Author: Eric Howald

Upgrades, not new school, says task force

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Since December, a task force assembled by the Salem-Keizer School District has been meeting to come up with recommendations for how to deal with school overcrowding. On Monday, Feb. 27, the Long Range Facilities Planning Task Force held its final meeting and assigned a dollar figure to the work that needs to be done to increase capacity at the district’s overflowing schools: about $550 million. It will now be up to the Salem-Keizer School Board members to decide whether to pursue the full amount – or some portion of it – with...

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Viewing the eclipse through our ancestors’ eyes

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes On Aug. 21, a total solar eclipse will pass over the breadth of the United States for the first time since 1918. While the ease with which we access information now allows us remove the mystique from celestial events. That wasn’t always the case. In preparation for the eclipse, the Keizertimes is taking a periodic looks at the significance of eclipses and the evolving ways humans view them. We’re starting by looking way back. Our ancestors blamed everything from demons to animals to wars between heavenly bodies as the cause for eclipses of...

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