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FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK June 4
Outbreak at west Salem nursing home hit fast, prompting state action to stop coronavirus spread
Prestige Senior Living Orchard Heights has seen 56 COVID-19 infections of both residents and staff. Some residents living there said they feel doomed.
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SALEM COMMUNITY June 4
For black Salemites, recent protests highlight longtime concerns over racial profiling and equity
Black Salem residents interviewed this week spoke about times they or a family member were stopped, questioned and assumed to be suspicious by either police or non-black residents while going about their daily business in Salem.
SALEM PUBLIC SAFETY June 4
Salem police chief justifies different treatment for armed civilians downtown during curfew
Anger surged across social media platforms Wednesday as a video capturing a Salem police officer's conversation with armed civilians circulated widely. Late Wednesday night, Salem Police Chief Jerry Moore issued a video statement explaining why police treat curfew violators differently.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK June 3
Local data shows scattered new COVID-19 cases in past week, but no large outbreaks
Marion and Polk counties have so far avoided large spikes in residents with COVID-19, even as testing rates have climbed in recent weeks and some businesses have reopened or loosened restrictions.
FreeCORONAVIRUS: LIFE IN SALEM, OREGON June 3
SALEM IN NEED: Children's nonprofit needs school and art supplies
The local Boys and Girls Club is working toward providing full-day summer camps to those in need and mentoring for youth at home this summer.
FreeSALEM PUBLIC SAFETY June 2
Salem imposes weeklong overnight curfew to quell trouble, still allowing demonstrations
The city of Salem on Tuesday evening announced a curfew that bans anyone from being out in public from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. through next Monday. The action comes as city officials sought a way to allow for peaceful demonstrations while holding onto tools to address vandals and others who haven't obeyed curfews.
FreeSALEM PUBLIC SAFETY June 2
After three nights of curfew, questions arise about who's being told to go home — and who's actually going home
City officials say the curfew is another tool to prevent rioting or other disturbances. But the use of the curfew has raised questions about whether it’s being selectively enforced and its effectiveness.
FreeSALEM PUBLIC SAFETY June 2
PHOTOS: Salem sees a third day of protests with candles, a march and officers taking a knee
PHOTOS: Similar events have sprung up across the country in response to the Minneapolis police killing of George Floyd. Salem's mayor and police chief called the event an opportunity for healing.
FreeSALEM PROTESTS June 2
Hundreds gather for vigil, march in third night of Salem protests over George Floyd's death
Monday's march and protest went on peacefully for three hours after a city-declared curfew, with Salem police blocking off streets for protesters and kneeling alongside them. Police arrested several people near midnight saying they had refused orders to disperse.
Salem Public Safety June 1
Live updates: Despite curfew, protesters again hit Salem streets
Salem is seeing its third night of protests in response to police violence. While protesters are assembling peacefully, concerns linger about a repeat of disruptions seen in other demonstrations. The Salem Reporter crew will have updates throughout the event.
Salem Public Safety June 1
With riots erupting across the country, Salem prepares for a third night of protests
Citing the potential for unrest seen elsewhere, Salem City Manager Steve Powers has again imposed a curfew. While protests are still expected, police say they will be watching to prevent rioting and vandalism.
FreeSALEM PUBLIC SAFETY June 1
PHOTOS: Police protests in Salem continued into Sunday
Protests against police violence occurred for a second day on the steps of the Capitol, following a raucous demonstration the night before. One group gathered during the day and a larger group that roamed the downtown area formed in the evening.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK June 1
Keeping wearing your face masks to the grocery store, but you don’t need to have it on in the car
Guidance on mask wearing has sowed confusion at times. Salem Reporter consulted experts to answer questions about when and where you should be wearing one.
FreeLOCAL SCHOOLS June 1
Latino groups push for improved bilingual education, mental health support in budget
With budget cuts on the horizon, Latino organizations in Salem are urging Salem-Keizer administrators and the school board to move forward with plans to better serve students.
FreeSALEM PUBLIC SAFETY May 31
VIDEO: Scenes from the demonstration in Salem protesting the death of George Floyd
VIDEO: A night of peaceful protests in Salem included speeches, chants and signs. As the night wore on, some protesters confronted police. This video was produced by Chris Ward, multimedia editor of the Chemeketa Courier.
