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MARION COUNTY GOVERNMENT August 15
Marion County, Covanta continue seeking 'renewable' status amid threats to close plant
After a bill failed in the 2019 session to qualify Covanta's Brooks plant as a renewable energy source, the company is setting sights on the 2020 session. Covanta and Marion County are in talks to extend their contract before their contract deadline.
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STATE GOVERNMENT August 16
Independent Party of Oregon faces major/minor test next week
Oregon’s third-largest political party expected to go back to minor status — for now.
PUBLIC SAFETY August 16
Monthly crime, fire service reports for Salem area now available
In a new service to the Salem community, Salem Reporter will compile and publish monthly data from the Salem Police Department, Marion County Sheriff's Office, Salem Fire Department and Marion County Fire District 1.
COMMENTARY August 16
How Salem Reporter took a deep look at your local school board
Dozens of phone calls. More than 30 pages of notes. Reporter Rachel Alexander takes you behind the scenes on Salem Reporter's latest in-depth coverage of your local schools.
SALEM SPORTS August 16
Excitement builds as Sprague Little League's World Series debut nears
UPDATED The hometown team will face off against Elmora Youth Little League from Elizabeth, New Jersey, on Friday at 4 p.m. PT and support has poured in from across the community.
LOCAL SCHOOLS August 15
Math takes center stage at Salem-Keizer summer program to boost student achievement
Teachers got a chance to work with a new Salem-Keizer math curriculum in elementary summer school programs and get feedback they'll take into the school year. The program is for students from local schools with a high poverty rate, intended to help close achievement gaps.
SALEM AREA EVENTS August 14
CHECK OUT: A naked swim, scavenger hunt or tiny homes
Spend the remaining days of this hot girl summer skinny dipping, attending a christian concert or looking at some small living spaces.
SALEM BUSINESS August 14
Costco-anchored shopping center sent back to Salem City Council
The State Land Use Board of Appeals on Wednesday said it will send the Costco-anchored shopping center back for consideration by Salem City Council. This story will be updated.
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT August 14
Former Salem Housing Authority staffer slams "very toxic" environment in resignation
A city official declined to comment on the letter that made several claims about unrelenting stress within the agency. Instead, the official said they are focused on adding more affordable housing to the area and recruiting landlords to its homeless rental assistance program.
STATE GOVERNMENT August 14
First-ever public records survey shows mixed bag for Oregon government transparency practices
The survey, which will become an annual polling, found a wide variety in how government bodies follow public records law. Two of the three Salem-area bodies polled did not respond.
LOCAL SCHOOLS August 14
Sprague names Chad Barkes new principal
An assistant principal and athletic director who got his start in special education nearly two decades ago will lead the Olympians into the 2019-20 school year.
STATE GOVERNMENT August 14
Gov. Brown backs off veto after Newport community and officials go to bat for dam project
After a comprehensive effort, Gov. Kate Brown sided with the city in giving $4 million to start planning a retrofit of two dams.
YOUR GOVERNMENT, YOUR BUSINESS August 13
AGENDA: Polk County to review multi-jurisdictional agreement for health services
The Polk County Commission meets 9 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13.
YOUR GOVERNMENT, YOUR BUSINESS August 13
AGENDA: Marion County to consider renewing funding for mobile crisis services
The Marion County Commission meets 9 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14, at the Senator Hearing Room in Courthouse Square, 555 Court St. N.E.
LOCAL SCHOOLS August 13
"Whatever it takes": McKay staff push seniors toward August graduation
McKay Principal Rob Schoepper isn't above showing up at a student's house and dragging her out of bed to get her to the school library. He's got a team of staff working to help nine more students become part of the Class of 2019 before an Aug. 30 state deadline.
HEALTH CARE August 13
Emails hacked at regional mental health administrator
A phishing scam compromised emails at the Mid-Valley Behavioral Care Network, officials said. People whose personal information may have been impacted has already been notified, they said.
PUBLIC SAFETY August 12
Salem Police Chief reacts to community concern over street violence
Law enforcement officials haven't said that the shootings are gang-related, but in a statement Monday evening Salem Police Chief Jerry Moore said it doesn't change the investigation if they are.
STATE GOVERNMENT August 12
DHS pays out $1.1 million settlement in Keizer child death
The Department of Human Services has not admitted any fault in the 2017 death of a Keizer boy, but last week agreed to a settlement after it was alleged the department failed to act accordingly on information that the child could be in danger.
SALEM SCHOOLS August 12
School board members try to pull together in face of major issues for Salem-Keizer schools
Can seven very different Salem-Keizer School Board members bridge their differences to find common goals this year? The ability of Salem's $1 billion-a-year school system to boost student performance depends on it. Salem Reporter takes an in-depth look at the people on the board and the challenges ahead serving 40,000 students.
PUBLIC SAFETY August 12
Man stabbed in northeast Salem
The 21-year-old was taken to Salem Health with non-life threatening injuries.
SALEM SPORTS August 10
Next stop for Sprague team: Little League World Series
A second win over a Little League team from Idaho put a group of Salem players on the course for flying to Pennsylvania to take part in the World Series. The group is raising money to pay the anticipated costs.
SALEM SPORTS August 10
Sprague Little League team wins regional title, headed to World Series
The major all-star Little League out of the Sprague area took on defending regional champion Idaho on Saturday, winning the game and winning a chance at the World Series title.
SALEM AREA EVENTS August 10
Holocaust survivor to speak at Willamette University
Jona Laks will talk about her experience surviving experimentation at Auschwitz.
STATE GOVERNMENT August 9
Sorrow, frustration for Oregon's Latinx community in wake of El Paso shooting
Latinx advocates, politicians and community members in Oregon have grappled with hard questions and realities since Saturday, when a shooter targeting "Mexicans" killed 22 at a Walmart in south Texas.
PUBLIC SAFETY August 9
Shooting reported Thursday in East Lancaster area
It's the fifth shooting in northeast Salem over the past week. Police haven't said whether the five shootings are connected or gang-related.
SALEM AREA EVENTS August 8
Northeast Salem looks to revamp reputation through festival
The Englewood Forest Festival brings neighbors together in a small park to celebrate art, community and the environment.
SALEM BUSINESS August 8
Salem On Ice won't return after difficult second year
The rink saw a 20 percent decline in skaters "with no clear indication that this trend will change with this coming season." A departure of business partners also played a role.
PUBLIC SAFETY August 8
Firefighters investigate smoke at Salem Health
Patients in Building B were moved to the north side of the building. Investigators pointed to an elevator shaft as the source.
BREAKING NEWS August 7
16-year-old identified as victim of fatal Englewood Park shooting
Salem police named Ishaq Saleem as the person killed in Englewood Park on Sunday. A suspect has yet to be identified.
HEALTH CARE August 7
Salem Hospital plans major expansion with 150 new beds
Hospital leaders say a new seven-story tower on the east side of the current emergency room building will help Salem Hospital meet a growing demand for care as the community ages.
STATE GOVERNMENT August 7
Rep. Mike Nearman to head Oregon Freedom Foundation
The lawmaker from Independence will continue to serve in the House while leading the anti-union foundation’s Oregon operations.
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