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UPDATES: Life Flight base opening in Salem in July
LOCAL SCHOOLS May. 27
Educators raise concerns about fights, assaults in Salem middle schools
Dozens of educators at Waldo Middle School signed a letter in February saying they were being asked to routinely break up fights and receiving verbal abuse and threats from students. The teacher union president and administrators say the issue has improved over the spring, but challenges remain.
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May. 27
UPDATED: Lockdowns lifted at North, Parrish following reports of person with gun near campus
May. 27
Newsletter delivery from Salem Reporter disrupted
May. 27
Salem weekly Covid report for May 27: Cases, hospitalizations still climbing
FreeHEALTH May. 27
Mass shootings elsewhere can cause anxiety, regression in children in Oregon
A Portland psychiatrist advises parents to discuss the shooting with children but not get into details.
Free May. 27
Jamie McLeod-Skinner defeats incumbent Kurt Schrader in Oregon 5th District
May. 27
New Salem Life Flight base expected to reduce response time
May. 26
Salem nonprofit serving disabled adults reports catalytic converter stolen
SALEM PEOPLE AND PLACES May. 26
Tennis and pickleball tournament benefits women’s heart health
Salem Health Foundation’s charity tournament fosters friendly competition and medical awareness.
May. 26
Advise city on conservation, redevelopment in north Salem as board member
FreeOREGON NEWS May. 26
Oregon Congressional Democrats call for federal gun control after Texas shooting
In the wake of a deadly Texas school shooting, Rep. Cliff Bentz, Oregon’s sole congressional Republican, ignored questions
May. 26
UPDATE: Northeast Fisher Road cleared after partly blocked by semi truck
2022 PRIMARY May. 26
Ward 4 race could go to November ballot as candidates just one vote apart
A tight Salem City Council race between Deanna Gwyn and Dynee Medlock may hinge on whether voters correct signature issues on ballots by June 7. With the tally as it now stands, neither candidate has enough votes to win the race outright.
FreeHEALTH CARE May. 26
Thousands of Oregonians likely to face sticker shock when they buy health insurance for 2023
After modest increases in 2021, Oregon health insurers are seeking an average 6.7% rate increase in the individual market, citing rising health care costs.
May. 25
Help city, county plan Cordon Road development through online "open house"
HEALTH May. 25
Mental health, addiction treatment now under same roof at Bridgeway Plaza in Salem
The new building, which opened Monday, will allow Bridgeway Recovery Services to make treatment for mental health, chemical dependency and problem gambling more available in Salem
May. 25
Oregon scientists want your help gathering data on turtles
May. 25
Salem mayor honored for age-friendly city work
Free2022 PRIMARY May. 25
Clackamas County still struggling to count ballots a week after Election Day
Almost half of the county’s more than 116,000 ballots remained uncounted by Tuesday night.
FreeOREGON SCHOOLS May. 25
Oregon leaders need to stop disrupting education reforms, report finds
Secretary of State Shemia Fagan’s team outlined five risks to school improvement in Oregon.
SALEM INFRASTRUCTURE May. 25
City to poll voters before finalizing infrastructure package
Councilors want to get a sense of whether Salemites are likely to vote in favor of a $300 million spending package that wouldn’t increase property taxes, or if more tweaks are needed to get broad support. Several councilors are hoping to add more money for protected bike lanes to the package.
HOMELESSNESS May. 24
Affordable housing project slated to open early 2024 with new federal dollars
Federal pandemic relief funds that recently went to the city of Salem helped fill a funding gap for the long-delayed Sequoia Crossings project created by rising construction costs.
May. 24
Snuggle a kitten while drinking beer at Thursday event
LOCAL COLUMN May. 24
COLUMN: How Medicare plans handle pre-existing conditions
Jim Sellers, former Oregon journalist and state agency employee, writes a regular column to help thousands in Salem deal with the confusing world of Medicare and federal benefits. He's available to answer your questions.
May. 24
Salem's unemployment rate falls in April to 3.7%
May. 24
AGENDA: Marion County commissioners consider veteran services, federal pandemic relief funds
SALEM HOMELESSNESS May. 24
One year in, about half of Village of Hope residents move on to somewhere better
Salem’s first micro shelter village has led to permanent housing for 23 formerly homeless residents during its first year of operation. City leaders and nonprofit service providers say they’re encouraged by the results and want to work to increase the share.
FreeOREGON UTILITIES May. 24
Consumers to get better notice when Oregon utilities shut down power during wildfires
The rules adopted by the Public Utility Commission apply to Pacific Power, Portland General Electric and Idaho Power.
May. 23
Catch Chemeketa artwork in first student show since pandemic
CRIME May. 23
Central Point man arrested in December shooting at Orchard Park Apartments
Salem police arrested Kenneth Wayne Felton Sunday a month after he was charged with shooting a man at the complex. Police say he is also a suspect in a separate shooting that occurred three days after the first in December 2021.
ON THE AIR May. 23
ON THE AIR: Salem is getting a new mayor after a costly campaign
INSIDE SCOOP: Catch the back story on the latest local news with Managing Editor Rachel Alexander on community radio station KMWV (98.3 FM) with "In Case You Missed It - With Salem Reporter."
May. 23
Learn about Russia-Ukraine war's impact on citizens at Salem Tuesday library talk
SALEM BUSINESS May. 23
Salem Reporter earns journalism awards in Northwest regional competition
Work by journalists with Salem Reporter covering homeless people, the pandemic and breaking news in Salem was recognized last week for journalistic excellence.
May. 23
Salem City Council will discuss infrastructure bond, street painting program Monday
SALEM ART AND CULTURE May. 23
Salem artist April Waters explores Antarctic in Hallie Ford exhibit
The stark beauty of Antarctic landscapes feature prominently in large canvasses from Salem painter April Waters, who received a National Science Foundation grant to spend time at Palmer Station, a scientific research outpost.
FreeOREGON NEWS May. 22
Water contamination worsened as DEQ went easy on Port of Morrow
SPECIAL REPORT: State officials rarely intervened and never stopped the port as it dumped hundreds of tons of excess nitrogen over a critical groundwater area.
2022 PRIMARY May. 21
Marion, Polk counties see highest voter turnout in 10 years for non-presidential primary
Marion County's voter turnout ballooned last minute after Clerk Bill Burgess said his office received about 26,000 ballots on election day.
May. 20
Salem man charged with beheading cat, two birds
FreeOREGON POLITICS May. 20
Drazan wins Oregon governor primary with about a quarter of Republican voters
Democrat Tina Kotek and nonaffiliated candidate Betsy Johnson announced high-profile endorsements Thursday.
May. 20
Catch a flamenco-inspired saxophone performance in Sunday concert
SALEM COMMUNITY May. 20
“I didn't expect the spirit to go out of people”: Salem nurse manager recalls Ukrainian relief trip
Marty Crittenden, a nurse manager at Willamette Vital Health, spent two weeks in Warsaw treating Ukrainian refugees, contending with medication shortages, trauma and joy in the midst of heartbreak.
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