SALEM PUBLIC SAFETY May 31
PHOTOS: Protesters leave their mark on Salem, damaging Capitol art
PHOTOS: A peaceful demonstration in Salem Saturday night evolved into a clash between some protesters and Salem police. Left behind was graffiti and damage to Salem Center.
SALEM PUBLIC SAFETY May 31
Curfew lifted for Salem; no arrests or injuries reported from Saturday protests
UPDATED: An estimated 500 people gathered in Salem Saturday night to protest police conduct in an event that later went out of control. Police used tear gas and other devices to check protesters who were throwing bottles and bricks at officers.
FreeBREAKING NEWS May 31
Salem under curfew as Saturday night protest turns violent
In move similar to cities across the country, Salem has declared a state of emergency and ordered a curfew for Sunday night. The action comes after a protest in downtown Salem turned violent when a handful of protesters started throwing items at Salem police officers.
CRIMINAL JUSTICE May 30
Police leaders in Oregon condemn circumstances of Minneapolis man's death
Salem Police Chief Jerry Moore was among police executives in Oregon publicly addressing the death at police hands of 46-year-old George Floyd in Minneapolis. The death has triggered protests and riots in cities across the U.S.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK May 29
New fund seeks to catch immigrant workers who've fallen through the safety net during the COVID-19 pandemic
The Oregon Worker Relief Fund has distributed its initial $750,000 to workers who don't qualify for unemployment because of their legal status. While the program is on track for a statewide launch, the need is expected to exceed current funding.
FreePHOTOS May 29
PHOTOS: Sisters tend to livestock meant for showing in Marion County Fair
Across Marion County, young animal tenders have no place to show livestock under their care for months. Two sisters from the Jefferson area raised goats and sheep.
FreeOUTDOORS May 29
Silver Falls, Detroit Lake campgrounds will open June 9
Oregon's parks department will begin taking reservations for about two dozen campgrounds across the state starting next week. Seven campgrounds in eastern Oregon are opening this weekend.
FreeCORONAVIRUS: LIFE IN SALEM, OREGON May 29
With fairs canceled, 4-H and FFA contenders face uncertain futures with livestock, competitions
Hundreds of Marion County youth prepare for months for the Marion County Fair and then the Oregon State Fair. Now, their investments in pigs, goats and more are at risk. A virtual auction may offer some relief.
FreeWATCHDOG May 29
Salem nursing home failed to follow infection control guidelines as coronavirus spread, report says
A visit by state regulators found workers at Salem Transitional Care didn't change or sanitize masks and goggles between patients while caring for those with COVID-19 and those not yet tested.
Business May 28
OnPoint Community Credit Union to open Salem area branches
The new branches will be the credit union's first in the mid-Willamette Valley and will be located in Keizer and west Salem.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK May 28
PHOTOS: Oregon National Guard, OSU extension distribute masks to farmers
Farmers, ranchers, nursery owners and farm labor contractors slowed traffic in both directions along 17th Street Wednesday as they lined up early to pick up masks and sanitizer.
GUEST COLUMN May 28
NEW FEATURE: Column for Salem Reporter tackles Medicare questions
Jim Sellers, former Oregon journalist and state agency employee, is now writing 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.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK May 28
In bid to protect workers, Oregon ag department hands out free masks, sanitizer
OSU extension workers and the Oregon National Guard handed out 170,000 masks to Marion and Polk county farmers, nursery owners and labor contractors Wednesday.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK May 27
Salem area sees unprecedented unemployment among coronavirus pandemic
While still seeing a dizzying increase, Salem fared relatively well compared to other parts of the state. But no industry in the area was spared job losses.
FreeCOMMUNITY COLLEGE May 27
Chemeketa lays off part-time workers, offers retirement incentives to cut costs
Like most public agencies, Chemeketa Community College is bracing for a multimillion dollar budget hit as state revenue plummets. College President Jessica Howard said she's working to trim costs now, but more layoffs are on the table.
FreeSALEM CITY GOVERNMENT May 27
City to make nearly $400,000 available to small businesses in Salem
Salem City Council voted on Tuesday to make the funds available for businesses that are struggling due to COVID-19 closures but some of that money won’t be available until July.
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