FreeOREGON NEWS Nov. 26
More power, better restrooms and new visitor centers – Oregon parks to get major upgrades
With $50 million from state bonds, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department tackles upgrades next spring.
ON THE AIR Nov. 26
ON THE AIR: Salem Reporter's Rachel Alexander on why it's so hard to get your cat or dog vet care
LISTEN IN: Catch the comments of reporter Rachel Alexander on the latest local news on community radio station KMWV (98.3 FM) with "In Case You Missed It - With Salem Reporter."
SALEM PEOPLE Nov. 26
Salem law firm, notary recognized for efforts to hire veterans
Mark Ronning started Northwest Veterans Law in Salem after finding it difficult to convince civilian employers that his legal skills from the Army would translate to other jobs.
FreeOREGON NEWS Nov. 25
Panel of judges upholds Oregon congressional maps, dismisses gerrymandering claims
The ruling follows an earlier decision that redrawn legislative maps don’t unfairly favor Democrats.
SALEM PEOPLE Nov. 25
Salem teacher recognized for helping kids get their hands dirty
Stephanie Madison has raised animals and crops since childhood and runs a small farmstand in west Salem. Her classroom at Myers Elementary School is teeming with life, from a bearded dragon to seedlings her students are growing. It's all part of her effort to bring hands-on agriculture lessons to them.
Oregon seeking feedback on rising prescription drug costs
FreeOREGON NEWS Nov. 24
House Republican leader Christine Drazan will run for governor
Christine Drazan of Canby plans to officially launch her campaign by the end of the year.
FreeSALEM COMMUNITY Nov. 24
Salem father remembers son’s humanitarian spirit
Aaron Harris, 33, was found dead during a fire investigation in west Salem Nov. 19. He lived a life of transition until meeting his adopted father, a local pastor, who said his son wanted nothing more than to help those in need.
Visits resume for vaccinated patients at Oregon State Hospital's Salem campus
Siletz tribe says proposed north Salem casino project will generate 2,300 construction jobs
BIRDS IN SALEM Nov. 24
COLUMN: Birdie, it's cold outside
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. This month, he explains why birds don't freeze outside in conditions that would send most humans packing.
OREGON NEWS Nov. 24
Bridging cultural and political gaps through Indigenous first foods
City leaders in Oregon are partnering with nonprofits and tribes to promote first foods, which may hold clues to climate change resilience while connecting urban Native Americans to important ancestral knowledge and practices.
FreeOREGON SCHOOLS Nov. 23
Oregon announces test-to-stay program so kids exposed to Covid miss less school
Salem-Keizer School District officials will meet after Thanksgiving to review the new guidelines and hash out details.
FreeSALEM CITY GOVERNMENT Nov. 23
Salem City Council chooses new ward boundaries that plan for future growth in west, south Salem
The new map will shift some Salem residents to new city council wards ahead of the 2022 election, when voters will weigh in on four council seats and the mayor’s race.
FreeOREGON NEWS Nov. 23
Survey: Older lesbian, gay, bisexual Oregonians suffer high rates of discrimination, abuse
Officials at the Human Services Department, who ordered a first-of-a-kind survey after prodding from advocates, said it will make this population a priority.
Oregon drops outdoor mask mandate; no end in sight for indoor mask rules
AGENDA: Marion County commissioners to consider distributing timber revenue to local programs
View, comment on the final draft of Salem's Climate Action Plan
FreeSCHOOL SAFETY Nov. 23
Back in school after a year online, Salem kids are getting into more fights
Salem-Keizer School District administrators are stationing more security workers in local schools in response to an uptick in fights involving students and two recent incidents where guns were reported on campus.
COLUMN Nov. 23
COLUMN: Enrollment open through Dec. 7 for Medicare Advantage, prescription drug coverage
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.
Police find no foul play in deaths of two found in Friday fire investigation
Park for free at Silver Falls, other Oregon parks on "Green Friday"
STATE GOVERNMENT Nov. 22
Challenges persist for rural Marion, Polk county residents lacking broadband as state plans for federal funds still uncertain
State officials say they are unsure when or how they will distribute federal funds from President Joe Biden’s infrastructure bill locally for broadband access.
FreeSTATE POLITICS Nov. 22
Oregon Supreme Court upholds new state legislative districts
A separate challenge to new congressional districts must be decided by Wednesday.
ON THE AIR Nov. 22
ON THE AIR: Salem Reporter's Saphara Harrell on why so many women are homeless in Salem
BROADCAST: 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."
FreeSALEM CITY GOVERNMENT Nov. 22
Library staff felt Covid concerns were dismissed by now-resigned librarian
Salem's city librarian resigned last month following union complaints about comments she made regarding Covid safety protocols as the main library was set to open.
Keizer man arrested Sunday after walking away from corrections warehouse
AGENDA: Salem City Council meets to decide on new ward boundaries
SALEM PEOPLE Nov. 22
Salem now has its own refugee resettlement agency
Since 2016, Salem for Refugees has helped about 350 refugees find a new home in Salem. As a newly independent nonprofit, their work will dramatically expand in 2022 as they prepare for an influx of families from Afghanistan.
SALEM COMMUNITY Nov. 20
Veterans share stories from Afghanistan tours with city club
The Salem City Club on Friday was joined by two veterans, Kevin Dial and Jerry Glesmann, who shared their experiences serving separate, one-year tours in Afghanistan.
FreeOREGON NEWS Nov. 20
Oregon to get more than $400 million to rebuild from 2020 wildfires
Federal money continues to flow into the state to help homeowners, businesses recover from wildfires that tore through Oregon in 2020.
Free turkey giveaway Monday for families in need
Police looking for man who walked away from corrections warehouse Friday
Oregon unemployment fell in October as private sector gains outpaced public sector losses
SALEM COMMUNITY Nov. 19
Meet the guitar shop owner who got Salem millions to help with housing and homelessness
Justin Martin has been a lobbyist for Salem in the last five years, but had worked in the Capitol since 1995. In 2021, he helped the city secure $13 million in state money for homelessness and policing.
Two people found dead during fire investigation Friday morning
ON THE AIR Nov. 19
ON THE AIR: Salem Reporter's Ardeshir Tabrizian tells about Salem's plan for body cameras
LISTEN IN: Catch the insights 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."
COLUMN Nov. 19
SALEM HISTORY: Can you help identify these teachers from local schools?
As part of Salem Reporter's local history series, Willamette Heritage Center curator Kylie Pine finds historic photos from around Salem and asks readers to share what they may know. This month's selection is a collection of teacher photos from the 1968-69 school year.
WILDFIRES Nov. 18
California nonprofit brings wildfire recovery experience to Santiam Canyon
Leaders from After the Fire, a nonprofit based in California, took a trip Tuesday to the Santiam Canyon, where they hope to connect city and county officials with funding for wildfire recovery.
Oregon State Penitentiary superintendent still on paid leave 3 months after HR investigation opened