Utility lineworkers find respite at Hitchin’ Post

Utility workers from as far away as Illinois were being treated to meals at Hitchin’ Post (Submitted). Keith Wright, owner of the Hitchin’ Post north of Keizer, always admired and appreciated the service of lineworkers. For the last three years, whenever he sees a lineworker eating at his restaurant in[Read More…]

Behind the badge: Detective Tim Lathrop

Det. Tim Lathrop has been with the Keizer Police Department for more than two decades, but he didn’t start his journey as a detective. He worked as an officer in Lebanon for four years and got hired at KPD in 1998 where he worked as a patrol officer. Roughly a[Read More…]

1st Citizen noms due March 7

The Keizer Chamber of Commerce is looking for award nominees in several categories leading up to the annual First Citizen’s Banquet Saturday, March 20.  Awards are presented for First Citizen, Service to Education and Merchant of the Year. Nomination forms can be downloaded at Nominations are due by March[Read More…]

An ice age up close

As branches snapped and chainsaws fired up, moments of exquisite stillness were all around after a damaging ice storm swept through the Mid-Willamette Valley.  A simple walk around the block was a peek into an iced age that was overlooked amid the destruction. Visit to see more macro views[Read More…]

Keizer’s response to ice storm

Some people laid in bed, awake, listening to the crack of trees breaking under the weight of ice, worrying that a tree may fall on their home. Others struggled with a power outage that left them in the dark and unable to communicate due to cable and internet service interrupted[Read More…]

KAA March show is watercolors

Keizer Art Association’s virtual March exhibit is the Watercolor Show. The juried show will be available at KAA’s website only from Feb. 25 to March 30. Entries will be accepted through Feb. 24. There are two categories in the show: 2D and youth art (ages 4 to 14). All entries[Read More…]

A new centenarian

Bessie Lelack of Keizer turned 100 years old and was feted at a her grandson’s home on Tuesday, Feb. 2. She was joined by her son Jerry Lelack, grandson Tony (who prepared the birthday dinner) and great grandchildren Chloe and Noah. 

Fairgrounds shelter fills quickly

It took only four days for a new temporary shelter at the Pavillion in the Oregon State Fairgrounds to fill to capacity.  On Feb. 1, the City of Salem, Oregon State Fair and Exposition Center, Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency, Church at the Park opened the shelter with 100 spaces[Read More…]