LOCAL PARKS Sep. 25
Improvements coming to Keizer Rapids Park disc golf course
Capital City Disc Golf President Daniel Schoonover is spearheading a project to bring improvements to the disc golf course at Keizer Rapids Park.
Data digest: Covid by the numbers for Sept. 24, 2021
Teen hospitalized, two others arrested after accidental shooting at Secor Park
Salem Health hosts eight mobile Covid vaccination clinics in next month
AGENDA: Salem City Council considers managed camp in west Salem
SALEM PEOPLE AND PLACES Sep. 24
Liberty House holds safe annual event, shares details on services to help children
The pandemic has increased the need for services for abused children, according to speakers at Thursday's event for Liberty House of Salem.
FEDERAL POLITICS Sep. 24
Rep. Schrader instrumental in shutting down drug cost reform bill
Congressman Schrader voted against a bill that would have allowed the government to negotiate with pharmaceutical companies for lower prescription drug costs. Schrader talked with the Keizertimes about his decision and his own bill that looks to address the issue.
FreeLOCAL GOVERNMENT Sep. 23
Salem, United Way halt plans for mental health crisis responder program
After planning on state funds to help start up a crisis response unit, city officials learned the grant money they’d hoped to use in Salem was only available to counties. Marion County’s undersheriff said he wants to make sure any new program fits with existing efforts.
Child care providers in Oregon can again apply for state grants
Data digest: Covid by the numbers for Sept. 23, 2021
FreeSALEM CITY GOVERNMENT Sep. 23
For neighbors, a planned west Salem subdivision raises concerns about stream preservation
Salem doesn’t currently have a plan to preserve city waterways and other natural resources, despite a state planning goal to do so. Watershed advocates say the recent approval of a planned subdivision shows the limits of that system as Salem plans for tens of thousands of new residents.
Salem man arrested, accused of shooting into occupied vehicle
Man arrested, charged with murder in northeast Salem shooting Wednesday
FreeHOUSING Sep. 23
Marion County plans to build housing in Santiam Canyon for wildfire survivors
At a Wednesday county commissioner meeting, Marion County explained its plans to build short-term and long-term housing in the Santiam Canyon for wildfire survivors.
Man dies at Marion County Jail in apparent suicide, deputies say
FreeON THE AIR Sep. 23
ON THE AIR: Salem Reporter's Rachel Alexander on vaccination mandates for local government
LISTEN IN: Catch the comments of Managing Editor Rachel Alexander on the latest local news on community radio station KMWV (98.3 FM) with "In Case You Missed It - With Salem Reporter."
Detectives investigating Tuesday night shooting in Four Corners area
Data digest: Covid by the numbers for Sept. 22, 2021
Man killed in northeast Salem shooting
FreeSALEM COMMUNITY Sep. 22
Salem nurse delivers gift baskets to beleaguered health care workers
Through a single Facebook post, Kelsie Powell got hundreds of dollars of donations and donated 15 gift baskets to different units at Salem Hospital to lift the spirits of those working there.
Walk-n-Wag invites pet lovers to Saturday event at Minto Brown Island Park
HIGHER EDUCATION Sep. 22
With national grant, Chemeketa instructors will work to boost enrollment, diversity in STEM
Several years ago, Chemeketa geology instructor Shannon Othus-Gault was successful getting a more diverse group of students enrolled in her classes and improving pass rates by making small changes in teaching and testing. Now, she's hoping to help other science, technology, engineering and math faculty do the same.
FreeON THE AIR Sep. 22
ON THE AIR: Salem Reporter's Saphara Harrell discusses a local restaurant requiring proof of vaccination
LISTEN IN: Catch the comments of reporter Saphara Harrell on the latest local news on community radio station KMWV (98.3 FM) with "In Case You Missed It - With Salem Reporter."
Weigh in on the future of the Salem Public Library services through survey
STATE GOVERNMENT Sep. 21
State, SEIU agree on vaccine mandate for state employees with paid leave, exemptions
The state and SEIU 503 agreed Monday to offer more paid leave opportunities for state employees getting vaccinated ahead of a statewide vaccine mandate.
Data digest: Covid by the numbers for Sept. 21, 2021
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT Sep. 21
More people riding the bus, all-renewable power needed for Salem to meet climate goals
The Salem City Council heard a presentation on the Salem Climate Action Plan Task Force’s efforts to make Salem greener in the future. To meet its ambitious goals, aggressive action would be needed in the next 30 years.
FreeCOVID IN OREGON Sep. 21
What we know about breakthrough Covid cases in Oregon
About 1% of fully vaccinated Marion and Polk county residents have contracted Covid to date. State data shows the number of people diagnosed with Covid after vaccination has climbed as the overall number of cases soared in July and August, but unvaccinated Oregonians remain far more likely to get sick.
AGENDA: Marion County commissioner to get flu shot during Wednesday meeting, approve contracts
Get your questions on kids and Covid answered Wednesday
GUEST COLUMN Sep. 21
COLUMN: Sometimes, where you live can impact cost of health care plans
Medicare questions or issues? Jim Sellers, former Oregon journalist and state agency employee, writes a regular column to help thousands in Salem deal with the confusing world of Medicare and federal benefits. He's available to answer your questions at no charge.
Data digest: Covid by the numbers for Sept. 20, 2021
GOVERNMENT Sep. 20
Marion County employees can now get paid leave if they need to isolate because of Covid
The new policy was approved by Marion County commissioners earlier this month, but the union representing employees says a doctor’s note should suffice, instead of requiring a letter from an increasingly taxed health department.
HIGHER EDUCATION Sep. 20
WOU welcomes first students to new Salem campus
Oregon’s oldest public university now has a presence in the state capital, with a downtown campus offering evening and weekend courses aimed at working professionals.
COVID IN OREGON Sep. 20
AROUND OREGON: Oregon Medical Board revokes license of Dallas doctor who bucked Covid guidelines, spread misinformation
The Oregon Medical Board revoked Steven Arthur LaTulippe's license in early September and fined him $10,000, board records show.
UPDATED: Fire under Center Street Bridge extinguished, road reopened
Oregon landlords can raise rent by up to 9.9% for 2022
AGENDA: Salem City Council holds work session on Climate Action Plan Monday
ON THE AIR Sep. 20
ON THE AIR: Salem Reporter's Ardeshir Tabrizian on the impact of the late Chuck Lee
LISTEN IN: Catch the comments of reporter Ardeshir Tabrizian on the latest local news on community radio station KMWV (98.3 FM) with "In Case You Missed It - With Salem Reporter."
FreeHOUSING Sep. 18
City, Church at the Park seek sponsors for transitional housing
Local volunteers are fundraising to help the city of Salem and Church at the Park build temporary, transitional houses for homeless people.