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Former OSH doc talks mental health with McNary students

Former OSH doc talks mental health with McNary students

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes In September, a Gresham woman fatally shot her 17-year-old son. Reports suggested that the woman was undregoing financial and emotional strain after losing her home to foreclosure. When Dr. Prasanna Pati reads about such incidents, the psychiatrist laments the best aspects of the now defunct Oregon State Hospital […]

Harm reduction offers hope in increments

Harm reduction offers hope in increments

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Chris Gray is in the business of starting conversations with injection drug users. “Once someone engages you and says, ‘I want to use a clean needle,’ that’s the beginning of some sort of contemplation,” said Gray, harm reduction outreach specialist for the Benton County Health Department. The Benton […]

Laying down Celtic tracks

Laying down Celtic tracks

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes McNary High School senior Jonathon Wheeler got his first wireless microphone when he was in fourth grade. He connected it with his keyboard and it worked beautifully. Eventually though, it gave out. When he returned to the store for a replacement they only had wired mics. He brought […]

He’s no Monster

He’s no Monster

MHS stages Beauty and the Beast

Care for the abuser, not the abuse

Care for the abuser, not the abuse

Moments of Lucidity By ERIC A. HOWALD The friend request arrived earlier this year, nearly 20 years since our last conversation. That one went something like this: “Eric, phone call.” “Thanks, mom.” “Hello?” A pause. “Hi, Eric, it’s Mike. I’m in the hospital.” This is how my former best friend opened the conversation after twelve […]

Mysterious flag returned to MHS

Mysterious flag returned to MHS

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The package arrived at the McNary High School Monday, Nov. 2, with a typed letter and an American flag, folded military-style, beginning to show it’s age. “A long time ago I was a silly young and immature kid attending McNary,” the letter states. “Contain(ed) within this package is […]

Netters fall to Pacers

Netters fall to Pacers

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The McNary High School varsity volleyball team took down Cleveland High School in the first round of the state playoffs, but ran into a wall in the second round. The Lady Celts lost 3-1 to Lakeridge High School Saturday, Oct. 31, in the second round, ending the season. […]

Reports: heroin usage on the rise, increasingly deadly

Reports: heroin usage on  the rise, increasingly deadly

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials say usage of heroin and other drugs have reached “epidemic” levels. In a briefing published in July, researchers found that heroin use more than doubled in adults ages 18 to 25 in the past deacde. Those findings coincide with trends that […]

MHS grad wins Met Opera contest

MHS grad wins Met Opera contest

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Patience is a virtue for most, but absolutely essential for an opera singer. Just ask McNary High School grad Daniel Ross. “I’m getting old enough that it is about time to start trying the bigger competitions. It seemed like the right time so I went for it,” said […]

Celts draw defending state champs

Celts draw defending state champs

BY ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes To advance to the second round of the Oregon football playoffs, the McNary High School varsity football team will have to unseat the OSAA 6A champs of the past two seasons. The 28th-ranked Celtics travel to meet fifth-ranked Central Catholic High School Friday, Nov. 6. Kickoff is 7 […]

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