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WE DID IT: The Big Toy

WE DID IT: The Big Toy

There was plenty of pride and spirit on display as the Big Toy was built starting last Wednesday, June 10. There were also the volunteers, completing Keizer’s motto. The only problem was not quite enough volunteers. As a result, the scheduled 5 p.m. soft opening on Sunday, June 14 didn’t take place. Instead, project leaders […]

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 […]

Big Toy build underway at KRP

Big Toy build underway at KRP

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes The big week is here for the Big Toy. Hordes of community volunteers started showing up at the play structure site Wednesday morning, in the filbert orchards at Keizer Rapids Park. A playground was part of the KRP Master Plan approved in 2008. The idea for what became the […]

One sent to hospital in head-on crash

One sent to hospital in head-on crash

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes A head-on crash Thursday afternoon on River Road sent one driver to the hospital. Personnel with the Keizer Police Department and Keizer Fire District responded to a report of a head-on crash shortly before 4:30 p.m. Thursday, June 11. The crash occurred on River Road North at the intersection […]

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, […]

Build time around corner for Big Toy

Build time around corner for Big Toy

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes More than two years later, there was a sense of nearing the end of the road. Tuesday night marked the last regular meeting of the Community Build Task Force, formed in early 2013 as plans got underway for what became known as the Big Toy play structure. The Big […]

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 […]

Probation only for attempted kidnapper called into question

Probation only for attempted kidnapper called into question

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Even the presiding judge seemed displeased with a plea deal in the attempted kidnappings of two Keizer teens in April. Judge Donald Abar told Cody Blackman, 31, of Keizer, that he did not understand the district attorney’s decision to let Blackman off with 60 months of probation and […]

Big Toy pesticide concerns muted

Big Toy pesticide concerns muted

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes When the orchard site was discussed as a possible location for the Big Toy play structure last year, most of the concern was the timing of getting the land within city limits. A less verbalized concern was the spraying of pesticides in the orchards where the filberts are harvested […]

Changed idea for next mural

Changed idea for next mural

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes So what will the mural at Town and Country Lanes look like? That’s a good question. As it was originally explained by members of the Keizer Public Arts Commission, the town’s second public mural – scheduled to be done this fall – was to include a variety of items, […]

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