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SALEM PEOPLE AND PLACES Dec. 8
Family Building Blocks' Gala of Trees spreads joy throughout the community
The nonprofit's annual gala included spreading decorated trees across the city, culminating in a virtual tree auction.
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Dec. 8
Have your name on a piece of Gilbert House
SALEM NONPROFITS Dec. 8
A smaller truck will help Salem Harvest become a bigger organization
After wrapping up the 2021 harvest with a load of apples, Elise Bauman, Salem Harvest’s director, is raising money to buy a second vehicle to aid the group’s volunteers in the field.
SALEM GOVERNMENT Dec. 7
Chane Griggs steps into Salem mayor’s race
Griggs is president of the city’s planning commission and the Rotary Club of Salem. She’s the second candidate to publicly announce her bid for mayor of Salem after the incumbent Chuck Bennett recently announced he won’t seek a fourth term.
Dec. 7
AGENDA: Marion County commissioners consider replacing county jail doors, other contracts
HOUSING Dec. 7
Former motel will soon provide over 70 rooms to wildfire survivors, others without housing
The new ARCHES Inn was mostly funded by state dollars intended to buy hotels and motels, and use them for short- and long-term housing.
Dec. 7
Santiam Hospital to offer saliva Covid testing without doctor's note
FreeOREGON NEWS Dec. 7
Investments needed in higher ed, job training to recover from pandemic, Oregon leaders say
At a meeting of business leaders Monday, Gov. Kate Brown and state’s higher education director said the state needs to bolster career training.
Dec. 7
Get a copy of the 2022 Salem Reads book at the Salem Public Library Wednesday
FreeOREGON NEWS Dec. 7
Brown calls for $200 million in workforce spending, offers few details
Gov. Kate Brown urged business leaders to push legislators to support the spending package.
SALEM COMMUNITY Dec. 7
Indigenous woman gets stolen tribal regalia back after being contacted by stranger
Auburn Logan, a member of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, recently got her car back after reporting it stolen, but her traditional regalia pieces were gone. A Facebook message led to a public meetup with a stranger who returned the items intact.
ON THE AIR Dec. 7
ON THE AIR: Salem Reporter's Rachel Alexander on the drive for farmworker overtime
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."
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT Dec. 6
City manager Steve Powers will retire Feb. 28
In his six years at the city of Salem, Powers oversaw the hiring of a new police chief, a seismic retrofit of the library and the city's response to Covid. He is returning to Michigan to spend time with his family.
Dec. 6
SnoBall dance returns "Together Again" for 68th year
FreeOREGON NEWS Dec. 6
Oregonians can bid for lower taxes while funding scholarships through state auction
You could shave your income tax bill and push money into Oregon scholarships with an online auction under this week.
Dec. 6
AGENDA: Salem City Council meets Monday to consider comprehensive plan update, waiving fees to install airport charging stations
Free Dec. 6
OHA opens free drive-thru Covid vaccine clinic in south Salem
STATE HOSPITAL Dec. 6
State hospital for weeks delayed Covid vaccine boosters for patients
Oregon State Hospital only began providing booster Covid vaccines to patients on Dec. 1 - more than a month after the state Department of Corrections began vaccinating people incarcerated in state prisons. Hospital officials said they chose to prioritize employees because they most often spread the virus to patients, and were delayed by offering flu shots.
Dec. 6
Man dies after crashing into tree in southeast Salem Sunday morning, police say
HOMELESSNESS Dec. 6
Relationship building is key to Church at the Park’s model in tackling homelessness
From a small group handing out meals in Cascades Gateway Park, the organization has grown into one of Salem’s largest agencies working with homeless people.
FreeOREGON NEWS Dec. 5
Brown returns from international climate summit energized to push Oregon’s plans ahead
The governor sees even more possibilities for offshore wind-generated power to serve Oregon’s needs – and create coastal jobs.
