CLASS OF 2019 Jun. 7
2,750 students graduate from Salem-Keizer schools this week
The Class of 2019 include teen parents, licensed cosmetologists, at least one cancer researcher and students attending colleges and universities from Chemeketa to Yale. Here's a roundup of their stories.
STATE GOVERNMENT Jun. 7
DOME DIGEST: Straw ban, revenge porn and DNA testing
Changes in Oregon law that you probably haven't heard about are headed to the governor's desk and then into the books. We do the homework for you to catch you up on changes that could affect your life.
SALEM AREA EVENTS Jun. 7
Willamette Heritage Center showcases Salem's crime-fighting history
A box of memorabilia from Salem resident J.S. Murray's time as Oregon State Penitentiary clerk in the early 1900s forms the backbone of a new CSI-themed exhibit at the center.
STATE GOVERNMENT Jun. 7
Democrats face angry union members after tough vote to cut pensions
Unions, loyal financial backers of Oregon Democrats, feel betrayed and consider putting their political money elsewhere.
PEOPLE AND PLACES OF SALEM Jun. 7
Stunning craftwork, music of India featured at World Beat Gallery
Traditional foods and music of India set the stage for the opening of a colorful exhibit as Salem prepares for World Beat Festival.
OREGON LEGISLATURE Jun. 7
Salem, you're close to leaving your clocks alone
Oregon legislators favor sticking with Daylight Saving Time. Now, it will take an act of Congress to make it so.
SALEM AREA EVENTS Jun. 6
TO DO: Solve a crime, watch a dance, get a laugh
As we creep closer to the start of summer, events are stacking up in the Salem area. Here’s a list of a few things going on this weekend.
CLASS OF 2019 Jun. 6
McKay comics artist and animator heading to art school in Portland
Melody Mendez won McKay High School's award for the top artist in the Class of 2019. She created a web comic, No Where Here, set in a fantasy world and has been drawing since she was five.
MARION COUNTY GOVERNMENT Jun. 6
Marion County's chief administrator resigns
John Lattimer, who joined Marion County 16 years ago and will turn 78 at the end of the month, said he plans to spend more time with family.
OREGON LEGISLATURE Jun. 6
Political campaigns in Oregon could change under reforms facing legislative vote
Efforts to clamp down on Oregon's flow of political cash advances, but critics say loopholes remain. The Oregon House takes up a key measure on Thursday.
DOWNTOWN Jun. 5
Bike share to launch around downtown Salem this month
Ride Salem, the bike share program in development for the last few years, is getting into gear. Four stations are expected to open around downtown by mid-June.
STATE GOVERNMENT Jun. 5
Legislature endorses Oregon’s move to national popular vote
A bill to join other states in ignoring the Electoral College now goes to Gov. Kate Brown’s desk.
CLASS OF 2019 Jun. 5
McNary graduate's advocacy led to changes in Oregon mandatory reporting
Kimberly Schott was upset last fall after learning school staff had to report consensual sex between teens as child abuse. She pushed state legislators to clarify the law.
STATE GOVERNMENT Jun. 5
Oregon's foster care system remains in crisis, $1 million consultants brought in
UPDATED: Workers assigned to manage the state’s treatment of foster kids still have too much on their plates, according to an audit report released by Secretary of State Bev Clarno. To drive reforms more quickly, Gov. Kate Brown is paying an outside consulting firm $1 million to help.
CRIME Jun. 4
Police: Driver in triple fatal crash Sunday night drank eight beers before getting behind wheel
The passenger in Juan Carlos Rodriguez-Palacios' car told police he drove "fast and in a reckless manner" and he "felt worried" shortly before the crash that killed three teens.
YOUR GOVERNMENT, YOUR BUSINESS Jun. 4
AGENDA: Marion County Commissioners to approve contracts for security, ballot printing
The Marion County Commission meets 9 a.m. Wednesday, June 5 at Courthouse Square, 555 Court Street N.E.
CLASS OF 2019 Jun. 4
Sprague graduate helped lead school choir through challenging year
As choir president, Sprague senior James Nelson helped the group grieve and work together after choir director David Brown lost his son to suicide in the fall.
STATE GOVERNMENT Jun. 4
Movement is slow to improve Oregon's response to wildfires
Wildfire season has taken a new meaning in Oregon, as fires burn longer, larger and hotter. Lawmakers in districts especially impacted by fires say the state isn't reacting quickly enough to the changing climate.
LOCAL SCHOOLS Jun. 4
After decades evaluating school threats in Salem, John van Dreal retiring to spend more time on his art
In the wake of the Columbine High School shooting, John van Dreal pioneered a school threat assessment system for Salem-Keizer that's now in use around the country. Now, the security director colleagues describe as a "Renaissance Man" wants to spend more time on his painting career.
WATCHDOG Jun. 4
PUBLIC MONEY, PRIVATE EMPIRE: Greg Smith serves many public masters - for a price
Since going into the Oregon Legislature, Heppner's Greg Smith also has managed to win one government contract after another for his private business. Some question how he can keep his roles straight.
SALEM GOVERNMENT Jun. 3
Salem hires chief financial officer in midst of budget woes
Robert Barron will oversee the city's budget in a time of rising costs, which have led to proposals to trim positions and funding for a program that helps homeless people afford housing.
LOCAL SCHOOLS Jun. 3
Six Salem-Keizer schools to start 2019-20 with new principals
Straub Middle School and five elementary schools - Battle Creek, Forest Ridge, Pringle, Gubser and Four Corners - will see new leaders after a retirement, two promotions and some internal shuffling.
BREAKING NEWS Jun. 3
Three teens killed in crash with suspected drunken driver
Salem teens Trinity Watt, 19 and Madison Capobianco, 19, and Makayla Tryon, 18, from Keizer died at the scene of a crash late Sunday.
CLASS OF 2019 Jun. 3
Friends since elementary school, North Salem grads enlist in Marine Corps together
Rafael Peña and Noel Zarate met in elementary school while playing cops and robbers in a southeast Salem apartment complex. Now, they're off to boot camp together.