Warning to kids: Keizer Police are looking for you, tickets in hand.

Only this time it’s the good kind of tickets. Keizer Police officers will be “ticketing” youngsters with free Slurpee coupons when they are observed doing good deeds, participating in community activities or obeying laws like wearing bicycle helmets.

It’s called Operation Chill, and it’s part of a program partnering with 7-Eleven to reward positive behavior.

Youth “ticketed” by police will receive coupons good for a free small Slurpee that can be redeemed at participating 7-Eleven stores, including both Keizer locations.

Student bus passes cut by legislature

Student bus passes for the Cherriots transit system ended Thursday, June 30.

The Business Energy Tax Credit funded the program via the state legislature, according to Salem-Keizer Transit, and state lawmakers opted not to fund the program this year due to statewide budget cuts.

Transit officials hoped to keep the program running for another year, but the legislature opted to end it now.

Jerry Thompson, president of the SKT board, said the program was “a real benefit to our students” and “adds one more barrier to quality education for many students.’

– Jason Cox

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