SALEM PEOPLE AND PLACES September 7
Local businesses honored by Salem group in annual ceremony
From manufacturing to farming, area companies on Friday took home awards from SEDCOR.
SALEM HOUSING September 6
Micro-apartment complex Nishioka Building will break ground Monday
The building will plop 148 apartments in at the corner of State and Commercial streets, most of which will be 270 square feet at $850 per month. It will add 14 parking spaces for vehicles, and many spaces for bicycle parking.
LOCAL SCHOOLS September 6
Agriscience program teaches urban farming, plant biotechnology to high schoolers
Salem-Keizer's new program has aeroponic towers and a tissue culture lab. Now, they're looking for a few more students.
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT September 5
First forum for Salem’s proposed “sit-lie” ordinance leaves residents, officials wanting more discussion
Two months after city staff proposed a divisive ordinance, which many feel will target homeless people, a public forum offered about half an hour for people to discuss their thoughts or ask questions.
PHOTO GALLERY September 5
PHOTOS: Middle and high school students start a new year
We went to Judson Middle School and Sprague High School to document the start of a new school year.
HOMELESSNESS September 5
Morning coffee service aims to reduce tensions between downtown homeless, business owners
As Salem citizens debate a "sit-lie" ordinance to ban daytime sleeping on public sidewalks, some volunteers and outreach workers have taken a different approach to downtown homelessness, serving coffee in an effort to get people up and moving before businesses open.
SALEM AREA EVENTS September 5
New program allows younger kids to read aloud to shelter pups and kittens
Shelter Storytime aims to give kids aged 5 to 11 nonjudgmental listeners as they practice reading while also reducing stress and anxiety in the shelter's residents.
STATE GOVERNMENT September 5
Gov. Brown’s task force calls for more psychiatric beds for Oregon foster kids
The move is part of an effort to end the practice of sending foster kids out of state, but is just one step.
SALEM BUSINESS September 4
Neighbors of proposed Costco, shopping center file with Oregon Court of Appeals
Salem City Council will wait a few months longer for the Oregon Court of Appeals to rule before making its own decision, city officials said.
PHOTO GALLERY September 4
PHOTOS: Salem-Keizer students head back to school
Look out for yellow buses on the roads and kids with backpacks in crosswalks - local students are back in school.
LOCAL SCHOOLS September 4
School attendance push enters second year in Salem-Keizer
Most Salem-Keizer schools saw improved student attendance last year after a districtwide effort to reach out directly to families struggling to get kids to school. District leaders want that number to keep going up.
SALEM AREA EVENTS September 4
CHECK OUT: A trailer park musical, cornhole tournament or Xichafest
Shake off the three-day vacation fog with these Salem offerings.
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT September 4
Downtown stakeholders split on ordinance to restrict sitting, lying on sidewalks
Businesses and proponents of the proposal embrace it as protection. Homeless service providers and advocates worry it would inflict harm on the homeless and sweep them away from services, possibly into more dangerous situations.
STATE GOVERNMENT September 4
Thousands of university workers in Oregon prepare for strike
The workers contend that universities have prioritized spending on presidents, administrators and sports programs at the expense of classified workers.
GUNS September 3
Walmart to stop selling handgun ammunition, discourage open carrying in stores
The changes will be rolled out at Salem's three Walmart stores in the coming weeks.
LOCAL SCHOOLS September 3
Salem-Keizer offering incentives to recruit, retain bus drivers
New bus drivers will get bonuses between $500 and $1,000 after 90 days on the job under a new agreement between the Salem-Keizer School District and its classified employees union.
STATE GOVERNMENT September 3
Sen. Mark Hass to run for secretary of state
The Beaverton Democrat is the second to announce his candidacy.
SALEM COMMUNITY September 2
Local designer uses Instagram account to highlight Salem community
The Salem Takeover Instagram account lets a different local take the reins each week, posting daily about highlights of life in Oregon's capital city. Creator Vin Thomas sees it as a way to show off the best parts of the city - and connect people.
OREGON GOVERNMENT September 2
Oregon's drive to hire 300 workers for child welfare finally cranks up
A key to improving care for children in state foster care has been expanding a strained staff. Thousands have applied, and hiring will soon start.