Day: June 11, 2012

“The Undead” by Dick Teresi

“The Undead” by Dick Teresi c.2012, Pantheon Books $26.95 / $31.00 Canada 354 pages, includes index   By TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER You couldn’t click fast enough. The online push was for organ donors and it seemed like a good idea. Your decision now to make an act of generosity later could save or enhance someone else’s life. Besides… you’d be dead so you really wouldn’t care, right? Right. But read “The Undead” by Dick Teresi, and you may have some things to add to your click. What defines a time of death? Are you dead when you stop breathing, or when your heart quits beating?  Is brain-death the absolute end, or is it when there’s no “you” in you?  What determines death? Every culture through millennia has asked those questions, but the truth is that there’s no answer yet. We think we know when death arrives – but we could be wrong. For years, Dick Teresi has poked holes in tenets about death. He says he’s made people “uneasy, even angry.”  They defended their “traditional ideas of life and death” but he claims to be “merely a journalist reporting the facts…” One of those facts, he says “cheerfully,” is that we’re all going to die. Religious beliefs and NDEs offer comfort but “something will kill us eventually.” So how do we know when we go? Since 1968, when a committee...

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Volcanoes return June 15

By HERB SWETT For the Keizertimes Tom Trebelhorn, manager of the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes, has his eye on the draft for this season. Last year’s Volcanoes finished in the cellar of the Northwest League West, although they had a better win-loss record than the East division’s Yakima Bears. Starting pitching was the big problem, but Trebelhorn expects three veterans to return and help with their experience. The three are Lorenzo Mendoza, Kendry Flores and Joan – yes, that’s how he spells it – Rodriguez. Trebelhorn sees potential in Lorenzo Montero and Mario Rodriguez, but he notes that the assignments are up to the headquarters of the parent club, the San Francisco Giants. “We’ll wait and see what happens,” he said. Raymundo Montero is expected to be a relief pitcher. Trebelhorn, again referring to headquarters, declined to name other possibilities. Catching is also uncertain, largely because of injuries to prospects. Looking at the infield, Trebelhorn sees Stephen Yarrow as a good prospect for third base, Cristian Paulino for second and Jonathan Jones for first. Shortstop is “up in the air,” with no one seeming comparable to Joe Panik, last year’s Most Valuable Player and now playing for the advanced class A San Jose Giants. In the outfield, Chuckie Jones is expected to return and play center. Mike Mergenthaler is likely to start in left and Raffy Rodriguez in right, with both...

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Work starting on Keizer Rapids boat ramp

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes Editor’s note: This story has been corrected. See the full correction at the bottom. Work is underway on the boat ramp at Keizer Rapids Park. Erosion control has started this week along with clearing and grading for an access road. A $820,000 bid to build a boat ramp at Keizer Rapids Park was approved by the Keizer City Council. Santiam Paving is the general contractor. Funding is already secured through grants of $700,000 from Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and $50,000 from the Oregon Marine Board. The city has pledged $250,000 matching funds. The project was originally anticipated to cost just more than $1 million. The city must build the ramp because of commitments made when Keizer Rapids Park property was acquired through grant funding, said City Attorney Shannon Johnson. In addition, the city’s permit with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers expires soon. The single-lane boat ramp is set for completion by 2013. Plans also call for a parking lot with 37 spots, including room for 22 boats and trailers, an access road and restrooms. Should the grant be approved Community Development Director Nate Brown said design drawings should be ready in spring 2012, with construction commencing that summer. Currently the closest upstream boat ramp is at Wallace Marine Park, with downstream ramps at Wheatland Ferry and Willamette Mission State Park....

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