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MARION COUNTY PUBLIC SAFETY Jul. 31
Man charged for rampage through Keizer; pedestrian killed is identified
The Marion County District Attorney's Office has charged a Silverton man on Friday in connection with two shootings and a fatal hit-and-run in Keizer in an episode that ended in Salem.
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ENVIRONMENT Jul. 31
AROUND OREGON: As salmon cook in rivers, pressure on Biden mounts
Idaho congressman Mike Simpson’s proposal to breach the lower Snake River dams has received bipartisan resistance from farmers, Democrats, Republicans and some environmental groups and faces an uncertain future. Meanwhile, it’s been embraced by Northwest tribes for whom salmon are culturally and spiritually irreplaceable.
SALEM PEOPLE AND PLACES Jul. 30
West Salem Business Association raises funds through golf tournament
Seventeen teams competed playing golf to aid with student scholarships, holiday lights and summer banners.
Jul. 30
Polk County Sheriff's Office rescues two tubers stranded near Keizer Rapids Park
Jul. 30
Biden says federal employees, including 1,500 in Salem, must get vaccinated or have regular Covid tests
ON THE AIR Jul. 30
ON THE AIR: Market Street camp residents' thoughts on the sweep, and the growth of downtown Salem
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.
Free Jul. 30
Salem-area cooling centers open for triple digit heat
Jul. 30
State agency employees must wear masks indoors, Gov. Brown says
SALEM PEOPLE AND PLACES Jul. 30
Southeast Salem neighbors gather for fun and fellowship
A dunk tank, free popcorn and homemade baskets were among the highlights at the gathering held at Capital Park Wesleyan Church.
Jul. 30
Salem motorcyclist dies in crash on Highway 99E
SALEM AREA NONPROFITS Jul. 30
Salem Symphonic Winds plans August 15 return to the stage
The fifty-odd musicians who make up Salem Symphonic Winds are eager for an upcoming benefit performance at a local winery after over a year practicing solos at home.
SALEM PUBLIC SAFETY Jul. 30
UPDATED: Salem apartment fire displaces 100 residents, one firefighter injured
A three-story complex housing 21 apartments in northeast Salem burned Thursday night. Salem fire officials said no residents were injured. One injured firefighter is in stable condition and all displaced residents have temporary housing.
OREGON SCHOOLS Jul. 29
Governor mandates masks for all Oregon K-12 schools in fall 2021
Brown’s decision Thursday is an about-face from the state’s previous focus on local control for school in the fall. The mask rule applies to public and private schools, and state education officials said guidelines being developed would allow modifications for students with disabilities or medical conditions that make wearing masks difficult.
COVID IN SALEM Jul. 29
With rise of Delta variant, more people in Salem again hospitalized with Covid
Marion County health officials are seeing a rise in breakthrough cases of the virus, where fully vaccinated people contract Covid, but nearly all such cases are mild. People who are unvaccinated account for 96% of Covid hospitalizations at Salem Health.
Jul. 29
Governor declares state of emergency as Salem temperatures rise
ON THE AIR Jul. 29
ON THE AIR: How Oregon legislators expanded summer camps, helped Salem projects get off the ground
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.
Jul. 29
Linn County Sheriff's Office suspends search for missing Salem climber
HEAT WAVE Jul. 29
Free transit, functioning call centers could have saved lives during heat wave, state says
The Oregon Office of Emergency Management on Tuesday released an after-action report on mistakes made during the record-setting heat wave that left nearly 100 Oregonians dead. One of the recommendations highlighted, free transit to cooling centers, is already offered by Salem’s transit agency.
SALEM PEOPLE Jul. 29
Salem student gets a boost toward dream of improving reservation housing
Kayla Monte, a student at Chemawa Indian School, wants to study architecture and apply her skills toward affordable housing on tribal reservations. She recently earned a national scholarship to cover college coaching as she works on her applications.
