Day: December 22, 2014

Keizer family hunting a different kind of treasure this weekend

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes It’s not unusual for families to spend the weekend before Christmas looking for treasures. Usually the treasures are gifts to give at Christmas time. The Hedberg family, however, will be looking for a different sort of treasure. Erica Hedberg joined the Keizer Points of Interest Committee in October, a group that meets the third Tuesday of each month. Upon joining the board, Hedberg immediately volunteered to take over KPIC’s geo-caches project, which had been spearheaded in the past by former KPIC member Michael Hickman. As part of the geo-caches project, there are different sites around the city with hidden treasures. Clues are available on a statewide geo-caches website (clues for Keizer are available at http://www.geocaching.com/seek/nearest.aspx?lat=45.000491&lng=-123.021885). Decryption codes and a downloadable application are available. One site is by the Thomas Dove Keizur statue in front of the Keizer Civic Center. The online description of the location is “Life sized statue of Thomas Dove Keizur on his Morgan horse. Some stealth is required.” The decrypted additional clue is “Quick grab. We were given strict guidelines by the city so cache hiding places were limited.” Hedberg noted her husband in particular has an interest in geocaching, while her 5-year-old daughter and 7-year-old son are also involved. Upon taking over the project, Hedberg discovered some of the items are missing or haven’t been maintained for quite a...

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City website waiting to load

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes When members of the Keizer City Council approved a contract for a new city website to be built in early May, the impression given was the site would be up and running by the end of the year, if not earlier. That’s not going to happen, as EVO Government Websites is still working on building the site. The project was one of the items City Manager Chris Eppley gave an update on during a council work session Dec. 8. “It is being built,” Eppley said. “We’re meeting it seems like all the time on it. We’ve provided a lot of initial information. Their next step is to provide a drawing of what it will look like. The intent is to make it a lot more customer friendly, to be able to find and also to be able to do business with us.” Councilor Kim Freeman then asked the key question. “To be completed when?” Freeman asked. “Gosh, I hope soon,” Eppley said. In an e-mail to councilors Dec. 12, Eppley gave some more insights into the project delay. “The contractor we have hired to construct this site has had some internal turnover, which has slowed this project down a bit on their side,” Eppley wrote. “We just received notice this week that the project manager working on our project has now been replaced...

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