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about 1 month ago

Child care providers in Oregon can again apply for state grants

With most students absent during the COVID-19 pandemic, children get extra outdoor time at the Oregon Child Development Coalition's North Lancaster preschool on March 20, 2020 (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter)

Oregon's Early Learning Division has $224 million to pass out to child care providers across the state.

The division opened grants Thursday, intended to help child care providers who lost revenue or experienced financial hardship due to the Covid pandemic. The grants are non-competitive, meaning applicants who meet criteria will receive money.

As families pulled their children out of care during the pandemic and providers had to spend more on staffing and cleaning supplies, many providers closed their doors. One year into the pandemic, about 60 Marion and Polk county child care providers were no longer operating.

Grants are funded by the federal American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, and are open to private licensed child care providers and providers exempt from licensing who are listed with the Oregon Department of Human Services. Amounts awarded will range from $6,800 for the smallest, license-exempt providers up to $233,680 maximum for large centers serving more than 60 children.

Applications must be submitted by Dec. 31, 2021. More information is available on the Early Learning Division website.

-Rachel Alexander

about 1 month ago

Data digest: Covid by the numbers for Sept. 23, 2021

Salem Hospital on Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

Salem Reporter is keeping you informed of the latest Covid numbers. Here’s our report for Thursday, Sept. 23. 

New Covid cases reported in Marion County: 166

New Covid cases reported in Polk County: 48

Total Salem Hospital patients with Covid: 100 as of Thursday morning, a decrease of one from Wednesday. Of those, 25 are in the intensive care unit, and 12 are on ventilators. 

Eighty-one of those in the hospital are not vaccinated against Covid.

Total Salem Hospital bed occupancy: 476 of 494 licensed beds in use

Total people hospitalized with Covid in Region 2 (Marion, Polk, Yamhill, Linn, Benton, Lincoln counties): 157, a decrease of 14 from Wednesday. Of those, 40 are in the intensive care unit and 20 are on ventilators.

Total Region 2 hospital bed occupancy: 83 of 95 staffed ICU beds and 626 of 686 non-ICU beds in use. 

New Covid deaths reported: 12

OHA released demographic information for two Marion County residents whose deaths were reported Wednesday. 

A 35-year-old woman who tested positive on Sept. 18 and died on Sept. 19 at Oregon Health and Science University Hospital. She had no underlying conditions.

A 43-year-old woman who tested positive on Sept. 17 and died on Sept. 16. Location of death and presence of underlying conditions are being confirmed.

One Polk County death was reported, an 88-year-old man who tested positive on Sept. 7 and died on Sept. 17 at Salem Hospital.  Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

New Covid vaccines in Oregon: 3,374 new Covid vaccine doses administered on Sept. 22, including 1,612 first doses. 

Source: Oregon Health Authority, Salem Health

-Saphara Harrell

about 1 month ago

Salem man arrested, accused of shooting into occupied vehicle

A Salem police car. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

A Salem man was arrested after police say he shot into an occupied vehicle Wednesday afternoon.

None of the occupants of the vehicle were injured, the Salem Police Department said in a Thursday news release.

Ivanovich Garcia-Sanchez, 39, was charged Thursday with unlawful weapon use and three charges of recklessly endangering another person in Marion County Circuit Court, according to court documents.

The charges allege at least three people were inside the vehicle Garcia-Sanchez shot at.

Salem Police Department officers responded to the 3700 block of Portland Road Northeast Wednesday afternoon to a report of shots fired into an occupied vehicle, the news release said.

Officers searched the area, which included a homeless camp in the direction the shots were fired from. People in the camp gave police information about the incident that led to Garcia-Sanchez's arrest.

"Patrol officers successfully located casings and the firearm believed to be used in the incident," the news release said.

Garcia-Sanchez is lodged at the Marion County Jail.

-Ardeshir Tabrizian

about 1 month ago

Man arrested, charged with murder in northeast Salem shooting Wednesday

A Salem police car. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

A Salem man on Thursday was charged with murder in connection with a Wednesday shooting in northeast Salem.

Larry Ray Hatlestad, 43, was charged with second-degree murder and for being a felon in possession of a firearm in Marion County Circuit Court, according to court documents.

The charges allege Hatlestad shot and killed Abraham Torres-Borja, 29, and that he had a firearm on him after he was convicted of felony methamphetamine possession in 2013.

"Hatlestad was detained when a responding patrol officer located him trying to hide in a restaurant near the scene," the Salem Police Department said in a Thursday news release. Witnesses helped officers search for Hatlestad along with the Marion County Sheriff's Office and Oregon State Police.

Hatlestad will be arraigned at 2:30 p.m. Thursday at the Marion County Circuit Court Annex.

The Salem Police Department responded around 11:15 a.m. to the 1000 block of 39th Avenue Northeast to a reported shooting, where they found a man with multiple gunshot wounds, a Wednesday news release said.

Torres-Borja was transported to Salem Hospital, where he died from his wounds.

The police department on Wednesday did not disclose the names of the victim or suspects but said several people had been detained. Officers closed multiple streets in the area to search for people who were involved.

-Ardeshir Tabrizian

about 1 month ago

Man dies at Marion County Jail in apparent suicide, deputies say

A man died at the Marion County Jail Wednesday morning from what deputies believe was a suicide.

Marion County Sheriff’s deputies around 6 a.m. found Kenneth William Peden III, 21, unconscious in his cell “after an apparent suicide attempt,” a Wednesday news release said.

Deputies and medical staff at the jail applied CPR and used a defibrillator to try to resuscitate Peden, and they called additional emergency personnel from the Salem Fire Department and Falck Ambulance to the scene. 

Peden was later pronounced dead at the jail.

The sheriff’s office, following its own policy, asked the Linn County Sheriff’s Office to investigate the death along with the Marion County District Attorney’s Office and Medical Examiner.

On May 20, a Marion County grand jury indicted Peden on charges of killing a teen and found two Silverton police officers and a Marion County deputy were justified in shooting at him on May 12 after an alleged kidnapping and ensuing police chase.

The charges alleged Peden kidnapped and killed 17-year-old Molly “Ollie” Taylor and shot 22-year-old Arik Reed, of Gervais.

Peden was being held at the jail on charges of first-degree murder, first-degree kidnapping, second-degree attempted murder, first-degree assault, fleeing or attempting to elude police and four counts of first-degree attempted murder.

-Ardeshir Tabrizian