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FreeCOVID IN OREGON May. 11
Brown sets 70% vaccination target to lift most Covid restrictions
Oregon can resume something resembling normal life once 70% of people 16 and older have received at least one dose of Covid vaccine, Gov. Kate Brown said Tuesday. Health officials expect to hit that target in June, and several counties, including Polk, are on track to see some restrictions lifted earlier based on vaccination rates.
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SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT May. 12
PHOTOS: Geren Island ozone treatment upgrades
The city of Salem completed work on a $46 million ozone treatment plant at Geren Island this spring to attack microbes in the water in the event of another algal bloom.
May. 11
One week left to drop off ballots for May 18 school board, fire district election
May. 11
AGENDA: Marion County commissioners meet to approve contracts, extend east Salem patrols
May. 11
Salem's emergency manager helps residents prepare for disaster in virtual talks
SALEM COURTS May. 11
PHOTOS: Supporters rally as Nearman arraigned on charges stemming from December attack on Oregon Capitol
A lawyer for state Rep. Mike Nearman, R-Independence, appeared in court Monday on the lawmaker's behalf. Nearman faces two criminal misdemeanor charges for opening a door to the Oregon Capitol during a violent December demonstration, allowing protestors inside the building.
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT May. 11
To increase diversity in the city’s workforce, Salem will create new position, committee
The Salem Budget Committee recommended the city set aside $150,000 for a new position that would do diversity, equity and inclusion work in the city for the next two years. That coincides with an internal committee looking at how to make its workforce more representative of the city.
SALEM PEOPLE AND PLACES May. 11
For Salem kids, these bikers stand guard against abuse
The Willamette Valley chapter of Bikers Against Child Abuse has been attending court with kids and helping them feel safe confronting abusers since 2014. As daily life slowly returns to normal, the group’s leaders say they’re once again seeing more referrals.
May. 11
Two dogs killed in east Salem shooting
AROUND OREGON May. 11
AROUND OREGON: Embattled state forester, Peter Daugherty, submits resignation
Daugherty has led the agency since 2016, and his tenure has been marked by deep financial problems within the department, a dysfunctional relationship with the Board of Forestry and the loss of state lawmakers’ confidence, even as the agency is looking for a massive infusion of new resources to better respond to the state’s increasingly severe wildfire seasons.
May. 10
FDA approves Pfizer vaccine for 12-15 year-olds, but Oregon teens will have to wait a few days for shots
SALEM ECONOMY May. 10
Throughout the pandemic, the Latino Business Alliance has kept its focus on connections
Formed over a decade ago during the last economic downturn, the alliance has been focused on the unique business needs of many Latino-owned businesses. Helping these businesses has meant more than translating from Spanish to English. Now, it’s preparing to bring back Café y Pan Dulce, one of its signature networking events.
May. 10
Western Oregon University will require Covid vaccination for students, employees
May. 10
Participate in survey gauging discrimination in Salem
May. 10
AGENDA: Salem-Keizer School Board to vote on property sale, hear update on hybrid school
COVID IN SALEM May. 10
A Salem community health worker quietly helps an overlooked community navigate the pandemic
Salem’s Pacific Islander community has been hard-hit by the pandemic, as well as misinformation on the virus. Kapiolani Micky has been there to help connect the community with resources and information.
SALEM ECONOMY May. 10
COLUMN: Do official numbers really reflect the Salem area's economic recovery?
A recent state report provides a look at how the area's economy has fared a year into the pandemic. While it provides some good news, the numbers used for it might not tell the whole story.
May. 7
LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: House bill seeks to pave way for more electric vehicles
COVID IN OREGON May. 7
Oregon workplace safety agency moves to make Covid regulations permanent
Earlier this week, the Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration enacted regulations that’ll continue the masking, social distancing and sanitization requirements that have become common in workplaces. While business groups say the requirements are manageable, they say there should include a sunset date. Labor groups say the pandemic is ongoing, and the regulations have kept workers safe.
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT May. 7
Budget committee recommends body-worn cameras for Salem police
The Salem Budget Committee on Wednesday recommended that a body-worn and dash camera program be included in the city budget with an amount that still needs to be determined. Salem City Council in June will vote on the program, which is estimated to cost more than half a million dollars in its first year.
