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SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT Apr. 13
As Salem begins budget process, strategic plan will help guide priorities
Last month, the Salem City Council adopted a strategic plan which outlines priorities for the next five years. Included are addressing homelessness, creating community resilience, increasing equitable delivery of city services, building great neighborhoods, and taking action on climate change.
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Apr. 13
Burn ban issued for Salem, Marion County through April 18
COVID VACCINATION Apr. 13
Despite J&J pause, Covid vaccine clinics targeting farm workers, rural areas will go on as scheduled in Salem area
Some individual Covid vaccine appointments with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine will be rescheduled in Salem, but local vaccine providers said they’re substituting Pfizer and Moderna doses for planned clinics rather than cancel events.
Apr. 13
Cherriots seeking feedback on south Salem transit center
Apr. 13
Salem for Refugees asks for volunteers to help with garden prep
LOCAL SCHOOLS Apr. 13
Marching band, red carpets and balloons for middle and high school students returning in Salem-Keizer
Sensory overload appeared to be the theme at many local schools as sixth and ninth graders returned to in-person classes Tuesday. Cheering walls of teachers and school staff greeted teenagers still waking up - but despite some nerves, most reported they were glad to be back.
Apr. 13
Salem-Keizer board chair apologizes, says board will recognize student journalist
Free Apr. 13
Oregon pauses J&J vaccine as medical issue investigated
Apr. 12
Salem-Keizer plans for five days per week of in-person school in fall
Apr. 12
LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: Bill would ban hate symbols in schools
SALEM COMMUNITY Apr. 12
Car choir performs for retirement home in first show off campus
The Chemeketa Car Choir started earlier this year as a way to have student singers perform safely. On Sunday, they performed for hundreds of residents at Capital Manor in a welcome respite following a year of isolation at the retirement home.
SALEM AREA NONPROFITS Apr. 12
Despite financial setback, vision for Salem veteran’s housing project takes shape
Funding for the planned 34-unit apartment building remains in question after the state canceled lottery bond funds last year because of a a revenue downturn from the pandemic. But YMCA leaders, who are spearheading the project, are hopeful the Legislature will come through.
SALEM ECONOMY Apr. 12
Salem needs more housing. But the building industry has its own problems
With low inventory and high demand, housing prices in Salem have been on the rise. But the local building industry faces a shortage of labor, materials and land. The rebuilding of the Santiam Canyon is expected to put further pressure on the industry.
Apr. 12
AGENDA: Salem-Keizer board will consider waiving state standardized tests
Apr. 12
AGENDA: Salem City Council to consider speed limit changes
SALEM PEOPLE AND PLACES Apr. 12
Sprague seniors join storm cleanup effort at Pioneer Cemetery
The cemetery has been closed to the public since the February ice storm brought branches and several trees down across the 17-acre site. With volunteers and contracted crews, the city hopes to reopen the site by Memorial Day.
Apr. 9
Conflict resolution speaker coming to Salem April 14
SCHOOL BOARD Apr. 9
Salem-Keizer School Board delays recognition of student journalist following critical coverage of school board campaigns
Board Chair Satya Chandragiri said he was concerned that recognizing senior Eddy Binford-Ross before May school board elections might appear too political. He said the concern wasn’t about the article’s content, but arose after a local socialist group shared it to endorse candidates.
Apr. 9
LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: House passes bill to give more flexibility with hunting and fishing fees
STATE GOVERNMENT Apr. 9
Salem ahead of legislation that would make it easier to site emergency shelters
A bill being considered by Oregon lawmakers would make it easier to sidestep land use requirements that slow down the creation of shelters for homeless people. Salem has already moved forward with two emergency shelters.
Apr. 9
Draw, garden or get a leg up at work with free Chemeketa workshops
AROUND OREGON Apr. 9
AROUND OREGON: Nyssa plays unlikely role in international counterfeiting conspiracy
Gene L. Thompson and his wife, Guojiao Zhang, also known as Becky Thompson, ran a lucrative scheme importing knockoff luxury handbags from China for sale at reduced prices in the U.S. until they were caught.
