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Issue can show city is helping local businesses

Issue can show city is helping local businesses

In a divided vote at its July meeting the Keizer Public Arts Commission approved the placement of the depiction of a large diamond ring. In front of Sonic restaurant. In south Keizer. The ring art, created out of metal by the owners of Boucher Jewelers, was initially proposed to be installed in front of the […]

Building a patio, the Keizer way

Building a patio, the Keizer way

Keizer did it again. The city and committed volunteers worked together and the result was a new patio space that overlooks the Keizer Rotary Amphitheatre at Keizer Rapids Park. Park neighbor and community volunteer Jerry Nuttbrock had an idea to add a patio potentially with barbecues and cooking stations. But first things first. Nuttbrock went […]

Moving our traffic

Moving our traffic

Anyone who has ever had their house remodeled understands that you have to live through the mess of tearing apart and building anew. It is just part of the process. City streets are no different. To have the clear, smooth roads we want the public needs to accept that means delays and detours. It is […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

2020 starts in 15 months

2020 starts in 15 months

By LYNDON ZAITZ How exciting! The 2020 presidential campaign will begin in only 15 months. The day after the 2016 election there will be speculation about who will run for president four years from then. It happens after every national election. And we can start predicting not only who will run but who will win. […]

Ban smoking in city parks

Ban smoking in city parks

Smoking in Keizer city parks was a topic at this week’s city council meeting. Two citizens asked the council to ban smoking in parks—for quality of life reasons and for fire danger reasons. The Keizer Parks and Recreation Advisory Board has decided not to advise for a smoking ban in city parks in part because […]

Are we all Cecil?

Are we all Cecil?

The killing of a lion in Zimbabwe by an American is a story that won’t go away. Outrage was registered on social media. There are those who are baffled by the uproar of the killing of Cecil the lion but not over the deaths of improverished children around the world, soldiers and others. Anytime there […]

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