Month: September 2013

Fall Book Sale this weekend

The Keizer Community LIbrary will hold its Fall Book Sale this weekend, Friday, Oct. 4 and Saturday, Oct. 5.  The sale will be held in the lobby of the Keizer Civic Center at 930 Chemawa Rd. N.E. Thousands of books, audio books, puzzles and more will be on sale.  Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 3-4 p.m. on Saturday. Bargain time will be from 3 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5. A grocery bag full of books will be $4, a box of books will be $5, but you must bring your own bag or box (fruit box or smaller). For information visit keizerlibrary.org....

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Roundabout being slowed

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Evening congestion will continue a bit longer at a busy intersection in Keizer. The Oregon Department of Transportation was scheduled to build a $2 million roundabout (including design, right-of-way acquisition and construction) at the intersection of Chemawa Road NE and Verda Lane next summer, with bidding set to take place in January. Bill Lawyer, Keizer Public Works director, confirmed last week the project is being pushed back. “Now it’s set up to go to bid in November 2014, with the start of construction in the spring of 2015,” Lawyer said. Lawyer emphasized the delay does not indicate a lack of support for the project. “One of the concerns from ODOT folks was there was a huge amount of work being bid on in January,” Lawyer said. “With so much work being bid on, it might drive prices up due to sheer volume. They basically said we’ll let those get bid, wait a little while and probably get lower bids. There was just a backlog of projects all coming on at the same time.” Lawyer said such a rush of projects isn’t expected next fall. “They don’t anticipate that,” Lawyer said of ODOT officials. “That backlog wouldn’t be there in November...

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SPECIAL SECTION: 2013 Best of Your Times (for Seniors)

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Vandals hit stand again

  By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes It may be a new school year, but a nagging old problem has resurfaced at McNary High School. The concession stand at the football field was broken into sometime last weekend. The stand was used during the Sept. 19 JV football game – won by McNary 44-27 – and then closed up for the night. When Keizer Rotary member Ron Hudkins checked on the stand around 4 p.m. Sunday afternoon, he saw it had been broken into. “I said, ‘Oh great, not again,’” Hudkins said. When the concession stand was broken into after a track meet last spring, it was noted that was the fourth such incident in just a year. Now, once again, volunteers with the McNary Booster Club will have to use funds intended for helping students to instead replace stolen items. The booster club runs the concession stand along with Keizer Rotary. “It’s just a concession stand burglary on the surface, but it has an impact on those trying to raise some money,” said Capt. Jeff Kuhns with the Keizer Police Department, a longtime Keizer Rotary leader. “It is happening too much. Just once is too much.” Hudkins saw the pried open window as he approached the stand last Sunday. “When I came through the main door coming in, I noticed the serving window was open,” he said. “I...

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