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SALEM ECONOMY Apr. 21
SALEM ECONOMIC INDEX: Salem’s housing market remains hot, good news on jobs
Salem Reporter’s new monthly feature looks at key indicators to give you a sense of how the Salem area economy is performing. This month’s data show that demand for housing remains strong. Lottery sales, business filings and employment data point to positive trends in the local economy.
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Apr. 21
LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: Oregon Senate passes 'Domicile Unknown' bill to track homeless deaths
Apr. 21
Salem police looking for driver in fatal hit and run
Apr. 21
Learn about Salem's former Chinatown during online event Saturday
SCHOOL BOARD ELECTIONS Apr. 21
Salem-Keizer school board candidate Q&A - Zone 1 (west Salem)
Hear from school board candidates Osvaldo Avila, Richard Riggs, Ross Swartzendruber and Kari Zohner about their priorities for the Salem-Keizer district. Voters across the district get a say in all four races on May 18.
HOMELESSNESS Apr. 21
Salem woman living on the streets found dead under Market Street overpass
Tammy Federici, 40, is one of dozens of people without housing who have died in the past year. No foul play is suspected in her death, police said.
SCHOOL BOARD ELECTIONS Apr. 21
Salem-Keizer sees 11 candidates for four school board seats in heavily polarized races
Intense debates over school reopening, police in schools and racial equity have put more focus on the Salem-Keizer School Board over the past year. In the May 18 election, two slates of candidates backed by local political action committees have organized along partisan lines, while three independent candidates also seek seats.
Apr. 21
Virtual chamber music concert to benefit programs in local schools
AROUND OREGON Apr. 21
AROUND OREGON: 20% of Oregon State Hospital nurses on leave as staff shortage intensifies: ‘Morale is very low’
The Oregon State Hospital in Salem is now without 20% of its usual nursing staff due to COVID-related leave.
POLICE REFORM Apr. 20
In Salem, Chauvin verdict “a small step in the right direction”
Community members who have pushed for police accountability locally praised Tuesday’s guilty verdict for the Minneapolis police officer who murdered George Floyd last year. But they said one trial doesn’t change the need for continued law enforcement reform or eliminate the fear of racist violence against Black people.
COVID IN OREGON Apr. 20
Polk County moved into “high risk” category. But another shutdown is off the table — for now
Covid cases have been on the rise in Marion and Polk counties for weeks. Beginning Friday, Polk County will see the same restrictions on businesses and social gatherings currently in place in Marion County. Gov. Kate Brown has said no county will be placed in the “extreme risk” category, unless two statewide triggers are met.
Apr. 20
AGENDA: Commissioners to consider fines for parking along Little North Fork
Apr. 20
Salem area unemployment rate remains virtually unchanged
ON THE AIR Apr. 20
ICYMI with Salem Reporter: Reporter Jake Thomas discusses local housing demand
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.
Apr. 20
Young people, Salem wants to know how you think the city should grow
SALEM HISTORY Apr. 20
COLUMN: Search for Salem's Chinatown unearths cemetery shrine
A new Salem Reporter feature highlights local history. In our first installment, Salem's historic preservation manager explains how a collaborative archaeology project led to the rediscovery a Chinese funerary table and an annual celebration of the Qing Ming festival.
Apr. 19
Closure of Silverton Road begins next month
SALEM ECONOMY Apr. 19
The first round of relief is on its way for Salem businesses and commercial landlords
Oregon's economic development agency is sending out $50 million (including $4 million for Marion County) worth of checks to businesses and commercial landlords with unpaid rent. A state-mandated grace period for unpaid rent recently expired, making the agency's work more urgent.
SALEM COMMUNITY Apr. 19
Salem woman honored for her role preserving legacy of trailblazing women landscape architects
Bobbie Dolp has spent more than 16 years trying to preserve the legacy of Elizabeth Lord and Edith Schryver, the first women to own a landscape architecture firm in the Pacific Northwest. The avid gardener was drawn to the women’s story and helped acquire the Salem property where they did their work.
