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SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT Sep. 28
Salem officials seeking your insights into housing
Salem residents can have a say in how millions of dollars flowing to the city of Salem get spent on housing issues. City officials recently launched surveys to get community opinion about how to use money from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
OREGON GOVERNMENT Sep. 28
As crisis looms, Oregon officials propose vaping ban
State health officials want Oregon stop the sale of vaping products as investigations in continue into mounting cases of illnesses and deaths. Those who vape have been asked by authorities, including Gov. Kate Brown, to voluntarily stop vaping.
SALEM AREA EVENTS Sep. 27
CHECK OUT: A fundraising party for first responders, suicide awareness walk or Star Wars party
Fall is here y'all. Throw on a cozy sweater (hygge anyone?), light that pumpkin-scented candle and peruse this weekend's offerings.
OREGON GOVERNMENT Sep. 27
Wildfire council tells governor: update firefighting tools
Group compiles more than 50 recommendations that could include millions of dollars in new investments to bring wildfire battles into the 21st century.
MIGRANT DETENTION Sep. 27
"We are in danger of losing our humanity": Willamette law professor speaks about migrant child detention
Dozens of Salem City Club members fell silent, and some were moved to tears, as Warren Binford spoke about seeing young children left to care for infants, a lice outbreak, insufficient food and kids sleeping on concrete floors during a monitoring visit to a Texas detention camp.
LOCAL SCHOOLS Sep. 26
Two volunteers needed for Salem-Keizer budget committee
Want to help guide a billion-dollar budget for local schools? Applications are now open.
COMMENTARY Sep. 26
On Salem Reporter anniversary, columnist explains interest in sharing with the Salem community
Chronicling the good events and progress in Salem motivates columnist for Salem Reporter, introducing readers to a range of causes.
SALEM COMMUNITY Sep. 26
Employee surprised with car at Salem KFC
Crystal Lachance said having the car is going to be a life changer, and makes it so she doesn't have to walk an hour to work each day.
OREGON GOVERNMENT Sep. 26
Once a foster child, Maryland leader takes on troubled Oregon program
Oregon's child welfare program is getting a new director, charged with managing the care of 7,000 children in foster settings. Rebecca Jones Gaston said she brings a sense of urgency to her new job.
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT Sep. 25
City cuts back more access to Cascades Gateway Park
Parks workers continue to make it harder to camp at one of the city's largest parks after a rise in trash and property damage. Overnight stays are illegal under city ordinance, but those who rely on such places to live say they're being punished for the acts of a few.
LOCAL SCHOOLS Sep. 25
Kiwi berries a hit in program to get fresh fruits and veggies to Salem elementary schoolers
Nearly every day, thousands of snack-sized portions of everything from jicama to dates get delivered to six Salem schools where most kids' families live below the poverty line. It's part of a federal effort to expose kids to healthy foods they might not otherwise try.
LOCAL SCHOOLS Sep. 25
Three more McNary students arrested after large fight on campus
Keizer police say a planned fight between two female students last week drew hundreds of student spectators before a school resource officer tried to break it up. This week, police arrested three more students.
SALEM AREA EVENTS Sep. 25
Women United hosting event to package tampons, pads for local students
After learning students had a lack of access to menstrual products and that some were missing school because of it, United Way volunteers stepped up to help.
SALEM AREA EVENTS Sep. 25
CHECK OUT: A wedding show, youth farm or color run
Fall is here ya'll. Throw on a cozy sweater (hygge anyone?), light that pumpkin-scented candle and peruse this weekend's offerings.
PUBLIC SAFETY Sep. 24
History of drugs plagued man killed last week in Goodwill in Salem
Polk County District Attorney Aaron Felton said the findings of a police investigation of the Sept. 18 shooting are expected to go before grand jury early next month.
LOCAL BUSINESS Sep. 24
Months after opening, Salem senior community Boone Ridge already expanding
A retirement center in south Salem opened in May and isn't yet at full capacity. But company officials already planning a big expansion.
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT Sep. 23
Salem residents likely to see new charge on utility bill for services like police, firefighters
By a 6-3 vote, Salem City Council approved the utility fee, expected to bring an estimated $7.1 million to the city’s struggling general fund.
OREGON STATE GOVERNMENT Sep. 23
Oregon's transportation agency gets new boss who knows commuters' woes
Kris Strickler is poised to become the next director of the Oregon Transportation Department. He takes on an agency trying to shift a culture for thousands of employees.
COLLEGE SAVINGS Sep. 23
With new tax credit, Oregon treasurer hopes to promote college savings for lower income families
State Treasurer Tobias Read visited Scott Elementary last week to promote Oregon's College Savings Plan and encourage students to tell their parents about the benefits of an account. His office is pushing to increase awareness of the program and incentives for families.

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