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Mar 11 2019 thru Mar 17 2019

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OREGON LEGISLATURE Mar. 16
Legislators try to catch up with Oregon's burgeoning marijuana market
Reforms being proposed at the Legislature could change how, where you can get marijuana and what employers can do.
SALEM GOVERNMENT Mar. 15
Raw sewage spilled into Claggett Creek
The city of Salem says a sanitary sewer pipe became clogged. A press release Friday afternoon said the city does not know how much sewage spilled.
RELIGION Mar. 15
Fear and peace during Friday services at Salem mosque following New Zealand mass shooting
Nefisa Jara woke up fearful and considered not coming to jummah, the Friday midday prayer when Muslims usually gather. But she said hearing the words of God brought her peace. “If I’m gunned down, I’m gunned down doing something I love,” she said.
OREGON LEGISLATURE Mar. 15
Local governments say they need more time to learn to obey year-old records law
In testimony this week, lobbyists for cities, counties and other local governments objected to a plan to fine agencies $200 for failing to turn over public records. Journalists supported the plan.
COMMENTARY Mar. 15
Salem Reporter is 6 months old, and we want your review
With three reporters and one editor, Salem Reporter launched last fall as an entirely digital but local news service for Salem. At a time when news operations are scaling back or folding, Salem Reporter is poised for growth.
STATE GOVERNMENT Mar. 14
Controversial vaccine bill passed out of committee, devastating those opposed
House Bill 3063 would remove nonmedical exemptions for required vaccines, and has prompted a vocal opposition claiming the proposal is an extreme example of government overreach.
SALEM GOVERNMENT Mar. 14
Salem buys time to find funding for sobering center as construction starts
Salem will return $330,000 in state grants that required the city to be prepared to operate a sobering center after it was built. City officials say replacing those funds with urban renewal dollars allows them to find ways to pay for the estimated $950,000-a-year facility.
OREGON LEGISLATURE Mar. 14
Courtney breaks medical leave, apologizes to those harassed at Capitol
In a surprise move Thursday, Senate President Peter Courtney returned to the Capitol to preside over consideration of a resolution showing support for harassment victims.
PHOTOS Mar. 14
Legislative basketball team brings out the silliness and competitive side of Oregon's lawmakers
Legislators met at the Salem Boys and Girls Club Wednesday night for a friendly basketball game, and to raise a few dollars for charity.
SALEM GOVERNMENT Mar. 13
Salem records over troubled cop to remain confidential, district attorney rules
Marion County Deputy District Attorney Amy Queen denied a petition from Salem Reporter seeking records about former officer Seth Thayres, who says he struggled with mental health problems for at least a year-and-a-half while patrolling the city.
STATE GOVERNMENT Mar. 13
Gov. Kate Brown grabs national spotlight on voter access
Brown's recent trip to Washington D.C. highlights her efforts to push Oregon-centric issues like voting and women's reproductive health care to the nation.
SALEM POLICE Mar. 13
Ex-Salem police officer indicted on more theft charges, computer crime
The Multnomah County District Attorney's office indicted Seth Thayres on 15 new charges on Tuesday. The indictment shows crimes could have started within a month after the Salem Police Department placed him on administrative leave.
OREGON GOVERNMENT Mar. 13
Oregon should overhaul handling of insanity defendants, state official says
The executive director of the state Psychiatric Security Review Board acknowledged gaps in the system for treating and discharging people found criminally insane and said the Legislature should weigh appointing a task force to consider reforms
OREGON LEGISLATURE Mar. 13
Plan could mean you never change a clock again in Oregon
Almost to a person, witnesses told legislators this week that they want to end the practice of switching times in the spring and fall. The Oregon Legislature could send a measure to the ballot to settle the matter.
HEALTH Mar. 12
Measles case confirmed in unvaccinated Salem patient
A measles case linked to a contagious traveler who visited Salem in February has been lab confirmed, county health officials said.
LOCAL NONPROFITS Mar. 12
Salem's IKE Box is moving - and taking the building with it
The intensity of community support for the coffee shop, which has served as a meeting place, job training center, band venue and more for over a decade, convinced directors that moving the building ahead of planned YMCA demolition made the most sense.
YOUR GOVERNMENT, YOUR BUSINESS Mar. 12
Agenda: Polk County Commission to review garbage collection rate increase
The Polk County Commission meets 9 a.m. Wednesday, March 13.
YOUR GOVERNMENT, YOUR BUSINESS Mar. 12
AGENDA: Salem-Keizer School Board to review superintendent, extend contracts for district administrators
The Salem-Keizer School Board meets Tuesday, March 12 at 6 p.m. at 2575 Commercial Street SE.
STATE GOVERNMENT Mar. 12
Report finds Oregon's most vulnerable residents don't have proper access to legal services
Low-income Oregonians experience a wide variety of legal issues, from eviction to debt to deportation, but note the state's legal aid system is underfunded.
OREGON LEGISLATURE Mar. 12
Legislators consider sharpening access to government records
Following major reforms two years ago, legislators on Wednesday will hold a hearing on a proposal that would require state agencies to track how they handle public requests for their documents.
SALEM Mar. 11
Rotary Club of Salem picks contractor for amphitheater named for Gerry Frank
The Gerry Frank Salem Rotary Amphitheater will be host movies, music and more at Riverfront Park. Construction could start and finish in 2020.
YOUR GOVERNMENT, YOUR BUSINESS Mar. 11
AGENDA: Marion County Commission could finalize deal to fund deputies in east Salem
The Marion County Commission meets 9 a.m. Wednesday, March 13.
COMMUNITY COLLEGE Mar. 11
Chemeketa board chooses Jessica Howard as college's next president
The Portland Community College campus president will start her new job at Chemeketa on July 8.

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