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Dieker leaving as chamber leader

Dieker leaving as chamber leader

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes It hasn’t happened in a while, but the Keizer Chamber of Commerce is looking for a new executive director. Christine Dieker took over the position in March 1998 and has been in the position since, aside from a few turbulent months in 2003. But that is changing: Dieker submitted […]

Keizerites push for WinCo

Keizerites push for WinCo

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Ever since word came out during the summer about the Keizer Haggen closing, the question has been what grocery store chain could come to town? Speculation and interest ramped up even more when the Haggen – formerly an Albertsons – closed in late September. With Safeway the only grocery […]

Transit board member talks of tax

Transit board member talks of tax

  By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Opposition to the proposed business payroll tax to pay for local transit service has been rather vocal. But there are those calling for the Salem-Keizer Transit District’s 0.21 percent payroll tax on the Nov. 3 ballot to be passed. Kathy Lincoln from the Salem-Keizer Transit Board of Directors […]

Transit payroll tax gets debated

Transit payroll tax gets debated

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Leaders with the Keizer and Salem Chambers of Commerce have made it clear they’re against a proposed payroll tax on local businesses to pay for transit improvements. A community conversation took place Sept. 30 at the Keizer Quality Suites to air some of the frustrations business owners have about […]

Mural to feature former businesses

Mural to feature former businesses

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Remember former Keizer businesses like McNary Real Estate, Vel’s Meats, Kowalski’s Café, Gill Ward Marine and Keizer Cinemas? If so, you might just like Keizer’s next public mural. Plans continue to evolve for the city’s second public mural, scheduled to be done next spring and summer on the long […]

City, developer agree on reimbursement

City, developer agree on reimbursement

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes It came down to two numbers: 24.45 percent and 12.08 percent. KS Reim LLC, the company established by the developers of the new Mountain West apartments and the Bonaventure senior living center in Area C of Keizer Station, wanted to be reimbursed the higher rate for the extension of […]

Surprise! Haggen closes quietly

Surprise! Haggen closes quietly

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes The Keizer Haggen was here only a short time, but it was a memorable time. Not necessarily for the best of reasons, however. In the span of several months, the Washington-based grocery chain went from 18 stores to announcing plans for 146 new stores (including Keizer), opening those stores, […]

Keizer Chamber, others against transit payroll tax

Keizer Chamber, others against transit payroll tax

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes What’s not to like about expanded local transit service? Well, the added cost, for one. That is indeed the case with the Salem-Keizer Transit District’s proposed business payroll tax, which will be on the Nov. 3 ballot. As proposed, the tax would levy .21 percent of a business’ annual […]

Food fight escalates

Food fight escalates

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes An ugly grocery store battle has escalated into an all-out war. Casualties in the Haggen vs. Albertsons battle include 27 recently rechristened Haggen stores, such as the one on River Road in Keizer. As mentioned recently in the Keizertimes, Haggen announced in mid-August the Keizer location – rechristened in […]

Haggen to close its Keizer store

Haggen to close its Keizer store

    By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes It wasn’t that long ago Keizer had three grocery stores. Soon, there could be just one. In late April, the Albertsons at 5450 River Road North became a Haggen. Washington-based Haggen went from 18 stores mainly in Washington to 164 around the West Coast in a short […]

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