SALEM GOVERNMENT Feb. 15
Salem council praises city manager in review, advises better communication
Salem's top employee for nearly four years, Steve Powers, earns $220,500 a year while overseeing roughly 1,200 employees and city funds of about half a billion dollars. Salem City Council is largely happy with his performance, according to a recent review.
COMMENTARY Feb. 15
ON THE BEAT: Salem schools draw passion, and my job is to chronicle that
Hour by hour, the evening drained away as the Salem-Keizer School Board listened to parents, teachers, and students. Our reporter, Rachel Alexander, was with them every step of the way.
LOCAL SCHOOLS Feb. 14
St. Edward agrees to sell Salem-Keizer vacant land for $2.26 million, ending eminent domain case
District leaders said Thursday they’d reached an agreement to purchase the church's bare land adjacent to McNary High School, allowing them to begin permitting and finalize the design for the school’s planned expansion.
STATE POLITICS Feb. 14
GOP firebrand crashes Oregon's polite politics
He uses a sharp pen and blunt language to make his point. He is paid to write press releases at the Legislature. But Jonathan Lockwood's style also disrupts Oregon's political geniality.
STATE GOVERNMENT Feb. 14
Legislators to hear from the public on cap and trade proposal
Over the past two weeks, industry leaders and economists have given testimony on a massive proposal that would change Oregon’s economy and make it the second state to pass a cap and trade program.
LOCAL SCHOOLS Feb. 14
Blanchet Catholic School leaders raising $4.4 million for campus improvements
Salem's only Catholic middle and high school is looking to attract more students and shore up its athletic and academic programs with a track and new field, as well as more technology equipment.
OREGON LEGISLATURE Feb. 14
Oregon cell phone users face tax for rural internet
With technology passing by some rural areas of Oregon, legislators are considering laying on a new fee on cell phone use. The money collected from Oregonians would be invested in expanding broadband internet service to rural areas.
LOCAL SCHOOLS Feb. 12
After listening to a divided public, Salem-Keizer school board approves boundary changes
Even as they split on the vote, board members broadly agreed they, and district staff, needed to look at how school construction funds were being allocated in the McKay High School area, and do more to address racial inequities in the district without bussing Latino students across the city.
OREGON POLITICS Feb. 12
State proposes near-record fine for union-backed group's foul-up with voter ballots
On Election Day 2018, 97 ballots cast by voters sat in a Portland-area office, overlooked and destined not to be counted. Those missed votes could cost the Oregon group responsible nearly $100,000.
TRANSPORTATION Feb. 12
Cherriots loses $1 million in state grants, southern transit center plans in flux
Cherriots' staff and board of directors met Monday to talk about the future of the South Salem Transit Center. Discussions revolved around "stepping back" from earlier plans.
LOCAL SCHOOLS Feb. 12
Joining Salem-Keizer NAACP, Latino groups urge delay on district boundary changes
Benny Williams, the NAACP president, said his members remain concerned about low graduation rates among the district’s black students, particularly at McKay High School, where many of the changes are aimed.
SALEM SCHOOLS Feb. 12
With vote Tuesday, Salem-Keizer School Board likely to shuffle students to new schools
Involving a mix of politics and science, a long effort to draw new school boundaries in the Salem-Keizer School District could finish Tuesday night. Citizens have a chance to speak one more time as the school board considers finally approving a complex plan.
SALEM GOVERNMENT Feb. 11
Salem votes down third bridge
Salem City Council on Monday night voted against helping state transportation officials complete an environmental review needed to build the Salem River Crossing. The move effectively ends the project.
STATE GOVERNMENT Feb. 11
Oregon senator draws rebukes from all sides, stands firm
Sen. Dennis Linthicum last week said Eric Garner’s death was the result of high tobacco taxes. The remarks sparked outrage in Salem, as Democrats and Republicans alike condemn his message as charged and insensitive rhetoric.
SALEM SCHOOLS Feb. 11
PHOTO GALLERY: West Salem Jazz Festival
PHOTOS: Bands from Oregon and Washington competed on Saturday, Feb. 9, in a jazz competition involving middle and high schools.