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WATCHDOG January 15
For Salem school foundation, a year of turmoil and challenge
An investigation by Salem Reporter established the Salem-Keizer Education Foundation grew rapidly, taking on services to children at a pace that left little room for unexpected expenses, and took on substantial debt to open a new building. The volunteer board is reviewing all programs as it trims expenses.
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YOUR GOVERNMENT, YOUR BUSINESS January 15
AGENDA: Skirmish over solar array to return to Marion County
Marion County Commission meets 9 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 16
YOUR GOVERNMENT, YOUR BUSINESS January 15
AGENDA: Chemeketa Community College board to discuss tuition increase, vote on service animal policy
The Chemeketa Community College board meets 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16.
HOMELESSNESS January 15
Marion Square Park homeless camp evicted, organizations offer aid
A handful of homeless people still at a camp under the Marion Street Bridge left Tuesday morning with help from local aid organizations. Police looked on, and then a dump truck backed in to start hauling away what was left behind.
YOUR GOVERNMENT, YOUR BUSINESS January 15
AGENDA: Polk County Commission to meet in executive session
The Polk County Commission meets 9 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16
STATE GOVERNMENT January 15
After a decade of delay, Oregon officials finally launching child abuse call center
Auditors and others for years said Oregon's abused children would get faster, better help if the state streamlined hotline calls. A Portland center cranking up now will replace 15 call centers around the state.
SALEM GOVERNMENT January 14
City, police, service providers prepare for homeless eviction Tuesday
An eviction of a homeless camp under the Marion Street Bridge is expected to start around 8 a.m. Tuesday. City officials, police and social service providers offered a rough outline of their plans, and denied rumors of a case of tuberculosis.
STATE GOVERNMENT January 14
Harassment investigation hangs over swearing in of Oregon's 80th legislature
More than a week after the state labor bureau released a report on sexual harassment in the Oregon Capitol, the fallout continues as one longtime aid resigns and two senators weigh in on Senate President Peter Courtney.
OREGON POLITICS January 14
Brown calls on Oregon to be ambitious, speed help for homeless
In her state of the state address, Gov. Kate Brown told legislators in Salem that she thinks it's time for Oregon to use its success to solve major challenges. She spoke after being sworn in with two former governors watching.
YOUR GOVERNMENT, YOUR BUSINESS January 14
Salem-Keizer School Board to hear boundary change plan
The board isn't scheduled to vote on the plan until Feb. 12 and have asked people with comments on the changes to wait until a Jan. 22 board meeting to present them.
LOCAL COLUMN January 14
Salem's student salon teaches customers as well as high schoolers
In high school classes at the Career and Technical Education Center, students tame skills that can net them a professional license as they graduate. My $10 haircut also bought me an education about what's happening at this Salem-Keizer School District campus.
OREGON STATE GOVERNMENT January 12
Oregon legislative leaders, regulators to meet behind closed doors to settle harassment claims
Days after a state report raked Oregon legislative leaders, a plan emerged to resolve claims of harassment and hostility through negotiation. The Legislature is also embarking on a review of its practices that left workers and legislators feeling ignored and subject to abuse.
SALEM GOVERNMENT January 11
With eviction looming for homeless camp, its residents and city leaders left with questions
The city of Salem's plans to evict a homeless camp under the Marion Street Bridge led to questions about the fate of a program for volunteers to give out free meals. The ARCHES Project said Friday it will offer to host the program. Meanwhile, the camp's residents there wonder where they go next.
STATE GOVERNMENT January 11
Three weeks into shutdown, Oregon state government weathering the storm
The state has yet to see deep impacts from a three-week federal government shutdown, but future funding for welfare programs and some state agencies is uncertain.
STATE GOVERNMENT January 11
Marion County team recognized for efforts to prevent human trafficking
The multi-jurisdictional group, including nongovernment workers, led by four women nominated for their relentless dedication to helping youth who are being exploited.
YOUR GOVERNMENT, YOUR BUSINESS January 11
Salem to talk committees, aid for vulnerable populations and a 111-unit apartment complex
Salem City Council meets 6 p.m., Monday, Jan. 14
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