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The west is on fire

The west is on fire

The smoke that hung over western Oregon last week was just a small taste of what residents of eastern Oregon and central Washington have been living with for weeks now. The Grant County fires near John Day and Prairie City have destroyed more than 30 homes and many other structures such as barns. The fires […]

Medical providers prescribe books for young children

Medical providers prescribe books for young children

By JULIANNE BROCK, FNP-C Regular medical checkups ensure children stay healthy during their early development, plus receive proper vaccinations. As a certified family nurse practitioner at Willamette Health Partners Family Medicine clinic in Keizer, I use that opportunity to talk to parents and kids about a likely unexpected topic—the importance of reading. Reading every day […]

All sides need to make Bottle Bill work

All sides need to make Bottle Bill work

We Oregonians are told that a majority of us support the doubling of the state’s deposit on bottles and cans.  Why do we want it? So more of us will be motivated to return the empties, one Salem resident was reported to have said. But what prompted her to say she wants a bigger charge for the purchase of bottles and […]

Citizen legislature still the best system

Citizen legislature still the best system

From the Capitol By BILL POST The way the Oregon Legislature was originally designed, it was supposed to be a citizen legislature—meaning that the representatives had other professions and came together for a few months every other year to approve a budget for the state. Then they went back to their regular lives. Now that […]

How do we replace Haggen?

How do we replace Haggen?

After a big announcement about its move into Keizer, then several days of remodeling, Haggen Food grocery opened its doors. The store went from stodgy to brighter and looser. Alas, it was not to last. Haggen’s Keizer store will close in October. It wasn’t anything Keizer shoppers did or didn’t do—it all has to do […]

A beautiful Blue day

A beautiful Blue day

Saturday, Aug. 22, will be a bright and sunny day. It will be beautiful not only weather-wise but because McNary High School will unveil its new artifical turf at Flesher Field during Blue Day. This will be the fourth Blue Day staged by the McNary High School Athletic Booster Club. The club has planned and […]

Good feeling about Rep. Post

Good feeling about Rep. Post

To the Editor: Even though we’re registered in different parties, I came away with a good feeling about Rep. Bill Post (Post talks about first year in Capitol, Keizertimes, Aug. 14). A couple of really positive things stood out. So, let me get one “partisan” issue out of the way. He stated: “Business will always […]

Hunting for a miracle on global warming

Hunting for a miracle on global warming

By MICHAEL GERSON   In recognition that internet questionnaires get more eyeballs than earnest columns on energy policy, here is today’s quiz on obscure presidential history: When President George W. Bush met Bill Gates for the first time, the topic of discussion was (A) nuclear power, (B) rural internet access, (C) global health, or (D) all […]

2016 candidates rattle the war saber

2016 candidates rattle the war saber

A couple of weeks ago, syndicated columnist Austin Bay wrote about World War II in reference to the number of fanatics in Germany and Japan who brought about that awful conflict and whose end in Europe and finale in Asia came with the detonation of two atomic bombs.  There were efforts all around the planet during the 1930s to prevent […]

Serving up generosity

Serving up generosity

Jim Marshall celebrated the one year anniversary of Delaney Madison Grill at Inland Shores this week. He did more than toot his own horn, though. He opened the restaurant to treat people assisted by Hope Station Community Services led by Pastor Marcia Mattoso. Early this week he served dinner to three large groups of people […]

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