PHOTO GALLERY February 1
PHOTOS: Oregon community colleges highlight technical education programs for lawmakers
With a drone, virtual welding simulations and responsive CPR dummies, Oregon's 17 community colleges brought some hands-on learning to the Oregon Capitol Friday.
SCHOOL BOARD February 1
Chuck Lee seeks fourth term representing Keizer on school board
With three seats open for election this spring, Lee is the first to announce his school board candidacy.
SALEM GOVERNMENT February 1
Transportation agencies still unsure about budget impacts if third bridge denied
The Oregon Department of Transportation and the Salem-Keizer Area Transportation Study have spent $4 million in federal dollars apiece on planning the Salem River Crossing since 2006. They face having to pay those funds back to the Federal Highway Administration.
STATE GOVERNMENT January 31
Long-awaited carbon cap bill is released
The Capitol hummed with interest as people chatted about the bill. Though at nearly 100 pages, few had read the landmark proposal.
SALEM GOVERNMENT January 31
Salem to offer less federal money for social services, housing projects in 2019
According to numbers provided by Urban Development, the funds available for grants for new social services and housing projects is dropping from $3.3 million last year to $1.5 million this year.
STATE GOVERNMENT January 31
For a measure of cap and trade success, look to the northeast
Quebec implemented it's cap and trade system six years ago. In that time, it has dealt with strife, such as other provinces dropping out of the program, but today business and government said it has worked well.
OREGON COURTS January 31
Oregon Supreme Court decides reduced prisons sentences legally passed
Prosecutors contested a move by the Legislature to cut sentences for certain crimes to help slow the growth in the state prison population. Justices on Thursday said legislators acted legally and the revised sentences stand.
LOCAL SCHOOLS January 30
Judge denies St. Edward motion to toss Salem-Keizer eminent domain case
The school district’s attorneys have asked the court to grant immediate possession of the land so permitting and design work for the McNary High School campus can begin. A hearing on that motion has yet to be set.
HOMELESSNESS January 30
In East Salem, volunteers search for homeless people often overlooked
Salem's annual count of homeless people included a five-person family living together in a pickup and an elderly woman staying in her car after fleeing domestic violence.
STATE GOVERNMENT January 30
Lack of oversight has led to legal marijuana seeping into the black market, audit finds
The Oregon Liquor Control Commission was overwhelmed by “rapid” growth of the cannabis market, auditors said, and was unable to get the staff, licenses and inspections it needed to adequately oversee the program. Just 3 percent of licensed retailers have undergone a state compliance inspection, while 32 percent of growers have, according to the audit report.
SALEM GOVERNMENT January 30
Salem bridge advocates work to save project from collapse
Salem City Council will host a work session on the Salem River Crossing tonight at 6 p.m. that could signal whether councilors will keep the project alive at a meeting Feb. 11.
OREGON LEGISLATURE January 29
No plans to drill offshore, but Oregon legislators move to extend ban
Legislators are considering a law to restrict any drilling in Oregon's ocean region for oil and gas. The industry says there is little chance any drilling would occur anyway.
HEALTH January 29
Salem health officials, schools prepare as measles outbreak spreads to Portland
Salem health officials are urging people to make sure they’re vaccinated against measles due to an ongoing outbreak in the Portland and Vancouver area that has sickened several dozen people.
STATE GOVERNMENT January 29
Oregon lawmaker pushes stronger job protections for pregnant and nursing workers
Most people who testify at the Capitol bring slide presentations, graphs or official letterhead to make their point. State Rep. Karin Power brought a breast pump.
STATE GOVERNMENT January 29
Republicans say consideration from Democrats has eroded in first week of legislature over carbon reduction
Republicans are saying a much anticipated bill on a cap and trade policy is being kept in the dark and crafted by Democratic leaders as a way to get it passed quicker.
YOUR GOVERNMENT, YOUR BUSINESS January 29
AGENDA: Polk County Commission to review fiscal year audit and go into executive session
The Polk County Commission meets 9 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30.
LOCAL NONPROFITS January 28
Salem YMCA borrowing money to kick off fall construction on new gym
After chopping $6 million off the price tag for their new gym, YMCA leaders said they'll be able to meet a state deadline to receive lottery bonds and begin construction this fall.
OREGON POLITICS January 28
While back to carpentry, Starnes wants to craft campaign spending limits
A former candidate for Oregon governor spends his spare time at the Capitol, hoping to convince legislators to control money's influence in political campaigns. He's got Gov. Kate Brown on his side.
LOCAL COLUMN January 28
Why you are important to local news coverage in Salem
FROM OUR EDITOR: As newsrooms are cut across the country, the ability to gather local news going forward requires a close partnership between readers and news organizations. That's true in Salem as it is elsewhere in the U.S. Here's how you can play a role.