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SALEM AREA EVENTS August 22
Historic photos of the Oregon State Fair
The Oregon State Fair has been around for more than 150 years. These historic photos provide a glimpse into the fair's past.
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SALEM COMMUNITY August 22
Salem warming centers work to boost volunteer roster before winter
Last winter, volunteer shortages at times meant Salem churches couldn't open at night to shelter homeless guests. Warming center organizers are trying to get ahead of the need this year with a full-day training on Saturday and shorter shifts for volunteers.
STATE GOVERNMENT August 22
Sen. Mark Hass not running for reelection, interested in secretary of state post
With Hass out of the running, a Washington County commissioner plans run for Democrat-friendly Senate seat.
STATE GOVERNMENT August 22
At an impasse: Why could thousands of Oregon university workers go on strike?
SEIU Local 503, the union representing classified university workers, said its workers could go on strike next month, just as the state’s roughly 64,000 university students will be starting classes.
FEDERAL GOVERNMENT August 22
Oregon’s ag industry ‘caught in the crossfire’ of U.S. trade war with China
Since taking office, President Donald Trump has talked about engaging in a trade war with China. That escalated in July when he imposed new tariffs and China retaliated. With even more tariffs expected to go into effect in December, Oregon exporters are searching for relief.
SALEM AREA EVENTS August 21
Thousands of entrants compete for a blue ribbon at the Oregon State Fair
The fair opens on Friday, but judging is already well underway for the thousands of entrants in this year's competitions for homemade goods.
MARION COUNTY August 21
Marion County sheriff intervenes after witnessing racist act
On Tuesday, a man allegedly walked by a table of Latinos at a coffee shop, spit on one and used a derogatory term. Marion County Sheriff Joe Kast was at a nearby table and called 911.
PEOPLE AND PLACES OF SALEM August 21
Oregon State Fair Foundation celebrates 40th anniversary of Pairings
Oregon State Fair fans came together over the weekend to eat, dance and raise funds for restoration of two of the fairgrounds' oldest structures: the 100-year-old horse stadium and the poultry building.
SALEM AREA EVENTS August 21
CHECK OUT: The Oregon State Fair, abstract watercolor paintings or a roller derby bout
The Oregon State Fair opens this weekend, but if funnel cakes and carnival rides aren’t your thing, you can catch local roller derby or see a new watercolor exhibit.
STATE GOVERNMENT August 21
Designs for executive action to limit greenhouse gas emissions in Oregon have long been in the works, records show
Starting in 2017, Gov. Kate Brown started talking with agency leaders about finding an alternative route to lower Oregon’s carbon footprint.
SALEM AREA EVENTS August 20
Salem comedy fan is bringing the jokes closer to home
After imbibing in the local comedy scene, a Salem man is bringing it to his backyard.
US CENSUS August 20
2020 Census workers begin canvassing in Salem
Before the 2020 Census can happen, the Census Bureau needs to know where people live. From now through mid-October, you'll see workers in Salem knocking on doors to update address lists before the Census goes out next spring.
STATE GOVERNMENT August 19
Oregon to forego federal Title X funds while maintaining services amid battle with Trump administration
By midnight Monday, Oregon will alert the federal government that it will no longer accept funds for reproductive health care for low-income Oregonians. Critics of a recently proposed rule change from the Trump administration say its intent is to limit abortion access.
LOCAL SCHOOLS August 19
With expansion, Waldo Middle School will get rid of portable classrooms and add labs for science
Four Salem-Keizer schools will be under construction as the new school year kicks off. Waldo Middle School is the latest to join the list.
STATE GOVERNMENT August 19
Oregon sues Trump administration to block "public charge" immigrant rules
A move by the federal government to restrict most legal immigration to those who can afford health care, housing and food on their own is sowing worry among Oregon immigrants, even those who will not be impacted by the rule, advocates say.
