Author: Eric Howald

Church leads prep for Big Toy upgrade

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Even as volunteers surrounded the Big Toy with 600 cubic yards of wood chips in 2015, it was never intended to be the permanent solution. Original plans called for a pour-in-place surface for added safety, but the idea was jettisoned to save money. When the opportunity to apply for an Oregon Parks and Recreation Local Government Grant in 2016 arose, a new play surface for the Big Toy was added to the request along with pedestrian trails and an enclosed bathroom. The grant was approved, but now thousands of pounds of wood...

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City will handle KHC rentals

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Keizer city staff will now be handling rentals of the Keizer Heritage Center event room and gazebo. The Keizer City Council approved a contract with the Keizer Heritage Foundation, owners of the building itself, at the city council meeting Monday, Aug. 21. Under the terms of the agreement, the foundation will receive 55 percent of rental revenue generated and the city will take 45 percent to cover the costs of staff time. Tracy Davis, Keizer city recorder and community center manager, said city staff will manage day-to-day scheduling and room prep, while...

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Wildfire spreads quick at KRP

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes A quick containment effort by the Keizer Fire District helped douse a fast-spreading wildfire in the northwest corner of Keizer Rapids Park Thursday, July 17. Members of the Keizer Police Department were performing a transient sweep in the area, about 12:35 p.m., when one of them called in a 40-foot blaze that was growing quickly. Keizer Fire District arrived on the scene within eight minutes, and were only slightly delayed while figuring out a plan of attack. By 1 p.m., KFD had the flames mostly extinguished, but the blaze was not officially...

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Schrader: White House turmoil begets Congressional opportunity

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Congressman Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.) is trying to find the bright side of controversial remarks by President Donald Trump regarding protests in Charlottesville, Va., which left one counter-protestor dead. “Trump’s horrifying remarks on Charlottesville have been denounced on both sides, and I think it will help us realize we are more on the same page than not,” Schrader said. Rep. Schrader is home from Washington, D.C., while Congress is on a break and made a swing through Keizer Thursday, Aug. 17, that included speaking at a Rotary Club of Keizer meeting and a...

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