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Know something, say something

Know something, say something

After the shooting at Reynolds High School in Troutdale this week,  media quoted many parents and students saying they never thought it could happen there. It’s safe to assume that people said that about a movie theater, a small college town on a balmy evening, a university campus. Everyone presumes they are safe from such […]

To the Class of 2014

To the Class of 2014

High school and college graduates, you’ll hear a lot of words at your ceremonies. Words about choice, duty, dreams and the lot. Above all, listen to the words in your heart. Be productive, be kind and be happy. You’ll be congratulated for navigating years of high school or college; you’ll be told that you are […]

Bring history alive

Bring history alive

Several years ago the Oral History of Keizer project was going strong. Led by the Keizer Points of Interest Committee, older Keizerites were interviewed on camera about our city. Interviewed subjects talked about the origins of Keizer’s cherished organizations such as Keizer Little League the Keizer Rotary Club and the Keizer Rural Fire District. This […]

Move on

Move on

U.S. District Court Judge Michael McShane’s ruling that Oregon’s referendum banning gay marriage is unconstitutional is welcome and should close the door on the discussion in Oregon. It’s time to move on to other issues that people can argue and debate about. Oregon becomes the 18th state to allow same-sex marriages; the writing has been […]

Keizer’s big weekend

Keizer’s big weekend

Keizer’s biggest community event—the Iris Festival—is happening now with the main attractions coming this weekend. The big story for this year is the move of the KeizerFEST grounds from Keizer Station to the Keizer Lions Club-Cherry Avenue area. Development at the shopping complex next to the freeway forced the Keizer Chamber of Commerce, organizers of […]

Even playing field

Even playing field

The proposed installation of artificil turf on Flesher Field at McNary High School is picking up steam. The long-delayed project is moving forward as supporters amass donations and seek financial grants. They hope that the fall 2015 football team will play on the new turf. The project, once billed at about $2 million, is to […]

Adhere to park master plan

Adhere to park master plan

During discussions about development at Keizer Rapids Park, city councilors and city staff refer to the park’s master plan. The plan is a guide for the development of the park in coming years. The original allows for minor changes but significant deviations require an amendment to the plan. It seems that master plan means different […]

Nix tow trucks in neighborhoods

Nix tow trucks in neighborhoods

The Keizer City Council should reject the call to allow tow trucks to be parked overnight in residential neighborhoods. A proposal to allow tow trucks to be parked in front of the homes of drivers in the nighttime hours was presented to the council earlier this year by Jeff Asher, a co-owner of BC Towing. […]

Lemonade Day

Lemonade Day

It is now less than a month to Lemonade Day in Keizer and Salem. So far more than 700 area kids have signed up to become entrepeuners on May 4 with their own lemonade stands. Lemonade Day started in Houston in 2007 and has grown to more than 100 cities across the country. The project […]

How our city is looking

How our city is looking

Spring has arrived after a wet and cold winter here in Keizer. It is time for spring cleaning not in our own homes but also in the city. The winter season always leaves its mark—freezing temperatures and driving rains play havoc on everything, especially our streets. Our streets are not the only thing looking less […]

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