Day: July 14, 2014

“The Skeleton Crew” by Deborah Halber

“The Skeleton Crew” by Deborah Halber c.2014, Simon & Schuster $25.00 / $28.99 Canada 240 pages BOOK REVIEW by TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER You can’t find your keys.  Again. It happens every now and then: you get busy, distracted, and you put them down somewhere they don’t belong. Then you spend an hour looking for them. Fortunately, you always find them because they won’t travel far without you. But, as you’ll see in the new book “The Skeleton Crew” by Deborah Halber, some things go missing for a lot longer… Wilbur Riddle was a well-driller back in May of 1968 and was waiting for a job to start when he noticed a canvas sack on a stone slab just off Kentucky’s Route 25. As he got closer, he could see that something was inside, and then he could smell it. He kicked the tent-canvas bag and was shocked at what he spied. Inside the bag was a girl, curled up and bound tight with a rectangular bit of white cloth over her shoulder. She was long dead – long enough that identifiable features were nearly gone. Without a name to attach to the body, the media dubbed her Tent Girl. The case of “Tent Girl,” says Halber, “drew me in.” If you’re a fan of TV detective shows, you might think that the world is littered with unidentified bodies – and...

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Volcanoes breeze past Hops in July 4 win

By HERB SWETT For the Keizertimes The Volcanoes bounced back July 4 from a rough road trip to beat Hillsboro 5-1 in the first game of three that followed ceremonies to honor veterans. Starting pitcher Jose Reyes showed that he could do his job well enough for his first win of the season to be overdue. His teammates, especially Travious Relaford, gave him more offensive support than usual. A crowd of 5,613, second largest in Volcanoes history, saw Salem-Keizer take a 3-0 first-inning lead over the Hops. Johneshwy Fargas was hit by a pitch from Ryan Doran, who became the losing pitcher, Tyler Hollick singled to left field, and Christian Arroyo reached first base on an error by shortstop Justin Gonzalez, loading the bases. Will Callaway walked, forcing Fargas home. Fernando Pujadas doubled to left, driving in Callaway. Hillsboro’s run came in the second. Grant Heyman hit an infield single and went to second on a high throw by shortstop Arroyo. Bennie Robinson grounded out with Heyman taking third. A sacrifice bunt by Gonzalez brought Heyman home. Reyes pitched one-hit ball through five innings. In the top of the sixth, Jordan Parr walked with one out and Robinson singled to right center. However, Reyes retired the next two batters, one with his only strikeout of the game. In the Volcano sixth, Relaford doubled to right, went to third as...

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A cooling splash — when open

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Keizer is experiencing a bit of a heat wave. Fortunately, there is a water fountain by city hall to cool off at – as long as you don’t come Mondays or Tuesdays. Last Tuesday, as the temperature hovered around the 100 degree mark, splash fountain – in Chalmers-Jones Park at Keizer Civic Center, adjacent to the skate park – had a ‘closed’ sign stationed in front of it. Forecasts call for temperatures next Monday and Tuesday to be well into the 90s. According to the City of Keizer website, Splash Fountain operates Wednesday through Sunday from mid-June until the Labor Day weekend. The fountain is on from 1 to 7 p.m. on days forecasted to be 75 degrees or above. Robert Johnson, Parks supervisor for Keizer, said there is a reason for the two days of closure each week. “It has always been that way since it was installed four years ago,” Johnson said. “There are two reasons. It gives us time to do routine maintenance. We hired a temporary person, not a city employee, to do an offset schedule, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. He can only work five days a week. To have it open seven days a week, we would have to bring in an additional person and the funds are not available.” Johnson said changing the days would...

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