isn’t a new thing. This school year, that role is being filled by McNary High School senior Ryan Edsall. For the first time, however, there are two youth involved, as Jeremy Darst is serving as the youth liaison to the […]

Keizer family hunting a different kind of treasure this weekend

Keizer family hunting a different kind of treasure this weekend

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes It’s not unusual for families to spend the weekend before Christmas looking for treasures. Usually the treasures are gifts to give at Christmas time. The Hedberg family, however, will be looking for a different sort of treasure. Erica Hedberg joined the Keizer Points of Interest Committee in October, a […]

City website waiting to load

City website waiting to load

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes When members of the Keizer City Council approved a contract for a new city website to be built in early May, the impression given was the site would be up and running by the end of the year, if not earlier. That’s not going to happen, as EVO Government […]

They KNOW they’re helping

They KNOW they’re helping

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Jeff Thomas helped with the program for 20 years but has only seen the finale the past three years. Thomas is one of the dozens who help out each year with the Keizer Network of Women’s (KNOW) Giving Basket program. The program starts in June when school counselors in […]

Council looks at completion of goals

Council looks at completion of goals

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Incoming members of the Keizer City Council were ready to talk about goals. It appeared they weren’t going to get the chance, since a majority of current councilors weren’t present. A work session was planned for Monday, allowing current and incoming councilors alike the chance to review the 2013 […]

Park funding idea brought up again

Park funding idea brought up again

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Remember those plans to add funding for parks in Keizer? Brandon Smith sure does. Smith and other members of the Keizer Parks and Recreation Advisory Board spent much of 2013 looking at potential long-term funding solutions for parks. Board members spent multiple meetings mulling over the idea of adding […]

A look at how Keizer voted in November

A look at how Keizer voted in November

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Oregon’s Measure 92 dealing with GMO labeling may be going through a recount, but it’s not because of Keizer voters. While a razor-thin margin at the state level triggered a recount of the labeling measure, the margin was decisive in Keizer, a look at vote tallies shows. The Keizertimes […]

Sewer and wastewater fees going up in January

Sewer and wastewater fees going up in January

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Sewer rates are going up for Keizer residents. The first of two increases will be effective Jan. 1, 2015. The second increase goes into effect one year later. Susan Gahlsdorf, Finance director for Keizer, noted the city has agreed to adopt Salem’s wastewater service charges. Keizer contracts with Salem […]

It’ll be done for Christmas?

It’ll be done for Christmas?

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes It appears the Chemawa Road reconstruction project is finally in the final stretch. The project spanning from River Road to Keizer Rapids Park was delayed multiple times but crews have been busy for months getting things done. One of the main parts of the project involves the new signal […]

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