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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 […]

Give talk a chance

Give talk a chance

A diplomatic plan, endorsed by Russia—based on an off-the-cuff remark by Secretary of State John Kerry—for control of Syria’s chemical weapons by the international community, should be the main course the Obama Administration should be taking. Any plan that takes U.S. military strikes in the Middle East (again) should be followed. A year ago President […]

BLAZING FORESTS

BLAZING FORESTS

McNary grads battle wild fires

Jump starting KPA project

Jump starting KPA project

Keizer Public Arts (KPA) will get a much-needed shot in the arm with the Keizer Chamber Foundation’s Pig in the Park fundraiser on Saturday, Aug. 17. Pig in the Park will have a Hawaiian theme complete with live entertainment and a luau menu. The proceeds will benefit the programs of the Keizer Chamber Foundation, especially […]

The hard part of acting

The hard part of acting

By LYNDON A. ZAITZ What would you do if someone handed you a phone book and said, “Here, memorize this in one month.” That is the feeling when an actor is cast in a play by William Shakespeare. Sure the Bard wrote in English, but an English that few modern actors amateurs recognize. That’s the […]

Much ado about a free play

Much ado about a free play

What started out as a dream shared by a McNary High School teacher and one of her former students has yielded Keizer’s own theater group which is currently in its second season. Keizer Homegrown Theatre (KHT), established by Linda Baker, a teacher at McNary who ran the drama department for years, and Evan Christopher, who […]

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