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Commission needs to be bold

Commission needs to be bold

The new Keizer Economic Development Commision (KEDC) held its first meeting earlier this month. Chaired by Mayor-elect Cathy Clark, the commission of nine is charged with devising ways to develop Keizer’s economy. That’s good but the first meeting was less than inspiring. There was a lot of talk about an old project:  River Road Renaissance, […]

The ending of an era

The ending of an era

In less than two months the Lore Christopher Era will come to end in Keizer. Her newly-elected successor, Cathy Clark, promises a steady hand that will continue and build on the successes of her predecessor. Mayor Christopher was Keizer’s first woman mayor and its longest serving—14 years when all is said and done. She leaves […]

Mark your ballot

Mark your ballot

It could not be easier for citizens to vote in Oregon elections. The ballots come in the mail to registered voters. The ballots can be returned through the mail or dropped off at convienent ballot sites outside the Keizer Civic Center (you don’t even have to get out of your vehicle) and at the U.S. […]

Kim Thatcher for Senate

Kim Thatcher for Senate

In her five terms in the Oregon state house Republican Kim Thatcher focused on gun-related issues and trying to keep undocumented people from attaining legal driving licenses. She has been at the forefront of transparency in state government spending. We would like to have seen her spend as much time on issues that affect everyone: […]

We vote for…

We vote for…

City Council, Position 5 Of the four seats on the Keizer City Council in next month’s general election, only one is contested: Amy Ripp is facing Matt Chappell to succeed Joe Egli for Position 5. Both candidates bring community involvement and service to their races. Chappell recently ended his tenure on the Keizer Planning Commission; […]

Where’s money for playground?

Where’s money for playground?

Less than a year ago the excitement in Keizer was palpable as kids and community leaders considered designs for the propossed big playground at Keizer Rapids Park. A New York-based consultant was hired at more than $30,000 to lead the community build task force in getting design input from the end-users of the playgrond—Keizer children. […]

Together again, at last

Together again, at last

After six years of often acrimonious relations, Keizer’s two major youth baseball organizations are talking about putting themselves back together. Keizer Little League and the Keizer Youth Sports Association (KYSA) are in talks to merge and be one again. That’s good news for sports fans and really good news for Keizer’s kids. The split between […]

It’s depressing

It’s depressing

The death of Robin Williams was met with shock and universal acclaim for one of our time’s most beloved performers. About 22 veterans take their lives each day in this country, a majority of whom served in Iraq or Afghanistan. Many try to conjure up reasons why Williams took his own life. We  are aware […]

Gridlock and frustration

Gridlock and frustration

More than two-thirds of Americans think the country is on the wrong track. In all areas. Most feel that the country is still in a recession though many indicators show otherwise. Many are uneasy about our foreign policy, or lack of. In this unsettled climate will come the mid-term elections which promise to deliver low […]

Howdy, neighbors

Howdy, neighbors

August 5, is a good time for Keizerites to go outside and say hello to the people who live in their neighborhood. Next Tuesday is National Night Out (NNO), the annual event in which people are encouraged to meet and greet their neighbors to foster a sense of security and community. Some neighborhoods have registered […]

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