WATCHDOG August 19
'Snowballing-out-of-control': How the price rose by millions on Salem police headquarters
Today's tight construction market proved costly for the Salem Police Department's new headquarters, people close to the project say. Budget documents obtained by Salem Reporter show how quickly cost projections became outdated. Still, the project is not without some big toys.
BREAKING NEWS August 19
Major industrial fire hits plant in northeast Salem
UPDATED: Firefighters contained the blaze in the area of Northeast Salem Industrial Drive by 8 a.m.
SALEM PUBLIC SAFETY August 18
Gunman opens fire outside bar, kills one; police planning to boost Salem patrols
A late-night shooting in Salem left one woman dead and a man hospitalized, increasing unease in a city that has experienced a raft of shootings. Salem police are putting on extra patrols to counter the violence.
BREAKING NEWS August 18
Woman shot to death, man injured in late-night Salem shooting
A man and a woman were shot in the parking lot of the Pine Street Pub early Sunday morning, Salem police said. The shooter hasn't been located.
STATE GOVERNMENT August 16
Independent Party of Oregon faces major/minor test next week
Oregon’s third-largest political party expected to go back to minor status — for now.
PUBLIC SAFETY August 16
Monthly crime, fire service reports for Salem area now available
In a new service to the Salem community, Salem Reporter will compile and publish monthly data from the Salem Police Department, Marion County Sheriff's Office, Salem Fire Department and Marion County Fire District 1.
COMMENTARY August 16
How Salem Reporter took a deep look at your local school board
Dozens of phone calls. More than 30 pages of notes. Reporter Rachel Alexander takes you behind the scenes on Salem Reporter's latest in-depth coverage of your local schools.
SALEM SPORTS August 16
Excitement builds as Sprague Little League's World Series debut nears
UPDATED The hometown team will face off against Elmora Youth Little League from Elizabeth, New Jersey, on Friday at 4 p.m. PT and support has poured in from across the community.
MARION COUNTY GOVERNMENT August 15
Marion County, Covanta continue seeking 'renewable' status amid threats to close plant
After a bill failed in the 2019 session to qualify Covanta's Brooks plant as a renewable energy source, the company is setting sights on the 2020 session. Covanta and Marion County are in talks to extend their contract before their contract deadline.
LOCAL SCHOOLS August 15
Math takes center stage at Salem-Keizer summer program to boost student achievement
Teachers got a chance to work with a new Salem-Keizer math curriculum in elementary summer school programs and get feedback they'll take into the school year. The program is for students from local schools with a high poverty rate, intended to help close achievement gaps.
SALEM AREA EVENTS August 14
CHECK OUT: A naked swim, scavenger hunt or tiny homes
Spend the remaining days of this hot girl summer skinny dipping, attending a christian concert or looking at some small living spaces.
SALEM BUSINESS August 14
Costco-anchored shopping center sent back to Salem City Council
The State Land Use Board of Appeals on Wednesday said it will send the Costco-anchored shopping center back for consideration by Salem City Council. This story will be updated.
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT August 14
Former Salem Housing Authority staffer slams "very toxic" environment in resignation
A city official declined to comment on the letter that made several claims about unrelenting stress within the agency. Instead, the official said they are focused on adding more affordable housing to the area and recruiting landlords to its homeless rental assistance program.
STATE GOVERNMENT August 14
First-ever public records survey shows mixed bag for Oregon government transparency practices
The survey, which will become an annual polling, found a wide variety in how government bodies follow public records law. Two of the three Salem-area bodies polled did not respond.
LOCAL SCHOOLS August 14
Sprague names Chad Barkes new principal
An assistant principal and athletic director who got his start in special education nearly two decades ago will lead the Olympians into the 2019-20 school year.
STATE GOVERNMENT August 14
Gov. Brown backs off veto after Newport community and officials go to bat for dam project
After a comprehensive effort, Gov. Kate Brown sided with the city in giving $4 million to start planning a retrofit of two dams.
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