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SALEM EVENTS July 20
PHOTOS: Salem Art Fair draws hundreds - still time to catch it
While hundreds of people browsed the art offerings at Bush's Pasture Park, a little corner in the back enticed whimsy from the event's younger visitors.
SALEM AREA EVENTS July 19
Bright florals filled the plant sale at Bush's Pasture Park
Just outside the Salem Art Fair, park visitors can look through hundreds of plants during the Mission Street Parks Conservancy's twice annual sale.
YOUR GOVERNMENT, YOUR BUSINESS July 19
Council to talk library's future, 34-lot subdivision on Monday
A proposal to temporarily move Salem Public Library into church-owned property goes before Salem City Council on Monday. Some feel the idea will impact the LGBTQ community, while the city officials say the building is the best site available.
SALEM AREA EVENTS July 19
CHECK OUT: A new (to you) book, jousting and LOTS of art
Get out of the house and enjoy some sunshine along with a handful of events planned this weekend, like a vintage car show or a bacon competition.
STATE GOVERNMENT July 19
Gun control advocates move to get storage law on the ballot
Those who support requiring Oregon gun owners to secure their guns think lawmakers can pass a storage law in 2020, but are filing ballot initiative as backup plan
STATE GOVERNMENT July 18
Homecare workers hold protest outside of DHS over late pay
The workers' union says the late pay has been an issue for decades, and the state has been slow to respond.
SALEM AREA EVENTS July 18
Salem Art Fair brings a unique cultural experience to area
Decorative spoons and 3D paper art are are among the hundreds of offerings at this year's event. There will also be live music, food and drinks.
HOMELESSNESS July 18
Public hearing postponed for sidewalk sleeping ban
City officials want to ban sitting and lying on sidewalks during the day as a way to address business concerns about homelessness. A hearing that was set for next week has been postponed because Councilor Tom Andersen is out of town.
HOMELESSNESS July 18
Mobile showers coming to Salem's homeless in early August
A new mobile trailer will let people use the bathroom and shower in privacy, with smooth jazz playing over a speaker system. It's all thanks to a United Way campaign led by a South Salem student.
YOUR GOVERNMENT, YOUR BUSINESS July 18
AGENDA: Chemeketa board to review equity efforts, approve grants and donations
The Chemeketa Community College Board of Education meets 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 24 at Chemeketa Community College Polk Center, 1340 S.E. Holman Ave., Dallas.
WILDLIFE July 18
Keizer Fire Department gets eight-legged visitors
Two moms brought four scorpions to the station after finding them in a container at a nearby park.
STATE GOVERNMENT July 17
Telemedicine connects rural Oregonians to abortion care
About one-third of Oregonians live in a county without an abortion clinic. A year-old clinical trial is giving some rural women access to abortion medication through telemedicine.
LOCAL SCHOOLS July 17
North Salem students get on track to graduate in summer school
Hundreds of high schoolers volunteered to spend a month of their summer in stuffy, upstairs classrooms to re-take English, math and science classes. Some are heading toward August graduation.
PUBLIC SAFETY July 17
80-year-old man Salem arrested for child sex abuse
Oregon State Police said James Allen Moore worked with children at Valley Baptist Church in Amity and could have more victims.
SALEM AREA EVENTS July 17
CHECK OUT: A new (to you) book, jousting and LOTS of art
Get out of the house and enjoy some sunshine along with a handful of events planned this weekend, like a vintage car show or the Salem Art Fair.
HOMELESSNESS July 17
Landlords say they're taking a risk renting to Salem's homeless
After two years, the city of Salem's program to house the homeless hasn't put roofs over as many heads as it hoped. With so little affordable housing, it's up to landlords and property managers to open their doors. What do they think about the program?
LOCAL SCHOOLS July 16
Marty Heyen, Jesse Lippold, to lead school board
Marty Heyen, who won re-election in May against McKay High School graduate Raul Marquez, will lead a relatively inexperienced school board in the coming school year.
STATE GOVERNMENT July 16
From mushrooms to pension reform: Here's what could be on your 2020 ballot
Advocates of dozens of causes are collecting signatures in hopes of getting their issue in front of Oregon voters.
STATE POLITICS July 16
Business group withdraws effort to refer Student Success Act to voters
The group's leader said lawmakers were crafty in passing legislation to make a referral nearly impossible.
BREAKING NEWS July 16
Plane lands in Salem-area field after catching fire
The pilot made an emergency landing and was taken to the hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries after the plane caught fire midair.
SALEM AREA EVENTS July 16
Center for Hope and Safety gets secure entrance thanks to volunteers
Construction crews from JE Dunn Construction and Western Partitions, Inc. pitched in Saturday to make the shelter safer for victims fleeing domestic abuse and sexual assault.
HEALTH July 16
Oregon approves average 1.5% increase in individual insurance rates for 2020
If you buy health insurance on the exchange, you'll likely pay only a few dollars a month more than last year - and if you're covered by Moda, you may actually pay less.
STATE GOVERNMENT July 15
Public employee union lands big wage increases in new contract
SEIU 503’s state employees will see a 10 to 15 percent wage increase over the next two years.
LOCAL NONPROFITS July 15
IKE Box now staying put as YMCA, Salem First Presbyterian consider land sales
Demolition on Salem's YMCA is just around the corner. An 11th hour deal and some new state funding means the beloved coffee shop next door will be able to buy the YMCA-owned land it sits on.
YOUR GOVERNMENT, YOUR BUSINESS July 15
AGENDA: Marion County Commissioners to consider $34 million in state funding for health services
The Marion County Board of Commissioners meets 9 a.m. July 17 at Senator Hearing Room in Courthouse Square, 555 Court St. N.E.

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