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ON THE AIR Jan. 20
ON THE AIR: Rachel Alexander on how local schools are dealing with Covid tracing, notifications
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."
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Jan. 20
Data digest: Covid by the numbers for Jan. 20, 2022
Jan. 20
Police, FBI looking for man they say robbed a Salem bank
Jan. 20
National Guard returns to Salem Hospital
SALEM COMMUNITY Jan. 20
Salem Symphonic Winds postpones Sunday show to May
The board of directors for the nonprofit concert band called off the Sunday performance to protect their players and audience from the omicron surge.
OREGON GOVERNMENT Jan. 20
Oregon Capitol beefs up security, expects to spend $500K on security guards
New screening will begin Jan. 27, four days before the legislative session starts.
HOMELESSNESS Jan. 20
Help count the number of people experiencing homelessness in Salem area
Volunteers are needed for the annual point in time count, intended to serve as a snapshot of the number of homeless people on a given night.
LOCAL SCHOOLS Jan. 20
With pandemic challenges, 81% of Salem seniors graduated in 2021
After years of steady increases in the district, new state data shows Salem-Keizer’s graduation rate was about the same as in 2020, and remains far higher than five years ago. Gaps along racial and income lines persisted, but generally didn’t worsen.
Jan. 19
Data digest: Covid by the numbers for Jan. 19, 2022
Jan. 19
Man arrested in stabbing at Marion Square Park Monday night
BIRDS IN SALEM Jan. 19
COLUMN: Birds begin their shift to spring clothes
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.
Jan. 19
Salem schools cap audience at 50% capacity for music, theater events
SALEM COMMUNITY Jan. 19
Salem woman and dog offer comfort to people on hospice as therapy team
Rhonda Herbert and her sheepadoodle, Daphne, meet with people in hospice care weekly to provide them a source of joy, be it from petting Daphne or receiving her gentle kisses.
ON THE AIR Jan. 19
ON THE AIR: Salem Reporter's Saphara Harrell on how to avoid getting scammed with Covid tests
INSIDE SCOOP: Catch the back story on the latest local news with reporter Saphara Harrell on community radio station KMWV (98.3 FM) with "In Case You Missed It - With Salem Reporter."
FreeOREGON COLLEGES Jan. 19
Oregon scholarship for community college disproportionately going to wealthier students
The Oregon Promise grant is supposed to help high school seniors with the costs of community college, but 80% of the money is going to students with the least need.
SALEM AREA EVENTS Jan. 19
PHOTOS: Volunteers help build trails in Silver Falls State Park
The day of service, held on Martin Luther King Day, was the inaugural project in the 100 Volunteer Projects for 100 Years event undertaken by Oregon State Parks this year, along with another simultaneous volunteer event at Harris Beach State Park.
LOCAL GOVERNMENT Jan. 18
National opioid settlement could bring millions to Salem area for reducing substance abuse
As of Jan. 11, all Oregon jurisdictions eligible for the cut of the settlement have signed on.
Jan. 18
Data digest: Covid by the numbers for Jan. 18, 2022
CHILDREN'S HEALTH Jan. 18
As kids come back for screenings, dentists seeing more tooth decay
When Salem schools moved online, thousands of kids went without the dental screenings the district has offered in many elementary schools for years. Now, hygienists are finding about one in three kids have decay, up from 22% pre-pandemic.
Free Jan. 18
You can now order free at-home Covid tests from USPS
Jan. 18
AGENDA: Marion County commissioners consider emergency management grant, adding to OHA contract
LOCAL COLUMN Jan. 18
COLUMN: Hospitality industry lags as Salem employment recovers to pre-pandemic levels
Pandemic layoffs in the spring of 2020 created an unusual recession disproportionately felt in service industries. The recovery, too, has been faster than typical.
