New mixed-use areas topic of public meeting

The planning directors of Keizer and Salem joined with representatives of Oregon’s Land Conservation and Development Commission (LCDC) to host a public virtual meeting to explain new Climate Friendly and Equitable Communities (CFEC) rules and describe what walkable,mixed-use areas are.

Salinas meets the real Washington

U.S. Rep. Andrea Salinas quickly learned the truth about Washington, D.C., in her first term representing Oregon’s newest Congressional District: her colleagues are polite, helpful and friendly. Not the rampaging body reflected in the media.

$9K in matching park grants available

At the Feb. 21 Keizer City Council meeting, Lisa Cejka of the Keizer Parks Advisory Board gave a report that including the reminder that there is $9,400 in grant money for parks projects.

Projects funded in part by the city’s Parks Matching Grant Program must be completed by June 30.

Marion Co. syphilis cases rising at nearly 4X the national rate

A surge in syphilis cases has caused the Marion County Health and Human Services (MCHHS) to urge residents to get tested.

Across the country, cases rose nearly 59% from 2017-2021, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). But MCHHS reports that from 2018-2022, Marion County has seen an increase of 216%, nearly four times the national rate from the previous year’s data.

Rep. Mannix sponsors Willamette Bridge bill

State Rep. Kevin Mannix (R-Dist. 21) is sponsoring a bill—House Bill 2137,  to form a Willamette River Task force to bring together regional stakeholders to evaluate strategies for financing and constructing a bridge across the Willamette River, north of Keizer.