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SALEM CITY ISSUES November 15
Salem leaders meet to talk homelessness, consider steps to take
Prominent citizens, nonprofit leaders, politicians and business owners from Salem held a four-hour summit Thursday to commit to working together to address the city's biggest issue.
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Hate crimes November 16
Hate crimes in Oregon decreased in 2018
The annual data released by the FBI shows other areas of concern.
LOCAL SCHOOLS November 15
Meet the Salem-Keizer educators honored with 2019 Crystal Apple awards
On Thursday night, 12 Salem-Keizer teachers, office workers, bus drivers and more went home with the coveted Crystal Apple Award from the Salem-Keizer Education Foundation.
Courts November 15
New courthouse rule aims to stop Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrests
The rule is intended to maintain court access for immigrants. But ICE has signaled it’ll continue to make arrests.
SALEM ECONOMY November 14
Salem's economy takes a jolt as 1,000 jobs disappear with NORPAC collapse
Employees at NORPAC plants in Salem and Brooks learned their jobs are gone, some as soon as this Friday. The company's $5 million-a-month payroll disappears entirely by January, barring a last-minute sale.
LOCAL BUSINESS November 14
NORPAC closing Salem plant, laying off 900 workers
More than 900 workers in Marion County will be left without a job come January as the financially troubled farmers cooperative plans to shut down.
LOCAL SCHOOLS November 14
Chavez counselor brings deep compassion - and a gecko - to help struggling kids
Crystal Armstrong went from working in a women's prison to school counselor. "Every kid at school should feel like their teachers love them, and I wanted to have a role in that,” she said.
SALEM POLICE November 14
Salem Police Chief Moore retiring
Salem Police Chief Jerry Moore announced plans Thursday to retire after 14 years leading the department and 43 years as a policeman.
SALEM PEOPLE AND PLACES November 14
After half a century, Salem soccer referee still can't take his eyes off the game
John Plechl survived World War II, moving to Salem and becoming a referee in 1964. At 86, he stays active to keep up with the kids running up and down the field.
LOCAL SCHOOLS November 13
Schirle PE teachers use cowbells, ugly sweaters, disco alter-egos to inspire
Joel Webb and Christi Kurtz use community events like a sock hop, Turkey Trot and food drive to draw Schirle students in to gym class while doing good for the community.
OREGON GOVERNMENT November 13
Former state exec who questioned Oregon emergency spending gets $500,000 settlement
Oregon officials have agreed to pay a half-million dollar settlement after a former executive claimed misuse of federal money and abusive treatment. The state didn't admit to any of the claims of the former deputy director of the Oregon Office of Emergency Management.
HOMELESSNESS November 13
Salem City Council to discuss 'sit-lie' ordinance in work session Monday
Mayor Chuck Bennett said council needs to have an open conversation about the proposal before the Nov. 25 vote. Although they can't vote, city staff say councilors are empowered to direct changes to the proposal.
SALEM AREA EVENTS November 13
CHECK OUT: Pottery for charity, a mushroom show or a holiday bazaar
The holiday season is fast approaching and this weekend offers multiple chances for some shopping.
SALEM PEOPLE November 13
Her landlord kept her deposit. She beat them in court — and still awaits her money
For a person living on $771 a month, $211 is a lot. Vickie Rogers, who has lived with a cognitive disability her entire life, found herself in a dispute with an unlikely opponent — an Oregon nonprofit providing public housing.
IMMIGRATION November 12
In solidarity, residents rally to support immigrant DACA recipients
The event fell on the day the Supreme Court heard arguments to end the protected status for young immigrants, who are currently allowed to live and work in the country under the DACA program.
Wildfires November 12
Wildfire council releases report detailing $4 billion in investment
Helping communities adapt, creating resilient landscapes are top priorities for improving state’s wildfire response.
COLLEGE SAVINGS November 12
Oregon now lets you turn empty bottles and cans into college savings
A new partnership between BottleDrop and the Oregon College Savings Plan lets Oregon recyclers transfer money from redeeming bottle deposits into a college savings account.
Courts November 12
Finding police orders unjustified, Supreme Court reverses conviction
The ruling could have implications for interactions between the police and public.
LOCAL EDUCATION November 12
Salem teen parents honor bus driver for inspiring them to graduate
Terry Woods fills his bus with carseats, toys and snacks for the young kids he drives, and helps their mothers carry diaper bags. Teen parents in the program say he's been an inspiration who's helped keep them in school.
COMMENTARY November 12
Trust is stronger in local media, and that's good for Salem
When citizens don't have reliable sources of news, that's not good for community choices. At Salem Reporter, the drive to earn reader trust is present every day.
SALEM COMMUNITY November 11
Salem's Value Village is closing. Here's why its parking lot will stay busy
Salem Health is now leasing the property off Southeast Mission Street and plans to shuttle employees to work.
YOUR GOVERNMENT, YOUR BUSINESS November 11
AGENDA: Salem-Keizer board will appoint budget committee members
Fifteen people are vying for two open seats on the Salem-Keizer budget committee, which oversees more than $1 billion in yearly district spending.
STATE GOVERNMENT November 11
Two of Oregon's largest unions see decline in state workers paying dues, but claim they're bouncing back
Two of the largest unions representing state workers have seen significant declines in the number of state workers paying dues since mid-2018. That includes expected declines in "fair share" agency fee payers after the Janus vs. AFSCME decision, and a decline in full members as well.
LOCAL EDUCATION November 11
Thousands more Oregon kids can attend free preschool next fall
Almost 500 kids in the Salem area qualify for a free preschool program but are sitting on waitlists because there aren't enough spots.
SALEM COMMUNITY November 11
In Salem’s VFW attic, military uniforms tell stories of war
At VFW Marion Post 661, hundreds of uniforms hang in plastic bags dating as far back as the Spanish-American War in 1898.
SPECIAL REPORT November 10
21 SECONDS: An arrest gone awry leads to mortal fight in a Salem thrift store
Scott Spangler had been lured into a heroin deal, texting who he thought was a woman wanting drugs. He unwittingly set himself up for a police arrest that didn't go as planned and left the Dallas man dead on the floor of a Goodwill store in Salem.
OREGON POLITICS November 9
Oregon forests become political battleground that voters could decide next year
Six conflicting ballot measures vying for support could restrict or solidify forestry practices on state and private lands.
SALEM ARTS November 8
Young Latino artists highlight school-to-prison pipeline in graffiti exhibition
Over three days, a group of young people with Latinos Unidos Siempre has transformed the walls of the Bush Barn Annex into a sea of red, yellow and white using spray paint and acrylics. Their exhibit opens tonight.
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT November 8
Garbage rates in Salem could go up again
Salem residents could pay close to $1 extra per month starting in January. The recycling market that led to last year's sudden price increase is still a factor, haulers and city officials say.
OREGON VETERANS November 8
State seeks owners of medals of heroism sitting unclaimed in Salem
More than a dozen medals, countless ribbons and artifacts are in government hands, awaiting their owners or heirs to collect them.
SALEM MUSIC November 7
Unapologetic ska fan anchors 105.5 The Moon's quirky sound
Tune in to 105.5 The Moon on Tuesday mornings and you're likely to hear Darbie Versoza introduce herself as "your one friend who still listens to ska.” But you don't have to know anything about the genre to appreciate the way she crafts a set.
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