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LOCAL GOVERNMENT November 19
Polk County leaders press for more preschool as a crime prevention move
Before reading to youngsters, law enforcement leaders from Polk County made the case for creating more preschool slots. They are patient, aiming for legislative action in 2021.
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OREGON GOVERNMENT November 19
In Capitol appearance, former Oregon congressman recounts political history, laments state of politics
AuCoin plugs his book in Salem, telling tales of politics and the time a female fighter chased him out of a boxing ring for his sexist remarks.
Elections November 18
Why does a diverse group of Oregon’s political interests want to take redistricting out of the legislature’s hands?
Broad spectrum of groups rally around initiative proposing to reform Oregon’s redistricting process to protect against ‘bi-partisan gerrymandering’
SALEM PEOPLE AND PLACES November 18
Salvation Army urges supporters to "Be the Light" at fundraising lunch
Last year, Salem's Salvation Army provided 46,000 meals, 22,000 nights of shelter, and 400 families with emergency financial assistance.
COMMENTARY November 18
COMMENTARY: Digging into high-profile Salem story takes patience, care
Saphara Harrell, the breaking news reporter for Salem Reporter, responded to the fatal shooting in September inside a Goodwill story in Salem. She kept after the story to learn details seldom shared publicly - and here's how she did that work.
OREGON GOVERNMENT November 18
State audit: Veterinary board must improve monitoring of drug security
Background checks, more stringent inspections and participation in drug monitoring program should be implemented, audit finds.
OREGON GOVERNMENT November 17
Flavored marijuana products can go back on sale, Oregon court decides
A state ban on vaping products featuring flavored marijuana is being set aside after the Oregon Court of Appeals ruled last week. The court said the state's actions imposing the ban appear flawed.
SALEM SCHOOLS November 17
Salem school one of most rapidly improving in Oregon, driving up scores with innovation, focus
Under the leadership of Principal Scott Stenlund, Washington Elementary has nearly tripled the percentage of students meeting state math standards in three years. The school's successes point to strategies for other local schools.
Hate crimes November 16
Hate crimes in Oregon decreased in 2018
The annual data released by the FBI shows other areas of concern.
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.
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.
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