City will re-examine caretaker role at KRP

The Keizer City Council will re-examine the scuttling of a caretaker program at Keizer Rapids Park after new renter protections appear to complicate plans to turn a home into a city-owned rental property. An issue that arose at a Keizer Parks Advisory Board meeting rocketed to the top of the[Read More…]

Parks board backs new look at park host

The view from the front porch of a caretaker’s home in Keizer Rapids Park. The call to re-examine the caretaker role at Keizer Rapids Park grew out of a request put to the members of the Keizer Parks Advisory Board at a meeting Tuesday, April 9.  That was where former[Read More…]

Police calls: April 8 – April 14

Monday, April 8 12:12 p.m. – Arrest for offensive littering in the 100 block of Chemawa Road N. 3:46 p.m.- Arrest for theft and criminal trespassing in the 5000 block of River Road N. 9:40 p.m. – Criminal trespassing in the 4000 block of River Road N. 11:30 p.m. –[Read More…]

Missed quotas, dirty laundry nab spotlight at KPD union hearing

An objection to a administrative rule judge finding that Keizer Police Department’s sergeants are supervisors – and therefore not eligible for union membership – was heard in front of all three members of the Employment Relations Board in March.  The hearing was a continuation of a request for union representation[Read More…]

Bill draws support, opposition at hearing

A bill that creates an extra avenue for pursuing injury lawsuits resulting from shooting at a Polk County quarry drew supporters and detractors at a public hearing at the Capitol Tuesday, April 4.  The bill was moved to the floor by members of the Senate Committee on Judiciary Tuesday, April[Read More…]

Bill addressing shooting range moves to floor

A bill that would supply an extra avenue of recourse to Keizer residents impacted by shooting taking place at a Polk County quarry passed put of the Oregon Senate Committee on Judiciary with a 6-1 consensus Tuesday, April 9. The bill (Senate Bill 1040), which is highly site-specific, allows the[Read More…]

Raw sewage overflows into Mill Creek

The City of Salem announced that an overflow of raw sewage occurred on April 7 at approximately 2:10 PM, into Mill Creek near 215 25th St. NE. The overflow resulted from a sanitary sewer pipe plugged possibly with tree root and grease. Approximately 50 gallons of raw sewage was spilled[Read More…]

Council sets new goals for near and more distant future

The Keizer City council approved its list of short- and long-term goals at a meeting Monday, April 1. Short-term goals include: • Establishing a charter review committee to update the city’s charter and revise sections that include anti-LGBTQIA language. Voters will have to approve the changes and the current goal[Read More…]

Hearing on shooting range begins Tuesday

A lawsuit spawned from a stray bullet that penetrated a Keizer home heads to court for the first time next week. Judge J. Channing Bennett, a Marion County circuit court judge, will begin hearing arguments regarding a preliminary injunction at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, April 9. If the testimony cannot[Read More…]