Day: December 30, 2016

Parks survey hitting mailboxes

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes About half of Keizer residents are going to be receiving a thicker utility bill this week. It’s because a survey about Keizer parks is being included with the regular mailing. The remaining utility customers will receive the survey with their January bill. Keizer residents can also fill out the survey online at where additional informational videos and materials will also be made available. The questionnaire requests residents’ feedback regarding Keizer’s parks and asks if they would support a fee attached to their regular utility bills to create a dedicated parks fund,...

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Free towing service on New Year’s

Wiltse’s Towing is offering a free New Year’s service for anyone in the Salem-Keizer city limits who has had too much to drink, wants to get home safely but doesn’t want to leave their vehicle. Call 503-581-1533 on Dec. 31 at noon through Jan. 1 at noon and Wiltse’s Towing will pick you and your vehicle up and deliver both home at no charge. Just provide your location, name, phone number (in case they can’t find you) and the make, model and color of your vehicle. And allow about 30 minutes for someone to...

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Celtics finish Classic strong

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes SALEM—McNary suffered its first loss of the season in the Capitol City Classic. But that doesn’t mean the tournament wasn’t a success. After falling to Mater Dei, a Catholic school in southern California, 64-60 on Wednesday, Dec. 21, the Celtics rebounded to defeat Evergreen, Wash. 80-42 on Thursday and then knocked off Thurston 60-46 Friday at Willamette University. McNary had its chances against Mater Dei, who went on to defeat West Salem 53-50 to win the Capitol City Classic. The Celtics trailed by just one point with two minutes to go. “It was...

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Salem mayor-elect shares vision for Salem-Keizer

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Salem’s mayor-elect, Chuck Bennett, stopped by the weekly Rotary Club of Keizer luncheon Thursday, Dec. 22, to talk about the ways Salem and Keizer can work together. Topics ranged from the future of the Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) to transit and homelessness. Bennett reserved his harshest critique for the Salem-Keizer Transit District. “I’m convinced that we need to sit down and figure out where we want to go from this slow, unrealistic service with buses traveling around town mostly empty on odd routes that don’t seem to be serving our residents well,”...

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