Author: Eric Howald

McNary Kloset opens doors for Celtic students in need

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Given the wide range of difficult conversations a teacher can have with a student, the most difficult might be the ones in which a student asks a teacher if they have anything to eat. “The needs of our students are changing,” said Kim Pittsley, a counselor at McNary High School. “About 40 percent of our students are on free or reduced lunch plans and that’s not what people expect. The need is here.” McNary is typically viewed as one of the more affluent schools in the Salem-Keizer School District. Earlier this month,...

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Officer shortage delays home intrusion arrest

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes An intruder caused a Keizer family to flee their home and a shortage of officers on the Keizer Police Department’s (KPD) night shift delayed an arrest by almost an hour. About 4:30 a.m.,  on Saturday, April 15, Officer Eric Jefferson was dispatched to a report of a burglary-in-progress in the 1100 block of Lockhaven Drive Northeast. A 9-1-1 caller reported an unknown male was banging on the door of his home and ringing the doorbell. While en route to the call, Jefferson was informed that the caller had armed himself with a...

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Principal to committee: We need sidewalks

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The principal at Cummings elementary school had a message for the Keizer Traffic Safety Bikeways and Pedestrian Committee Thursday, April 13: prioritize pedestrian access around her school. “I have severe concerns about pedestrian traffic around the school,” said Martina Mangan, Cummings principal. “With no sidewalks and heavy traffic during drop-off and pick up times we have students walking around traffic jams.” Mangan brought an ally with her to the meeting, Carol Doerfler, a member of the West Keizer Neighborhood Association Board  and crossing guard at the school. Doerfler didn’t mince words. “When...

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Ore. Treasury wants employees to have better plan than hope

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The Oregon State Treasury (OST) is trying to make it easier for employees to start saving for retirement – without employers incurring additional costs. Last week, Joel Metlen, a retirement analyst with the Oregon State Treasury, stopped by the Keizer Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon on Tuesday, April 11, to tell members about the coming changes. “The Oregon Retirement Savings program is an attempt at a solution to a large and growing program. People are living longer and not saving enough,” said Metlen. The retirement program, dubbed Oregon Saves and spearheaded by...

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Shelter gets parks grant amid dissent

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Keizer Rapids Park is on the path to getting it’s first picnic shelter thanks to the narrow approval of a matching grant request by the Keizer Parks and Recreation Advisory Board Tuesday, April 11. The grant for $8,300 – all of the remaining funds in the matching grant budget for the fiscal year – will help cover the cost of a 16-foot by 24-foot covered picnic shelter near the sand volleyball courts on the northwest side of the park. The total cost of the project is estimated at $26,300. Hans Schneider, the driving...

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