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UPDATES: Kids grief camp goes online this summer
Lights out looming for tens of thousands of Marion County residents
A moratorium prohibiting investor-owned utilities from disconnecting customers is coming to an end July 31. Across the state, hundreds of thousands are behind on payments to their gas and electric companies. But numbers show fewer people are behind on payments and utilities say they have financial aid programs in place.
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Jun. 16
LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: Oregon legalizes human composting
Free Jun. 16
Santiam Hospital sweetens Covid vaccine deal with $500 Visa gift card sweepstakes
Truck driver packs an extra load into Salem - a trapped eagle
The crew at South Town Glass in Salem last month helped rescue an adult eagle that somehow got stuck between a freight truck cab and trailer.
Western Christian School seeks to sustain growth with new development director
The private school on the outskirts of Salem added about 40 students in the past year, some of whom were seeking in-person classes. A recent grant from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust will allow the school to focus on fundraising efforts to support a new science building, scholarships and other capital projects.
Jun. 16
Kids grief camp goes online this summer
With federal cash in hand, city of Salem’s budget seeks to address homelessness
The city of Salem on Monday night unveiled plans to spend millions of federal Covid relief funds to address homelessness. But many of the proposed shelter sites are still being developed.
CLASS OF 2021 Jun. 15
STUDENT SPOTLIGHTS: Meet the graduating Salem-Keizer seniors who persevered during a difficult year
Salem's latest high school graduates include an Olympic hopeful, an award-winning engineer and more than 2,700 other teenagers who made the best of a mostly online senior year. We interviewed seven to give a snapshot of the Class of 2021.
As gamblers return to video lottery machines, Oregon Lottery faces payment backlog
During the pandemic, the Oregon Lottery closed its payment centers in Salem and Wilsonville and reduced staff. With the economy reopening, the Oregon Lottery now has a backlog of prize claims to process. It says it has a plan to reduce the backlog by the end of the month.
Jun. 15
Polk County just 500 Covid vaccines shy of moving to "low risk" restrictions
Jun. 15
Hang up your raincoats. Rainy weather is expected to end Wednesday
ON THE AIR Jun. 15
ON THE AIR: Jake Thomas discusses the history of Oregon's wine industry, state hospital staffing
Listen for local news weekday mornings on community radio station KMWV (98.3 FM) with "In Case You Missed It - With Salem Reporter." One of our reporters joins radio station manager Lisa Walz to discuss a story or two of the day.
Jun. 15
Oregon again sees little movement on unemployment rate
Fuerza Campesina forms to help underhoused farmworkers
The ARCHES Project has a new effort to reach Latinos in Marion and Polk counties through a phone number where another Spanish speaker is on the line.
Salem’s Awesome 3000 race won’t happen this summer, but organizers have their sights on a 2022 return
For almost 40 years, Salem kids have raced at McCullough Stadium, taking home medals and earning coveted T-shirts. Ongoing pandemic restrictions sunk hopes of a 2021 return for the Awesome 3000. The Salem-Keizer Education Foundation, which has organized the race, closed its doors permanently last year. But its former leader said he's working with other local nonprofits to make sure the Awesome 3000 sticks around long-term.
Jun. 14
Looking for a job in Salem? Drive-through job fair this Wednesday
Mike Nearman has been expelled from the Legislature. Here's what comes next
The Republican Salem area lawmaker was kicked out of the Legislature for letting demonstrators into the Capitol building last year. While residents of his district won't have a state representative for the session, they'll still have someone around to help. A process is already underway to pick his replacement.
Jun. 14
Make Music Day returns to Salem next week with in-person performances
Even with a pandemic, the Salem Elks lodge kept finding ways to give
The Oregon Elks organization ranked among the highest in the country for charitable activities in 2020. In Salem, members of the lodge racked up hours, dollars and miles driven as they fulfilled the lodge's mission of providing scholarships to high school seniors and helping veterans.
Jun. 14
AGENDA: Marion County commissioners meet to consider psychiatric services contracts
CLASS OF 2021 Jun. 14
STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Salem volleyball star now aims to compete at Tokyo Paralympic Games
Annie Flood has been a member of the U.S. Women’s Sitting Volleyball team since her sophomore year at South Salem High School. The switch to online school during Covid let her spend more of her senior year training in hopes of bringing home gold in Tokyo this summer. This is part of a series by Salem Reporter featuring graduating seniors.
