Author: Eric Howald

Magic on wheels

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes When he was 3 years old, Keaton Weimer had a simple request: he wanted to be a pirate for Halloween. Keaton’s dad, Ryan, doesn’t seem to do anything in moderation. Keaton and two of his siblings were born with spinal muscular atrophy, a condition that will require the use of a wheelchair for the rest of their lives. Ryan didn’t see the wheelchair as a problem when Keaton asked to be a pirate, he used it as a canvas. “A pirate needs a ship,” Ryan said. “So we drew out some ideas,...

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Field fees on council agenda again Jan. 16

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The Keizer City Council is expected to take a new look at fees charged for field usage at Keizer Little League Park during its next meeting Tuesday, Jan. 16. The meeting is taking place one day later than normal because of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. In December, the council considered a request by Keizer Little League (KLL) to raise field fees by $10 across the board. KLL manages the park under a contract with the city. The city council agreed to table the issue just as the exchange between representatives...

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Orchard gets axe

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes A 20-acre hazelnut orchard along the west side of Keizer Rapids Parks has seen its last harvest. Volunteers were expected to begin knocking down the trees with donated equipment as soon as Saturday, Jan. 13. “It’s reached the end of it’s useful life,” said Bill Lawyer, Keizer Public Works director. “The lease on the property ended in November and the yield was so low that it was going to be, at best, a break-even deal for the farmer in the future.” The orchard has had a turbulent few years leading up to...

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3 down, 1 to go in Dec. robberies

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Keizer police have made a second arrest in the strong-arm robbery of Shari’s Cafe and Pies in December. On Jan. 4, Ranson Alfred, 25, of Keizer was interviewed and arrested in connection with the robbery that took place on Dec. 7. During the robbery, two men pushed a manager to the ground before making off with one of the business’ cash drawers that contained $400. According to a probable cause statement, Alfred told Keizer Det. Ben Howden he and Brandon Thompson entered the restaurant with the intent to rob it. Alfred said...

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The nut of Measure 101

How do voters want to fund healthcare? By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes On Jan. 23, Oregon voters will decide whether or not to keep some major sections of a bill designed to help pay for healthcare for the state’s low-income individuals and families. Ballots should be arriving soon asking voters whether they approve of the House Bill 2391’s methods for paying these costs or reject certain financial aspects of the bill. As written, HB 2391 imposes, among other things: temporary assessments of 1.5 percent on premiums charged by health insurance companies for a time period of two...

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