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SALEM AREA EVENTS September 20
PHOTOS: Salem youth hold climate strike at Oregon Capitol
The event was one of hundreds around the world meant to spur action on climate change and fossil fuel reliance.
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SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT September 22
Police tactics toward homeless under fire as Salem considers new ordinance
Clearing homeless camps out of city parks isn’t a new practice, according to Salem police. But homeless residents and advocates say it’s the frequency of the clean ups they haven’t seen before.
LOCAL SCHOOLS September 21
A few weeks into class, Salem-Keizer culinary students eager to serve
They haven’t yet worked with knives or cooked a meal, but a fresh crop of Salem-Keizer culinary students started out the year practicing event catering for a ribbon-cutting event.
BREAKING NEWS September 20
Police identify man fatally shot at West Salem Goodwill
Police haven't said what occurred before an officer shot and killed Scott Gabriel Spangler, 43, of Dallas, or whether he was armed.
SALEM PEOPLE AND PLACES September 20
After 75 years, classmates' reunion is bittersweet but energetic
The graduates, now in their early 90s, have been meeting each year for the last 55 years.
COMMENTARY September 20
For reporter, finding the unique in Salem is her quest
Reporter who joined "passionate" team of journalists finds the good in the people and places of Salem. Saphara Harrell shares some of her favorite stories.
SALEM PEOPLE AND PLACES September 19
In Salem exhibit, Oregon artists take different approaches to 'What Needs to be Said'
Hallie Ford Museum schedules personal tours of a new art exhibit that features 13 Oregon artists. Visitors get a chance to leave their own impressions.
LOCAL SCHOOLS September 19
Student test scores down across Salem-Keizer, but some schools saw big gains
In the five years since Oregon adopted a new standardized test, there's been little change in how students perform. Salem-Keizer administrators said they're disappointed by this year's results, even with a few bright spots.
MARION COUNTY GOVERNMENT September 19
Marion County gives trash burner another year to win state tax credits
"Whackos" in the Legislature blocked Marion County's move to win a tax credit for Covanta Marion, the Brooks garbage incinerating operation, said Commissioner Kevin Cameron. The designation would reportedly bring the plant another $5 million annually.
OREGON GOVERNMENT September 19
State legislator takes break from service to donate - a kidney
For Tiffiny Mitchell, election to public office last fall cleared the way to reach another goal of saving a life with a very personal donation.
COMMENTARY September 19
Watchdog work balances with Salem slice-of-life stories to keep reporter going
A year in, reporter Rachel Alexander looks back at her efforts to provide Salem in-depth stories on local schools and the community.
OREGON POLITICS September 19
Brown drops special session on Oregon death penalty law
Governor says there wasn’t enough support for changes to the measure; Republican leaders say it’s a ‘lost opportunity’ for victims.
BREAKING NEWS September 18
Officer fatally shoots man at West Salem Goodwill
A local law enforcement officer shot and killed a man who was the target of a narcotics investigation at the West Salem Goodwill Wednesday afternoon. No officers were hurt.
SALEM AREA EVENTS September 18
TO DO: Rally for climate change, get your tools fixed or celebrate a small town's 100th anniversary
The rain is back, but there are lots of reasons to put down your tea, don your rain jacket and head to these outdoor events.
SALEM AREA EVENTS September 18
Oregon State Fair says revenue up despite attendance decreases
Concerts were a big draw, as were the competitions for things like chocolate cake baking and homebrewing.
HOMELESSNESS September 18
Salem tries for share of new state money to push new approach to serving homeless
Sequoia Crossings would join Redwood Crossings as Salem's only homeless housing with on-site caseworkers. It's an approach often considered highly effective in treating chronic homelessness, experts say.
LOCAL SCHOOLS September 18
PHOTOS: Here's what it takes to feed 15,000 elementary school kids every day
It takes months of advanced planning and 400 people to feed kids in Oregon's second-largest school district. We went behind the scenes to talk to workers and see how 5,000 watermelons per week make it out to local schools.
STATE GOVERNMENT September 18
Boquist content to break political china to make his points
With headlines and national attention, Sen. Brian Boquist seemed to be a politician out of control. A closer look shows someone of introspection who can get along to set state policy.
COMMENTARY September 18
Getting story behind the story provides strong journalism for Salem
Tips from Salem readers in the past year led to some of the best stories from Salem Reporter. Troy Brynelson, who covers local government, shares some of the stories that stick with him.
STATE GOVERNMENT September 17
House Republicans shake up leadership in bid for more influence
House Republicans pick Rep. Christine Drazan for leader after losing several seats in battleground districts.
STATE GOVERNMENT September 17
Gov. Brown's top lawyer turns down judicial appointment amid allegations he pressured public records advocate
Misha Isaak was tapped by Brown for a seat on the Oregon Court of Appeals, but said if he took the job he would risk further damaging his reputation.
LOCAL COLLEGES September 17
Seeking more Oregon students, Willamette University will match Oregon college savings accounts
Willamette President Steve Thorsett said the new program, which will match up to $40,000 of Oregon College Savings Plan accounts for incoming freshman, will help make the state's oldest university more accessible to rural and low-income Oregonians.
SALEM PEOPLE AND PLACES September 17
They ran, they swam, they ate - Salem's Multi-Sport Riverfest packs them in
One of Salem's largest sporting events took over local parks Sunday as hundreds of athletes participated in triathlons and less-challenging competitions. The event, put on by Salem Rotary clubs, raises money for service projects.
STATE GOVERNMENT September 17
Freshman Christine Drazan replaces Carl Wilson as House Republican leader
The caucus held a vote Monday evening and will not say what the vote count was.
COMMENTARY September 17
After a year in Salem, reporter's faith in the power of journalism is revived
Aubrey Wieber was the first of the three reporters who helped launch Salem Reporter a year ago. He reflects on what that time serving Salem and Oregon has meant.
SALEM PEOPLE AND PLACES September 16
Weekend event puts dogs on the trail in Salem to raise money
A Salem program keeps pets and people together during hospice, and an annual event helps pay for care and support. Minto-Brown Island Park was the scene Saturday for the friendly walk.
SALEM BUSINESS September 16
On Salem Reporter's anniversary, thoughts of more local news coverage to come
At Salem Reporter, we've been so busy finding and reporting news, we haven't paused to note our anniversary. Our editor looks back on the past year, and invites readers to help set the agenda and future growth for the year ahead.
STATE GOVERNMENT September 14
Oregon's public records council calls for independent advocate
Moves are a first step to clearing up gray areas in 2017 law creating the public records advocate.
SALEM EVENTS September 13
Urban Art Fest brings color, culture and resistance through art
If you're a fan of towering graffiti art, low-riders, good music or breakdancing, you won't want to miss this weekend's Urban Art Fest in Salem.
HIGHER EDUCATION September 13
More college options coming to downtown Salem with WOU expansion
Need to finish a bachelor's degree or get a master's to move ahead at work? Western Oregon University is opening a campus in Salem tailored to working adults, soon to be located in the Vick building downtown.
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT September 13
With death of her husband, Councilor Sally Cook says she will step down
The sudden death of her husband Jason Cook put an inordinate burden on the first-term councilor, she said.
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