Day: December 4, 2015

Chasing Dark: Signs, tips and resources

In recent weeks, the Keizertimes has run a Chasing Dark series, looking at the growing heroin epidemic in Keizer. Links to full stories will be in a special section of the Keizertimes website (www.keizertimes.comhttp://keizertimes.com/category/chasing-dark/) this weekend. Throughout the series of stories, parents and law enforcement personnel alike have shared advice, tips and resources to help families. Here is a recap of some of that information: Signs your child could be doing heroin • Bottles disappearing from the medicine cabinet • Items around the house suddenly disappearing or money missing from purses/wallets • A sudden withdrawal socially from the family • Messages on social media about drugs. The problem is most of the times the messages will be private. • Those going through withdrawals will be extremely weak and unable to keep food down. • Excessive drowsiness • Losing track of time • Excessive use of cotton swabs • Pick marks around the face • Weight loss • Dark circles under the eyes • Lack of smiling • Dirtiness, especially under the fingernails • Parents and authorities alike agreed those who are caught in an addiction need to feel free to talk openly about what they are going through, without feeling judged. Building trust is critical. • Jeff and Hollie Crist, whose son Brandon died of a heroin overdose in September, said if parents suspect something is going on, trust...

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Wrestlers host tourney Dec. 4

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes For McNary High School seniors Kyle Bonn and Blake Gerstner there’s more on the line this wrestling season than simple wins and losses. Gerstner said, “We’ve all been working hard together since freshman year and …” “It’s time to see those results,” finished Bonn. McNary’s wrestlers return to the mat Friday, Dec. 4, hosting a tournament with Cleveland, Dallas and Roseburg high schools. All three schools are perennially some of the best in the state. “We have a bunch of seniors this time around who have good work ethic, good attitudes and should give us a lot of good leadership. I’m excited to see how that comes together,” said Jason Ebbs, McNary head coach. Ebbs said this year’s batch of wrestlers features more first-year competitors than any season in recent memory. “We have some work to do, but, as usual, the team we have in February is going to be a different one than we’re putting on the mat this week,” Ebbs said. “We’ve got some good fundamental athleticism and they’ve got a good team attitude. Our intensity of practice is higher earlier this season than it was last year and no one is buckling under that.” The Celtics’ top returner is Brayden Ebbs, son of the head coach. The younger Ebbs ousted the defending state champ and nearly beat last year’s...

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Bud Pierce is named parade grand marshal

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes The doctor is in the car. Bud Pierce, a longtime medical cancer doctor and 2016 candidate for Oregon governor, has been named grand marshal of the Dec. 12 Festival of Lights Holiday Parade in Keizer. Next Saturday’s 7 p.m. parade down River Road isn’t just a normal event: this is the 25th anniversary of the nighttime parade, which started in Salem and moved to Keizer in 2011. The theme of this year’s parade, appropriately enough, is Silver Bells. With the parade being at night and in mid-December, the potential always exists for a cold and/or wet night. Pierce hails from Southern California and earned both his medical degree and completed his residency in fellowship training at the University of California Los Angeles. So is the potential weather an issue? “I’m an Oregonian now,” Pierce said with a laugh. “Twenty years ago when I came up from California, maybe it would have been a problem. Now I’ve got the gear and the experience. I’ll be ready to rumble.” Pierce declined an offer to remain at UCLA and moved with wife Selma to Salem to begin a career in private practice oncology. He practices at Hematology Oncology of Salem and has also volunteered at Oregon Health and Sciences University for the past 20 years as a clinical assistant professor. He is board certified in internal...

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Safety begins at home

The happiest time of the year can quickly turn dark if our home is struck by fire. During the holidays there is more cooking over the weeks of the season. Holiday decorations often include candles. We may use stand-alone room heaters during the cold nights. Christmas trees may call for extra electrical cords. All of these can be the cause of a fire. And a fire will certainly wreck anyone’s holiday. Our local fire services can respond to an emergency in a matter of minutes, but it is best for homeowners to assure there is no emergency in the first place. Every home, especially the kitchen, should have at least one fire extinguisher—these are relatively inexpensive and work well when used properly. Of course a fire extinguisher should not be an alternative to calling the local fire district. Avoiding fires in the home is not just a holiday season goal. It should be in the DNA of the whole house and the people who live in it. Assure that those cooking in the kitchen pay attention to items on and in the stove. There are many stories of kitchen fires that started with an unattended pot on top of the stove. Outside the kitchen, candles add magic to holiday decorations, but using electric or battery-powered candles is the safer bet. When setting up the tree be sure that all...

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A new president will deal with ISIL

Reported of late is that 50 fighters join ISIL every day, including an unknown number of Americans. It’s surmised that the fighter ranks of ISIL total 30,000. Anyone can do the math to determine how many will be added to the ISIL ranks in a year’s time the 50-per-day rate continues, but it’s rather doubtful that the number will ever exceed anything like the number of personnel in the military forces of the United States. Nevertheless, it’s been reported many a time that ISIL is mainly doing the horrible things it has done so the U.S. will be provoked into a land war with them throughout Iraq and Syria.  It strikes one like me that the lopsided numbers and U.S. weapons of war alone would probably doom the ISIL fighting force.  So, why do those maniacs seek land war battles with a U.S. force alone—a force that, with its allies, was able to destroy the indomitable Nazi war machine that formerly had a death-grip on virtually all of Western Europe and some of the U.S.S.R., too? Well, those ISIL madmen may believe they have Allah on their side and he will take care of those Americans and their coalition friends.  Sure, possibly, but our troops have always implored the help of the Lord.  So, that factor may be discounted as favoring them over us.  Then, too, are they not the same God? However, the Iraqi army that we spent...

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