FreeOREGON NEWS Jan. 18
Oregonians invited to ‘Let’s Talk’ session to share what they want from an Oregon governor
Oregon Capital Chronicle, Rural Development Initiatives and the Agora Journalism Center are leading regional virtual sessions to hear from Oregonians.
Jan. 17
Data digest: Covid by the numbers for Jan. 17, 2022
SALEM PEOPLE AND PLACES Jan. 17
Volunteers transform muddy trails, celebrate community at Orchard Heights Park
Salem's parks department is planning improvements at parks around the city in 2022 with a schedule of monthly volunteer work crews. Saturday's work party drew about 20 volunteers to shovel wood chips at the west Salem park.
ROADS Jan. 17
Improvements to Hayesville Drive will make it easier for kids to get to school
Marion County is working on road improvements to both Northeast Hayesville Drive and Center Street that will add sidewalks and bike lanes in the coming years.
Jan. 17
State to accept rental assistance applications for up to five weeks starting Jan. 26
COVID IN MARION COUNTY Jan. 17
County health officials limiting Covid investigations after cases spike
Even after a dip in the initial omicron surge, Marion County’s daily Covid case count on Friday was more than six times higher than the December peak. With that has come a testing shortage so significant that county health officials are asking employers not to require Covid tests to return to work as long as they first quarantine, are fever-free for a day and show improved symptoms.
Jan. 17
Minor shoots at car, house in east Salem Sunday morning, sheriff’s office says
SALEM HISTORY Jan. 17
LOCAL HISTORY: The Salem couple who filed Oregon's first civil rights suit - and won
This column is part of a regular feature from Salem Reporter to highlight local history in collaboration with area historians and historical organizations. Kimberli Fitzgerald, Salem's historic preservation officer, walks through the history of civil rights law in Oregon and local cases.
FreeOREGON NEWS Jan. 17
Running for governor, Kristof defends residency claim to Oregon Supreme Court
Gubernatorial candidate Nick Kristof submitted a filing Friday to the Oregon Supreme Court, reasserting his contention that Oregon has been his home for the required time. State attorneys this week are expected to present Secretary of State Shemia Fagan’s case to bar him from the ballot.
OREGON LAW ENFORCEMENT Jan. 15
Audit: Oregon State Police should change how it determines staffing needs
Auditors say a simple ratio of troopers to residents isn’t good enough.
Jan. 14
Salem-Keizer NAACP holding virtual Martin Luther King, Jr. day program Monday
Jan. 14
Data digest: Covid by the numbers for Jan. 14, 2022
COVID IN OREGON Jan. 14
Oregon schools no longer need to notify students of Covid exposures while masked
State health officials said Friday that schools should focus their contact tracing efforts on school lunch and activities like sports and band where students don't wear masks. The change is intended to reduce the amount of work school districts need to do to keep up with surging infections.
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT Jan. 14
Forum concerns center around trash as city explains new micro shelter locations
The city has one final forum on the proposed sites on Jan. 19.
Jan. 14
Intimate exhibit sheds light on seldom-seen Salem
SALEM COMMUNITY Jan. 14
Salem faith leaders aim to lift spirits, ease omicron concerns through worship
After nearly two years of challenges for places of worship, some faith leaders in Salem are again looking for unique approaches to holding services, this time in response to omicron-induced anxiety among congregants.
FreeCOLLEGE IN OREGON Jan. 14
Oregon students to get debt canceled and a payment over deceptive loan practices
Thousands of Oregon students will see a refund of some payments or their debt canceled because of a $1.85 billion settlement with student loan servicer Navient following a lawsuit brought by Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum and 38 other states.
COVID IN OREGON Jan. 13
Oregon's Covid testing system "approaching maximum capacity" as omicron wave continues
State health officials on Thursday said they're deploying hundreds more contracted health care workers to hospitals and long-term care facilities which were already struggling with high patient loads and short staff before the omicron wave of Covid sickened people across the state.
Jan. 13
Data digest: Covid by the numbers for Jan. 13, 2022
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