Author: Eric Howald

Safeway gas gets council OK

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The Keizer City Council unanimously approved Safeway’s request to put in a fueling center at their River Road North location at its meeting Monday, July 17. The decision is most noteworthy because the council permitted the grocer to construct a small 450-square-foot convenience store alongside the fueling center. Both city staff and the Keizer Planning Commission had opposed the inclusion of the accessory structure. The specific action the council took was to modify an overlay zone that prevents automotive-related businesses from occupying an area around the intersection of Chemawa Road and River...

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Developers may have to pony up for community beautification

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Imagine for a moment sitting atop one of the 100 largest private employers in the nation according to Forbes magazine. Last year, revenues for your company clocked in at $6.3 billion. On a local level, fans of your company  launched social media campaigns hoping to court you to their city where only one other major competitor exists. When you make a decision and announce a new store opening it is – without hyperbole – the biggest story of the entire year for that town. But, when the city’s community development director sits...

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Once-in-a-lifetime event or Apoc-eclipse?

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes About this time one year ago, everyone was told to get excited about the total solar eclipse that will pass over Keizer on Aug. 21 and travel a path across the lower United States. As the celestial event looms, messages from public officials have started sounding like residents should be preparing for a doomsday event with encouragements to stock up on gas and basic supplies. The reality? It’s probably somewhere in between. “There’s nothing really definitive because we don’t have locked down numbers yet,” said Lt. Andrew Copeland of the Keizer Police...

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Inclusivity talks will continue

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes A Keizer City Council work session on how to make the city more inclusive generated a lot of talk, but little in the way of actionable ideas Monday, July 10. The end result was a pledge to keep the conversation going. Earlier this year, the Keizer City Council set a goal of doing a better job of reaching out to city residents and, within a month, a group of concerned citizens brought forth a proposal for an inclusivity resolution. The hoped-for resolution would be a statement from the city declaring that anyone...

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Brow to toe, Waxworks can get rid of that excess hair

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes New clients at Cherry City Waxworks usually have two pressing concerns: how much is it going to hurt, and taking off their pants in front of strangers. Owner Jazmyne McMillen and her staff try their best to allay fears of the former, as for the latter, “All of us have a lot of experience and knowledge and we take things that might be out of the ordinary in stride.” McMillen opened Cherry City Waxworks’ second location at 4833 River Road North on June 1, and business is already growing ahead of pace....

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