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Christmas concert at city hall Dec. 17

Christmas concert at city hall Dec. 17

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes There are plenty of events around the Keizer area to get one into the Christmas spirit. Tops on that list would be the annual Christmas tree lighting next Tuesday, Dec. 2 at Walery Plaza as well as the Dec. 13 Festival of Lights Holiday Parade. Looking for an event […]

Boys hoops standing tall headed into first week

Boys hoops standing tall headed into first week

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Last year, the McNary High School boys varsity basketball team turned a corner. Even though the team endured its fair share of strife in the win-loss column, it was always fun to watch. While it has Head Coach Ryan Kirch’s hopes high for the coming season, he said […]

New mayor, councilors give visions at Gubser meeting

New mayor, councilors give visions at Gubser meeting

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes New Mayor Cathy Clark and members of the Keizer City Council will be setting goals early in the new year. A preview of the process was given during the Nov. 20 Greater Gubser Neighborhood Association (GGNA) meeting. “What an honor,” Clark said of being the next mayor. “It’s such […]

Douglas nets Athlete of Year Award

Douglas nets Athlete of Year Award

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The Salem Sports and Breakfast Club honored Lady Celt Megan Douglas with its Senior Athlete of the Year Award Friday, Nov. 14. Douglas, the McNary High School varsity volleyball team’s libero, was instrumental in the Celtics’ stellar season that ended in Oregon’s Elite 8 at the state tournament. […]

Demand growing for KFD

Demand growing for KFD

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Keizer Fire District had its busiest October ever last month. District crews ran on 391 calls, an increase of 12 percent over the same month last year, and KFD officials expect to reach 4,000 calls by the end of the year. It will be the first time the […]

City’s holiday lights require lots of volunteer coordination

City’s holiday lights require lots of volunteer coordination

By LYNDON A. ZAITZ Of the Keizertimes When Keizer wakes on the Sunday before Thanksgiving it finds that the decoration elves have completed their handiwork—more than 100 Christmas decorations line River Road and other streets. Cities and towns across the country, no matter how big or small, have Christmas or holiday decorations. Keizer’s decorations date […]

Utility box = art canvas?

Utility box = art canvas?

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Utility boxes aren’t usually known for their design. Mayor Lore Christopher wants to change that in Keizer. The outgoing mayor serves as chair of the new Keizer Arts Commission and has been putting together a plan for students to paint artwork on utility boxes along River Road. For the […]

Wrong-way drunk driver arrested after hitting car, killing passenger Tuesday

Wrong-way drunk driver arrested after hitting car, killing passenger Tuesday

A driver going the wrong way on Interstate 5 struck a car near Brooks early Tuesday morning, killing a passenger. At approximately 2:50 a.m. Nov. 25, the Oregon State Police (OSP) received a call reporting a wrong-way driver on I-5 near Brooks. About one minute later, OSP received a second call of a head-on crash […]

Young at Art forced to look for a new home

Young at Art forced to look for a new home

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Like any first-year business owner, Mahssa Hashemi has come across obstacles. The phone call she got on Oct. 10 was the biggest yet. On that Friday, landlord Mike Smith informed Hashemi — the owner of Young at Art, which opened in January at 3924 River Road North — a […]

Cases highlight drug issues

Cases highlight drug issues

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Twice in recent weeks, high-profile arrests in Keizer have involved drugs. Early on Oct. 25, Keizer Police Department detectives arrested 23-year-old Niya Breann Sosa-Martinez on charges of second degree manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, endangering the welfare of a minor and second degree child neglect after her 4-year-old son died […]

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