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NEWS Dec. 2
Suspensions in Salem-Keizer schools double in days following public report
District leadership presented at a Nov. 16 school board meeting that suspensions in the first two months had decreased by 55% for an average of only 25 suspensions per day. In the 10 school days following the report, suspensions spiked to 50 per day. In the past, multiple school board directors have called for the district to release discipline data monthly instead of only twice a year.
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Keizer crime to be featured on Dec. 2 episode of Dr. Phil
A shoplifting incident that occurred at a Lowe's at Keizer Station on Aug. 23 will be discussed on a Dec. 2 episode of Dr. Phil titled "License to Steal: The Shoplifting Crisis." Keizer resident Andrew Sullivan, who filmed the incident, and Keizer police Lt. Andrew Copeland will appear in the episode that airs at 3 p.m. on KOIN.
The Gubser Miracle of Lights tradition continues in Keizer
This year’s display will begin on Friday, Dec. 3 and continue every night from 6-10 p.m. until Saturday, Dec. 26. The route is approximately 3.5 miles and runs through the Gubser neighborhood beginning at 14th Avenue NE and Lockhaven Drive.
NEWS Nov. 25
Police calls: Nov. 14-21
The 'haves' should help the 'have less' this season
SPORTS Nov. 25
Celts looking for new players to step up
Coming off of one of their most successful seasons in recent memory, the McNary girls' basketball program heads into the 2021-22 campaign with a lot of hope, despite having a fair amount of roster turnover.
FIRE Nov. 24
KFD responds to residential fire
Just after noon on Wednesday, Nov. 24, Keizer Fire District was notified of a "smoke in a structure" incident in the 400 block of Cummings LN
SPORTS Nov. 24
High expectations in place for McNary wrestling
After losing only three seniors and filling a roster with more than 60 athletes, the McNary wrestling program has a ton of depth heading into the 2021-22 season.
NEWS Nov. 24
'Every time we find a home they kick us out': The story of a sweep at an Indian School Road camp
Between Nov. 2 and Nov. 17, ODOT carried out eight "site restorations" of areas impacted by camping in Marion County. At an Indian School Road camp in Salem, campers were given a 26 hour notice to vacate the premises and find a new place to live.
SPORTS Nov. 24
Roop sets school record for McNary cross country
The McNary junior set a school record in the 5,000 meters on Wednesday, Oct. 20 at the Umpqua Invitational in Roseburg, running a 16:12.1, beating the previous record set by Spencer Sol in 2003 by more than 20 seconds.
For the Love of the Game hires former pro ballplayer to run day-to-day operations at KLL Park
After the Keizer City Council granted management of Keizer Little Park to For the Love of the Game, the nonprofit officially hired Corey Paul to run the day-to-day operations at the facility.
Local Vet establishing national parking program
John Rizzo, a local resident and military veteran, has started a GoFundMe campaign to raise $5,000 for Veterans Parking in Keizer. Donations to help can be made online.
Book review: "The Council of Animals"
Terri Schlichenmeyer leaves her review of "The Council of Animals" by Nick McDonell.
CCC offering pre-apprenticeship program
The Campus-Based Pre-Apprenticeship Program for Chemeketa Community College will continue in winter term of 2022. The program allows participants to gain knowledge, skills, and experience valued by construction employers and Registered Apprenticeship Programs.
KAA hosting month-long show starting Dec. 2
The Keizer Art Association will hold its December exhibition—Artist Showcase—in the Enid Joy Mount Gallery and virtually from Thursday, Dec. 2 through Tuesday, Jan. 4.
Cat of the week
Cat of the week is located at Salem Friends of Felines on 4157 Cherry Avenue, Keizer.
FreeOBITUARY Nov. 21
Jonathan Moch March 4th, 1981 - Nov. 3, 2021
Red Notice makes for a serviceable popcorn movie
T.J. Reid leaves his review of Netflix’s Red Notice.
NEWS Nov. 20
Police calls Nov. 7 - Nov. 14
NEWS Nov. 19
Council discusses city councilor, city manager vacancies
At the Nov. 15 meeting, the Keizer City Council finalized a timetable for a new city councilor to be voted on, and appointed, at the Dec. 20 council meeting. The council will also accept public comment on the search for the other vacancy, the city manager position, at a Dec. 6 meeting.
NEWS Nov. 19
Kaiser Permanente avoids strike
35,000 Kaiser Permanente workers were set to strike on Monday, Nov. 15 but were able to reach a tentative agreement on Saturday morning, Nov. 13. Both local and national union workers will still need to vote on the contract before it is finalized.
