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Cheaper surface means Big Toy budget trimmed

Cheaper surface means Big Toy budget trimmed

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Expenses for the Big Toy have been chopped by a quarter. A motion was approved at the Feb. 10 Keizer Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting to hold off on getting a top-line surface for the play structure at Keizer Rapids Park. A similar motion was approved the week […]

Keizer lawmakers react to resignation

Keizer lawmakers react to resignation

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes As Gov. John Kitzhaber announced his resignation Feb. 13, state Sen. Kim Thatcher (R-Keizer) had her hands full. With her 2-year-old grandson, that is. Yes, as an Oregon governor resigned under pressure for the first time in state history, Thatcher wasn’t at the capitol. “I wasn’t here on Friday,” […]

April opening for Gustav’s

April opening for Gustav’s

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Waiting for the new German restaurant to open in Keizer Station? You’ll have to wait just a little longer. Gustav’s German restaurants had originally planned to open its 5,500 square foot Bargarten this month. As work continues, that date has been pushed back. “The target date for opening is […]

Uptown Music farewell to Jim Nardi Feb. 18

Uptown Music farewell to Jim Nardi Feb. 18

Keizer’s Uptown Music will be saying goodbye to founder Jim Nardi at a special free event Wednesday, Feb. 18 from 7 to 9 p.m. The 24th anniversary celebration and 3rd Wednesday Night Jam takes place at Uptown Music, located at 3827 River Road North. Nardi opened Uptown Music in 1991 and sold the business to […]

‘Power couple’ gets Service to Ed award

‘Power couple’ gets Service to Ed award

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Pillow talk in the Lee household revolves around children. No, Chuck and Krina Lee aren’t talking about their children at 3 a.m. They are talking about all students in the Salem-Keizer School District – a district Chuck has wanted to be called Keizer-Salem for years. That dedication to students […]

Keizer RadioShack on closure list

Keizer RadioShack on closure list

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes A number of RadioShack stores across the country will indeed be closing, including the one in Keizer. When asked last week by the Keizertimes about the rumored closures, both the store manager in Keizer and a company spokesperson declined having any knowledge of company plans. “We don’t have any […]

Former Mayor Christopher honored to get named Keizer’s First Citizen

Former Mayor Christopher honored to get named Keizer’s First Citizen

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Lore Christopher claims she was surprised. If so, that made the now-former mayor perhaps the only one in the room. Christopher picked up the 2014 Keizer First Citizen Award during the annual First Citizen Awards Banquet at the Keizer Quality Suites on Jan. 31, just a few weeks after […]

Group still looking to redo skate park

Group still looking to redo skate park

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Plans to renovate the Carlson Skate Park at Chalmers Jones Park behind Keizer Civic Center are one step closer. That doesn’t mean anything is guaranteed, however. In November, Keizer’s Joe Bazan teamed up with the owners of Lincoln City-based Dreamland Skateparks and came to a Keizer Parks and Recreation […]

Swift reaction to governor’s resignation

Swift reaction to governor’s resignation

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes There was a flurry of action and words this week as many in Oregon – particularly around the capitol building in Salem – waited to see if or when Governor John Kitzhaber would resign. Following months of controversy surrounding fiance’ Cylvia Hayes and the contracts she secured, pressure steadily […]

Kitzhaber to resign

Kitzhaber to resign

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Gov. John Kitzhaber won’t finish the fourth term he just started. Kitzhaber, who defeated Dennis Richardson in last fall’s election but has come under heavy fire since then for allegations centering around his fiancee Cylvia Hayes, announced on Friday he is resigning as Oregon’s governor. Kitzhaber’s resignation is effective […]

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