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FreeSPECIAL REPORT September 24
ROAD TO RECOVERY: A 'can do' spirit emerges as Santiam Canyon residents face rebuilding
Homeowners and business operators throughout the Santiam Canyon are assessing the damage and options for the future. Rebuilding will be a long, tough process as specialists plot a path forward for the national forest.
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Salem police looking for stolen fire starters used to fight fires
Police are asking for help in finding the thief who stole flares and a lanching device out of a truck at a local hotel overnight on Sunday.
FreeOREGON KIDS September 24
AROUND OREGON: Kids under stress as wildfire evacuations join a pandemic, recession and no in-person school
2020 has been a rough year for most people, but Oregon experts say kids and teens are especially at risk for traumatic stress because of uncertainty and social isolation.
FreePublic safety September 24
South Salem neighborhoods advised to boil water after water main breaks
The city is testing water for possible bacteria contamination and expects to have results back on Friday. In the meantime, affected residents are advised to boil water for many everyday activities.
AROUND OREGON: Small businesses vow lawsuit unless Oregon compensates pandemic losses
A notice from business owners warning the state of a lawsuit does not challenge governor's authority, but says shutdowns affected owners.
CENSUS 2020 September 23
With one week to go, Oregon approaches 98% Census response
A statewide campaign to boost Census response among hard-to-reach Oregonians has reached tens of thousands of people, but organizers say confusion over deadlines, the pandemic and fears among some immigrants have all been challenges.
FreeWildfires September 23
Marion County turns its attention to cleaning up debris as Santiam Canyon residents turn home. But the cleanup won't be quick
During a press briefing Wednesday morning, Marion County officials described some of the initial difficulties in rebuilding the Santiam Canyon as fire crews get a better handle on the Beachie Creek and Lionshead Fires. Putting everything back into place will take time, they said.
FreeWILDFIRES September 23
PHOTOS: In Gates, resilience and loss as residents return
Wildfire spread unevenly through town, leaving some homes with little more than a few melted lawn ornaments while neighbors' properties were largely spared. Now, Gates residents are starting to return home.
PUBLIC SAFETY September 23
UPDATED: Police identify high school student killed in Salem park shooting
Andrew Ray Rosas, 18, a McKay High School student, was shot and killed in a Salem park late Tuesday. An 18-year-old woman was injured in the shooting.
LOCAL SCHOOLS September 22
School leaders select Salem-Keizer's Christy Perry as Oregon Superintendent of the Year
Fellow Oregon superintendents described Perry as a mentor and listening ear who works to share good ideas between school districts. Many said they appreciate her humility, integrity and leadership on racial equity.
Freewildfires September 22
More roads open as fire crews contain more Beachie Creek Fire
The Marion County Sheriff’s Office has lifted evacuation orders on roads near Lyons. The upcoming weather forecast brings good and bad news for fire crews. An assessment of damage caused to state parks by the fires has also been released.
Business September 22
The Salem area continues its return to work
Numbers released by the Oregon Employment Department show the local economy continues adding back jobs after being decimated by the pandemic. While the entire state is recovering, the unemployment rate remains high.
AGENDA: Salem-Keizer board will hear back-to-school updates, re-affirm Safe and Welcoming Schools policy
The first school board meeting of the new school year starts virtually at 6 p.m. Tuesday. Public comments must be submitted by 4:15 p.m.
GUEST COLUMN September 22
COLUMN: From free to hundreds of dollars, Medicare Advantage premiums can be confusing. Here's how to compare
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.
WILDFIRES September 21
Marion County deputy prowls remote roads in race to evacuate campers as firestorm approaches
Marion County Sheriff’s Deputy Matt Wilkinson was one of a handful of deputies in the Santiam Canyon when the fires intensified Sept. 7, forcing hundreds to evacuate. Wilkinson recounts his 25-hour shift that put him in the path of two wildfires in the Santiam Canyon.
FreeAROUND OREGON September 21
AROUND OREGON: Rash of Oregon arson cases fuels fear, conspiracy theories during devastating wildfires
Police and court records show none of those accused in recent arson cases have ties to left- or right-wing groups or appear to have been motivated by politics.
