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Candidates spar at chamber forum

Candidates spar at chamber forum

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Minimum wage and mandatory sick leave are two business concerns drawing attention. Questions about both were asked to five political candidates Tuesday at a Keizer Chamber of Commerce luncheon forum at the Keizer Quality Suites. State Representative House District 25 hopefuls Chuck Lee and Bill Post were in attendance, […]

Candidate’s business partner facing charges

Candidate’s business partner facing charges

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Keizer City Council candidate Amy Ripp’s business partner has been charged with four counts of sexual abuse, but Ripp is standing by her partner. Ripp is running against Matt Chappell for the No. 5 council seat, the only contested race of four in the city this fall. A check […]

Thatchers address ODOT issues

Thatchers address ODOT issues

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes A Keizer politician running for a new state senate seat continues to feel she is being retaliated against by a state agency she used to do business with. Kim Thatcher, owner of both KT Contracting and Highway Specialties based in Brooks, said the issues stem from a 2005 project […]

City not paying for Big Toy

City not paying for Big Toy

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes As was explained during the budget process, the City of Keizer is not paying for the Big Toy play structure project. The problem is, wording in the approved 2014-15 fiscal year budget muddles the issue. Early on, Keizer City Councilors approved using $100,000 in seed or plant money to […]

Highs and lows on Parks Tour

Highs and lows on Parks Tour

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Attendees at last week’s annual Parks Tour loved the news of the upcoming addition to Bair Park. Same for the recent work done at Sunset Park. The brown grass at Keizer Little League Park, on the other hand? Not so much. Members of the Keizer Parks and Recreation Advisory […]

Med marijuana permit process tuned

Med marijuana permit process tuned

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Keizer City Councilors continue to fine tune a permit process for medical marijuana facilities in city limits. City Attorney Shannon Johnson explained an ordinance with the latest updates during the Sept. 2 council meeting. The issue has been a regular topic in Keizer and other cities around Oregon this […]

Candidates meet at forum

Candidates meet at forum

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Five people are running for four spots on the Keizer City Council in November. The five candidates were all present Tuesday for the Keizer Chamber of Commerce’s candidate forum luncheon at the Keizer Quality Suites and Conference Center (the former Renaissance Inn). Current councilor Cathy Clark is the only […]

Big Toy delay will likely mean contract renewal for consultants

Big Toy delay will likely mean contract renewal for consultants

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes There are side effects to delaying the Big Toy playground project. Among them: having to renew a contract with project consultant Leathers and Associates. As originally planned, the play structure was going to be built this month at Keizer Rapids Park, shortly before the one-year contract with the New […]

Apartment plan gets nixed

Apartment plan gets nixed

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes In the end, the numbers didn’t add up. As a result, members of the Keizer City Council unanimously rejected a proposal that would have cleared the way for approximately 120 new apartments along Verda Lane between Chemawa Road and Dearborn Avenue, on land referred to as the cow pasture. […]

A look at the Big Toy budget

A look at the Big Toy budget

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes As originally planned, the Big Toy would be built at Keizer Rapids Park next month. The project has been delayed until June 2015, as previously reported in the Keizertimes. The delay is a good thing, when looking at the budget for the project. County Commissioner Janet Carlson, co-chair of […]

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