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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 […]

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 […]

Schrader talks transportation

Schrader talks transportation

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Long-term plans call for improvements to the Interstate 5/Chemawa Road interchange in Keizer. A model of how to do it may be barely 10 miles to the north. U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-Canby) was among the dignitaries on hand for the ribbon cutting of the Woodburn Interchange and Transit […]

Council waits on marijuana action

Council waits on marijuana action

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Wait and see. That’s the position of the Keizer City Councilors in regard to possible new rules regarding marijuana in the city. City Attorney Shannon Johnson presented action taken by state legislators this year regarding Measure 91, passed by Oregon voters last year. The measure legalizes the sale of […]

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 […]

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