Dec. 3
Small businesses featured at Equity in Action bazaar Saturday
SALEM CRIME Dec. 3
Police say no foul play in death after finding body in suitcase at northeast Salem apartment complex
Linson Lavell Johnson, 51, faces charges of abuse of a corpse after police say he loaded an apartment resident's body into a suitcase and put it in the trunk of the dead man's car. An autopsy found no signs of foul play in the death.
SALEM AREA EVENTS Dec. 3
Comedy trio brings standup, parenting stories to Salem’s Elsinore Saturday
Salem parents looking to take a night off and have a laugh can find both in a one-night-only show this weekend.
Dec. 3
Salem man dies after Thursday crash
Dec. 3
Deepwood hosts free Holiday Open House Saturday
LOCAL SCHOOLS Dec. 3
S-K school board director, county commissioner considers removing children from district
Danielle Bethell, a Salem-Keizer School Board director, took to Facebook on Nov. 23 to ask followers for any "middle school/high school homeschool pods in Keizer area." She said the district's "the lack of real education and safety being provided in our schools today," has led her and her family to look at other options for education.
COVID VACCINATION Dec. 3
New Marshallese nonprofit aims to bolster community health through Covid vaccine clinics
The President of the Marshall Islands and Salem Mayor Chuck Bennett are among the featured speakers at a Saturday Covid vaccination clinic put on by the Marshallese American Network for Interacting Together, a recently formed nonprofit based in Keizer.
FreeOREGON NEWS Dec. 3
Oregon health officials work on voluntary digital vaccine card
Oregon officials say a digital vaccine card could be available next spring. It would be a free, optional resource for Oregonians – and they stress that it would not be a "passport," as rumors have suggested.
LOCAL EVENTS Dec. 3
The Gubser Miracle of Lights tradition continues in Keizer
This year’s display will begin on Friday, Dec. 3 and continue every night from 6-10 p.m. until Saturday, Dec. 26. The route is approximately 3.5 miles and runs through the Gubser neighborhood beginning at 14th Avenue NE and Lockhaven Drive.
Dec. 2
Six-year-old hospitalized after six-car crash on Kuebler Boulevard Wednesday
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT Dec. 2
Salem’s economic development plan aims to help businesses recover from the pandemic
Through efforts like improving the Urban Development Department’s website and auditing its programs, the city is hoping to boost local businesses who are still feeling the impacts from Covid shortages.
FreeOREGON PEOPLE Dec. 2
After more than three decades, U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio is done with Congress
DeFazio said he’s ready to throttle back and hike in Oregon, but other leaders say the state will feel his loss in the House.
Dec. 2
Salem's October unemployment rate saw biggest decline in months, preliminary data shows
Dec. 2
Handmade, vintage gifts on tap at fairgrounds Saturday from over 100 vendors
SALEM AGRICULTURE Dec. 2
Small farms near Salem find a steady customer: the local food bank
In recent years, Marion Polk Food Share has dedicated a growing portion of its food purchasing budget to local farms. Minto Island Growers co-owner Elizabeth Miller said it’s been a significant boost to their business, allowing them to plan for expansion.
FreeOREGON SCHOOLS Dec. 2
Despite closing decades-long funding gaps, Oregon schools say they need more money
A new state report credits the state for boosting local school funding – but school leaders say new stresses add costs.
HOUSING Dec. 1
Marion County still taking rental aid applications as state program winds down
The county has so far been the slowest in Oregon to distribute the federal funds it received, saying the delay was due to having to find a software company to track applications.
Dec. 1
Shangri-La Salem will get $15,000 donation from OnPoint Community Credit Union
OREGON LABOR Dec. 1
Salem nonprofit challenges farmworker exclusion from Oregon overtime rules
Two Oregon farmworkers and Mano a Mano Family Center have filed a petition with the Oregon Court of Appeals challenging state labor regulations which leave most agricultural workers out of overtime pay.
Dec. 1
Salem man serving rape sentence arrested after accidental release from custody
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