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COMMENTARY September 17
After a year in Salem, reporter's faith in the power of journalism is revived
Aubrey Wieber was the first of the three reporters who helped launch Salem Reporter a year ago. He reflects on what that time serving Salem and Oregon has meant.
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SALEM PEOPLE AND PLACES September 16
Weekend event puts dogs on the trail in Salem to raise money
A Salem program keeps pets and people together during hospice, and an annual event helps pay for care and support. Minto-Brown Island Park was the scene Saturday for the friendly walk.
SALEM BUSINESS September 16
On Salem Reporter's anniversary, thoughts of more local news coverage to come
At Salem Reporter, we've been so busy finding and reporting news, we haven't paused to note our anniversary. Our editor looks back on the past year, and invites readers to help set the agenda and future growth for the year ahead.
STATE GOVERNMENT September 14
Oregon's public records council calls for independent advocate
Moves are a first step to clearing up gray areas in 2017 law creating the public records advocate.
SALEM EVENTS September 13
Urban Art Fest brings color, culture and resistance through art
If you're a fan of towering graffiti art, low-riders, good music or breakdancing, you won't want to miss this weekend's Urban Art Fest in Salem.
HIGHER EDUCATION September 13
More college options coming to downtown Salem with WOU expansion
Need to finish a bachelor's degree or get a master's to move ahead at work? Western Oregon University is opening a campus in Salem tailored to working adults, soon to be located in the Vick building downtown.
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT September 13
With death of her husband, Councilor Sally Cook says she will step down
The sudden death of her husband Jason Cook put an inordinate burden on the first-term councilor, she said.
BREAKING NEWS September 12
UPDATED: Police arrest armed felon near Four Corners
Robert Dailey has pending criminal charges in Marion County and is under post-prison supervision after a 2017 conviction for unlawful firearm possession and possession of methamphetamine.
LOCAL SCHOOLS September 11
August push at McKay means more graduates for Class of 2019
In early August, eight McKay High School students showed up in the school library to finish the last few credits toward their diplomas. All eight were successful.
STATE GOVERNMENT September 11
Supreme Court ruling on unanimous jury verdicts could throw decades of Oregon convictions into question
Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum is urging the court to rule split decisions are constitutional, saying overturning existing laws would throw the state’s court system into chaos.
SALEM AREA EVENTS September 11
CHECK OUT: a triathlon, dog walk or wildfire talk
Strut your mutt or get on your bikes and ride this weekend.
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT September 11
Hoping for affordable apartments, Salem eyes new twist on urban renewal
Salem officials are already discussing offering the incentive to the Oregon State Hospital North Campus, where Mountain West Investment Corp. hopes to build a 246-unit apartment.
OREGON GOVERNMENT September 11
Oregon reaches inside to find next leader of ODOT
The head of Oregon's Highway Division replaces Matt Garrett, who stepped down in June as director of the Oregon Department of Transportation. The agency is one of the state's largest.
SALEM WEATHER September 10
Flood warning in effect after thunderstorm Tuesday afternoon
The worst of the rain seems to be over, but poor drainage may lead to some scattered flooding in low-lying areas.
LOCAL SCHOOLS September 10
Public schools aren't discriminating by doing business with churches opposed to same-sex relationships, state says
Salem-Keizer schools sometimes hold meetings in buildings owned by Salem Alliance Church. An employee complained because of church doctrine against LGBTQ relationships, but a state ruling this week said the church's beliefs aren't the district's responsibility.
SALEM PEOPLE AND PLACES September 10
At The Pentacle, locals shed day roles for stage life in new play
A stripper, a dancing pole and a park also have a place in The Pentacle Theatre's latest live production.
YOUR GOVERNMENT, YOUR BUSINESS September 9
AGENDA: Salem-Keizer board meets Tuesday
School board members will consider several proclamations, and an agreement allowing Superintendent Christy Perry to be part of an effort to create a regional continuum of care for homeless services.
LOCAL ART September 9
Peace mosaic advocates outline plan for move to Riverfront Carousel
After more than a year of work from local advocates, Salem’s Peace Mosaic mural will be removed and preserved during demolition of the YMCA this fall. If all goes according to plan, it will eventually have a new home in Riverfront Park.
STATE GOVERNMENT September 9
Oregon’s first public records advocate quits
Ginger McCall, hired a year ago to improve transparency, claims pressure from governor’s office led to her resignation.
LOCAL BUSINESS September 9
Businesses in Marion, Polk counties to get $14.5 million from SAIF
The payments are part of $160 million in dividends across the state.
SALEM PEOPLE AND PLACES September 7
Local businesses honored by Salem group in annual ceremony
From manufacturing to farming, area companies on Friday took home awards from SEDCOR.
SALEM HOUSING September 6
Micro-apartment complex Nishioka Building will break ground Monday
The building will plop 148 apartments in at the corner of State and Commercial streets, most of which will be 270 square feet at $850 per month. It will add 14 parking spaces for vehicles, and many spaces for bicycle parking.
LOCAL SCHOOLS September 6
Agriscience program teaches urban farming, plant biotechnology to high schoolers
Salem-Keizer's new program has aeroponic towers and a tissue culture lab. Now, they're looking for a few more students.
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT September 5
First forum for Salem’s proposed “sit-lie” ordinance leaves residents, officials wanting more discussion
Two months after city staff proposed a divisive ordinance, which many feel will target homeless people, a public forum offered about half an hour for people to discuss their thoughts or ask questions.
PHOTO GALLERY September 5
PHOTOS: Middle and high school students start a new year
We went to Judson Middle School and Sprague High School to document the start of a new school year.
HOMELESSNESS September 5
Morning coffee service aims to reduce tensions between downtown homeless, business owners
As Salem citizens debate a "sit-lie" ordinance to ban daytime sleeping on public sidewalks, some volunteers and outreach workers have taken a different approach to downtown homelessness, serving coffee in an effort to get people up and moving before businesses open.
SALEM AREA EVENTS September 5
New program allows younger kids to read aloud to shelter pups and kittens
Shelter Storytime aims to give kids aged 5 to 11 nonjudgmental listeners as they practice reading while also reducing stress and anxiety in the shelter's residents.
STATE GOVERNMENT September 5
Gov. Brown’s task force calls for more psychiatric beds for Oregon foster kids
The move is part of an effort to end the practice of sending foster kids out of state, but is just one step.
SALEM BUSINESS September 4
Neighbors of proposed Costco, shopping center file with Oregon Court of Appeals
Salem City Council will wait a few months longer for the Oregon Court of Appeals to rule before making its own decision, city officials said.
PHOTO GALLERY September 4
PHOTOS: Salem-Keizer students head back to school
Look out for yellow buses on the roads and kids with backpacks in crosswalks - local students are back in school.
LOCAL SCHOOLS September 4
School attendance push enters second year in Salem-Keizer
Most Salem-Keizer schools saw improved student attendance last year after a districtwide effort to reach out directly to families struggling to get kids to school. District leaders want that number to keep going up.
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