Day: December 15, 2014

Lady Celts regroup after ‘robotic’ debut

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes McNary High School girls varsity basketball team’s return to the court Wednesday, Dec. 3, ended in a 38-31 loss for the Lady Celts. Head Coach Derrick Handley didn’t mince words when it came to assessing the situation. “We were looking a bit robotic. We had such a focus on being in the right place every single play that we forgot to react when things didn’t go our way,” Handley said. With a new head coach and several new faces on the team, senior Lauren Hudgins chalked it up to jitters. “We were still feeling each other out,” she said. “Our defense was better than our offense, and we hurried the offense.” Junior Madi Hingston shot a team-leading seven points; Kaelie Flores and Vanessa Hayes had six each; Sydney Hunter put up five; Jasmine Ernest hit a trey; and Hudgins and Kailey Doutt had two apiece. While the Lady Celts also ended up on the losing side (63-52) in a game with Glencoe High School Thursday, Dec. 5, execution was better on both sides of the ball. “Our effort was as good as anyone could ask for. Our defense stops drove us and let us focus on the press,” Ernest said. Handley said the game came down to the final minutes before getting out of reach for McNary. “They made a run in...

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“Lives in Ruins: Archaeologists and the Seductive Lure of Human Rubble” by Marilyn Johnson

“Lives in Ruins: Archaeologists and the Seductive Lure of Human Rubble” by Marilyn Johnson c.2014, Harper $25.99 / $31.99 Canada 275 pages   BOOK REVIEW by TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER Your back yard was filled with treasure. When you were a kid, you were sure of it – and while it mightn’t have been Pirate booty, there were certainly other riches there. Fossils beneath the grass, remnants from long-ago warriors, glass bottles, even coins awaited discovery. Alas, all you ever found were chicken bones but when you read “Lives in Ruins” by Marilyn Johnson, you’ll remember how digging for them was so much fun. Like many children, Marilyn Johnson grew up looking for fossils in her parents’ garden. The possibility of what she might find underground excited her then so, a few years ago, she decided to “collect” archaeologists and the knowledge they have. When most people think of archaeology, they think of Indiana Jones or dinosaurs. Both are incorrect, says Johnson; Indy was a curator. Dino diggers are paleontologists, while archaeologists look for “people and the things that they leave behind…” To become the latter, you’ll need an extensive apprenticeship for which you’ll pay. Then you’ll “work hard under primitive conditions,” in an industry with notoriously low wages. Johnson’s education would be a little different, though. She started in the National Museum of Ireland, where human remains from the country’s...

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It’ll be done for Christmas?

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes It appears the Chemawa Road reconstruction project is finally in the final stretch. The project spanning from River Road to Keizer Rapids Park was delayed multiple times but crews have been busy for months getting things done. One of the main parts of the project involves the new signal at Chemawa and Celtic Way, the entrance to McNary High School. The poles with the lights were put in several months ago but haven’t been activated. Until now. A Dec. 4 update from the Oregon Department of Transportation – the agency overseeing the project – listed the signal activation being anticipated for either Dec. 16 or 18. Bill Lawyer, Public Works director for Keizer, said Monday evening he hadn’t heard anything more exact in terms of timing. Lou Torres, Public Information representative for ODOT, didn’t have a set date, either. “No concrete date has been set for the signal activation,” Torres said Tuesday. “However, our goal is to get it turned on before Christmas. The ultimate decision will be made by the City of Salem which inspects and will maintain the signal for the City of Keizer. I understand that the City of Salem ‘turns on’ signals on Tuesdays or Thursdays, so I suspect that is why you heard of those dates. “Activation of the signal was delayed because we had to make some...

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