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LOCAL SCHOOLS Oct. 21
Rebuilt 900 seat Rose Auditorium anchors South Salem High School expansion
An $84 million renovation at South Salem High School is now complete, with a dozen new classrooms and more space for performing arts and career programs. It's the most substantial and expensive project to date in a districtwide construction package voters approved in 2018.
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Oct. 21
Data digest: Covid by the numbers for Oct. 21, 2021
BOARDING SCHOOLS Oct. 21
Details surrounding deaths at Chemawa brought to light by local researchers
For over 25 years, SuAnn Reddick has been compiling information surrounding the deaths of over 300 Chemawa Indian School students from 1880 to 1945. In collaboration with Eva Guggemos and Pacific University, she shared that information on a public website for the first time earlier this month.
Oct. 21
Two armed women still at large after walking away from corrections department warehouse in Salem
LOCAL SCHOOLS Oct. 21
PHOTOS: Check out the new addition at South Salem High School
Students, teachers and South Salem High School supporters on Thursday celebrated the completion of an $84 million renovation adding more classrooms and specialized space for arts and technology programs.
LOCAL GOVERNMENT Oct. 21
Marion, Polk county homeowners see steady rise in property tax as values hit historic high
Most homeowners in Marion and Polk counties will see a consistent 3% increase in their property taxes this year. Meanwhile, property values across both counties are the highest they've ever been.
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT Oct. 21
Downtown parking fees, support for energy efficiency among possible Salem climate strategies
Under a draft climate action plan released this week, the city would have to halt gas-fueled trucks and planes from entering the city, have a renewables-only electricity grid and divert nearly all of its waste from landfills to reach its stated climate goals.
Oct. 21
MAPS wants to give local teachers $1,000 for classroom projects
SALEM BIRDS Oct. 21
COLUMN: Wild turkeys, introduced as prey, settled in Oregon towns and thrived
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. In this special edition, he traces the roots of wild turkeys, a ubiquitous bird species not native to Oregon.
SALEM PEOPLE AND PLACES Oct. 20
Farmers, business leaders celebrate Oregon agriculture
The Harvest Festival returned to Salem Convention Center this week, featuring a talk about in-vitro dairy cow fertilization and more.
Oct. 20
Data digest: Covid by the numbers for Oct. 20, 2021
ON THE AIR Oct. 20
ON THE AIR: Salem Reporter's Saphara Harrell discusses Salem's decision to proceed with west Salem camp
LISTEN IN: Catch the comments of reporter Saphara Harrell on the latest local news on community radio station KMWV (98.3 FM) with "In Case You Missed It - With Salem Reporter."
Oct. 20
Covid vaccines, boosters available starting Thursday at Salem Center
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT Oct. 20
Salem would open more business areas to housing development under draft zoning plan
The Salem City Council and Planning Commission were presented with the latest draft comprehensive plan Monday night, which will help guide land development in the future as Salem is expected to see 60,000 new residents in the next 14 years.
Oct. 20
Oregon State Police retains most employees after vaccine mandate deadline
FreeAROUND OREGON Oct. 20
National parks nominee from Oregon pledges to ramp up workforce, improve staff morale
Charles F. Sams III, of Oregon, would be the first enrolled tribal member to lead the National Park Service.
SALEM HISTORY Oct. 20
SALEM HISTORY: Readers quickly identify Salemites in "mystery" Elsinore photo
The photo, likely taken in 1992, shows Frances “Frankie” Bell, Marian Milligan and Janet and Gordon McGilchrist outside the historic theater, though the occasion of the photograph remains unclear.
Oct. 19
Data digest: Covid by the numbers for Oct. 19, 2021
FreeCOVID IN SALEM Oct. 19
Salem’s biggest employers retained most staff after statewide Covid vaccine mandate took effect
The largest Salem-area employers covered under the governor’s Covid vaccine mandate say they don’t expect delays or loss of services as a result of the mandate, with most staff getting the vaccine or an exception by the Monday deadline.
STATE HOSPITAL Oct. 19
State hospital superintendent defends pandemic record in response to outside complaints
In a letter to Disability Rights Oregon, Dolly Matteucci acknowledged efforts to prevent the spread of Covid among the hospital’s 500 Salem patients have put more stress on staff and meant fewer treatment options for patients, but said the decisions were necessary to prevent outbreaks.
