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Check your privilege at the door

Check your privilege at the door

A view from the ground at a mid-Valley warming center

Celtics buy Christmas gifts for Keizer family

Celtics buy Christmas gifts for Keizer family

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes Three Keizer kids looked out their window and declared, “They’re here. They’re here.” It wasn’t Santa and his elves. But on this Christmas these visitors brought just as much excitement as McNary’s boys basketball team arrived carrying gifts for a local family in need. Ryan Kirch started the adopt […]

MAK cleans up Salem home

MAK cleans up Salem home

Men in Action for Keizer (MAK), the Keizer Chamber of Commerce’s volunteer group of men, jumped into action earlier this month when they were called by representatives of the Oregon Department of Veteran Affairs to help clear out the former home of a veteran’s widow. A small group of MAK volunteers, led by Bob Shackelford, […]

Keizer woman wins ‘Super Bowl’ of Rodeo

Keizer woman wins ‘Super Bowl’ of Rodeo

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes In September, most of the women who were headed to the 2016 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR) earlier this month had already secured their spot. Keizer’s Amber “Amberleigh” Moore was still on the bubble. “I was ranked about 16th or 17th and only the top 15 get to […]

McNary assistant principal moonlights in the dojo

McNary assistant principal moonlights in the dojo

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes Rhonda Rhodes, an assistant principal at McNary High School, remembers life before she was introduced to Jiu-Jitsu as a college student at Oregon State. “I was one of those people that was capable but I’m certain I had ADHD before they diagnosed it,” Rhodes said. “When I was in […]

Every child deserves a birthday party

Every child deserves a birthday party

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes When Laura Perez, former principal at Whiteaker Middle School, returned from a mission trip to Mexico committed to make a difference in her community, she met with Sheronne Blasi, and the two friends went on a long walk. “We just had a shared vision for the work we’d like […]

Keizer couple releases Christmas album

Keizer couple releases Christmas album

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Liz and Nate Dunn decided in March that they were going to record and release a Christmas album, but it led to serious discussion with their kids, Ingrid, Gretchen and Jonathan, during the summer months. “We sat down with them and explained what we were going to do, […]

A comic book wedding…

A comic book wedding…

Couple ties the knot in Keizer comic store

McNary senior leads The Snowman’s Dance

McNary senior leads The Snowman’s Dance

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes It’s not Christmas at City Dance Theatre until the studio’s annual performances of The Snowman’s Dance. “As much as Nutcracker is a tradition in the ballet world, this has become a tradition for our families,” director Zoe-Lisa Banton said. “My kids know nothing happens in my house until after […]

Keizer church hosts OSP outreach

Keizer church hosts OSP outreach

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Oregon State Trooper Cristian Cuevas was only called in to meet with his high school counselor once, and it remains something of a sore point. “They only wanted to ask me why I wasn’t picking up my free bus passes,” said Cuevas at Inglesia Luz Del Valle Church […]

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