Author: Lyndon Zaitz

Two men and a bottle of wine

Details of making Scenic Valley Hop Chardonnay are proprietary, though Zielinski said no other winery can do what they are doing. “They can make the same product,” he added, “but they won’t have the story.”

The man with the plans

Shane Witham has almost three decades of institutional knowledge and planning under his belt. A Keizer native, Witham is a cheerleader for the city.

Can we please get a library?

Do Keizer voters not like libraries, or, is it they don’t like paying fees? That will have to be addressed by the Keizer Community Library and the City of Keizer. Measure 24-468 was defeated in the Nov. 8 election by a 10-point margin. If approved, it would have added a[Read More…]

Library measure fails

Measure 24-468 was defeated by a 55%-45% margin in Tuesday’s election. If approved the measure would have added a $2.50 per month fee to city services bills to fund a public library.

Currently Keizer residents have the all-volunteer Keizer Community Library, housed at the Keizer Cultural Center.The $2.50 fee would have generated about $400,000 per year which would have funded a professional librarian and a children’s librarian.

Thatcher earns third term

Republican Kim Thatcher was elected to her third term as a state senator for District 11 in Tuesday’s election over challenger Democrat Richard Walsh.

Election results from the Secretary of State’s office as of Wednesday morning, Nov. 9, showed Thatcher with 53.17% (15,702 votes) to Walsh’s 46.61% (13,809 votes). There was also a handful of write-ins.

Mannix wins closer than expected race

Republican Kevin Mannix won his race for state House District 21 against Democrat Ramiro Navarro.

 Returns as of Wednesday morning, Nov. 9, showed Mannix winning 51.7% (9,521 votes) against 45.6% (8,377 votes) for Navarro. Libertarian candidate Michael Morrow won 2.5% (467 votes).

Need a volunteer? Ask a busy person

One of 70 Oregon Red Cross volunteers, Fuller answered the call for help. The organization has a list of hundreds of disaster relief volunteers from around the country who can respond to natural disasters including tornadoes and floods. He had a business obligation first, so he packed up the supplies he needed and headed to the east coast.

Mannix for District 21

Keizer voters will choose between two candidates for state House District 21 in the general election: the former state rep- resentative, Republican Kevin Mannix, and Democrat Ramiro Navarro.

Retain Thatcher

The race for Oregon Senate District 11 is a campaign of local titans: incumbent Kim Thatcher, the Republican candidate versus Richard Walsh, local attorney and former Keizer city councilor.