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Post talks about first year in Capitol

Post talks about first year in Capitol

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Even though he was a freshman serving in the state legislature, Rep. Bill Post of Keizer had some idea what to expect during the session. After all, the Republican visited area lawmakers like Sen. Kim Thatcher (who formerly held the House District 25 seat Post defeated Chuck Lee for […]

A look at hazelnut growing

A look at hazelnut growing

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Can hazelnuts in the orchard at Keizer Rapids Park be grown without chemicals? According to the executive director of the Oregon Hazelnut Growers Association, the answer is yes. “There are growers farming hazelnuts organically,” Michael Klein told the Keizertimes. “It is not an easy endeavor but it can be […]

Marijuana shop siting prompts question: What is a school?

Marijuana shop siting prompts question: What is a school?

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes There are some complex rules when it comes to recreational marijuana in Oregon. One of the simple rules would seem to be marijuana can’t be sold within a certain distance from schools. The state law calls for at least 1,000 feet distance, while in Keizer the distance is 1,500 […]

Art as an ad?

Art as an ad?

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Could public art be construed as illegal advertising in Keizer? That question has come up regarding a proposed piece of art for Boucher Jewelers, located at 4965 River Road North. Lore Christopher, chair of the Keizer Public Arts Commission (KPAC), said the longtime business had a float with a […]

Matching grants spared cut

Matching grants spared cut

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes A matching grant program was spared a big cut Tuesday night. Members of the Keizer Parks and Recreation Advisory Board were faced with the possibility of having to cut $9,000 out of an already limited budget for their matching grant program, which matches dollars and labor put into projects […]

Big Toy opening delayed

Big Toy opening delayed

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes The Big Toy at Keizer Rapids Park was to be built by community volunteers in five days. It’s taking longer than that. A lower number of volunteers than anticipated – project coordinator Mark Caillier estimated on Sunday only about half of the necessary volunteers showed up – slowed down […]

No fight over city budget

No fight over city budget

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Just like that, a $40 million budget was approved. Keizer City Councilors had nine public hearings on Monday evening, most of which didn’t take much time. That was true of the last one, which concerned the Fiscal Year 2015-16 budget. Councilors made up half of the Keizer Budget Committee, […]

Moles owner pushing to improve city sign codes

Moles owner pushing to improve city sign codes

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes The props in front of city hall and the dryer in front of his store may have been eye-catching, but Nigel Guisinger insists it’s not about his business. Guisinger, who bought Moles Appliance at 3800 River Road in 2013, said he’s fighting to make Keizer – River Road in […]

City website getting closer

City website getting closer

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes The City of Keizer’s new website will be much less cumbersome and better looking. The only question is the same one that’s dogged the project from the start: when will the site go live? Keizer City Councilors approved spending $15,800 on a new site last May. Evo Gov is […]

Election winners talk about victories

Election winners talk about victories

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Now the real work begins. The results from Tuesday’s election are in, meaning the winners can now focus on the task of serving. Among the four contested races involving Keizerites, only one winner is currently serving in the race being campaigned for. Chet Patterson, one of Keizer’s founding fathers, […]

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