FreeHEAT WAVE Jun. 24
Air conditioners sold out in Salem area ahead of heat wave
Electric fans and do-it-yourself mister kits are selling fast at the local hardware stores that still have them in stock.
Free Jun. 24
Salem-area vaccine clinics will go on as scheduled despite heat wave
Marion County burn ban starts Friday
FreeHEAT WAVE Jun. 24
HEAT WAVE: Updated weekend forecast for June 25-27
The Salem area remains poised to break several heat records this weekend as a wave of hot air falls across the Northwest.
Free Jun. 24
Volunteers needed to help homeless cool off in deadly heat this weekend
SALEM COMMUNITY Jun. 24
PHOTOS: Historic photo contest winners showcase Salem history
The winners of an annual photo contest put on by the Salem Historic Landmarks Commission were announced last week. Among the photos are a historic horse barn, Bush House and the pedestrian bridge.
GUEST COLUMN Jun. 24
COLUMN: What's behind large Medicare Part B premiums?
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.
Polk County issues burn ban starting Thursday
SALEM COMMUNITY Jun. 24
After decades of service, Salem park's garden leader heads for retirement
Gretchen Carnaby started in Bush's Pasture Park propagating geraniums and ended up leading a team that has turned the Salem park into a showcase. She is retiring from her service to the Mission Street Parks Conservatory.
Record-breaking heat expected this weekend
LOCAL SCHOOLS Jun. 23
Salem’s new student advisor wants mental health front and center when teens return to school
Grace Caldwell, 17, will serve as the second student advisor to the Salem-Keizer School Board as she begins her senior year at McKay High School. She spent much of her junior year bringing student concerns about online learning, school discipline and mental health to district leaders while serving on a variety of task forces.
SALEM PEOPLE AND PLACES Jun. 23
PHOTOS: Salem artists paint graffiti murals to support vaccination efforts
Murals by Eric Tautkus and Chris Casarez are now on display outside the state fairgrounds in Salem.
SALEM COMMUNITY Jun. 23
As owners prepare to sell beloved Willamette riverboat, they say it was all about making memories
The Chesbroughs have owned the Willamette Queen for more than two decades, but now say it’s time to retire. They want the sternwheeler to stay in the Willamette River.
Marion County Fair seeks volunteers as the event returns July 9-11
ON THE AIR Jun. 23
ON THE AIR: Rachel Alexander goes deep on new school start times
Listen for local news weekday mornings on community radio station KMWV (98.3 FM) with "In Case You Missed It - With Salem Reporter." One of our reporters joins radio station manager Lisa Walz to discuss a story or two of the day.
With proof of vaccination, Willamette will allow students, visitors to drop masks on campus
SALEM ECONOMY Jun. 23
With a talent for making dirty cars look new, a Salem teenager makes his vision a reality
At age 17, Edgar Perez started his own Salem-based business detailing cars, trucks, boats and golf carts. While Perez said he's making good money now, starting the business took sacrifice and not everyone shared his vision along the way.
GOVERNMENT Jun. 22
Marion County budget by the numbers: what the commissioners are doing with your money
The Marion County Board of Commissioners meets Wednesday to adopt a $576.7 million county budget. After an influx of federal cash, the county is expected to increase its spending 14% over last year.
Marion, Polk counties moving to lower Covid risk levels
STATE HOSPITAL Jun. 22
State hospital authorizes up to $1.2 million to pay National Guard to care for patients
The number of nursing employees on leave because of Covid-related childcare problems has declined, but staffing shortages continue to plague the Oregon State Hospital. Thirty members of the National Guard will help with patient care through the end of July.
Driver died after crashing into fence, truck near Brooks
Oregon State Police identify victim of Monday shooting
SALEM BIRDS Jun. 22
COLUMN: Diversity of birds' beaks reflects wide array of uses
Local birder and natural history author Harry Fuller shares what birds are up to in the Salem area in his "Some Fascinating Things About Birds" column.
Ranae Quiring named principal of McKay High School
SALEM NONPROFITS Jun. 22
Salem nonprofit will preserve hundreds of rare WWII interviews with help of state grant
The B-17 Alliance Foundation has collected hundreds of hours of interviews with veterans and other people who directly experienced WWII. With a $2,587 grant the nonprofit will begin storing and organizing the interviews to serve as an educational resource.
OSP investigating shooting on Market Street
Fire officials remind Oregonians not to accidentally start wildfires as legal firework sales begin
SALEM AREA EVENTS Jun. 21
PHOTOS: Make Music Day Salem marks a return to normalcy and the start of summer
Salem's streets were alive with people on Monday as musicians played across the city during the one-day event.
SALEM NEIGHBORHOODS Jun. 21
New Hallman neighborhood council hopes Fridays at the park will give kids a boost
Local parents see a weekly community park gathering as a first step toward helping families feel safe and getting kids ready for school in the Northgate area.
About half of employees, 87% of residents vaccinated at mid-Willamette long-term care facilities
SALEM ECONOMY Jun. 21
After a difficult year, Capitol Cryo welcomes Salem back into the cold
Capitol Cryo is Salem's only business that offers cryotherapy, an extreme but increasingly widespread treatment that involves exposure to temperatures well below zero. After struggling during the pandemic, the business is now booked with appointments.
Longtime Salem police lieutenant named chief of police in Sisters
SALEM PEOPLE AND PLACES Jun. 21
Art Pour Les Enfants: Local fine art auction shows off local talent
Bidders and artists mingled at the art auction put on by the Boys and Girls Club of Salem Marion and Polk Counties. The charity event raised about $20,000.
NAACP to recognize Salem students at Friday Juneteenth event
Two Salem graffiti artists will create public art mural Saturday at fairgrounds
AROUND OREGON Jun. 18
AROUND OREGON: Federal decision pushes Klamath dam removal forward
A federal decision Thursday transferred the operating licenses for four hydroelectric dams to the states of Oregon and California, and the Klamath River Renewal Corporation. It's a step toward removing the dams and restoring salmon passage into the upper Klamath River.
Salem-Keizer district seeks graduate student researcher for historic preservation project
Salem splash pads open Friday
LOCAL HISTORY Jun. 18
LOCAL HISTORY: Juneteenth offers opportunity to explore Salem's Black history
As part of Salem Reporter’s local history series, Kimberli Fitzgerald, the City of Salem’s Historic Preservation Officer, explains the history of local Juneteenth celebrations and city efforts to better research and share information about Salem’s Black settlers.
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT Jun. 18
Body cameras for police included in upcoming city budget
The Salem City Council on June 28 will vote to allocate money for a body worn camera program in the city’s police force. After the upfront equipment purchase, the annual cost of the program is expected to be $630,000.