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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 […]

Burning questions on city park’s survey

Burning questions on city park’s survey

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes A planned survey of Keizer residents on the issue of parks funding has a looming deadline and may be headed back to the drawing board. The members of Keizer Parks and Recreation Advisory Board are hoping to assess just how much city residents are willing to pay for […]

Kids: Leave your mark on Iris Parade mural

Kids: Leave your mark on Iris Parade mural

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes On July 23 and 25, organizers of Keizer’s mural project at Town & Country Lanes are hoping area children turn out to leave their mark. On those dates, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., kids up to 13 years old (including newborns) are invited to leave their handprints […]

A rose by any other name would… be a cupcake?

A rose by any other name would… be a cupcake?

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Interested in a sweet treat? Then follow your nose to Keizer Florist. No, it’s not chocolate roses, but cupcakes that the longtime Keizer business has added to its offerings. “We make everything from scratch,” said Michelle Sladick, manager of Simply Cupcakes, the new business-in-a-business at 631 Chemawa Road […]

No, Kevin Costner isn’t moving to Keizer

No, Kevin Costner isn’t moving to Keizer

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes If you run in certain online circles, you might have heard that the star of Dances with Wolves, Waterworld and Field of Dreams is moving to Keizer. While it isn’t out of the realm of possibility, the Keizertimes was unable to contact Costner’s representatives for confirmation and the […]

Two-alarm blaze in central Keizer

Two-alarm blaze in central Keizer

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Emergency services were kept busy over the Fourth of July weekend culminating in a two-alarm fire Monday, July 4. Crews from the Keizer Fire District were summoned to 804 Faymar Drive N.E. The owner of the home awoke to crackling and smoke and opened the door to his […]

Young man dies after River Road collision

Young man dies after River Road collision

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes A 20-year-old Keizer man died of injuries sustained in a vehicle-on-pedestrian collision in the early morning hours of Friday, July 1. Walter Westgarth, 65, of Keizer was driving a 2005 Volkswagen Passat four-door wagon northbound on River Road North in the curb lane through the intersection of Chemawa […]

More questions than answers as pot shops move into town

More questions than answers as pot shops move into town

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Keizer voters will have the opportunity to vote on attaching a 3 percent city tax on recreational marijuana sales in November. Approval of a resolution sending the matter to ballot was one of several hastily-approved measures during a nearly four-hour meeting of the Keizer City Council Monday, June […]

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