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Big Toy website to go live Nov. 7

Big Toy website to go live Nov. 7

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes The website for Keizer’s Big Toy will be unveiled to the public soon. Valaria Moore has been making tweaks in recent months to a test site based on feedback from members of the Community Build Task Force (CBTF). She showed the latest updates at October’s CBTF meeting. After explaining […]

Lone contested city council race heats up in an interesting way

Lone contested city council race heats up in an interesting way

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes There is only one contested Keizer City Council race this year, but it’s providing some unexpected drama. Three council seats and the mayoral seat are up this year. But of those four, three outcomes can be predicted with a high degree of certainty before the results are announced Tuesday […]

Q&As with Senate District 13 candidate: Ryan Howard

Q&As with Senate District 13 candidate: Ryan Howard

EDITOR’S NOTE: With ballots arriving at Keizer homes, Keizertimes News Editor Craig Murphy and Publisher Lyndon Zaitz recently sat down with candidates for the local contested races: Oregon House District 25 race, State Senate District 13 seat and Keizer City Council No. 5 seat. The candidates’ responses are being presented in a question-and-answer format. Longer […]

Q&As with Senate District 13 candidate: Kim Thatcher

Q&As with Senate District 13 candidate: Kim Thatcher

EDITOR’S NOTE: With ballots arriving at Keizer homes, Keizertimes News Editor Craig Murphy and Publisher Lyndon Zaitz recently sat down with candidates for the local contested races: Oregon House District 25 race, State Senate District 13 seat and Keizer City Council No. 5 seat. The candidates’ responses are being presented in a question-and-answer format. Why […]

More questions around Ripp

More questions around Ripp

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Court records show Keizer City Council candidate Amy Ripp has a history of not paying collection agencies. Ripp is battling with Matt Chappell for the No. 5 council seat, the only of four open seats being contested this fall. Current councilor Cathy Clark is running unopposed for mayor in […]

City gets money to hire a traffic officer after all

City gets money to hire a traffic officer after all

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Keizer is going to be hiring a traffic officer mid-year after all. As mentioned in the Keizertimes Oct. 10, the potential plan of hiring an additional officer for the Keizer Police Department was grounded since Public Employees Retirement Systems (PERS) cost increases came in too high. “If a stable […]

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 […]

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