Author: Joshua Manes

New chief in the house

In September, Ryan Russell was named the Interim Fire Chief for Keizer Fire District by the board. Russell has been with KFD for two decades, and his start in the field has a strong connection to KFD’s roots. 

Russell started his career as a firefighter as a volunteer, though not in Keizer.

Keizer Toy Swap recycles joy

This year Keizer and Marion County families can find a way to have presents under the tree while saving money and reducing environmental impact.

The City of Keizer, Marion County and Marion County Master Recyclers are hosting the first annual Toy Swap, where families can trade in lightly used toys and games.

Keizer celebrates Native American heritage

November is Native American Heritage Month, and the art and tradition stemming from the Chemawa Indian School is being celebrated at the Keizer Cultural Center.

Chrystal Parsons, the indigenous arts teacher at Chemawa Indian School, led a basket weaving demonstration Monday night, hosted by the Keizer Arts Association as part of its First Monday Meetup schedule.

Avian flu cause of dead geese in area

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife confirmed that multiple dead geese infected with bird flu have been removed from Staats Lake on three separate occasions in the past two weeks.

SKPS board selects Salazar as new director for Zone 6

At Tuesday’s school board meeting, the Salem-Keizer School Board directors appointed Robert Salazar as the new director to represent Zone 6.

Salazar spent 45 years in education prior to retirement, serving as principal at Myers and Washington elementary schools in the Salem-Keizer district, according to his application and resume.

Flesher Field of dreams

The rain had stopped a couple hours ago. The bi-polar weather of the Pacific Northwest seemed to want to cooperate, like it knew how big the day was. Though the cold of fall persisted.

But even with the autumn chill in the air, there was a warmth around Flesher Field on Oct. 21.

And as the minutes ticked down to kickoff, with the Celtics gathered, Tyler Young stood at the front of the pack, adorned in a sapphire blue helmet and number 38 jersey. 

He didn’t have pads, he wasn’t on the roster. But for a night, Tyler was part of the team.