LOCAL BUSINESS Dec. 7
Costco, shopping center to go before Salem City Council on Monday
Councilors can decide the fate of a proposed Costco and the nearly 200,000-square-foot shopping center it would anchor.
LOCAL SCHOOLS Dec. 7
Salem-Keizer nearing final school boundaries for 2019-20
The plan would leave schools in Keizer and West Salem largely untouched and make minor changes to some south Salem schools. Some schools in northeast and central Salem face significant changes, including sending middle school graduates to different high schools.
COLUMN Dec. 7
Column: Salem Reporter journalists do our best work by partnering with you
I’ve always tried to keep community in mind in my work as a journalist, and at Salem Reporter, that’s more important than ever.
OREGON STATE GOVERNMENT Dec. 6
Rural interests get funding in proposed Oregon budget
Rural residents would get better Internet service, water projects and housing under spending planned in next two years by Oregon Gov. Kate Brown.
LOCAL SCHOOLS Dec. 5
Parents concerned about racial discrimination, transportation in Salem-Keizer boundary shifts
Proposed changes would send roughly 1,000 students now attending Four Corners and Eyre elementaries – two predominantly Latino schools in east Salem – to South Salem High School, a majority white high school in a more affluent part of town.
HOMELESSNESS Dec. 5
Volunteers needed to staff homeless warming shelters as temperatures hit freezing
Many homeless people in Salem have chronic health problems made worse by the cold. Giving them a warm place to go in the winter requires dozens of community volunteers.
STATE GOVERNMENT Dec. 5
State police poised for more troopers, filling gaps around Oregon
Oregon State Police last year had no one to dispatch to 11,000 calls for service because of diminished trooper ranks. The proposed state budget would put troopers in empty slots and on the road starting next year.
COUNTY GOVERNMENT Dec. 4
Ex-Dallas councilor known for intolerant statements now a finalist for Polk commissioner
Micky Garus drew headlines in 2015 for calling the Muslim faith "pure evil," and threatening transgender people. He's now a finalist for the vacant seat on the Polk County Commission.
COUNTY GOVERNMENT Dec. 4
Leaving office, Janet Carlson hopes to see continued push to help Marion County homeless
The outgoing Marion County Commissioner has spent her 16 years in office focused on creating second chances for people coming out of jail and prison. Now, she's moving to Boise to be more involved with her grandson.
OREGON STATE GOVERNMENT Dec. 4
Oregon may reach deeper into wallets to fund government expansion
Gov. Kate Brown says she needs another $2 billion or so from Oregonians to expand school support and other needs. So far, she hasn't said where that will come from. Officials say only one source can provide that kind of cash: those paying income taxes.
LOCAL ECONOMY Dec. 3
Business group hopes to court commercial airliners in spring
After Salem City Council agreed to help with a pair of grants, a group of business owners who hope to revive passenger service in Salem are entering their plan's next phase.
STATE GOVERNMENT Dec. 3
State public records advocate finds a litany of flaws in Oregon’s public records laws
A new report by the state's public records advocate found that current law is confusing for agencies, media and the public. It allows for delays, high fees and little punishment for government acting in bad faith.