Day: June 6, 2011

“The Red Market” by Scott Carney

“The Red Market” by Scott Carney c.2011, William Morrow $25.99 / $27.99 Canada 254 pages   By TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER This week, you gave away part of yourself. But that’s just what we do, isn’t it? There’s a need somewhere, and we roll up our sleeves to donate blood. We see children with cancer, and we cut our hair to give them. Some people go further with kidneys or bone marrow. Even in death, you can donate. It seems like a good way of saving lives: you give, someone else gets. But author Scott Carney says there’s much more to it than that. In his new book “The Red Market”, he shows the dark, hidden side of medical altruism. Following completion of a graduate program at a Wisconsin college, Scott Carney’s “short-lived professional academic career” abruptly halted with the death of one of his students who was studying abroad in India. Taking responsibility for her remains, Carney “confronted the physical nature of mortality,” which forced him to see that “every corpse has a stakeholder.” In many cases, though, the stakeholders are varied and the body isn’t dead.  India, as it turns out, is a major world hub for what Carney calls a “Red Market” in which human organs become big-money commodities, despite social taboos. We like to believe that altruism begets organ donations. Here, we freely give blood, sticker our...

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Friends replace roof for former MHS coach as he loses battle with cancer

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Salvador Reyes committed himself to living a life without regret, but it was a group of more than 30 friends, colleagues and a stranger who made certain his life ended the way he lived it. Reyes, a Keizer resident and former McNary High School soccer coach, lost a two-year battle with stomach cancer Sunday, May 29, but hung on long enough to see one last project completed on his behalf – a new roof installed on a Keizer duplex he bought for his sister. “Family was very important to Sal and he bought the duplex so his sister could be closer to him,” said Sylvia Rincon, a longtime friend and colleague of Reyes at Bush Elementary School where Reyes was a physical education teacher. “He’d even bought the materials to be installed, but the old one had to be taken off.” As Reyes’ fight waned, the unfinished project was weighing heavily on him, Rincon said. “They were going to try to get it done last November, but rain prevented it from happening so when this opportunity to do something for Sal came up everyone was pitching in,” she said Fellow teachers, athletes, coaches and former students turned out in droves to remove the old roof Saturday, May 21. “We’d been  watching Sal fight the cancer for two years and there’s been no...

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Thirsty pooches now have water at Keizer Rapids

As the sun starts making regular appearances at Keizer Rapids Park, a new and improved dog park is greeting devotees and new fans alike. Highlights include a mud-resistant surface thanks to new irrigation lines that, when complete, should keep grass thriving all year long. The park’s popularity had left much of the soil barren; that should no longer be the case. Decomposed granite covers much of the area near the parking lot; it’s soft on dogs’ feet while also providing a solid surface for a high-traffic area. A group of volunteers spearheaded by Clint Holland helped install irrigation lines in about a third of the park, added the granite and reseeded. System development charges kicked in $19,000 toward costs. Easily-accessible water for person and pooch alike is a reality thanks to D&J Dog Grooming, which donated a fountain that both humans and dogs can access. Kim Steen, who owns D&J Dog Grooming, said both she and her clients like using the dog park, and she saw the renovations as a “really good opportunity to give something back.” The business has been in Keizer since...

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Council may expand where residential care allowed

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes Keizer city councilors will consider allowing residential care facilities in the medium-density residential zones at its Monday, June 6 meeting. The council will also consider the city and urban renewal budgets. The city’s budget includes two staff layoffs, a 2 percent water rate increase amounting to about $1.69 every other month for water customers, and across-the-board salary freezes.The last rate hike came in 2008. The text amendment would allow care facilities with more than 16 residents to build in the medium-density residential zone. Avamere Community of Companies is eyeing an 11-acre piece of land owned by St. Edward Catholic Church on River Road; its representatives asked the city late last year to look into allowing licensed assisted and memory care facilities in the medium residential zone. City staff had initially proposed allowing a wider range of facilities in several other residential zones, but the Keizer Planning Commission tightened that up. The original proposal included more zones and uses, including alcohol treatment. A traffic impact analysis could be required, adequate screening has to be provided and the use must not “unreasonably impact uses in the neighborhood.” In other business, the council: • Will take up a resolution repealing a 1998 ordinance requiring 20 percent of transient occupancy tax revenues be distributed to the Keizer Fire District. • Will be asked for several general fund...

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