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Mole’s Appliances settles into new location

One of Keizer’s most established businesses, Mole’s Appliances, has moved after more than 40 years in the same location. Owner Amir Fathizadeh has moved the retail store several blocks south to 3800 River Road. [MAP: 7] Fathizadeh, who bought the company in 2002, will continue to carry all the brands he has in the past.  He has added on Whirlpool and Kitchenaid. The store space is about three times as large as the cramped quarters the store was housed since 1966. He will be able to show all his products and brands.  Mole’s has also added Speed Queen laundry appliances. “They’re the only brand with a full three-year warranty,” Fathizadeh said. Aside from new appliances Mole’s will continue to offer used appliances as well as scratch and dent items that are up to 40-50 percent off retail. “People think department stores and big boxes have the lowest prices,” said Fathizadeh. He said his store offers great prices.  Just as importantly, he said, “we  help our customers make educated decisions on the purchase of an appliance.” Aside from a larger show room, more parking is available at the new location.  There is customer parking at either end of the building. Mole’s Appliance will continue to service and repair all major appliances, their repair staff are factory-authorized technicians. Fathizadeh, who lives in Keizer, has brought on his son, Bijan, as sales...

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UPDATE: Suspicious package at McNary no danger

UPDATED: 2:50 p.m. Keizer Police said a suspicious package located on the McNary High School campus Tuesday was not dangerous. Students were allowed to leave campus at their scheduled time, school officials said. Officers were called to the scene at about 12:50 p.m. Tuesday afternoon on a report about a suspicious package. The Salem Police Bomb Squad responded to the scene, and Lt. John Troncoso of Keizer Police reported the device was not considered dangerous after investigation. It was found near the entrance to the football stadium, Keizer Police Capt. Jeff Kuhns said. Police said the package appeared to be a brick wrapped in paper and duct tape. “Initial reports indicate the brick was taken from a science classroom and accidentally dropped in the parking lot,” Keizer Police Sgt. Lance Inman said. He said officers are “still investigating” why the brick was taken from the classroom and packaged as it was. While students were evacuated from a nearby portable classroom, the school was not placed on...

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Council sells land, defers softening rules at Keizer Station

Keizer city councilors sold land and continued a public hearing on softening square footage allocation restrictions at Keizer Station Monday night. Acting in a joint meeting between the Keizer Urban Renewal Agency and the city council, the group approved selling some 1.8 acres of land to RJMEW Investments, LLC. The land in question is at the northeast corner of Lockhaven Drive and McLeod Lane. Sale price was approximately $1.4 million. The Council also continued a public hearing regarding a zoning text amendment to Keizer Station. It will allow the council more flexibility in allocating square footage among different areas of Keizer Station. Specifically it changes the process: Currently, a property owner wishing to amend those square footage caps would have to pursue a text amendment, which requires hearings before both the Planning Commission and City Council. The proposed language would only require a city council hearing. Area C – the site of a public battle over whether a big-box store should be allowed to locate there – is limited to 135,000 total square feet. Area D – controlled by a partnership between the Siletz tribe and Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde – is limited to 70,000 square feet. Area B – where the transit station and land purchased by RJMEW are slated – is capped at 80,000 square feet. In addition, the compromise worked out at Area C...

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Christine Marie May

Christine Marie May of Salem died on Thursday, March 25, 2010. She was 36 years old. Born in Salem on Nov. 25, 1973, She lived her entire life in the Salem-Keizer area. She attended Gubser Elementary, Whiteaker Middle and graduated in 1992 from McNary High School. She also graduated from Western Oregon University. Growing up, she was active in Keizer Little League and junior league bowling at Town and Country Lanes. She enjoyed spending time with her immediate family, classic cinema, music, history, crafts and cats. Ms. May was preceded in death by her grandparents, Gladys and Alfred Youngblood, and grandmother, Ruth Chase (Armpriest). Survivors include: her parents, Joyce and Steve May; brother, Bob May; future sister-in-law, Darcy Davis; nephew, Michael May; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Funeral services were held at City View Funeral Home. Interment was at Pioneer Cemetery in Salem. Memorial contributions may be made in Ms. May’s name to the American Cancer Society or the Kitty Angel...

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