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SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION October 22
School board unanimous in buying West Salem land despite community equity concerns
The 1.3-acre property next to West Salem High School would be used to expand parking and could be a site for other school programs in the future. About 20 community members urged the board to spend the money elsewhere.
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SALEM COMMUNITY October 22
Salem teens will talk mental health, suicide prevention at free daylong summit
By popular demand from local teens, Salem and Marion County's annual youth summit is focusing on mental health for the second year in a row. Registration for the Nov. 2 event is open now
YOUR GOVERNMENT, YOUR BUSINESS October 22
AGENDA: Chemeketa board to hear license exam results, approve grants
The Chemeketa Board of Education meets 7 p.m. Wednesday, October 23 at the Salem campus, Building 2, Room 170.
SALEM AREA EVENTS October 22
New exhibit at Oregon State Archives follows the rise and fall of Oregon’s ghost towns
Learn how many calories a lumberjack ate in the 19th century or about the town that fell into the sea.
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT October 21
Nordyke appointed to Salem City Council
Vanessa Nordyke won the most votes from Salem City Council members on Monday night to take the open Ward 7 seat.
OREGON GOVERNMENT October 21
State still struggling to handle Oregon's child abuse tip calls
An internal state report shows that the state Department of Human Services has seen uneven performance out of a central hotline that was supposed to ease reporting on possible abuse of children. Dropped calls and long wait times on hold persist, the report said.
TRAFFIC October 21
Mission Street closed between Airport Road and 25th Street after fatal car crash
Local school buses will be delayed, and the Oregon Department of Transportation expects the road to remain closed for several hours.
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT October 21
Salem City Council finalists share thoughts on homelessness, third bridge, city budget
Salem Reporter sent a short survey to the finalists for the open seat on Salem City Council. Here are their thoughts on some of the city's ongoing concerns.
YOUR GOVERNMENT, YOUR BUSINESS October 21
AGENDA: Salem-Keizer board will vote on West Salem land purchase, discuss policies
Tuesday's school board meeting will be one vote on a land sale followed by a discussion of the board's role in supervising Superintendent Christy Perry.
OREGON GOVERNMENT October 21
Record number of Oregonians participate in earthquake drill
In schools, in government offices, and in businesses, people engaged in a drill to get ready for a major earthquake in Oregon. Roughly one out of five Oregonians took part.
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT October 21
Heitsch withdraws candidacy for Salem City Council
Bonnie Heitsch, an Oregon Department of Justice attorney and a finalist for Salem City Council's open Ward 7 seat, said she didn't want to divide votes between her and another finalist, Vanessa Nordyke.
COURTS October 21
Seeking to curb ICE courthouse arrests, immigrant advocates push for new court rule
A judicial advisory committee advanced a new rule Friday that will require federal immigration enforcement agents to get a warrant from a judge before making arrests in Oregon courts.
LOCAL SCHOOLS October 19
Seeking art, science and more, Salem teachers turn to crowdfunding
Teachers are usually expected to buy some supplies for their classrooms out of their own pockets. But many regularly turn to DonorsChoose.org, where private donors have funded over 700 projects in local schools over the past five years.
LOCAL SCHOOLS October 18
Blanchet debuts new turf field, just in time for homecoming
For 25 years, Salem's only Catholic high school has played "home" football games at Willamette and won state track championships without a track. Tonight, students get their first chance to play on a new field.
COUNTY GOVERNMENTS October 18
Before it stalled, several counties couldn't enforce vape ban at tobacco retailers
About a quarter of all of Oregon's tobacco retailers are in counties that say they don't have the ability to enforce the statewide ban on flavored vaping cartridges. Local officials say they don't have the manpower.
PUBLIC SAFETY October 17
Fearing for his life, Dallas police officer fatally shot suspected drug dealer at Goodwill
"At that time the gun was still coming up I could see it coming up and I believed he was gonna kill me and I fired one shot,” the officer told investigators.
VAPING October 17
Oregon Court of Appeals blocks flavored vape ban from taking effect
Updated story: A ban on marijuana vaping products remains in effect.
PUBLIC SAFETY October 17
Man was holding loaded gun when police killed him at Salem Goodwill, records say
Scott Gabriel Spangler was struggling with police, aiming a gun at an officer when he was fatally shot in the face, according to police records.
SALEM COMMUNITY October 17
Salem man injured in Interstate 5 semi truck crash could take months to recover
Rex Hollopeter was burned on more than half of his body and may lose his hand, said his longtime friend.
LOCAL SCHOOLS October 17
More kids coming to school in Salem-Keizer, new state data shows
You can now check "report cards" for your local school, showing state test results, attendance and more. We pulled out a few highlights.
SALEM PEOPLE AND PLACES October 17
Businesswomen celebrated at Deepwood Estates
The keynote speaker talked about Dress for Success, a group that offers job support and professional attire for women seeking financial independence.
OREGON GOVERNMENT October 17
ODOT, TSA warn travelers ‘Real ID’ compliance could cause massive headache
Oregon urges travelers get passports as the state is still months from providing driver's licenses that pass muster at airports.
PUBLIC UNIONS October 16
Oregon teachers union won't fund candidates who voted for public pension reforms
The unions’ reticence to fork over funds and endorse in the wake of the reforms may put dozens of Democrat incumbents, many of whom receive a high share of donations from unions, in a tricky spot.
SALEM AREA EVENTS October 16
CHECK OUT: A pop-up art show, prohibition ball or D.B. Cooper comedy fest
We've got you covered for the evenings you want to settle in with a book or the mornings you want to head outside for a run.
SALEM PEOPLE AND PLACES October 16
Supporters of Salem cats turn out for fundraiser
Cat-themed items - no surprise - populated the auction list at Paws and Purrsonality event in Salem.
OREGON GOVERNMENT October 14
Gov. Kate Brown recall effort fails to gather enough signatures
UPDATE: Two efforts to recall Kate Brown ended in failure Monday, with one organized by the Oregon Republican Party conceding without turning in petitions to the state. A second campaign submitted paperwork to the state claiming 290,000 signatures but elections officials concluded petitioners turned in significantly less than that.
SALEM SCHOOLS October 14
School board members say they're disappointed by Salem's poor test results
We quizzed members of the Salem-Keizer School Board about their reading of recently-released student scores. Five responded and two didn't answer.
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT October 14
With homelessness an issue, Salem residents "less optimistic" about city's future
Fewer residents believe Salem is moving in the right direction, according to a new survey, but their confidence remains high in police, fire, parks and other city services.
TAXES October 14
Salem property owners to see lowest property tax increase countywide
Rural areas will see the highest increases, while Salem homeowners will pay about 1% more than last year after a school bond expired.
OREGON AGRICULTURE October 12
Oregon leads nation on bee-saving efforts with citizen science, education
It's hard to save the bees without knowing which ones call Oregon home. Scientists spoke to Salem City Club about a volunteer-driven effort to better document the state's bee population.
OREGON GOVERNMENT October 11
OLCC kicks off six-month ban on flavored vape products
Ban takes effect Tuesday, Oct. 15, as OHA and OLCC to create work group to investigate cause of vape-related outbreak.
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