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Plans change, fears remain

Plans change, fears remain

Rezone opposition had many voices

‘Historic’ snag in cow pasture redux

‘Historic’ snag in cow pasture redux

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Public hearings on a proposed rezoning of the area commonly known as “cow pasture” hit a wall in Keizer City Council chambers Monday, June 20. Between the release of the council’s agenda last week and the start of the meeting, city staff discovered that the home and associated […]

Fighters don’t always use fists

Fighters don’t always use fists

By ERIC A. HOWALD Keizerite Thomas Lucas sat in the second-to-last row of more than 700 graduates participating in the Chemeketa Community College commencement ceremony Tuesday, June 14. He had a long wait, but I’d used my press pass to get on the floor of the Pavilion at the Oregon State Fairgrounds where the event […]

Food truck plan headed to city council

Food truck plan headed to city council

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Food trucks will be coming to town if the Keizer City Council approves a recommendation that passed the city’s planning commission last week. Commissioners engaged in a marathon three-hour meeting Wednesday, June 8, that included discussion of issues related to permitting, signage, hours of operation, and what would […]

KFD adds shift commanders if budget gets OK

KFD adds shift commanders if budget gets OK

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The Keizer Fire Board will consider the proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year at its meeting Tuesday, June 21, at 7 p.m. Keizer Fire District’s Budget Committee approved the proposed budget last month and forwarded its recommendation for approval to the fire board. The centerpiece change in […]

Discrimination complaint filed against city

Discrimination complaint filed against city

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes A Keizer man has lodged a discrimination complaint with the U.S. Justice Department against the city of Keizer citing poor conditions in the city’s parks and lack of compliance with standards required by the Americans with Disabilities Act. “When I appeared before the parks board, I was basically […]

Cow pasture redo hits city council agenda

Cow pasture redo hits city council agenda

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The Keizer City Council will be taking another look at potential plans for the Herber family, aka the cow pasture, at its meeting Monday, June 20. The site is located between Chemawa Road Northeast and Dearborn Avenue Northeast on the west side of Verda Lane Northeast. Councilors unanimously […]

23 years for man who led 11-year-old to Mexico

23 years for man who led 11-year-old to Mexico

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes A former Keizer resident pleaded on his knees for forgiveness in front of a Marion County Circuit Court judge before being sentenced to nearly 23 years in prison on three counts of rape. The charges stemmed from a 2007 incident involving Raul Xalamihua-Espindola’s taking of a then 11-year-old […]

‘We can’t arrest our way out of homelessness’

‘We can’t arrest our way out of homelessness’

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes As the members of the Mid-Willamette Homeless Initiative (MWHI) have been making the rounds in the region collecting feedback from residents on how to tackle homelessness in Marion and Polk counties, they are encountering a familiar refrain. “We attended a neighborhood meeting this past week and one of […]

Being the change is harder than it looks

Being the change is harder than it looks

By ERIC A. HOWALD My 16-hour trip along the outskirts of the criminal justice system began at 9 a.m. Monday morning. I was waiting in the hallway outside of Marion County courtroom for a man convicted of raping a minor to receive his sentence. It had been a while since I’d seen the inside of […]

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