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City council takes up budget at June 20 meeting

City council takes up budget at June 20 meeting

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The Keizer City Council has a stacked agenda for its June 20 meeting and one of the hot topics will be approval of the city budget. The city expects to see a 4 percent increase in revenues over the 2015-16 fiscal year, primarily because of a 3 percent […]

Discrimination complaint filed against city

Discrimination complaint filed against city

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes A Keizer man has lodged a discrimination complaint with the U.S. Justice Department against the city of Keizer citing poor conditions in the city’s parks and lack of compliance with standards required by the Americans with Disabilities Act. “When I appeared before the parks board, I was basically […]

Cow pasture redo hits city council agenda

Cow pasture redo hits city council agenda

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The Keizer City Council will be taking another look at potential plans for the Herber family, aka the cow pasture, at its meeting Monday, June 20. The site is located between Chemawa Road Northeast and Dearborn Avenue Northeast on the west side of Verda Lane Northeast. Councilors unanimously […]

23 years for man who led 11-year-old to Mexico

23 years for man who led 11-year-old to Mexico

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes A former Keizer resident pleaded on his knees for forgiveness in front of a Marion County Circuit Court judge before being sentenced to nearly 23 years in prison on three counts of rape. The charges stemmed from a 2007 incident involving Raul Xalamihua-Espindola’s taking of a then 11-year-old […]

‘We can’t arrest our way out of homelessness’

‘We can’t arrest our way out of homelessness’

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes As the members of the Mid-Willamette Homeless Initiative (MWHI) have been making the rounds in the region collecting feedback from residents on how to tackle homelessness in Marion and Polk counties, they are encountering a familiar refrain. “We attended a neighborhood meeting this past week and one of […]

Think Keizer crime is on the rise? Look deeper

Think Keizer crime is on the rise? Look deeper

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Two homicides, one parking lot shooting with injuries and a fourth incident in which a gun was fired at a home, all of it occurred in Keizer in a span of four months. It has some thinking the city might not be as safe as it once was, […]

Man gets 33 years in child porn case

Man gets 33 years in child porn case

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes A Keizer man was sentenced to more than 33 years in prison last week after being convicted on 20 counts of encouraging sexual abuse of a minor. Judge Donald Abar delivered the 33.75-year sentence to Larry Lee Edwards May 25 in Marion County Circuit Court. Edwards, 52, was […]

Koho to step down from city council

Koho to step down from city council

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Dennis Koho was already going to leave the Keizer City Council once his term ended in January. He’s just moving up the timeline a bit. Koho, the former Keizer mayor and current city council president, told the Keizertimes on May 13 he’s resigning from the council. This follows a […]

Coffee place, sub shop coming to Schoolhouse Square

Coffee place, sub shop coming to Schoolhouse Square

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Keizer’s busy focal point intersection at River and Chemawa Roads could soon be known as Coffee Corner. Or would that be Koffee Korner? Coffee aplenty is already readily available: Starbucks is currently located in the Schoolhouse Square Shopping Center, Dutch Bros. coffee stand is a little south of the […]

Around we go

Around we go

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes It really is happening. After several delays, the intersection planned for years at Chemawa Road NE and Verda Lane NE is finally being constructed this summer. Bill Lawyer, Public Works director for Keizer, confirmed the timing last week. “The schedule for the project is to close the intersection beginning […]

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