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Last lap for Keizer pool

Last lap for Keizer pool

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Like the Ford Mustang, the Palma Ciea Swim Club in Keizer has turned 50 years old this year. But whereas the Mustang is having an extended anniversary celebration, that’s not the case with the Keizer pool. The Palma Ciea Swim Club is closed and is currently for sale. Beth […]

Hung jury in murder trial

Hung jury in murder trial

Prosecutor to try case against Victor Smith second time starting on Sept. 10

Candidates filing for Keizer council

Candidates filing for Keizer council

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Earlier this month, Keizer City Council president Joe Egli announced he will not be running for mayor or council. Others are running, however. Mayor Lore Christopher has announced she is not running for an eighth term this year. So far, current councilor Cathy Clark is the only one who […]

Tow trucks to be in driveways?

Tow trucks to be in driveways?

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes By their nature, tow trucks tend to be big, slow and can take a while to turn around. Sounds a lot like the current tow truck parking issue being debated by the Keizer City Council. By a rare 4-3 vote, councilors on Monday voted to allow tow trucks under […]

Plans call for 120+ apartments

Plans call for 120+ apartments

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Mark Grenz wasn’t surprised by the opposition on June 12. Grenz, owner of Multi-Tech Engineering, has proposed putting up approximately 120 apartments on the 7.5 acres along Verda Lane at Chemawa Road, the area currently known around Keizer as the “cow park.” The cows would no longer be at […]

Mural could be back on track

Mural could be back on track

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Initially, the process of putting up a public mural in Keizer looked to be easy. Then it looked like the project would be delayed by months – if not canceled altogether. Now the original timeline could be met after all. That was the information coming after the first Keizer […]

Jury doesn’t reach verdict in murder case

Jury doesn’t reach verdict in murder case

  By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes After more than five hours of deliberation Friday, no verdict was reached in the murder trial of Phillip Johnson. Victor David Smith was charged with murdering Keizer’s Johnson with a firearm. Johnson was shot multiple times outside his Keizer apartment the night of July 1, 2004. Smith was […]

Residents against apartments

Residents against apartments

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes There weren’t signs, but it was pretty clear where the crowd stood on the issue. At the public hearing in front of Keizer Hearings Officer Cynthia Domas in council chambers at Keizer Civic Center on June 12, approximately 100 people filled the room to talk about a proposal to […]

Two stories at murder trial

Two stories at murder trial

  By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes The 10-year anniversary of someone’s death is often a somber time. But in the case of Phillip Johnson, there could be some joy mixed in. Johnson was 33 when he was killed in the parking lot of Cascadian Village Apartments on the night of July 1, 2004. Last […]

Audrey Butler takes over Keizer Chamber board

Audrey Butler takes over Keizer Chamber board

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Audrey Butler was in line to be the new president of the Keizer Chamber of Commerce Board. She just had to wait a bit. When board members agreed to move the changeover date from January to June, that meant president Derik Milton was tabbed to serve an 18-month term, […]

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