Oct. 19
AGENDA: Marion County commissioners vote on juvenile justice prevention funding, three construction projects
SALEM EVENTS Oct. 19
PHOTOS: Behind the scenes of "The Mousetrap" as live theater returns to Salem
The murder mystery show, which runs through Oct. 23, is the Pentacle Theatre's first in-person performance since the Covid pandemic began.
FreeAROUND OREGON Oct. 19
Urban hospitals in Oregon lose hundreds of employees over mandate but largely adjust
In rural areas, it’s business as usual with health care facilities largely accepting most exemption requests.
Oct. 19
Reported Covid cases in Salem schools decline
ON THE AIR Oct. 19
ON THE AIR: Salem Reporter's Rachel Alexander discusses her investigative report on the state hospital
LISTEN IN: Catch the comments of Managing Editor Rachel Alexander on the latest local news on community radio station KMWV (98.3 FM) with "In Case You Missed It - With Salem Reporter."
FreeAROUND OREGON Oct. 19
Federal judge rejects last-ditch effort to block Oregon Covid vaccine mandate
Vaccination requirement for state employees, teachers, health care workers was left to take effect.
Oct. 18
Data digest: Covid by the numbers for Oct. 18, 2021
COVID TREATMENT Oct. 18
Antibody therapy helps keep Salem's vulnerable Covid patients out of hospital
Salem-area medical providers say monoclonal antibody therapy has been successful in stopping Covid cases from becoming severe among people at risk of serious illness.
FreeAROUND OREGON Oct. 18
Shortage of bus drivers the latest staffing challenge for Oregon schools
In some districts in Oregon, routes are being combined, cut and parents are being paid to figure out alternatives.
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT Oct. 18
Salem’s Public Works Department wins award for wetland work
The two wetland projects at the Mill Creek Corporate Center have been years in the making, with the most recent wetland completed this year. It’s unique for the city to have a project solely focused on creating a wetland, which covers 42 of the 100 acres of open space.
Oct. 18
Catch a pandemic debrief Friday at Salem City Club
Oct. 18
Bicyclist struck, killed by semi-truck Friday night in Salem
FreeOREGON AGRICULTURE Oct. 18
2020 was a banner year for Oregon nurseries but the value of wine grapes plummeted
Cherry and hazelnut growers also enjoyed banner years but the smoke from fires hammered the wine industry.
Oct. 15
Data digest: Covid by the numbers for Oct. 15, 2021
Oct. 15
Highway cleanup event set for Saturday in memory of three teens killed by drunk driver
HOUSING Oct. 15
Eviction moratoriums and rent assistance kept Oregonians housed, but many face barriers to entry as funding runs out
Local service providers say the various moratoriums banning evictions during the pandemic successfully kept many Oregon families in their homes. Otherwise, they say the need for assistance may soon outweigh available resources as tenants facing eviction deal with barriers to getting rental assistance and slow payments by the state.
VACCINATION Oct. 15
As Oct. 18 vaccination deadline looms, Salem employers report high vaccination rates
Nearly all employees of the Salem-Keizer School District and Salem's largest medical providers have been fully vaccinated against Covid or had an exception approved three days out from Gov. Kate Brown’s mandated deadline.
FreeSALEM COMMUNITY Oct. 15
Despite spending increase, survey finds Salem residents less satisfied with city street, sidewalk maintenance
In an annual survey this year, residents reported the lowest satisfaction in recent years with how the city is maintaining its streets, sidewalks and bridges. Theories point to pandemic negativity, more time at home to look at cracks in the sidewalk or the lack of a third bridge across the Willamette River.
Oct. 15
Salem plans to redraw wards next month
COLUMN Oct. 15
SALEM HISTORY: Do you know who's in this mystery photo?
As part of Salem Reporter's local history series, Willamette Heritage Center curator Kylie Pine regularly shares historic photos from around Salem. This month's selection is a group photo from outside the Elsinore Theatre.
FreeAROUND OREGON Oct. 15
Oregon state Sen. Betsy Johnson to launch independent campaign for governor
Johnson will leave the Democratic Party by next spring, she told supporters, as she prepares to run for governor outside Oregon's two major political parties.
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