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Dec 24 2018 thru Dec 30 2018

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STATE GOVERNMENT December 28
Officials say Oregon insulated from federal shutdown for now
A fight over funding for President Trump's border wall has shut down the federal government for nearly a week. Officials say there is no harm yet to state agencies and federal workers in Oregon.
DIFFERENCE MAKERS December 28
Wildlife enthusiasts devote their time to saving injured animals
DIFFERENCE MAKER: Jessy Gill runs the Turtle Ridge Wildlife Center, which rehabilitates injured animals found in the Salem area and releases them back into the wild.
SPECIAL REPORT: A SICK SYSTEM December 28
When the calendar requires the release of insanity defendants in Oregon, harms often follows
SPECIAL REPORT: Those freed without ongoing supervision and care because of a state time limit commit crimes at twice the rate as a smaller group freed because the Psychiatric Security Review Board specifically concluded they would not be a danger if on their own, according to a Malheur Enterprise and ProPublica analysis.
DIFFERENCE MAKERS December 27
Radio producer provides venue for community issues
DIFFERENCE MAKER: Melanie Zermer cut back on work hours to make more time for KMUZ, Salem's volunteer-run radio station, in hopes of turning it into a hub for the community.
DIFFERENCE MAKERS December 27
In 15 years, Salem Dream Center has grown to help hundreds of kids through its mentor program
DIFFERENCE MAKER: Craig and Renee Oviatt have dedicated their lives to helping at-risk kids in Salem break away from generational poverty through their organization, Salem Dream Center.
DIFFERENCE MAKERS December 26
Shifting political climate inspires local activist
DIFFERENCE MAKER: Pam McCollum spent years working with people with mental illness to positively impact lives. Now, as a retiree, she has taken to organizing political rallies around Salem to make a difference in what she views is a disparaging political climate.
DIFFERENCE MAKERS December 26
Salemtowne man collects 18,000 cans and bottles a year for charity
DIFFERENCE MAKER: Chuck Zobrist returns cans and bottles to pay for Thanksgiving meals he puts together for about 20 local families in need.
OREGON STATE GOVERNMENT December 26
He once wrote the laws. Now, he helps decide their meaning
Gov. Kate Brown made her fifth appointment to the Oregon Supreme Court, elevating Chris Garrett from the Oregon Court of Appeals. Garrett formerly was a state representative.
SALEM December 25
Photo gallery: Salem on the holidays
Salem on Ice filled up as the holidays approached, and the the Oregon State Capitol welcomed a flutist.
DIFFERENCE MAKERS December 24
Gym manager hustling on behalf of nonprofits, services
Using her workplace, Epic Fitness, as a platform, Michele Vanderyacht helped put together benefits for local organizations this year. She hopes to inspire gym-goers, her staff and others to give back.
CHRISTMAS December 24
Meals on Wheels volunteers bring Christmas cheer to Salem seniors
The week before Christmas, volunteers brought over 1,000 gifts to 150 seniors around Salem. Many asked for basic items like robes and socks.

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