NONPROFITS Mar. 8
Union Gospel Mission hopeful for $1.5 million in donations for new building
Since last March, the mission has aimed to raise $15 million for construction and some operations cost. Executive Director Dan Clem said they hope to start construction this year.
ART Mar. 8
Latinos Unidos Siempre teams up with Salem Art Association to spotlight, support urban art
The project is designed to connect the largely white community in south Salem that has traditionally supported the arts association and young Latinx artists in northeast Salem whose work often doesn’t get the same exposure.
OREGON LEGISLATURE Mar. 8
Jump a commuter train in Salem to head to work up north? Legislator lays groundwork
Train service for commuters from Salem to Beaverton would get a hard look by a task force under a pending legislative proposal. Such service is years and millions of dollars away.
Oregon Legislature Mar. 8
Legislative budget-writers show how they'd spend state money, and it could mean cuts
The co-chairs of the Legislature's Ways and Means Committee aren't counting on huge state tax increases to map out state spending for the next two years.
LOCAL SCHOOLS Mar. 7
Substitute teacher fired from Salem-Keizer after allegedly telling student "go back to Mexico"
The teacher's comment was directed at a Latino fifth-grade student who did not say the Pledge of Allegiance.
HEALTH Mar. 7
No suspected measles cases in Salem following local exposure
Two weeks after a traveler contagious with measles visited several locations in Salem, local health officials say no one has contracted the virus.
STATE GOVERNMENT Mar. 7
Taxpayers bear the cost of $1.3 million sexual harassment settlement for lawmakers' misdeeds
The money going to victims will come from the Legislative Assembly budget, which is funded by taxpayers through the general fund. There is no indication yet that any of those engaging in harassment will share in the cost.
SALEM LEADERS Mar. 7
Ken Jundt, banker, family man and volunteer, honored as Salem First Citizen
During his 30 years in Salem, Ken Jundt has been an advocate for children and a force behind some of Salem’s most iconic events, including the Crystal Apple Awards, Hoopla and Showbiz.
SPECIAL REPORT Mar. 6
For Salem police officer, stress proved too much and a career ends in handcuffs
The booking photo of Seth Thayres made it into newspapers and onto television news. The arrest of the Salem police officer on drug and theft charges was a shock. But there was more to the story.
BREAKING NEWS Mar. 5
Legislature to pay $1.3 million for harassment at Capitol
The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries and leaders of the Oregon Legislature announced an agreement Tuesday to pay $1.3 million to settle claims from nine people who suffered harassment while working in Salem.
STATE GOVERNMENT Mar. 5
Waste-burning firm spreads money chasing carbon cap exemption for Brooks plant
Covanta Marion, the 20th largest greenhouse gas emitter in Oregon, contributed more than $20,000 in campaign contributions last fall ahead of getting favorable legislation that would spare it from Oregon’s sweeping carbon pricing legislation.
BREAKING NEWS Mar. 5
Courtney takes medical leave from Oregon Senate
Courtney's staff said the issue is not expected to be reoccurring and Courtney is expected to return to work by March 18.
LOCAL COLLEGES Mar. 5
Harassment complaint in theatre department sparks student activism at Willamette University
About a dozen students are asking Willamette faculty and administrators to change policies on sexual misconduct and racial bias and do more to support faculty and students of color.
RELIGION Mar. 4
Salem Methodist churches will continue welcoming LGBTQ clergy, performing same-sex marriages
Delegates at the United Methodist global conference last week doubled down on a church stand barring gay clergy and same-sex marriages, but Salem pastors said they'll join other Western congregations defying the ban.
SALEM GOVERNMENT Mar. 4
Salem councilors Kaser, Lewis to file rare joint motion to start planning congestion fixes
The only two councilors whose wards encompass West Salem, yet split on the Salem River Crossing vote, say they hope a joint motion will show they want to help traffic and that people who disagree can still work together.