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Candidates spar in governor debate

Candidates spar in governor debate

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Dennis Richardson kept attacking. For the most part, Gov. John Kitzhaber steered clear of the attacks. The two candidates for governor sparred during their first debate last Friday, July 18 at the Salem Convention Center, as part of the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association’s annual summer conference. A number of […]

Doing more with less

Doing more with less

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Recent discussion of Keizer’s salary survey and raises for city manager Chris Eppley and city attorney Shannon Johnson have brought a spotlight to the rather unique working conditions at Keizer City Hall – at least in comparison to comparable cities. As mentioned last week in the Keizertimes, there have […]

Egli questions salary survey

Egli questions salary survey

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Every three or so years, City of Keizer officials do a salary survey to determine pay ranges. The survey led to recent pay raises for city manager Chris Eppley and city manager Shannon Johnson. As mentioned last week in the Keizertimes, both Eppley got a 2.5 percent Cost of […]

Barbara Jensen elects to not run for council

Barbara Jensen elects to not run for council

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Once in 2014 is enough for Barbara Jensen. The Keizer resident, who lost to Bill Post in the Republican primary for the House District 25 seat being vacated by Kim Thatcher, was rumored to be close to filing for a run at the Keizer City Council. Specifically, it was […]

Keizertimes to live stream Oregon gubernatorial debate

Keizertimes to live stream Oregon gubernatorial debate

The Keizertimes will join several Oregon newspapers in live streaming Friday’s gubernatorial debate between incumbent John Kitzhaber and Dennis Richardson. The debate is scheduled to begin at 10:15 a.m. Friday, and will only be broadcasted live online. The video feed is provided by KATU television of Portland.

Ripp looks forward to her run at city council

Ripp looks forward to her run at city council

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes When Amy Ripp decided to run for a spot on the Keizer City Council, it wasn’t a spur of the moment decision. The younger of the single mom’s two sons, Zachary, is entering his senior year at McNary High School. Older son Ryan is studying political science at Western […]

Chappell running for city council for a second time

Chappell running for city council for a second time

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes It doesn’t get much easier for Matt Chappell the second time around. Like he did in 2012, Chappell is once again running for Keizer City Council, this time against Amy Ripp for the seat No. 5 being vacated by Joe Egli. In 2012, Chappell came in third in a […]

Council goes over medical marijuana

Council goes over medical marijuana

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes This spring, a moratorium was established to not allow medical marijuana dispensaries in Keizer until May 2015. The moratorium, like ones passed by various cities and counties around Oregon, was designed to allow time for the Keizer City Council to finalize local rules for medical marijuana, which was made […]

Candidates filing for Keizer council

Candidates filing for Keizer council

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Earlier this month, Keizer City Council president Joe Egli announced he will not be running for mayor or council. Others are running, however. Mayor Lore Christopher has announced she is not running for an eighth term this year. So far, current councilor Cathy Clark is the only one who […]

Debate still noisy over tow trucks

Debate still noisy over tow trucks

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes The debate over tow trucks parking in Keizer neighborhoods heated up once again Monday. Discussion has been ongoing in recent months and was the subject of a special hour-long public forum in front of the Keizer City Council. A city ordinance approved in 2005 makes it illegal for a […]

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