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Gang violence

Gang violence

The current rise in gang-relatedviolence in Keizer must be addressed and stopped before it escalates further. McNary High School was locked down last week due to an off-campus assault that was too close to the school. Reports are heard of gang violence in the halls of the high school itself. The public should be concerned […]

Phillipine disaster help

Phillipine disaster help

Typhoon Haiyan slammed into the Phillipines last week before it moved onto Vietnam. It is one of the most powerful storms ever recorded in the world. Scenes of wide swaths of devastation in Tacloban are heartbreaking. The death toll could reach into the many thousands. A way of life in the archipelago has been destroyed; […]

Playoff drought over

Playoff drought over

McNary High School’s varsity football playoff drought is over. The players of the 2013 team have shown they are a force to be reckoned with. Head Coach Isaac Parker and his staff have returned the McNary Celtics to the place as a post-season contender. Third in the conference, at the end of regular season play,  […]

A plan to transform Keizer

A plan to transform Keizer

There was a public hearing at this week’s Keizer City Council meeting regarding revisions to the city’s Comprehensive Plan. The 90-plus page report from city staff is chock full of recommendations for the council to consider regarding managing expected growth over the next 20 years. The revision comes as a result of the recently completed […]

Meant for kids, designed by kids

Meant for kids, designed by kids

On Thursday, Nov. 14, representatives from Leathers and Associates, consultants for the Community Build playground project, will be joined by Keizer representatives at six elementary schools for Design Day. The consultants and members of the Keizer Rapids Park Playground Program (KRP3) will be asking children at the Keizer schools what they want the community build […]

Approve fire levy

Approve fire levy

We all know that freedom and liberty are  not free. Neither is public safety. There is a cost for the personnel, the equipment, the infrastructure and the organization, especially for fire and medical services. The Keizer Fire District is requesting district voters approve a 59 cents per $1,000 valuation five-year levy in the upcoming November […]

Orville Roth

Orville Roth

The Willamette Valley and Oregon lost an iconic businessman, philantropist and civic leader when Orville Roth suddenly passed away last weekend. The man who founded Roth’s IGA market in Silverton with partner Herman C. Jochimsen in 1962 built his store into one of the most revered grocery chains on the West Coast. Customers across the […]

Don’t make us come in there

Don’t make us come in there

When siblings are squabbling,  parents often use the phrase “Don’t make me come in there,” a parental threat that should instill dread, if not detente in the children. America is at a “Don’t make me come in there” moment with Washington, D.C. Citizens should let politicians in Washington know they are fed up with the […]

Where art thou art?

Where art thou art?

The Keizer Chamber Foundation has held two fundraisers so far this year and received a generous $5,000 donation from Outback Steakhouse. The foundation funnels money to the Keizer Network of Women’s (KNOW) primary project, the Christmas Basket Program that delivers food and toys to underprivileged families and children in Keizer. The foundation also funds and […]

A jewel of a park building

A jewel of a park building

City Manager Chris Eppley is correct in thinking the Charge/caretakers’ house at Keizer Rapids Park should be demolished and a new education center/concession stand be built. Keizer Rapids Park is a regional gem and, once all the amenities are developed, it could very well draw people from throughout the region. Park infrastructure is added each […]

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