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Ready or Not

by Tracy Barry

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Posted on November 8, 2007 at 2:26 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 4 at 2:33 PM

It's hard to stay upbeat about the search for the University of Oregon professor missing near Cougar Reservoir. No one has seen him since Sunday and the weather is about to turn. Searchers are making an all out effort today. Reporter Scott Burton says the searchers have already been out for 5 hours and will stay out for at least another 5. I don't know about you but I really got my hopes up when they found footprints on two of the trails.

It is quite a remote area according to Keely Chalmers who was covering the story for a couple of days. Just to give you an idea of how the day sometimes goes for reporters, Keely always shows up for work looking like a million bucks and wearing very high heels. Luckily she had a pair of jeans and some boots under her desk when they sent her to the search. She didn't have anything else though since at that point she had no idea they would be spending the night. She says the only thing she really missed was her contact lense solution. Ready or not, reporters have to go when the story breaks.

If your office is anything like ours practically everyone has anti bacterial gel on their desks. I'm looking at mine right now. White tea and Ginger as a matter of fact. So we set out to find out how well the different kinds work. Not such an easy task since it involves getting people to try them. Then taking samples from their hands to a lab for testing. Then waiting 5 days for the lab results. I don't want to give away the story but let me just say it turned out much differently than anyone thought it would and we learned something very unexpected about the gels. I'll let Amy Troy tell you the rest at five.

Think good thoughts for the Xu family and the searchers and as always thanks for watching.

Tracy Barry