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MARION COUNTY GOVERNMENT June 29
Complaint over public funding for transgender training stalls after Marion County leaders skip meeting
In an email three hours before the scheduled meeting, Marion County Commissioner Colm Willis defended his move to cut trainings for transgender professionals, and told board members no one from Marion County would show up.
STATE GOVERNMENT June 29
Legislature starts the home-stretch run at a quick, smooth pace
With two days left, legislators are flying through bills without interruption. But with tension running high, a small bump could derail decorum.
STATE GOVERNMENT June 29
Attorney hired by Legislature suggests Boquist not be allowed in Capitol
UPDATED A private law firm hired by the Legislature said reports from employees stating fear to return to work after violent threats from Sen. Brian Boquist are credible, and that Boquist should be barred from the workplace.
STATE GOVERNMENT June 28
As Oregon Legislature nears end, campaign reform might be close
Multnomah board urges Legislature to approve a voter referral. House Speaker says a vote could happen.
STATE GOVERNMENT June 28
Republican senators to provide a quorum
Enough of the caucus vows to return Saturday morning for two marathon days to vote on as many bills as possible.
SALEM AREA EVENTS June 28
TO DO: Experience different cultures, look at ceramic sculptures, create a zine
Republican senators may have left the capital, but you don't have to with the amount of events stacked up in Salem this weekend.
STATE GOVERNMENT June 27
Truckers, loggers and activists take over a nearly empty Capitol in protest
The rally protested two bills that could impact shipping costs, though one has been amended significantly and the other has been pronounced dead.
STATE GOVERNMENT June 27
Sen. Bentz: State police have been called off
Sen. Cliff Bentz confirmed Thursday that he has reentered the state and his caucus is continuing to talk about whether to return to Salem.
STATE GOVERNMENT June 27
Cap and trade opponents rumble into Salem for rally
Truckers, loggers, ranchers and other industries descended on the Capitol Thursday to oppose a cap-and-trade proposal Democrats say is dead. Many said they don't trust it won't come up again and hoped to send a message against carbon pricing in the future.
OREGON POLITICS June 27
PHOTOS: Timber industry and supporters protest at Oregon Capitol
Protesters at a #TimberUnity rally outside the Oregon Capitol urged Senate Republicans to remain out-of-state in opposition to two bills: cap and trade and diesel standards.
STATE POLITICS June 27
1,000 timber workers and supporters gather to protest cap and trade, diesel standards
When the Senate convened briefly at 9:30 a.m. – not its usual time – semitruck airhorns immediately began sounding, reminding lawmakers that they are being watched.
STATE GOVERNMENT June 26
Senate Republicans continue walkout as negotiations dwindle
Republican senators, not trusting cap-and-trade is really dead, remain out of state. That leaves the Legislature at a stall as bills cleared by the House pile up, awaiting Senate action.
SALEM AREA EVENTS June 26
TO DO: Experience different cultures, look at ceramic sculptures, create a zine
Republican senators may have left the capital, but you don't have to with the amount of events stacked up in Salem this weekend.
SALEM GOVERNMENT June 26
Legislative debacle could stall $20 million for Salem's water fixes
Numerous bills await lawmakers to get punched through the final days of the legislative session, including major funding for Salem's water treatment improvements.
SUMMER IN SALEM June 26
Fire department urges caution as firework stands open for business in Salem
Salem and Keizer now have 40 fireworks stands open ahead of the Fourth of July, selling everything from sparklers to "tie-dye" pyrotechnics.
SALEM EVENTS June 25
Paradise of Samoa dancers among groups represented at World Beat Festival
“People don’t know how many cultures are here in Salem,” said Samoan dancer Tasi Keener, who will perform at this weekend's World Beat festival.
STATE GOVERNMENT June 25
Emotions run high after climate bill is declared dead
The Oregon Capitol fell into chaos Tuesday as the cap and trade effort fell apart and Republican Senators remained out of state with less than a week left in the legislative session.
STATE GOVERNMENT June 25
Rep. Boles appointed to Sen. Winters' seat
Commissioners from Marion and Polk counties appointed state Rep. Denyc Boles on Tuesday to recently deceased Jackie Winters' senate seat.
OREGON LEGISLATURE June 25
VIDEO: Senate Democrats vow to keep fighting for cap and trade
"The whole world is watching Oregon right now," Sen Michael Dembrow, a Portland Democrat, said in an impassioned speech outside the Capitol.
SALEM GOVERNMENT June 25
By the numbers: what Salem City Hall is doing with your money
Salem City Council passed a $630 million budget for 2019-20 Monday night. Here’s a quick guide to some of the big numbers and trends moving forward.
OREGON LEGISLATURE June 25
UPDATE: Senate Democrats respond to Courtney's speech saying cap and trade doesn't have the votes
A controversial climate bill that caused a standoff between Democrats and Republicans, prompting Republicans to flee the state, could maybe have been resolved with a simple floor vote.
OREGON LEGISLATURE June 25
'No deal' so far, Senate Republicans report as Oregon Legislature stalls
SENATE UPDATE: Oregon's Republican senators remained in what the said were out-of-state locations, waiting for Democrats to meet their demands over cap-and-trade. Democrats showed no sign of budging.
SALEM COMMUNITY June 24
In Salem, Sidewalk Talk volunteers listen with no strings attached
Two Salem Health nurses looking for a way to fight social isolation came across Sidewalk Talk, an international effort where trained listeners hold judgment-free conversations with strangers in public places.
OREGON LEGISLATURE June 24
Stalemate continues in Oregon Senate, threatening budget and other bills
With Senate Republicans still out of state to deny Democrats a quorum, 67 bills that have passed the Oregon House are in limbo, including 29 co-sponsored or carried on the floor by Republicans.
SALEM BUSINESS June 24
Fears build that Amazon could vacuum up employees
A thousand new jobs are on their way this month, paying higher wages for many in Marion and Polk counties. They could also send ripples through the local economy.
OREGON LEGISLATURE June 24
More housing choices win House approval, allowing mixes in Oregon's single-family zoning
In a move to increase housing options and affordability, the Oregon House approves changes in what's allowed in historically single-family neighborhoods. The bill now needs Senate approval.

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