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STATE GOVERNMENT Sep. 21
State, SEIU agree on vaccine mandate for state employees with paid leave, exemptions
The state and SEIU 503 agreed Monday to offer more paid leave opportunities for state employees getting vaccinated ahead of a statewide vaccine mandate.
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ON THE AIR Sep. 22
ON THE AIR: Salem Reporter's Saphara Harrell discusses a local restaurant requiring proof of vaccination
LISTEN IN: Catch the comments of reporter Saphara Harrell on the latest local news on community radio station KMWV (98.3 FM) with "In Case You Missed It - With Salem Reporter."
Sep. 22
Weigh in on the future of the Salem Public Library services through survey
Sep. 21
Data digest: Covid by the numbers for Sept. 21, 2021
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT Sep. 21
More people riding the bus, all-renewable power needed for Salem to meet climate goals
The Salem City Council heard a presentation on the Salem Climate Action Plan Task Force’s efforts to make Salem greener in the future. To meet its ambitious goals, aggressive action would be needed in the next 30 years.
FreeCOVID IN OREGON Sep. 21
What we know about breakthrough Covid cases in Oregon
About 1% of fully vaccinated Marion and Polk county residents have contracted Covid to date. State data shows the number of people diagnosed with Covid after vaccination has climbed as the overall number of cases soared in July and August, but unvaccinated Oregonians remain far more likely to get sick.
Sep. 21
AGENDA: Marion County commissioner to get flu shot during Wednesday meeting, approve contracts
Sep. 21
Get your questions on kids and Covid answered Wednesday
GUEST COLUMN Sep. 21
COLUMN: Sometimes, where you live can impact cost of health care plans
Medicare questions or issues? 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 at no charge.
Sep. 20
Data digest: Covid by the numbers for Sept. 20, 2021
GOVERNMENT Sep. 20
Marion County employees can now get paid leave if they need to isolate because of Covid
The new policy was approved by Marion County commissioners earlier this month, but the union representing employees says a doctor’s note should suffice, instead of requiring a letter from an increasingly taxed health department.
HIGHER EDUCATION Sep. 20
WOU welcomes first students to new Salem campus
Oregon’s oldest public university now has a presence in the state capital, with a downtown campus offering evening and weekend courses aimed at working professionals.
COVID IN OREGON Sep. 20
AROUND OREGON: Oregon Medical Board revokes license of Dallas doctor who bucked Covid guidelines, spread misinformation
The Oregon Medical Board revoked Steven Arthur LaTulippe's license in early September and fined him $10,000, board records show.
Sep. 20
UPDATED: Fire under Center Street Bridge extinguished, road reopened
Sep. 20
Oregon landlords can raise rent by up to 9.9% for 2022
Sep. 20
AGENDA: Salem City Council holds work session on Climate Action Plan Monday
ON THE AIR Sep. 20
ON THE AIR: Salem Reporter's Ardeshir Tabrizian on the impact of the late Chuck Lee
LISTEN IN: Catch the comments of reporter Ardeshir Tabrizian on the latest local news on community radio station KMWV (98.3 FM) with "In Case You Missed It - With Salem Reporter."
HOUSING Sep. 18
City, Church at the Park seek sponsors for transitional housing
Local volunteers are fundraising to help the city of Salem and Church at the Park build temporary, transitional houses for homeless people.
Sep. 17
UPDATED: Interstate 5 reopens after police take suicidal person into custody
Sep. 17
Salem man arrested in pedestrian hit-and-run
Sep. 17
Data digest: Covid by the numbers for Sept. 17, 2021
Sep. 17
Two weeks into school, 48 Covid cases, 99 quarantines among 39,000 Salem-Keizer students
SALEM PEOPLE Sep. 17
Salem’s longest-running high school reunion going strong after 77 years
The Salem High School Class of 1944 met this week with six members. They joked together and recalled an era when most Salem kids came from farming families and classmates were drafted into military service just days after graduating.
Sep. 17
Colorful dances, music featured at Oregon Capitol's Hispanic Heritage Month event Saturday
COVID IN MARION COUNTY Sep. 17
Conflicting reports surround Covid outbreak at Bonaventure Senior Living
Bonaventure of Keizer is currently dealing with an active Covid outbreak that's left 27 people infected and one dead. Interviews with a resident's family member and a staff member describe a situation worse than what the company has reported.
CLIMATE Sep. 16
First significant rain in eight months forecasted for Salem this weekend
The warmest summer in Salem's recorded history capped off months with lower precipitation than average. Oregon climatologists say increased heat and more severe droughts will continue to become more common.
Sep. 16
Data digest: Covid by the numbers for Sept. 16, 2021
Sep. 16
Adopt one cat, get a second one free in Salem Saturday
Sep. 16
Salem, Marion and Polk emergency alerts combine services
SALEM COMMUNITY Sep. 16
A black sheep in the Salem restaurant scene, café requires proof of vaccination for dine-in
Black Sheep Cafe and Catering announced it would require patrons dining indoors be vaccinated against Covid in an effort to protect immunocompromised people and avoid a shutdown if staff had to quarantine. The announcement drew a mix of positive and negative feedback for the business.
LOCAL SCHOOLS Sep. 16
Wing space for distance and individual pencil sets as Salem kinders return to school
Teachers reported more kindergarteners than typical struggled with motor skills like holding a pencil or using scissors, likely because fewer attended preschool during the pandemic. After falling sharply last year, kindergarten enrollment in the Salem-Keizer School District is up by about 100 students, but still below pre-pandemic levels.
LOCAL COLUMN Sep. 16
COLUMN: Colorful birds' feathers are marvel of engineering, design
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.
Free Sep. 15
Data digest: Covid by the numbers for Sept. 15, 2021
Sep. 15
Salem man charged with murder in Polk County
SALEM COMMUNITY Sep. 15
Salem’s JCPenney building sold, will be turned into smaller retail spaces
The former JCPenney Building, which went dark last year when the store closed after more than a century in business, will now become 5,000- to 10,000-square-foot retailers with more windows.
HEALTH CARE IN OREGON Sep. 15
AROUND OREGON: Loopholes, lack of staffing stymie transparency of Oregon's drug pricing program
The state’s Prescription Drug Price Transparency Program was created to illuminate pharmaceutical pricing practices, but pharmaceutical companies have shielded information they say infringes on trade secrets.
Sep. 15
Oregon's cultural license plate gets a colorful redesign
ON THE AIR Sep. 15
ON THE AIR: Salem Reporter's Saphara Harrell gets behind the labor fight between Marion County employees, commissioners
LISTEN IN: Catch the comments of reporter Saphara Harrell on the latest local news on community radio station KMWV (98.3 FM) with "In Case You Missed It - With Salem Reporter."
CLIMATE Sep. 15
Oregonians are pessimistic about solving climate change, survey finds
The findings of a statewide survey released Tuesday found that two-thirds of Oregonians were pessimistic about solving the climate crisis before it’s too late. However, local climate activists say there are reasons to be hopeful.
Sep. 14
Data digest: Covid by the numbers for Sept. 14, 2021
SALEM PEOPLE Sep. 14
Salem-Keizer educator Chuck Lee remembered for authenticity, love for education
The Salem-Keizer community on Sept. 4 lost Chuck Lee, 72, a veteran educator who founded Blanchet Catholic School and the Career Technical Education Center. He helped raise millions of dollars for local education by keeping his focus squarely on students and their needs.
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