SALEM ARTS September 21
He failed high school, but Salem artist went on to acclaim as an artist and a gallery now provides a fresh look
From crumpled paper to Masonite, Clifford Gleason of Salem painted on a variety of surfaces in ways that attracted art lovers' attention. The Hallie Ford Museum resurrects his work in a new local exhibition.
FreePHOTO GALLERY September 21
PHOTOS: As smoke clears, Santiam Canyon damage emerges in detail
PHOTO GALLERY: Scenes from the lower Santiam Canyon reveal details of what survived fire and what didn't as people return to homes and businesses.
Freewildfires September 18
Overnight rains bring relief for firefighters and Salem residents
The light rains were enough to give fire crews an edge in efforts to contain the Beachie Creek Fire. Air quality has improved enough for some events to resume.
FreeWILDFIRES September 18
AROUND OREGON: They packed and waited for signal to flee Beachie Creek fire. Their bodies were found days later
Two victims more victims of historic Oregon fires identified - a mother and her son.
Freewildfires September 17
Weather forecast could spell relief for firefighting, but recovery will be a long haul
Firefighters are optimistic that the rainy weather forecast will work to their advantage. Residents of communities in the fire-ravaged Santiam Canyon may soon have limited access to their homes. But rebuilding roads will be an ongoing challenge. The feds are offering help to residents.
FreeWILDFIRES September 17
A run for his life: Retired Keizer teacher escapes blaze in swimsuit, T-shirt
Former Keizer teacher Scott Torgeson escapes blaze on foot. Former students pour in donations to cover medical expenses.
Breitenbush Hot Springs loses half its buildings to wildfires, hopes to reopen in 2021
Local firefighters joined with community members to save many structures at the popular resort as the Lionshead and Beachie Creek fires burned through the area.
Reported Covid tests, cases down in Marion County as wildfires force evacuations
County health officials say they're working with less data about the spread of the coronavirus as evacuations and hazardous air have led to the state lab's closure and fewer people getting tested.
FreeWILDFIRE September 17
UPDATE: Now a new threat: Possible flash floods in Santiam fire zone
The National Weather Service said systems moving into Oregon Thursday could put up to 1 inch of rain on areas burned by wildfires, triggering flash floods and debris flows.
Cafe 22 West slapped with $14,000 fine for not following mask, social distancing orders
Clyde Aspinwall, the owner of Cafe 22 West hat has a fruit store next door, said the business complied after a visit from a workplace safety agency. His is among a relative handful of businesses that have faced fines for not following state Covid requirements.
LOCAL SCHOOLS September 16
SURVEY: Salem families split between cautious optimism, frustration as kids head back to school
Parents who responded to Salem Reporter’s survey reported concerns about students’ mental health, widening achievement gaps and the impact on working parents as classes begin online.
Business September 15
BUSINESS ROUNDUP: Chances to network and learn about the economy, extra cash for unemployed, OLCC approves curbside rules and another business to close
The Oregon Entrepreneurs Network will have its last networking event of the season. SEDCOR hosts online talk from economists. Employment Department seeks to smooth additional payment. Waffle maker to close.
FreeWILDFIRES September 15
Two additional victims identified in Beachie Creek Fire
Justin Cook worked at numerous restaurants in the Albany and Corvallis area.
FreeSPECIAL REPORT September 15
SPECIAL REPORT: A night in hell - Santiam Canyon's ordeal
As people turned in for the night in the Santiam Canyon on Labor Day, one wildfire that had been held at bay for three weeks was unleashed and a second started a westward march that proved to be stunningly destructive. Salem Reporter has assembled this account of that night in the canyon from interviews and documents.
LOCAL SCHOOLS September 15
After students wait outside in smoky air, South Salem making changes to back-to-school event
Some South Salem High School students faced lines outdoors in hazardous air as they waited Monday to pick up Chromebooks and needed items for school. After a parent complaint, school leaders said they'd do more to avoid a repeat on Tuesday afternoon.
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