City reveals updated Parks Master Plan
The city of Keizer released their first updated Parks Master Plan since 2008 on Nov. 3. The 10-year plan outlines $29 million in new projects and repairs. Community members can view the plan on the city's website and provide suggestions.
NEWS Nov. 19
Detectives seize nearly 3,000 lbs. of marijuana
On Sunday, Nov. 14, just after 6:00 a.m., deputies were dispatched to a property on Labish Garden Road NE near Highway 99E, just north of Salem. Detectives then discovered 2,800 pounds of marijuana on the property after getting a search warrant.
Dominguez chosen as parade Grand Marshal
Dominguez's service to the community has been on display in many different ways, which is why the Keizer Chamber of Commerce named him the Grand Marshal for the Keizer Holiday of Lights parade, which takes place on Saturday, Dec. 11 and starts at 7 p.m.
SPORTS Nov. 18
Copeland named MVC Player of the Year
The McNary football squad received 16 all-conference spots for the 2021 season, with the top honor going to Celtics senior quarterback Tyler Copeland
SPORTS Nov. 18
Meithof off to scorching start to begin college career
The former McNary shooting guard leads Westmont in scoring, averaging more than 20 points and five rebounds per game, helping the Warriors to a 6-0 start.
NEWS Nov. 17
KPD responds to car crash on Verda Lane, ending in arrest
It was determined that the suspect was driving north on Verda Ln NE when she struck a parked City of Keizer Public Works service truck. The collision pushed the unoccupied service truck the distance of its length and up onto and over a curb.
KLL under new management
At their meeting on Monday, Nov. 15, the Keizer City Council unanimously agreed to grant the management of Keizer Little League to For the Love of the Game, a nonprofit run by Mavericks League owners Jerry and Lisa Walker, plus their son, Mickey.
FreeNEWS Nov. 17
UPDATED: No gun or weapons found following report of armed person at McKay High School
Salem police responded to McKay High School after a report of a student with a gun on campus led the school to lockdown late Wednesday morning, but found no weapon and made no arrests.
NEWS Nov. 17
Suspensions decrease, fights increase in Salem-Keizer’s first months without officers in schools
Data released at Tuesday's Salem-Keizer school board work session shows that suspensions in the district have decreased by 55% in comparison to 2019 while fights have increased by 42%. The disciplinary data, which is from Sept. 1 to Nov. 5 of this year, is the first look at full-time in-person instruction since school resources officers were removed.
SPORTS Nov. 15
Celts fall to top-ranked Lake Oswego in second round
McNary season comes to an end after a 35-14 defeat to the Lakers.
Hazardous tree removal process begins this month
Beginning this month, Marion County’s recovery from the 2020 wildfires will enter a new phase with the assessment and removal of wildfire-damaged trees along Marion County roads and rights-of-way.
Cat of the Week
Cat of the week is located at Salem Friends of Felines
World Renew providing assistance to Canyon
The World Renew team will visit Sanitam Canyon Monday, Nov. 15 to Friday, Nov. 19 to conduct community-wide surveys to find the disaster related needs of Santiam Canyon residents who were impacted by the 2020 wildfires.
Empty Bowls to benefit Marion-Polk food share
On Saturday, Nov. 20, the Willamette Art Center is hosting their annual fundraiser titled, Empty Bowls, to benefit Marion-Polk Food Share. The sales starts at 9 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m.
FreeOBITUARY Nov. 14
Harry James Tlusty Dec. 29, 1940 – Oct. 23, 2021
FreeOPINION Nov. 13
The man, the legacy
With new ag complex, Chemeketa sets sights recruiting high school agriculture students
Chemeketa Community College aims to get more students interested in agriculture with their new grant. As part of the grant, three college students will serve as interns per year in the agricultural field.
United Way hosting annual pajama drive
The United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley’s ninth Annual Pajama Drive began in early November. There are 40 physical drop-off sites and an online wish list where people can purchase and contribute virtually.
City accepting letters of interest for Community Diversity Engagement Committee
Citizens in Keizer that are interested in serving on the new Community Diversity Engagement Committee must submit their letters of interest by Nov. 30.
NEWS Nov. 12
Keizer will have new U.S. representative for first time since 2009
Congressman Kurt Schrader officially announced this week that he will run in the 5th Congressional District in the upcoming election. Schrader has represented Keizer, which joined the new 6th District during redistricting, since 2009.
Employment opportunity in therapeutic community
Named Oregon's #1 Ford Dealer, 8 YEARS IN A ROW!
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