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YOUR GOVERNMENT, YOUR BUSINESS February 22
AGENDA: Salem-Keizer School Board to consider St. Edward land sale, apartment tax exemption
The Salem-Keizer School Board meets Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 5:45 p.m.
COMMUNITY COLLEGE February 22
Chemeketa to host community forums, candidate interviews for president finalists
Want to meet the next president of Chemeketa Community College? You'll have a chance to sit down with each of them the week of Feb. 25.
SALEM POLICE February 22
New Salem police team looks to curb repeat, low-level crimes
Salem's Problem-Oriented Policing Team started in January to work closer with city code officials and thwart chronic problems. The team is already working to mediate problems between a south Salem methadone clinic and its neighbors.
COMMENTARY February 22
ON THE BEAT: For a reporter, honestly listening to Salem readers is part of the job
Rather than ducking reader interaction, a journalist at Salem Reporter finds touching base with critics is helpful for both.
STATE GOVERNMENT February 21
Lawmakers stripped of committees amid workplace culture change
House Speaker Tina Kotek demoted representatives Mitch Greenlick and Bill Post on Thursday, saying their behavior this week does not match the sort of culture legislative leadership is working to achieve.
SCHOOL BOARD February 21
Salem psychiatrist seeks seat on school board with platform focused on student mental health
Psychiatrist Satya Chandragiri, who's spent nearly two decades practicing in Oregon, said he decided to run for the Salem-Keizer School Board after a series of student suicides last year.
POLK COUNTY GOVERNMENT February 20
Polk County sheriff, district attorney stump for $3 million per year public safety levy
Polk County residents in May will decide whether to keep paying for deputies, attorneys and other staff for the next five years. Sheriff Mark Garton and District Attorney Felton are out to talk about what their jobs were like before the first levy passed in 2015.
LOCAL SCHOOLS February 20
Two Salem students chosen to represent Oregon in U.S. Senate leadership program
High school seniors Kudzai Kapurura and Justin Thach, both first-generation Americans, have worked to change Oregon education policy and have aspirations of going to law school.
STATE GOVERNMENT February 19
Sen. Fagan pushes reform to lower voting age to 16
The proposal piggybacks on a national movement, Vote 16 USA, which campaigns for lowering the voting age to 16. No states have decreased the voting age to 16, but places such as Takoma Park, Maryland, and Berkeley, California, have allowed 16- and 17-year-olds to participate in certain local elections.
STATE GOVERNMENT February 19
Oregon joins 15 other states in suing Trump over national emergency declaration
Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum says Trump would be diverting money that could otherwise go to projects in Oregon, such as flood and wildfire mitigation.
STATE GOVERNMENT February 19
Capitol interns, staff slam harassment, hostile environment in lawsuits
Plaintiffs claim legislative leaders failed to protect them against abuse by the Roseburg senator and others working in the Capitol.
YOUR GOVERNMENT, YOUR BUSINESS February 19
AGENDA: Marion County to consider revised budget paying for construction, health jobs
The Marion County Commission meets 9 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20.
YOUR GOVERNMENT, YOUR BUSINESS February 19
AGENDA: Polk County Commission to consider appointments to several positions
The Polk County Commission meets 9 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20.
PHOTO GALLERY February 19
PHOTOS: West Salem residents pack hall to discuss bridge
A standing-room only crowd gathered in West Salem on Monday night to consider next steps now that the most recent bridge effort died. City officials vowed to work on area road improvements and consider new options for a bridge
SALEM GOVERNMENT February 19
After splitting on third bridge, councilors seek common ground in West Salem
Councilors Jim Lewis and Cara Kaser joined more than 100 people in attending the West Salem Neighborhood Association meeting Monday night, eager to debate the city’s congestion problems and solutions old and new.
STATE GOVERNMENT February 19
Kids steal the show in Salem public hearing on cap and trade
On Monday, the Joint Committee on Carbon Reduction finished its public hearings on cap and trade legislation in Salem. The committee will now travel to hear what other Oregonians think.
SALEM POLICE February 18
Salem cop arrested in Portland says on-duty incident triggered mental illness
Off-duty Salem Police Officer Seth Thayres took to Facebook to defend himself against charges of methamphetamine possession and first-degree theft, stemming from a Feb. 7 arrest in Portland. Thayres resigned last week.
OREGON SCHOOLS February 18
Oregon teachers say large classes and assaults by students show need for more funding
A sea of educators and supporters, mostly dressed in red, answered a call from the Oregon Education Association to rally in Salem Monday and speak about why they need more resources in schools.
PHOTO GALLERY February 18
PHOTOS: Teachers from across Oregon rally in Salem for increased funding
Thousands of Oregon educators marched outside the Capitol Monday, demanding smaller class sizes and more support.

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