CHILD CARE IN SALEM Apr. 19
One year after pandemic closures, fewer child care providers operating in Salem
A new report from Portland State University and the Early Learning Division chronicles how pandemic changes to child care affected parents and young children across Oregon. State data shows Marion County lost 52 child care providers in the past year.
ON THE AIR Apr. 19
ICYMI with Salem Reporter: Appearance by Managing Editor Rachel Alexander
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.
Free Apr. 19
Covid vaccine eligibility is wide open in Oregon. Here's what you need to know for Salem.
Apr. 19
Salem burn ban extended to Friday, Polk County to Sunday
SPECIAL REPORTS Apr. 19
SPECIAL REPORT: Court in Polk County opened to help troubled people now shuttered
Lana Squires found the help she needed to overcome a lifetime of struggles. The mental health court in Polk County focused on getting people out of the criminal justice stream. Now, a county decision has shut down the court for a less controlling program.
Apr. 16
LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: Oregon House passes bill extending eviction moratorium on businesses
Free Apr. 16
Covid hospitalizations, cases again on the rise as most Oregonians become eligible for shots
AROUND OREGON Apr. 16
AROUND OREGON: Love Oregon’s hiking trails? You can thank a volunteer trail crew for that
Fewer than a dozen people may show up at any given event, but there are hundreds of dedicated regulars who volunteer with one or several organizations helping keep Oregon's trails maintained.
Apr. 16
Keizer man arrested, accused of firing shotgun in front of protest
STATE GOVERNMENT Apr. 16
While Legislature takes up police accountability bills, Salem keeps reform efforts local
About a dozen bills intended to improve police training and accountability are moving through the Legislature. The legislation is in response to racial justice protests that swept the country last summer, including in Salem. But Salem officials and activists are instead focused on local efforts to improve community-police relations.
ON THE AIR Apr. 16
ICYMI with Salem Reporter: Guest appearance by Managing Editor Rachel Alexander
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.
FreeCOVID VACCINATION IN OREGON Apr. 15
Expanded eligibility hasn’t closed Oregon’s vaccination gap for Latinos
Marion County has vaccinated a larger share of Latinos than Oregon as a whole thanks to a large outreach push from community organizations and the county health department. But in Salem, the community hardest hit by the pandemic still lags behind, and Latino groups across the state say the health system needs to do more.
FreeSALEM COMMUNITY Apr. 15
Salem residents call for a crisis response team in city budget
During the Salem Budget Committee meeting Wednesday, there was overwhelming support from community members for a mobile response unit that would pair a crisis worker and medic to respond to people in mental health crisis. Funding for such a program hasn’t been allocated in the city budget.
Apr. 15
Salem-Keizer assistant superintendent Kraig Sproles takes job in Eugene
ON THE AIR Apr. 15
ICYMI with Salem Reporter: Guest appearance by reporter Saphara Harrell
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.
AROUND OREGON Apr. 15
AROUND OREGON: A financial lifeline during Covid
The economic downturn caused by the pandemic has hit Indian Country particularly hard. Entrepreneurs are turning to small, local lending institutions in a region that’s often outside the reach of traditional banks.
Apr. 15
LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: Bill making telehealth permanent passes House
Apr. 15
LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: Oregon Senate passes bill extending eviction moratorium
FreeSTATE GOVERNMENT Apr. 15
Oregon will get a massive infusion of federal cash. Here's how local lawmakers want it spent
Under the American Rescue Plan and Recovery Act, Oregon is anticipated to get $780 million for new programs and services. Legislative leaders asked lawmakers for ideas on how to spend it. We asked the Marion and Polk counties legislative delegation how they think the money should be directed.
Apr. 15
Campers can reserve sites at Detroit Lake starting next week
Apr. 15
Pet-loving artists wanted for Willamette Humane t-shirt contest
HOMELESSNESS Apr. 15
PHOTOS: Volunteers assemble pallet shelter for managed homeless camp
Volunteers helped Church at the Park put up 20 pallet structures that will next week become a safe place to sleep for up to 40 people experiencing homelessness.
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