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Big toy should fit into vision

Big toy should fit into vision

The Keizer City Council has approved spending $100,000 in Parks System Development Charge (SDC) funds for the playground community build project at Keizer Rapids Park. A task force comprised of city staff and members of the public will decide what the city’s kids need and want in a large play structure. Leathers and Associates, the […]

Give talk a chance

Give talk a chance

A diplomatic plan, endorsed by Russia—based on an off-the-cuff remark by Secretary of State John Kerry—for control of Syria’s chemical weapons by the international community, should be the main course the Obama Administration should be taking. Any plan that takes U.S. military strikes in the Middle East (again) should be followed. A year ago President […]

Jump starting KPA project

Jump starting KPA project

Keizer Public Arts (KPA) will get a much-needed shot in the arm with the Keizer Chamber Foundation’s Pig in the Park fundraiser on Saturday, Aug. 17. Pig in the Park will have a Hawaiian theme complete with live entertainment and a luau menu. The proceeds will benefit the programs of the Keizer Chamber Foundation, especially […]

Education at Keizer Rapids

Education at Keizer Rapids

If supporters prevail the former caretakers house at Keizer Rapids Park would be converted into an education center. The house is located on the bluff overlooking the park’s amphitheatre. Some say the house should be razed and a new structure constructed; others say the existing building can be remodeled. Adding education to the region’s crown […]

Much ado about a free play

Much ado about a free play

What started out as a dream shared by a McNary High School teacher and one of her former students has yielded Keizer’s own theater group which is currently in its second season. Keizer Homegrown Theatre (KHT), established by Linda Baker, a teacher at McNary who ran the drama department for years, and Evan Christopher, who […]

Avoid wrong perception

Avoid wrong perception

Elected city officials should not chair organizations that have business before the city councilor, or solicit donations from businesses that may have business with the city. That’s why City Council President Joe Egli should step down as chairman of the 2014 Keizer Iris Festival. Some would say that Egli could recuse  himself on any votes […]

Drugs in our neighborhood

Drugs in our neighborhood

Police Chief Marc Adams has never passed up the opportunity to tell citizens that Keizer is in the center of the drug trail that starts in Mexico. For anyone who has not taken his words seriously, he is backed up by a comprehensive investigative report, Under the Curse of Cartels, appearing this week in The […]

Grow but save farmlands

Grow but save farmlands

The importance of agriculture in our area is apparent the moment one drives a few miles north or east of Keizer—especially in the summer months. Thousands of acres of prime farm land is bursting with the crops of the season, berries, nuts, wheat and many other products. Marion County offers consumers the world over a […]

A wealth of talent

A wealth of talent

Last November, five people sought election to three Keizer city council seats. This week, seven candidates offered themselves up for appointment to a vacant seat. All seven made good cases for their appointment. In the end the council voted to name Kim Freeman to the seat vacated by Ken LeDuc. Freeman will be a great […]

Ask questions

Ask questions

The members of the McNary High School class of 2013 who will receive their diplomas at graduation June 7 have probably received more advice, assistance and warnings than they want to  hear. Most of the graduates have made their post-high school plans: summer jobs, summer travel, preparing for college close by or far away. A […]

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