Author: Eric Howald

HOA settles suit for $300K

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes A family suing the McNary Estates Homeowners Association (HOA) for discrimination against their developmentally disabled daughter settled the suit for $300,000 last week. The amount will be paid by the HOA’s insurer. While the settlement did not require an admission of fault or responsibility, the family’s attorney, Dennis Steinman, said making the final amount public was a priority for the family. “What was important to the Kuhns was that everybody should know what is going on with this particular HOA – and HOAs, in general – and the impact having violated the...

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Hello Iris Festival!

Parade is Saturday By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Months of planning on the part of volunteers with the Keizer Chamber of Commerce come to fruition this weekend with the annual Keizer Iris Festival. The festival brings a slew of live music, numerous smaller-scale events and, of course, the Valey Credit Service Iris Festival Parade. Beginning at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 20, the parade travels from Lockhaven Drive North south on River Road to Glynbrook Drive North. “We have about 80 entries right now and I expect about 10 more to roll in by the end of the...

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Are we there yet?

Movement is slow on numerous new businesses in Keizer By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes A number of sites throughout Keizer are being eyed by businesses small and large, not the least of which is a second grocery store. While news on some of the projects is minimal at this point, the Keizertimes receives regular requests for updates on where the projects stand. Here are some of the highlights of what is known about the current situations at each location. In October 2016, Winco announced it would open a smaller-scale store, Waremart by Winco, at the location formerly occupied...

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Man chose wrong site for alleged drug house

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The Keizer Police Department Community Response Unit uncovered a trove of drugs and guns while executing a search warrant on a nuisance property Monday, May 8. Keizer and Salem police officers executed the warrant – issued for a high probability that controlled substances were being used and delivered there – about 4:45 a.m. at 4945 Delight Street N. “We received several complaints from more than one neighbor, and everyone noticed the continual foot and vehicular traffic,” said KPD Deputy Police Chief Jeff Kuhns. Investigators also had probable cause to believe the primary...

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Parks fee talks go south quick

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes A conversation among Keizer city councilors about whether to impose a fee on residents to support Keizer parks short-circuited upon liftoff. The council hosted a public forum on the topic of parks fees Monday, May 8, and turned to their own discussion of the issue after taking public testimony (See related story Page A11). While the council eventually passed a motion directing city staff to craft an ordinance that would impose the fee, at least three councilors – of the six in attendance – expressed reservations regarding how the city should approach...

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