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Mar 15 2021 thru Mar 21 2021

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OPINION Mar. 20
Letters to the editor
COMMUNITY Mar. 20
Tulip Festival returns
The Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival has opened again for visitors. Tickets must be purchased online.
COMMUNITY Mar. 20
Commissioners start path to adopting mandated housing code changes
Keizer Planning Commission will spend time making changes to meet new rules to city population.
FreeOBITUARY Mar. 20
Richard Scott Drakeley May 15, 1973 – March 7, 2021
COMMUNITY Mar. 20
Introducing Caption It! creator Steve Breen
Keizertimes welcomes cartoonist Steve Breen to the pages. He gives readers the opportunity to caption one of his drawings every week.
SPORTS Mar. 19
Celts dominate in victory over Corvallis
Corvallis proved to be no match for the McNary volleyball team on Thursday, March 18 as the Celtics defeated the Spartans 25-7, 25-14, 25-7.
COMMUNITY Mar. 19
Police calls March 7 - March 14
NEWS Mar. 19
File to run for KFD fire board
The Keizer Fire District will hold an open seat on the board of directors for the May 18 Special District Election.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK Mar. 19
Governor sets May 1 as open vaccination target
Gov. Kate Brown announced today that Oregonians could open vaccinations to everyone 16 and older.
COMMUNITY Mar. 19
Deadline approaching for Chemeketa Foundation scholarships
Students that plan to attend Chemeketa Community College this fall have until March 31 to apply for scholarships from the school's foundation.
SCHOOLS Mar. 19
Perry review sparks heated conversation
The Salem-Keizer school board meeting got heated Monday, March 15 while discussing the annual evaluation of Salem-Keizer Public Schools Superintendent Christy Perry, and featured an expletive from one of the board members
OPINION Mar. 19
A shot at city hall
COMMUNITY Mar. 19
Sunny's story
Local Keizer Sunny tells his story of being homeless and his view on Keizer.
FreeNEWS Mar. 18
EXCLUSIVE: Read the city manager’s description of the shot fired at city hall
Keizertimes obtained a copy of Eppley's description of the shot he fired in his office at city hall on March 4. Eppley states that he had brought pieces of firearms into city hall before to perform repairs and modifications, but never a full firearm. " “It didn’t occur to me that I was disassembling a firearm in my office instead of in my car," Eppley writes.
SCHOOLS Mar. 18
Student mental health struggles skyrocketing
Based on the data that was collected, overall measures of self-reported student well-being showed that, since last spring, students are experiencing more challenging feelings (mad, lonely, sad, worried and frustrated) and fewer positive feelings (happy, safe and hopeful). Students did, however, share that they were a little more “excited” last fall than they were last spring.
SCHOOLS Mar. 18
Elementary superintendent on first weeks of student returns
As of Wednesday, March 17, all K-5 students in Salem-Keizer Public Schools (SKPS) have made a return to in-person learning. Even though students are only attending in-person classes twice per week in their hybrid model, the district is thrilled that kids are finally back in school.
SPORTS Mar. 17
Down the creek without a paddle
Keizerite Jim Taylor shares a story about survival ... and the importance of listening to your spouse.
NEWS Mar. 17
Tax day extended to May 17
The IRS will extend the filing deadline for 2020 taxes to May 17
SCHOOLS Mar. 17
School counselors talk year in isolation
Keizertimes talked with three different counselors in the area — Todd Bobeda (McNary High School), Pat Curran (Whiteaker Middle School) and Ashley Eveleth (Forest Ridge Elementary) — to get their perspective on what this last year has been like for their students.
COMMUNITY Mar. 17
Virtual forum for Vietnam vets
Director Kelly Fitzpatrick will host a live virtual town hall for Vietnam veterans on March 25 at noon via Zoom.
COMMUNITY Mar. 17
Reading, filmed play on deck
Keizer Homegrown Theatre will be holding a live reading of Hannah and the Dread Gazebo by Jiehae Park on March 16.
NEWS Mar. 16
Former Silverton PD officer found guilty in domestic violence incident
Rene Bravo, 61, was convicted on all charges stemming from a chaotic domestic violence incident in March 2020. He will be sentenced on April 9.
SPORTS Mar. 16
McNary gets hard-fought win over Titans
After falling behind 1-0 to West Salem in the first half, the Celtics rallied to score three unanswered goals in the final 40 minutes to earn the 3-2 victory over the defending league champions on Monday, March 15.
FreeNEWS Mar. 16
Former WPD chief investigating Keizer city manager
Ret. WPD Chief Jim Ferraris is conducting the investigation into the discharge of a firearm in the Keizer Civic Center by City Manager Chris Eppley. Eppley said, "I’m not going to try to make this less of an issue than it is."
FreeNEWS Mar. 16
Eppley allies turn out to defend him to city council
Testimony during a city council meeting largely backed the city manager who discharged a gun in his office more than a week ago. Written commentary submitted to the council more frequently requested his dismissal.
SPORTS Mar. 15
McNary gets convincing win over McKay
The Celtics score 28 points in the second quarter to run away with the 42-7 victory over the Royal Scots.
COMMUNITY Mar. 15
OMSI featuring dinos in limited reopening
OMSI opens up with a new dinosaur exhibit on March 20
SPORTS Mar. 15
McNary earns 3-0 win in home opener
The Celtics were challenged in the first two games but still came away with the straight-set victory, defeating Silverton 25-23, 27-25, 25-15 on Thursday, March 11.
COMMUNITY Mar. 15
Committee asks what to do with non-parks
Members of the Parks Advisory board met to discuss park surveys completed by the community.

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