Jun. 14
Salem-Keizer School Board to consider budget, approve election results
Cherriots board will start paying monthly stipend to its members
The phased-in $376 monthly stipend will make Cherriots the only board for any transit agency in the state to pay its board. Board President Ian Davidson said it was designed to avoid conflicts of interest for current members and will help make the board more representative and inclusive.
CLASS OF 2021 Jun. 13
STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: McKay High School’s budding engineer looks to technology to help others
Lesly Rojas has worked with classmates to design multiple award-winning inventions aimed at helping agricultural workers and people with disabilities. Her work has brought in thousands of dollars in prize money for McKay’s engineering programs. This is part of a series by Salem Reporter featuring graduating seniors.
PHOTOS Jun. 12
PHOTO GALLERY: Saxons weather a pandemic year, graduate in person
In a series of ceremonies, the seniors of South Salem High School graduated on Friday, June 11. Because of lingering pandemic restrictions, the school held three ceremonies through the afternoon and evening.
Work starts on Salem's new Boys and Girls Club branch
The family of a long-time supporter of the local Boys and Girls Club was on hand on Thursday, June 10, as ground was turned to start construction on a new clubhouse.
Jun. 11
M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust chips in funding for new Boys and Girls Club
SALEM HISTORY: New downtown alley names pay homage to city's first steel building, theater that burned
As part of Salem Reporter’s local history series, Jacqueline Heavey, chair of the design committee for the Salem Main Street Association, explains the history behind newly-named Wexford Alley and Fortune's Corner.
Jun. 11
Salem police identify person found dead at Capital Inn
Jun. 11
Salem man arrested for attempted murder following May shooting
Jun. 11
State Rep. Mike Nearman expelled from Legislature over involvement in Capitol riot
PHOTOS: For graduating Titans, it's a shared ceremony to end a pandemic year
PHOTOS: West Salem High school conducted its graduation ceremony on Thursday, June 10 - in person and with friends and relatives.
CLASS OF 2021 Jun. 11
STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Seniors pay tribute to a year of resilience with award-winning video game design
A team of seniors designed a video game, “Somebody,” that explores one girl’s journey through her own subconscious as she tries to recover lost memories. The prototype took home the best theme and story award at the Oregon Game Project Challenge. This is part of a series by Salem Reporter featuring graduating seniors.
Salem protester who has permanent vision loss from last summer’s protests has herself to blame, city says in court filings
The city of Salem is facing a federal lawsuit from Eleaqia McCrae who says she was injured by rubber bullets fired by police last summer. In its response to her lawsuit, the city of Salem says she should have followed instructions by police to disperse.
Jun. 10
Western Oregon University announces interim president
Survey shows Salem seniors like city life and points the way for city progress
A survey is providing solid information to help Salem's Center 50+ and other local groups better plan for the needs of the city's seniors.
COLUMN: Some reasons for the labor shortage have been decades in the making
As the pandemic wanes and the economy reopens, employers have complained about a lack of workers. However, the Salem area economy has experienced a problem that’s been growing across the country: decline in men’s participation in the labor force. Here’s how we got here, and here’s one way to help.
ON THE AIR Jun. 10
ON THE AIR: Saphara Harrell discusses where Salem will put 60,000 people
Listen for local news weekday mornings on community radio station KMWV (98.3 FM) with "In Case You Missed It - With Salem Reporter." One of our reporters joins radio station manager Lisa Walz to discuss a story or two of the day.
Jun. 10
LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: Bill directing local governments to decriminalize homelessness passes Oregon Legislature
Jun. 10
Salem-Keizer School Board election results unchanged after recount
FreeCLASS OF 2021 Jun. 10
STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: With a toddler at home and Covid disrupting her classes, Sara Miranda persevered
As a high school freshman, Sara Miranda returned to school with her newborn daughter in tow to finish her finals, passing every class. That dedication helped her get back on track to graduate on time after almost a year not attending school regularly during the pandemic. This is part of a series by Salem Reporter featuring graduating seniors.
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