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HOMELESSNESS July 18
Mobile showers coming to Salem's homeless in early August
A new mobile trailer will let people use the bathroom and shower in privacy, with smooth jazz playing over a speaker system. It's all thanks to a United Way campaign led by a South Salem student.
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STATE GOVERNMENT July 18
Homecare workers hold protest outside of DHS over late pay
The workers' union says the late pay has been an issue for decades, and the state has been slow to respond.
SALEM AREA EVENTS July 18
Salem Art Fair brings a unique cultural experience to area
Decorative spoons and 3D paper art are are among the hundreds of offerings at this year's event. There will also be live music, food and drinks.
HOMELESSNESS July 18
Public hearing postponed for sidewalk sleeping ban
City officials want to ban sitting and lying on sidewalks during the day as a way to address business concerns about homelessness. A hearing that was set for next week has been postponed because Councilor Tom Andersen is out of town.
YOUR GOVERNMENT, YOUR BUSINESS July 18
AGENDA: Chemeketa board to review equity efforts, approve grants and donations
The Chemeketa Community College Board of Education meets 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 24 at Chemeketa Community College Polk Center, 1340 S.E. Holman Ave., Dallas.
WILDLIFE July 18
Keizer Fire Department gets eight-legged visitors
Two moms brought four scorpions to the station after finding them in a container at a nearby park.
STATE GOVERNMENT July 17
Telemedicine connects rural Oregonians to abortion care
About one-third of Oregonians live in a county without an abortion clinic. A year-old clinical trial is giving some rural women access to abortion medication through telemedicine.
LOCAL SCHOOLS July 17
North Salem students get on track to graduate in summer school
Hundreds of high schoolers volunteered to spend a month of their summer in stuffy, upstairs classrooms to re-take English, math and science classes. Some are heading toward August graduation.
PUBLIC SAFETY July 17
80-year-old man Salem arrested for child sex abuse
Oregon State Police said James Allen Moore worked with children at Valley Baptist Church in Amity and could have more victims.
SALEM AREA EVENTS July 17
CHECK OUT: A new (to you) book, jousting and LOTS of art
Get out of the house and enjoy some sunshine along with a handful of events planned this weekend, like a vintage car show or the Salem Art Fair.
HOMELESSNESS July 17
Landlords say they're taking a risk renting to Salem's homeless
After two years, the city of Salem's program to house the homeless hasn't put roofs over as many heads as it hoped. With so little affordable housing, it's up to landlords and property managers to open their doors. What do they think about the program?
LOCAL SCHOOLS July 16
Marty Heyen, Jesse Lippold, to lead school board
Marty Heyen, who won re-election in May against McKay High School graduate Raul Marquez, will lead a relatively inexperienced school board in the coming school year.
STATE GOVERNMENT July 16
From mushrooms to pension reform: Here's what could be on your 2020 ballot
Advocates of dozens of causes are collecting signatures in hopes of getting their issue in front of Oregon voters.
STATE POLITICS July 16
Business group withdraws effort to refer Student Success Act to voters
The group's leader said lawmakers were crafty in passing legislation to make a referral nearly impossible.
BREAKING NEWS July 16
Plane lands in Salem-area field after catching fire
The pilot made an emergency landing and was taken to the hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries after the plane caught fire midair.
SALEM AREA EVENTS July 16
Center for Hope and Safety gets secure entrance thanks to volunteers
Construction crews from JE Dunn Construction and Western Partitions, Inc. pitched in Saturday to make the shelter safer for victims fleeing domestic abuse and sexual assault.
HEALTH July 16
Oregon approves average 1.5% increase in individual insurance rates for 2020
If you buy health insurance on the exchange, you'll likely pay only a few dollars a month more than last year - and if you're covered by Moda, you may actually pay less.
STATE GOVERNMENT July 15
Public employee union lands big wage increases in new contract
SEIU 503’s state employees will see a 10 to 15 percent wage increase over the next two years.
LOCAL NONPROFITS July 15
IKE Box now staying put as YMCA, Salem First Presbyterian consider land sales
Demolition on Salem's YMCA is just around the corner. An 11th hour deal and some new state funding means the beloved coffee shop next door will be able to buy the YMCA-owned land it sits on.
YOUR GOVERNMENT, YOUR BUSINESS July 15
AGENDA: Marion County Commissioners to consider $34 million in state funding for health services
The Marion County Board of Commissioners meets 9 a.m. July 17 at Senator Hearing Room in Courthouse Square, 555 Court St. N.E.
SALEM COMMUNITY EVENTS July 14
Salem residents gather in protest of immigration detention centers along the border
On Friday, a protest organized by local groups took up a downtown Salem street corner. The aim was to speak out against detention centers along the southern U.S. border that have been criticized for being overcrowded.
COMMENTARY July 14
Editor's note: The duty to train young journalists
Even though Salem Reporter is small for now, it makes room to help young journalists develop their skills and interest in serving society. Here's why we do that.
SALEM AREA EVENTS July 13
PHOTOS: Agricultural day at the Marion County Fair
There were plenty of chickens clucking, pigs snorting and lambs bleating at the fairgrounds Saturday.
SALEM AREA EVENTS July 13
McKay Park to get new playground
The Salem Parks Foundation raised nearly $100,000 to replace aging equipment with new play structures and swings for the neighborhood park.
MARION COUNTY FAIR July 12
PHOTOS: Marion County Fair returns this weekend
The summertime staple that is the Marion County Fair returned Thursday and lasts until Sunday. Here are some scenes from Friday afternoon.
LOCAL SCHOOLS July 12
State faults Salem-Keizer for failing to investigate staff injuries caused by students
An Oregon OSHA investigation sparked by a teacher complaint at Eyre Elementary found serious workplace safety violations which the district is taking steps to correct.
SALEM AREA EVENTS July 12
TO DO: Hear about Salem's secret history, watch a rodeo, go dancing
Movies in the park returns with "Ralph Breaks the Internet." Country music singer Dwight Yoakam bring his honky tonk tunes to the Elsinore Theatre.
STATE GOVERNMENT July 12
Who’s paying for Republican’s protest of cap and trade?
In the shadow of Senate Republicans’ infamous walkout, questions remain on how the protest was financed and whether Democrats will make good on their threat to fine the opposition.
YOUR GOVERNMENT, YOUR BUSINESS July 12
AGENDA: Salem-Keizer board to elect new chair, swear in new members
The Salem-Keizer School Board meets 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 16 at the district's Support Services Center, 2575 Commercial Street SE.
EVENTS July 12
Salem car enthusiasts head to classic car show next weekend
The Concours d'Elegance is "the best of the best" said John Drzal, who's bringing his 1937 Ford to the Forest Grove event.
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT July 11
Salem considers banning daytime sleeping on sidewalks
No lying or sleeping on sidewalks would be allowed throughout Salem between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m., under a new city law being considered. Police would warn offenders and expel repeat violators from certain areas.
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