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Adhere to park master plan

Adhere to park master plan

During discussions about development at Keizer Rapids Park, city councilors and city staff refer to the park’s master plan. The plan is a guide for the development of the park in coming years. The original allows for minor changes but significant deviations require an amendment to the plan. It seems that master plan means different […]

Nix tow trucks in neighborhoods

Nix tow trucks in neighborhoods

The Keizer City Council should reject the call to allow tow trucks to be parked overnight in residential neighborhoods. A proposal to allow tow trucks to be parked in front of the homes of drivers in the nighttime hours was presented to the council earlier this year by Jeff Asher, a co-owner of BC Towing. […]

Lemonade Day

Lemonade Day

It is now less than a month to Lemonade Day in Keizer and Salem. So far more than 700 area kids have signed up to become entrepeuners on May 4 with their own lemonade stands. Lemonade Day started in Houston in 2007 and has grown to more than 100 cities across the country. The project […]

How our city is looking

How our city is looking

Spring has arrived after a wet and cold winter here in Keizer. It is time for spring cleaning not in our own homes but also in the city. The winter season always leaves its mark—freezing temperatures and driving rains play havoc on everything, especially our streets. Our streets are not the only thing looking less […]

Politics of a toy

Politics of a toy

One person’s idea can excite many others and grow into a full-fledged civic project. After Keizer resident William Stitt laid out his idea for a big toy playground at Keizer Rapids Park, the Keizer Parks and Recreation Advisory Board quickly adopted the idea in early 2013. Stitt cited other big toy playgrounds in the region […]

Extra activities mean better GPAs

Extra activities mean better GPAs

There is nothing but good news that came out of a recent Oregon School Acitivities Association report that showed that every McNary High School winter sports team carried an average grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher. The varsity boys basketball team ranked first statewide in the 6A classification with an average 3.63 grade […]

Raising money, having fun

Raising money, having fun

Regardless of what interests you, there are a number of events happening in town in the coming weeks that will fill your needs.  If you are intersted in wine, fine arts or the moral development of our kids, there’s something going on. First up is Knight of Arts at the high school on Saturday, March […]

Empty spaces

Empty spaces

It has been suggested that, once formed, members of the proposed Keizer Economic Development Commission (KEDC) get on a bus and take an inventory of vacant office and retail spaces in the city, as one of their duties. In our view a bus nor a commission is needed to see what office and retail spaces […]

An emergency to some

An emergency to some

Last week’s wintery snow storm was a wonderland for some, but for others it was a burden and a danger. Though some would not call a foot of snow and temperatures in the single digits an emergency, for some residents it was. When an emergency of any level hits Keizer, the volunteers of Keizer Community […]

Go back to original toy plan

Go back to original toy plan

Those who are leading the planning for the Big Toy at Keizer Rapids Park should go back to the consultant’s original site and be done with it. Mayor Lore Christopher threw a wrench into the works several weeks aago when she publicly announced she didn’t like any of the three sites for the large playground […]

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