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Chamber request gets no vote

Chamber request gets no vote

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Both ends of the May 7 Keizer Budget Committee meeting were entertaining. Committee members responded coldly to a request early in the meeting for more funds from Christine Dieker, executive director of the Keizer Chamber of Commerce. No motion was made to approve Dieker’s request for $28,000 in the […]

Is Iris Fest set for long term?

Is Iris Fest set for long term?

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes After years of moving around, the Keizer Iris Festival is back downtown for the foreseeable future. Keizer’s biggest annual event kicked off May 7 with the Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast and continues this weekend with Sunday’s Mother’s Day Breakfast at Keizer Fire District. But the festival kicks into high gear […]

Love (Love) is in the air

Love (Love) is in the air

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes There are some familiar things with this picture. Love Love Teriyaki II has opened in Keizer Station. The restaurant, located at 6385 Ulali Drive, had a soft opening April 28 and is scheduled to have a grand opening with ribbon cutting next Monday, May 11. The building formerly housed […]

Walsh asks for parks money

Walsh asks for parks money

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes A former Keizer City Councilor helped get the budget season off to a rousing start Tuesday. Richard Walsh, the former councilor who has been on the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board since leaving council in 2011, was one of several people asking for funding during the public comment portion […]

Lee, Moles battle for school board

Lee, Moles battle for school board

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Chuck Lee is a familiar name around Keizer. Lee is the former longtime president of Blanchet Catholic School who currently is president of the Mountain West Career Technical Institute, set to open this fall. He previously served on the Keizer City Council for seven years and is seeking a […]

Stevenson, Busch talk transit issues

Stevenson, Busch talk transit issues

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes In the fall, Salem-Keizer Transit District is expected to ask voters for more funding to support the next phase of its Moving Forward program, with the end goal of restoring weekend and evening service. Before that, the transit district will gain a new board member. Brad Coy is not […]

From Keizer to the Big Apple

From Keizer to the Big Apple

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Keizer native Steven Kirby was hoping to land a full-time job with the city. It didn’t happen. Don’t feel too sorry for the 2010 McNary High School graduate, however. After all, he now has a full-time job working for a city you may have heard of before: New York […]

Alone at the top: 7-1 Celts lead GVC

Alone at the top: 7-1 Celts lead GVC

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The McNary High School varsity baseball team may have suffered it’s first loss, but picking up big wins over McMinnville and Sprague high schools kept the team at the top of league standings. The Celtics lost 11-3 to South Salem High School Tuesday, April 21, after clearing the […]

Students dedicate new tree at KRP

Students dedicate new tree at KRP

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes There are few ways better to celebrate Arbor Day than with a new tree. Such was the case April 24 at Keizer Rapids Park as more than 100 students from the Optimum Learning Environment (OLE), a charter school within Keizer’s Forest Ridge Elementary, took a bus ride to the […]

Smoking ban butted out

Smoking ban butted out

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Should there be a smoking ban for all Keizer parks? That was an idea brought forward during the most recent meeting of the Keizer Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. However, the Parks Board’s recommendation back to the Keizer City Council was to take no action. Currently, there are no […]

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