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Third time’s the charm in 7-hour manhunt

Third time’s the charm in 7-hour manhunt

A man found sleeping on a lawn in north Keizer sparked a seven-hour manhunt Monday, Aug. 29. Shortly after 8 a.m., officers from the Keizer Police Department were called to a report of a suspicious person sleeping in a lawn in the 700 block of New Terrace Drive North, part of the Terrace Green Neighborhood […]

Bowling alley changing owners after nearly 50 years

Bowling alley changing owners after nearly 50 years

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes After 49 years under the same owner, a new face is taking the reins of Town & Country Lanes. Jayne Sonognini is in the process to transitioning ownership of the business from Don Lebold, whose name is practically synonymous with bowling in Keizer. “We decided to do the […]

Simonka Place numbers contradict homeless counts

Simonka Place numbers contradict homeless counts

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes When Dianna arrived at the doorstep of Keizer’s Simonka Place last October, she simply stood outside the shelter and cried for a while. It took most all of her resolve to actually open the door. “I was at my lowest of lows. I never thought I would be […]

Councilors deny repeal of city’s marijuana distancing rules

Councilors deny repeal of city’s marijuana distancing rules

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The Keizer City Council stuck to its guns when a local business owner requested the city repeal distancing requirements on marijuana shops. The issue of how to regulate marijuana shops ended up on the council agenda again at its meeting Monday, Aug. 15, as the owner of Keizer […]

Behind the badge: Q&A with KPD’s Union President (Part 2)

Behind the badge: Q&A with KPD’s Union President (Part 2)

By Eric A. Howald Of the Keizertimes Last week, we ran the first part of an interview with Keizer Police Department’s Officer Darsy Olafson. Olafson has been president of the KPD’s officer union for the past eight years and we wanted to get his take on current conversations regarding law enforcement happening around the country. […]

Back from the brink

Back from the brink

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Byron Nelson’s current obsession is a knot on a piece of hardwood he’s shaping into a longboard. “That knot right there is going to be a big part of what the board becomes. I really think it could be an eye,” he said, pointing to the board in […]

KCFB, K-9s receive $2,500

KCFB, K-9s receive $2,500

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Curt McCormack, executive director of the Keizer Community Food Bank (KCFB), breathed a sigh of relief when he got a call from Lyndon Zaitz of the Making Keizer Better Foundation (MKB). Zaitz, chair of the now-disbanded MKB which ran the annual RIVERfair event, called to let him know […]

Verda farmhouse ‘unsalvageable,’ request says

Verda farmhouse ‘unsalvageable,’ request says

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Citing a primitive foundation that has led to sagging support walls, the “cow pasture” owners claim the Pugh-Savage-Hall farmhouse isn’t worth saving, and vow to block any attempt to have it registered as a site of historical significance. For those reasons, and others, the Herber family is urging […]

Behind the badge: Q&A with KPD’s Union President

Behind the badge: Q&A with KPD’s Union President

By Eric A. Howald Of the Keizertimes With law enforcement officers and their actions the topic of conversations across the country, the staff at the Keizertimes thought a conversation with the president of the Keizer Police Department Union was long overdue. Officer Darsy Olafson has served as president of the KPD officer union for the […]

Housing shortage impedes progress on homelessness

Housing shortage impedes progress on homelessness

By Eric A. Howald Of the Keizertimes Six months to three years. That’s how long a wait some area residents can expect to wait for affordable housing to become available, according to a panel of property managers who attended a meeting of the Mid-Willamette Homelessness Initiative July 20. “We have pages and pages of wait […]

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