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Mark your ballot

Mark your ballot

It could not be easier for citizens to vote in Oregon elections. The ballots come in the mail to registered voters. The ballots can be returned through the mail or dropped off at convienent ballot sites outside the Keizer Civic Center (you don’t even have to get out of your vehicle) and at the U.S. […]

We vote for…

We vote for…

City Council, Position 5 Of the four seats on the Keizer City Council in next month’s general election, only one is contested: Amy Ripp is facing Matt Chappell to succeed Joe Egli for Position 5. Both candidates bring community involvement and service to their races. Chappell recently ended his tenure on the Keizer Planning Commission; […]

Where’s money for playground?

Where’s money for playground?

Less than a year ago the excitement in Keizer was palpable as kids and community leaders considered designs for the propossed big playground at Keizer Rapids Park. A New York-based consultant was hired at more than $30,000 to lead the community build task force in getting design input from the end-users of the playgrond—Keizer children. […]

Mural, mural on the wall

Mural, mural on the wall

Keizer’s first public mural on the western wall of Keizer Florist will be dedicated on Wednesday, Oct. 1. This will be what is promised to be the first of a number of murals that someday will decorate our community. The Keizer Art Association was instrumental in bringing the mural about. They cited the famed murals […]

Together again, at last

Together again, at last

After six years of often acrimonious relations, Keizer’s two major youth baseball organizations are talking about putting themselves back together. Keizer Little League and the Keizer Youth Sports Association (KYSA) are in talks to merge and be one again. That’s good news for sports fans and really good news for Keizer’s kids. The split between […]

Gridlock and frustration

Gridlock and frustration

More than two-thirds of Americans think the country is on the wrong track. In all areas. Most feel that the country is still in a recession though many indicators show otherwise. Many are uneasy about our foreign policy, or lack of. In this unsettled climate will come the mid-term elections which promise to deliver low […]

50,000 and counting

50,000 and counting

The exodus of children from Latin American countries across the border into the U.S. continues while the people who can do something about it would rather win political points than address this humanitarian crisis. Many of the children, some as young as four, are escaping dangerous life in their home countries, especially Honduras, Guatemala and […]

Social networking

Social networking

People talk about social networking sites as if they had a right to use it. Take the latest hullybaloo over Facebook’s manipulations about mirroring content to users interest. Social networking sites are a business—a lucrative business. There is no right for the public to use them other than the way specific  companies require. If people […]

Salaries

Salaries

City Councilor Joe Egli was right when he voiced concern over, and voted against, the recent salary survey for the city manager and city attorney positions with Keizer. He voiced concerns about the process including step increases and the cities that were included such as Lake Oswego and West Linn, two cities that are decidedly […]

Think twice on cow pasture

Think twice on cow pasture

People are passionate about green, open spaces, especially in an urban setting. That passion was on display at a hearing in June about zoning and other changes at private property many affectionately call ‘the cow pasture.’ The property sits on the west side of Verda Lane between Chemawa Road and Dearborn Avenue. It has been […]

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