SALEM NONPROFITS May. 7
Meals on Wheels looking for distribution hubs in south, west Salem
As more seniors stayed home during the pandemic, Salem's Meals on Wheels program grew from serving about 450 people daily to 750. To sustain a bigger program and ease the work of volunteer drivers, the program's leaders are now looking for more space.
May. 7
UPDATED: Cherriots resumes service at downtown transit center; police clear suspicious package report
ON THE AIR May. 7
ON THE AIR: Reporter Saphara Harrell details new soccer fields, downtown Salem development
Catch up with 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 of two of the day.
May. 7
Willamette names new dean for Atkinson Graduate School of Management
AROUND OREGON May. 7
AROUND OREGON: Malheur County could get billion-dollar energy project on Owyhee Reservoir
Executives from a Utah company, rPlus Hydro, recently briefed the Malheur County Court on a proposal to build a pumped storage facility. Matthew Shapiro, chief executive officer of rPlus Hydro, said the project could generate 300 new jobs and generate a significant amount of electricity.
May. 6
Police report: Storage unit fire caused by stolen flare gun
May. 6
LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: Bill making it easier for unemployed workers to return to work passes Legislature
LOCAL HISTORY May. 6
SALEM HISTORY: The "Little Gem" grocery store gets a facelift and new home
A new Salem Reporter feature highlights local history. Historic preservation advocate Hazel Patton chronicles the move and restoration of one of Salem's historic buildings, a Mom and Pop grocery store that once served customers in central Salem.
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT May. 6
Salem Budget Committee recommends funding for mobile unit to respond to crisis calls
All members of the committee agreed they want a unit, but are still uncertain where funding will come from. On Wednesday, the budget committee unanimously voted to set aside a quarter of the project’s anticipated costs for the first 16 months.
FreeCOVID IN SALEM May. 6
Peoples Church in northeast Salem tied to one of Oregon’s largest Covid outbreaks
The Oregon Health Authority said Wednesday that 74 people had contracted Covid through an outbreak tied to the church after beginning an investigation in April. The church’s lead pastor, Scott Erickson, joined nine other Oregon churches in a 2020 lawsuit unsuccessfully seeking to overturn Gov. Kate Brown’s “Stay Home, Save Lives” order.
May. 6
New lawsuit challenges Oregon's Covid restrictions
AROUND OREGON May. 6
AROUND OREGON: Bringing beavers back to the beaver state
Oregon tribes are reintroducing a species that creates important habitat for First Foods. But the Beaver State’s laws don’t work in the animal’s favor.
SALEM PEOPLE AND PLACES May. 6
A spring garden afternoon supports Willamette Valley Hospice's healing through music
In its first in-person event since the pandemic began, Willamette Valley Hospice invited music therapists to perform for guests at a reservation-only jewelry sale to benefit the program.
COVID IN OREGON May. 5
Salem area reacts with frustration to yo-yo shift in Covid restrictions
Gov. Kate Brown on Tuesday surprised people across the state by announcing that 15 counties, including Marion and Polk, would move from the “extreme” to “high” risk categories of Covid restrictions. Salem area businesses and elected leaders were agitated by the sudden shift in restrictions and the explanation offered by the governor for it.
PUBLIC SAFETY May. 5
Salem Police Employees Union fails in effort to unionize sergeants
The union which represents Salem police officers failed in an effort to add 24 sergeants to its bargaining unit after an April ruling by the state’s employment board which found they were “supervisory” employees under state law. The union president said healthcare was one of the big reasons sergeants wanted to join.
May. 5
Salem man arrested on suspicion of arson following storage unit fire
May. 5
LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: House bill aims to increase diversity on publicly traded corporate boards
FreeSALEM PEOPLE AND PLACES May. 5
During a difficult year, Assistance League expands help for Salem students
Volunteers like Jeanette George have helped pick out clothing and assemble kits with basic hygiene items for thousands of students in Salem-Keizer schools this year through their Operation School Bell program.
ON THE AIR May. 5
ON THE AIR: Reporter Jake Thomas discusses new restrictions, economics of government help
Catch up with 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 of two of the day.
May. 5
Watch Q&As with Salem-Keizer School Board candidates
Free May. 4
Gov. Brown moves Marion, Polk counties back to "high risk," clearing indoor dining to resume
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