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SALEM LAW ENFORCEMENT Jul. 1
Salem drivers with broken car equipment will now get a coupon, not a citation, from police
The program, which begins this week, came out of conversations between police Chief Trevor Womack and Reginald Richardson, president of the Salem-Keizer NAACP, about ways to improve traffic safety and focus policing on more serious problems.
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Jul. 1
Salem weekly Covid report for July 1: Local hospitalizations up, cases down slightly
Jul. 1
Salem police to stop responding in-person to noise complaints, illegal camping in public
FreeSTATE LEGISLATURE Jul. 1
Former Keizer city councilor Rich Walsh is new Democratic nominee in competitive Oregon Senate race
Walsh replaces Woodburn Mayor Eric Swenson, who dropped out after winning the nomination.
STATE GOVERNMENT Jul. 1
Oregon’s new Treasury office is ready for the next disaster
Sitting on 28 base isolators and designed to withstand a 9.0 earthquake, a new south Salem building is intended to make sure Oregon’s government can still pay employees, distribute disaster funding and get benefit payments to residents no matter what’s happening outside.
Jul. 1
Deputies to seek out intoxicated boaters July 4 weekend, marine officers say
HEALTH CARE IN OREGON Jul. 1
State fails to enact majority of recommendations aimed to stem opioid misuse, audit says
A Secretary of State report says the state needs to do more to identify excessive prescribers and patients who “doctor shop.”
Jun. 30
Salem man sentenced to more than 12 years for drug trafficking
Jun. 30
Creekside Golf Club staying open without new homeowner fees after Wednesday vote
SALEM EVENTS Jun. 30
Marion County Fair 100% back for 2022
After a scaled-back version last year, the Marion County Fair returns July 8-10 with pre-Covid regulations, acts and attractions.
Jun. 30
Minimum wage to rise 75 cents Friday in Marion, Polk Counties
Jun. 30
Catch free Wild Ire concert as First Friday returns to downtown Salem
SALEM INFRASTRUCTURE Jun. 30
Council greenlights sending $300 million infrastructure package to Salem voters
The final package approved Monday night includes the expansion of a protected bike lane project on Northeast Union Street and construction of a sidewalk and curbs along South Davis Road. It will now go before city voters in November.
FreeENVIRONMENT Jun. 30
Across regions, politics, Oregonians share concerns that the future will include more wildfires
A recent survey found one in five Oregonians have had to leave their homes due to wildfire, and a significant majority feared increased fires will harm state forests, wildlife and fish habitat.
Jun. 29
Marion County warns of critically full dog shelter ahead of July 4th
LOCAL SCHOOLS Jun. 29
Salem-Keizer board discusses banning concealed weapons on school grounds
Open carrying of guns has long been prohibited in schools, but a recent change in Oregon law allows schools to ban concealed weapons as well. The board discussed adopting a ban during a Tuesday work session.
HOMELESSNESS Jun. 29
Annual homeless count shows 15% increase in 2022
Outreach workers surveyed 1,805 homeless residents in Marion and Polk counties during an annual January point-in-time count. This year, a higher share were staying in shelters as opposed to on the streets or in parks.
Jun. 29
Bat found in Marion County home tests positive for rabies
FreeHEALTH CARE IN OREGON Jun. 29
Wyden, Merkley want wider access to abortion pills, help with interstate travel for abortions
Democratic senators have been worried about access for weeks in anticipation of the U.S. Supreme Court decision.
Jun. 29
Stephens, Waldo to get new principals in fall
OREGON NEWS Jun. 29
Smith, state legislator, quits Malheur County post in face of controversy
Greg Smith, a Republican lawmaker from Heppner, was paid $180,000 a year to provide economic development services for the county and to oversee the $26 million rail reload facility north of Nyssa. Smith has been a contract employee for economic development with the county since 2013.
FreeSALEM HEALTH CARE Jun. 29
Salem Health opens new hospital tower, adding 150 beds
The $245 million expansion has been under construction for the past two years. It's meant to help the region's largest hospital better serve a growing and aging population that will require more medical care over the next two decades.
Jun. 28
AGENDA: Marion County commissioners consider helping fund Hope Plaza construction, bonus pay for crisis workers
Jun. 28
Salem won't have Fourth of July fireworks show this year
SALEM COMMUNITY Jun. 28
Creekside Estates residents vote Wednesday on proposed fees to keep golf club open
Homeowners in the upscale south Salem neighborhood will vote on whether to foot the bill to keep Creekside Golf Club in business. The neighborhood’s homeowner association has previously argued in court that the club was a crucial selling point for current residents to move there.
SALEM PEOPLE AND PLACES Jun. 28
Painted flowers set to bloom in Grant neighborhood
Over Fourth of July weekend, one intersection will get a splash of color. It's the first street mural approved under Salem's new street art program.
Jun. 28
Commercial fire Monday night partly closes Broadway Street
FreeOREGON POLITICS Jun. 28
After Supreme Court overturned Roe, LGBTQ advocates worry about what’s next
Abortion rights are strongly protected in Oregon, but the state still has a ban on gay marriage in its constitution.
Jun. 27
Garten nixes glass recycling due to cost
Jun. 27
Salem proposes 5% increase on water, waste and stormwater fees in 2023
SALEM PEOPLE Jun. 27
Salem couple puts extra wine to use for Ukraine aid
Patrick Bush made a barrel of pinot noir for a school project while studying winemaking at Chemeketa Community College. With the product now bottled, his wife Jennifer is giving away bottles in exchange for donations to Ukrainian relief organizations.
SALEM EVENTS Jun. 27
PHOTOS: Salem celebrates the return of World Beat festival
A hot weekend didn't keep the crowds away from Riverfront Park for a celebration of dance, food, art, culture and of course, dragon boat racing. The festival was the first World Beat held since the pandemic.
Jun. 27
Pedestrian killed in crash Sunday night in Hayesville, deputies say
SALEM COMMUNITY Jun. 27
Epilogue's move to State Street will broaden its community activism
Salem's Epilogue Kitchen and Cocktails is moving locations to double its capacity and expand its community activism, its owners seeking to offer a space where people from all walks of life can learn and feel welcome.
PHOTO GALLERY Jun. 26
PHOTOS: Stubborn bridge gives up Salem perch after a lot of tugging
Crews struggled through the day Saturday, June 25, to remove one of Salem's pedestrian skybridges. Finally, the walkway gave up its hold, hours later than expected.
NEWS ROUNDUP Jun. 25
AROUND THE U.S.: Leaders react, mobilize in states in wake of Supreme Court decision
Read a sampling of reports from around the U.S. chronicling the reaction to the landmark abortion decision.
SALEM EVENTS Jun. 25
Protest in downtown Salem marks response to Supreme Court decision
Hours after the U.S. Supreme Court announced a ruling to overturn Roe v. Wade, demonstrators gathered in a quickly-organized protest in downtonw Salem on Friday, June 24.
Jun. 24
Abortion right rally planned Friday night in Salem, protesting Roe v. Wade decision
OREGON HEALTH CARE Jun. 24
In Salem, abortion circumstances aren’t likely to change despite Supreme Court case
While local leaders and activists don’t believe the ruling will impact free abortions guaranteed in Oregon’s Constitution, several are concerned that abortion remains financially and geographically accessible to those who choose it.
Jun. 24
AGENDA: Salem City Council to consider infrastructure bond package, city budget Monday
Jun. 24
Salem weekly Covid report for June 24: Local hospitalizations, cases spike
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