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Training room redux nearing completion

Training room redux nearing completion

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes For Rhonda Brattain, the process Friday, Feb. 28, served as a perfect microcosm. Brattain is president of the McNary High School Athletic Booster Club (ABC), which was started during the 2011-12 school year in an effort to get more funding for athletics at MHS. Things have been bumpy, including […]

Gunman on the loose after armed robbery

Gunman on the loose after armed robbery

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes A suspect in an armed robbery at the former Roth’s building early Tuesday afternoon escaped. Deputy Chief Jeff Kuhns with the Keizer Police Department said his department received a call around 12:30 p.m. March 18 about an armed robbery inside the former Roth’s building, located in Schoolhouse Square at […]

Election races filling up

Election races filling up

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes The race is still in the early stages, but some things are starting to shape up. This fall, Keizer will elect a new mayor. Lore Christopher has held that position since being elected in 2000 but is hanging up her hat. Keizer City Councilor Cathy Clark is thus far […]

Medical marijuana resolution clarified

Medical marijuana resolution clarified

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Wait, what was that you said? And no, the haze had nothing to do with the subject matter. Instead, it was the question city staff had March 4, about decisions made by councilors the night before at the Keizer City Council meeting regarding medical marijuana facilities. A motion to […]

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 […]

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