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Parks board funding varies

Parks board funding varies

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes There was $20,000 to start. That figure was cut to $10,000, causing some disappointment Tuesday night. By the end, the figure had risen to $33,000 so all was good again. Last month, members of the Keizer Parks and Recreation Advisory Board discussed what to do with the approximately $20,000 […]

Time flies for KPD veteran Birr

Time flies for KPD veteran Birr

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes From an early age, Bev Birr knew she wanted to be a police officer. Until she saw firsthand just what the job would entail, that is. So the dream was altered just a bit: Birr worked at police departments, just not as an officer. For the past 25 years […]

City signs deal with Rawlins

City signs deal with Rawlins

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes The Rawlins properties in Keizer Station are formally foreclosed upon. The Keizer City Council held a special hearing last Thursday, March 6 on the issue. City councilors had approved a settlement agreement at their March 3 regular meeting, but city attorney Shannon Johnson said state statute required the city […]

Second annual Pinot for the Parks fundraiser set for Friday

Second annual Pinot for the Parks fundraiser set for Friday

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Drink wine, support the playground. That’s the general idea behind the Keizer Parks Foundation’s second annual Pinot for the Parks fundraiser, taking place from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 14. The event will be at Keizer Civic Center, 930 Chemawa Road NE. City councilor Marlene Quinn, a foundation […]

Don’t forget trapeze bars

Don’t forget trapeze bars

  By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes First you thought the site selection was done for the community build play structure. But it wasn’t. During last week’s Community Build Task Force (CBTF) meeting, it was discovered something else wasn’t done: the design. Mark Caillier, general coordinator for The Big Toy at Keizer Rapids Park project, […]

Power plant coming?

Power plant coming?

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes The land could be powerful in the future. Last week the settlement agreement between the City of Keizer and the Rawlins family was signed for the Rawlinses properties in Keizer Station (see related story, pg. 3). After the properties are put up for a sheriff’s sale, city leaders expect […]

WKNA leader gives her site preference for The Big Toy

WKNA leader gives her site preference for The Big Toy

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Her group hasn’t had a chance to do a survey, but Rhonda Rich knows her personal preference for the play structure siting. Rich, president of the West Keizer Neighborhood Association (WKNA), had planned to have members fill out a survey about The Big Toy at Keizer Rapids Park play […]

REI set to open in May

REI set to open in May

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes The REI (Recreational Equipment, Inc.) store in Keizer Station is indeed opening in a spring month starting with ‘M.’ It’s not going to be March, however. A company spokeswoman confirmed Feb. 28 the Washington-based outdoor retailer will be opening in the former Circuit City building soon. “The store will […]

Economic Development group formed as two others disbanded

Economic Development group formed as two others disbanded

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Two Keizer committees have been kicked to the curb. Or, at least the KURB. During Monday night’s Urban Renewal Agency meeting, agents unanimously voted to dissolve the Keizer Urban Renewal Board (KURB). During the Keizer City Council meeting that followed, councilors – the same people who were the agents […]

Son in homicide was no longer at MHS

Son in homicide was no longer at MHS

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes The 17-year-old son charged with murdering his mom and shooting his dad on March 5 was a former McNary High School student. Brett Angus Pearson was arrested around 1 a.m. March 6, about 90 minutes after officers with the Keizer Police Department responded to an alarm at the family […]

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