Jul. 29
Gov. Brown will require masks in Oregon K-12 schools for 2021-22
Jul. 29
Salem predicted to reach triple digits Thursday, Friday
Jul. 29
Utilities shut off, portion of northbound Lancaster closed as crews repair power pole
LOCAL COLUMN Jul. 29
COLUMN: Oregon trees owe much to birds' gardening
Local birder and natural history author Harry Fuller shares what birds are up to in the Salem area in his "Some Fascinating Things About Birds" column.
SALEM PUBLIC SAFETY Jul. 29
UPDATED: Chaotic night in Keizer, Salem as suspect trades gunfire with officers, runs over pedestrian
A suspicious vehicle stop in Keizer ended two miles away in an exchange of gunfire in the parking lot of the northeast Salem Home Depot. The suspect struck and killed a pedestrian while fleeing, police said.
Jul. 28
Ike Box to host block party to thank community for saving historic building
Jul. 28
Eligible Oregon businesses will see break in unemployment insurance
LOCAL SCHOOLS Jul. 28
No decision on masks in Salem schools as federal, state recommendations shift
About 40,000 local students will be back for full-time, in-person class in the fall. Whether they have to cover their noses and mouths while indoors remains up to district officials, who plan to gather feedback from parents over the next week.
SALEM PEOPLE AND PLACES Jul. 28
Center 50+ holds summer tea party
At long last, Salem's Center 50+ will shake off the coronavirus, planning to reopen in early September.
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT Jul. 28
St. Francis Shelter can now help renters facing eviction thanks to city grant
Local agencies will be awarded funding to help meet critical needs as renters are struggling to pay back rent and parents look for child care options.
SALEM PEOPLE AND PLACES Jul. 28
PHOTOS: See the new Rotary amphitheater lit for the first time
Riverfront Park's latest attraction will be lit nightly after a test run Tuesday.
AROUND OREGON Jul. 28
AROUND OREGON: 'It was our life' - Alpenrose Dairy memorabilia sold off at auction
The public got a chance to bid on everything from a vintage dairy delivery truck to a stage coach from the Portland landmark.
GUEST COLUMN Jul. 28
COLUMN: Research saves woman nearly $2,000 a year in insurance costs
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.
SALEM PEOPLE Jul. 28
Construction workers put out Salem apartment fire
Josh Towne, a foreman for Todd Construction, was working on the South Salem High School renovation Monday when a fire broke out at a nearby apartment building. Towne worked with a carpenter and neighbors to get the flames under control.
Jul. 28
'Excessive heat' watch issued for Salem area
Jul. 27
OHA recommends masks indoors for everyone, including fully vaccinated people
SALEM NONPROFITS Jul. 27
UGM more than doubles space to get men off Salem’s streets
One week after opening, the Union Gospel Mission’s new downtown Salem shelter has about 70 beds full, with space for about 200 more. Employees and residents said it’s a substantial upgrade from their old facility, which had few windows, crowded dorms and typically filled in the winter.
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT Jul. 27
Union Street to close for Salem Saturday Market
Starting Aug. 7 people will be able to walk to the Salem Saturday Market using Northeast Union Street or Winter Street. But that could create some headaches for local residents trying to get back home when the closures are in place.
Jul. 27
Salem police search for driver who fled after woman fell off hood of van
AROUND OREGON Jul. 27
AROUND OREGON: From a Vale swimming pool to the Tokyo Olympics
Sherri and Dennis Hironaka of Ontario are leading a local cheerleading campaign for their granddaughter Bella Sims, who is competing for gold in the Tokyo Olympics this week.
SALEM CULTURE Jul. 27
“Lorelei” set to showcase Salem on the big screen
Filmmaker Sabrina Doyle debuts a “blue collar fable” shot in Marion County and other parts of Oregon at Salem Cinema on July 31.
Jul. 27
AGENDA: Marion County commissioners meet to discuss road sign, paving agreements in wildfire burned areas
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