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Councilors revise ‘99 truancy ordinance

Councilors revise ‘99 truancy ordinance

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes It was a blast from the past for members of the Keizer City Council meeting. At their Dec. 15 meeting, councilors revisited 1999 ordinances regarding truancy for youth in Keizer. City Attorney Shannon Johnson noted he had discussions with police chief John Teague about truancy and curfew ordinances. That […]

Arts Commission works on policies

Arts Commission works on policies

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes One contract per person, or one contract per group? That was a key point of discussion during the Dec. 23 Keizer Arts Commission meeting. Nate Brown, director of Community Development for Keizer, brought up the topic early in the meeting. “I suggest we change our policies a little bit […]

Old, new councilors talk long-term goals

Old, new councilors talk long-term goals

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes New Keizer City Councilors don’t officially begin their terms until next week. But Brandon Smith, Amy Ripp and Roland Herrera are ready to hit the ground running. The trio took part in a council work session last month to look at short-term and long-term council goals, and to look […]

Gone fishin’: Taylor set to leave council (with VIDEO)

Gone fishin’: Taylor set to leave council (with VIDEO)

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes If you want to know why Jim Taylor has served on the Keizer City Council for 12 years – and the Parks Board for 10 years before that – you have to hit the rewind button. Taylor, 67, has lived in Keizer his entire life. He was active in […]

Year in review 2014: Political shakeup, drugs and a Big Delay

Year in review 2014: Political shakeup, drugs and a Big Delay

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes There was a change in Keizer’s political landscape in 2014, but so much more. Before the year even started, big news items from late 2013 already were having an impact. As the year progressed, more issues kept coming up. Below is a brief summary of the top 10 Keizer […]

Meet the new mayor (with VIDEO)

Meet the new mayor (with VIDEO)

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes On Jan. 5, Cathy Clark takes over as Keizer’s new mayor. Clark is a longtime educator and a lifetime learner who is always eager to learn something new. Those who know basics about Clark or have watched her serve for the last eight years on the Keizer City Council […]

Albertsons to become Haggen store in Keizer

Albertsons to become Haggen store in Keizer

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Pretty soon Keizer will no longer have an Albertsons. That’s because the grocery store located at 5450 River Road N will become a Haggen sometime in 2015. Haggen Food and Grocery was started in Washington in 1933 and currently has 18 locations. Florida-based Comvest Partners purchased a majority stake […]

Progress in KYSA, KLL talks

Progress in KYSA, KLL talks

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Keizer Youth Sports Association (KYSA) and Keizer Little League (KLL) are still two entities. However, signs point to a renewed effort to merge the two youth sports groups. One such sign: the two groups won’t both be offering softball programs in 2015; only KLL will be doing so. “We […]

No farewell speeches yet for mayor, council president

No farewell speeches yet for mayor, council president

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Mayor Lore Christopher declined the opportunity to give a speech. That didn’t stop others from giving speeches about her, however. Christopher presided over her last Keizer City Council meeting on Monday evening. The next time the council meets, on Jan. 5, she will open the meeting but soon turn […]

Student dies at Chemawa Indian School on Dec. 14

Student dies at Chemawa Indian School on Dec. 14

The death of an 18-year-old student at Chemawa Indian School on Sunday morning has been attributed to natural causes. Around 7:30 a.m. Dec. 14, emergency personnel were called to the school, located at 3700 Chemawa Road NE in Salem, after 18-year-old Melissa Abell was found collapsed in her room. Marion County Sheriff’s Office personnel responded […]

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