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Jul 6 2020 thru Jul 12 2020

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OPINION July 11
Don’t shoot the messenger
Publisher Lyndon Zaitz reminds readers not to "shoot the messenger". Public health officials and journalist are just doing their job when they are distributing information about a pandemic so that the general public can be informed about what's happening.
OPINION July 11
What is the solution to systemic racism?
Ramiro Navarro sent in an opinion column to explain systemic racism from the viewpoint of a minority. Navarro is a resident of Keizer.
OPINION July 11
The world turned upside down: Hamilton, with original cast, arrives on streaming
TJ Reid frequently reviews films and series for the Keizertimes. This week he does not try to convince people to see, or not see, Hamilton- but rather explains and critiques the filmed version released on Disney+ last week.
COMMUNITY July 11
Awards announced for MHS seniors
McNary High School announced the winners of the Senior awards, which usually take place in May.
FreeCOMMUNITY July 10
A message for The Rapping Duke
The Keizertimes office was visited by a mysterious person who slipped two staffers $20 each. Whoever you are Rapping Duke, thank you for your kindness.
COMMUNITY July 10
Local man puts on firework show for those in need
Keizerite David Peyree wanted to spread joy and hope with families who have been deeply impacted by the coronavirus and were unable to afford fireworks for the Fourth of July, so he invited them to come watch as he set off his own (Oregon legal) fireworks.
COMMUNITY July 10
Tax deadline looming
The extended deadline to file taxes is coming up next week, Wednesday, July 15.
COMMUNITY July 10
An Eagle has landed
Palmer Snapp sits on the benches he and his team installed at the Peggy & Jerry Moore Community Garden. The completion of this project makes Snapp eligible for promotion to Eagle Scout.
FreePUBLIC SAFETY July 10
With program under scrutiny, school resource officer explains role in Salem-Keizer school system
VIDEO: As controversy continues over the fate of police in Salem-area schools, Salem Reporter sat down with a school resource officer to learn about the role. Keizer police officer David Zavala explains the ways he’s helped keep students out of trouble.
COMMUNITY July 10
Willow Lake Golf to host unity event
Willow Lake Golf Center and Driving Range will host an event to foster inclusivity and equality
COMMUNITY July 10
Pandemic sidelined flags on 4th
Due to the coronavirus, staff shortage and an abundance of emergency calls the KFD was not able to put up the flags that are usually displayed on River Road during the Fourth of July weekend. Anne-Marie Storms, spokesperson for the KFD, clarified there was no anti-American or government message.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK July 10
Virus numbers drop in 97303 zip code
Cases dropped in the 97303 zip code after two weeks of rising steadily according to the report released on July 1. Keep washing your hands and wearing your masks.
NEWS July 10
Council opts for maskless meetings
Once councilors are seated (six feet apart) they will remove their masks while the discussion portion of the meeting takes place. Mayor Cathy Clark likened city meetings to a sit-down restaurant where customers would be permitted to remove masks while eating.
NEWS July 10
Council backs charter changes, removal of anti-LGBTQ+ words
During the meeting on July 6 the Keizer City Council unanimously approved changes to the city charter. The city must now develop a ballot measure to ask if voters want to institute the changes.
NEWS July 10
$12.5 million in bailouts flowed to Keizer businesses
The $12.5 million in paycheck protection loans helped Keizer-based businesses retain 1,810 jobs. Keizer Campus Operations, the owners Avamere Court at Keizer, reported 172 jobs retained as a result of their loan.
SPORTS July 9
McNary athletes return to the field
Although they were under heavy restrictions, the Celtics football squad began workouts on Tuesday, July 7.
NEWS July 9
Police calls June 21 - June 30
SCHOOLS July 9
Whiteaker welcomes new principal
After working at Houck Middle School for nearly a decade, Suzanne Leonard will be taking over as the new principal at Whiteaker Middle School for the 2020-21 school year.
SCHOOLS July 8
School board appoints new leadership amid controversy
After serving on Salem-Keizer School Board for one year, Danielle Bethell, the Keizer Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, was elected as the Vice Chairperson of the school board for the 2020-21 school in a meeting on Wednesday, July 1. Bethell will be working alongside Satya Chandragiri, who was elected as the board’s Chairperson during the meeting.
FreeOPINION July 7
KPD takes cues from proven best practices
Keizer Police Chief John Teague responds to a Keizertimes' columnist asking for his thoughts on policing in the modern era. His answer: returning to the founding principles why police forces were established.
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FreeCOMMUNITY July 6
Oregon Garden present Cruise-In Cinema: Toy Story 4
BOOK REVIEW July 6
55, Underemployed, and Faking Normal: Your Guide to a Better Life
Terri Schlichenmeyer reviews books for the Keizertimes and other publications is based in Wisconsin. This month she looked at 55, Underemployed, and Faking Normal: Your Guide to a Better Life by Elizabeth White.
FreeCITY COUNCIL July 6
Agenda for Keizer City council
Regular session for Monday, July 6, 2020 at 7 p.m.
COMMENTARY July 6
America: A work in progress
NEWS July 6
Volunteers needed to fill city advisory committees
Advise the city council on decisionmaking as a member of a commission or committee.

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