PRESCHOOL IN SALEM Apr. 9
Northeast Salem parents finding new help to get their preschoolers ready to learn
Teaching Spanish-speaking parents how to help their kids learn at home is a longstanding goal at the Salem-Keizer Coalition for Equality. Their classes usually focus on elementary school students and their parents, but a flood of requests over the past year led to a new offering for 3- to 5-year-olds.
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT Apr. 9
Salem climate survey finds differing priorities between task force, survey takers
The Climate Action Plan task force met Wednesday to discuss the findings of a March survey in which respondents prioritized repairing sidewalks and preserving green spaces. Task force members prioritized increased bus service, electric vehicles.
Apr. 8
LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: Budget rebalance sends extra cash to Salem and surrounding areas
AROUND OREGON Apr. 8
AROUND OREGON: World War II veteran and popular legislator Bill Markham dies at 98
Markham served Douglas County and parts of Josephine County as a Republican representative in the Oregon House from 1969 to 1997, a record 14 terms.
SALEM ECONOMY Apr. 8
With the Great Junk Hunt, things start to return to normal at the Oregon State Fairgrounds
Over the past year, the Oregon State Fairgrounds has been used mostly as a staging area to respond to the tumultuous events of a pandemic and wildfires. On Friday, the pavilion at the fairgrounds will host a show of household wares, which could be the beginning of more “normal” events in the future.
Apr. 8
Salem Budget Committee meets April 14
Apr. 8
Salem Health seeks applications for community grants
HOMELESSNESS Apr. 8
A year of struggles, failed services, a lonely motel death
Brian Jackman was one of dozens of unsheltered people who died in Salem in the past 14 months. His story provides insight into the struggles unhoused people have faced in Salem during the pandemic as access to services has been cut off and people's health conditions have worsened.
COVID IN OREGON Apr. 8
Oregon won't approve Covid exposure app, citing limited resources
In a news release Tuesday, the health authority said it “decided to pause the ongoing planning” for the application to “focus on vaccinations and other priority efforts to end the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Apr. 7
LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: Bill in Oregon Legislature aims to improve civics education
STATE GOVERNMENT Apr. 7
Oregon Legislature considers bill creating right to repair electronics
Proponents of the bill say it would cut down on electronic waste while making computers and other devices more accessible. But industry groups say the bill could harm consumer privacy and there are already ways to get devices repaired.
Apr. 7
Three arrested in connection with February shooting in west Salem
HOMELESSNESS Apr. 7
Salem to get millions to create emergency shelter, street outreach
This week Oregon Housing and Community Services announced $5.5 million would be coming to the Salem area to help pay for new day shelters, motel stays, short-term rental assistance and expanded data collection.
SALEM PEOPLE Apr. 7
After meandering path marked by ‘oddball invocations,' Willamette University’s “heart and soul” plans her retirement
As Willamette University’s chaplain, Karen Wood counseled grieving students, made lawyer jokes at commencement and shepherded a program to help students find a path forward after college based on their values and spirituality.
Apr. 7
Commissioner, farmworker organizer get Covid vaccines during Marion County meeting
SALEM PUBLIC SAFETY Apr. 6
Salem mother tells of efforts to help son in moments before fatal police shooting
A 22-year-old Salem man had troubled mental health and struggled with drug abuse. His mother told Salem Reporter in an interview that urged him to surrender a shotgun on Friday, April 2, but he drew the weapon in a move that resulted in his death as Salem police arrived.
Apr. 6
LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: Oregon House passes bill intended to protect distressed homeowners
Apr. 6
Polk County has two weeks to bring Covid cases down before businesses must reduce capacity
Apr. 6
PBS NewsHour features segment on Enchanted Forest
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