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NEWS November 23
Notice of cancelation of meetings
The Keizer Planning Commission and Traffic Safety-Bikeways-Pedestrian Committee have canceled their next meetings.
COMMUNITY November 23
LETTER: Votes for progressives
Keizer resident Kathy Lincoln wrote to the editor to reflect on the results of the election.
BOOK REVIEW November 23
REVIEW: "One Last Song: Conversations on Life, Death, and Music" by Mike Ayers
Terri Schlichenmeyer lives in Wisconsin and reviews books for the Keizertimes and other publications. "One Last Song: Conversations on Life, Death, and Music" by Mike Ayers, foreword by Jim James of My Morning Jacket.
OPINION November 23
Fear and thrills prevalent in horror show Monsterland
T.J. Reid frequently reviews original films and series for the Keizertimes, this week he looked at Hulu's Monsterland.
OPINION November 23
LETTER: COVID-19 and politics
Keizer resident writes a letter to the editor to express her disappointment with the mayor for signing the letter that asked the governor to not implement the two-week freeze.
OPINION November 23
We can still be thankful regardless of 2020
Though this year has been hard, there are still things to be thankful for. With the upcoming holiday Publisher Lyndon Zaitz encourages readers to find things to be thankful for amidst the hardships.
OPINION November 23
LETTER: The times are a changin’
Keizer resident Martin Doerfler wrote a letter to the editor to address State Rep. Bill Post's Facebook post where he referred to a current city councilor as a gang member. He wanted to assure Post that the "gang" wasn't going anywhere and that they will continue to field candidates for local office.
NEWS November 23
No end in sight for city’s rent burdened
A conversation about housing affordability came and went with little fanfare at a meeting of the Keizer City Council Monday, Nov.16. Keizer is required by state mandate to hold an annual public hearing on issues of rent burdens in the city and what might be done to alleviate them.
COMMUNITY November 20
Keizertimes welcomes new translator
In an effort to better serve our Spanish speaking neighbors the Keizertimes has hired a translator to translate important information like election results to COVID updates. Carlos Cruz, a recent graduate of McNary High School, is currently going to Corban University and majoring in Political Science.
OPINION November 20
LETTER: Rallying cry?
Keizer Police Chief John Teague wrote a letter to the mayor and city councilors, he agreed to let the Keizertimes publish it. Here he addresses the letter written to the council by former city manager John Morgan who said the KPD used to rally behind racial slurs.
En Español November 20
Resultados de las elecciones de 2020
COMMUNITY November 20
Diehl named volunteer of quarter
Longtime Keizer volunteer and former city and KPD employee was named volunteer of the quarter on Monday, Nov. 16. Dorothy Diehl is known for bringing her family with her when she volunteers.
COMMUNITY November 20
Keizer Elementary to be featured on KPTV series
This year, amid a pandemic, FOX 12 will regularly go inside Keizer Elementary to share the stories of teachers, staff and students firsthand, in a new series called "Keizer Strong."
OPINION November 20
Surviving new COVID restrictions
Though the new COVID restrictions alter plans for the holidays, there is still a way to celebrate. Keizertimes Publisher Lyndon Zaitz encourages readers to follow the restrictions as best they can until the vaccine comes out.
NEWS November 20
Elected officials trade barbs in wake of election, inclusion talks
The results of the recent election brought out boldness in State Rep. Bill Post, who referred to a current city councilor and those who supported more progressive candidates as "gang members" who will be "ousted from Keizer" in a now deleted Facebook post. Councilor Dan Kohler used his city email address to message Councilor Roland Herrera about his bitterness and continual victimhood in light of the inclusivity talks.
NEWS November 20
Mayor renounces gov’s freeze tactics, Post calls for defiance
At the city council meeting on Monday, Nov. 16 Mayor Cathy Clark expressed concern for how families larger than six would be affected by the governor's new order. State Representative Bill Post called for defiance of the new order and urged Keizerites to celebrate as they and their families saw fit.
NEWS November 20
SKPS makes changes due to two-week freeze order
Due to the freeze order put in place by the governor, the Salem-Keizer School District has made the decision to reduce limited in-person instruction and suspend all athletic activities across the district. Grab-n-go meals will still be available Monday-Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
FreeNEWS November 20
‘Freeze’ ordered as COVID surges
Governor Kate Brown previously announced mandates for reduced activity, but raised the restrictions to a “freeze” that will halt activity at indoor recreational spaces until Dec. 2. Social gatherings are limited to six people from no more than three households.
COMMUNITY November 19
Faith-based film shot in Keizer
The 211 Home, a new movie from New Shepherd Films, used locations such as Volcanoes Stadium and Keizer City Hall to film their production earlier this fall.
SPORTS November 19
Top 20 Volcanoes players of all time: #9 Kevin Correia
Correia was selected as an All-Star in 2011 and played for four different teams in his 13-year MLB career.
NEWS November 18
Courthouse defies Governor’s orders
On Monday, Nov. 16, Courthouse Club Fitness, which has one location in Keizer and four others in Salem, shared on its Facebook page that they will be remaining open during the two-week freeze, which went into effect on Wednesday, Nov. 18.
OPINION November 16
Welcome to city council
Keizertimes Publisher Lyndon Zaitz welcomes Kyle and Ross to the city council.
COMMUNITY November 16
Helpful horrors
Halloween might have felt different this year, but one Keizer business still managed to offer a family event and boost the Keizer Community Food Bank.
COMMUNITY November 16
Gift tags hanging for Giving Baskets
Tags for the KNOW Giving Basket program can be found at 12 Keizer locations. Unwrapped gifts are due back to the location where the tags were chosen no later than Friday, Dec. 4.
OPINION November 16
LETTER: Keizer values statement
Keizer resident Butch Dunn shares his thoughts on the City Council Work Session on a value statement. Since Keizer voted for a more conservative council, why is the current council still continuing with this value statement?
OPINION November 16
Stay in the room
The recent work session put current and newly elected councilors in an uncomfortable position, the Keizertimes editorial board encourages all who attended to stay engaged in the conversation around inclusivity and equity - and all conversations to come.
NEWS November 16
Aumsville man accused of robbing Keizer pedestrian
COMMUNITY November 16
Without COVID lifeline, new restaurants relying on local support, collaboration
Restaurants that opened after June are not eligible for COVID relief. For The Chicken Shack, Wicked Sweet Bakery and El Vaquero Santa Maria BBQ to make it they are going to need more community support.
OPINION November 13
How to protect migrating animals
Jim Akenson is senior conservation director with the Oregon Hunters Association. Lori McKinnon is president of Coastal Farm & Ranch. They wrote to the paper to encourage people to invest in conservation efforts, more specifically, habitat connectivity.
COMMUNITY November 13
Salem PD needs help with 2020 toy drive
The Salem Police Department is hosting the 34th Annual Salem Police Toy Drive and is encouraging everyone to help out in any way they can. They are looking for new and unwrapped toys for kids up to 14 to be donated. Wrapping paper, tape and other materials are also appreciated.
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