OREGON AGRICULTURE Oct. 12
Oregon leads nation on bee-saving efforts with citizen science, education
It's hard to save the bees without knowing which ones call Oregon home. Scientists spoke to Salem City Club about a volunteer-driven effort to better document the state's bee population.
OREGON GOVERNMENT Oct. 11
OLCC kicks off six-month ban on flavored vape products
Ban takes effect Tuesday, Oct. 15, as OHA and OLCC to create work group to investigate cause of vape-related outbreak.
OREGON POLITICS Oct. 11
Drives to recall Brown see petitions pile up as Monday deadline looms
Racing the clock, two groups press the case to recall Kate Brown as they round up last signatures before Monday's deadline. They say they are close and any recall vote would be historic for Oregon.
SALEM AREA EVENTS Oct. 11
Rocky Horror Show musical hits the Salem stage
Viewers who have seen live actors in front of a film screen are for a treat with the all-live musical performance complete with pelvic thrusting and call outs.
HOMELESSNESS Oct. 11
Salem nonprofits looking at Eugene’s model for mobile crisis response
As tensions percolate over homelessness, Eugene’s program of sending social workers to emergency calls is becoming a popular idea for Salem nonprofits. First they have to figure out how they would pay for it.
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT Oct. 10
Three finalists named for open Ward 7 seat on Salem City Council
Either Vanessa Nordyke, Reid Sund or Bonnie Heitsch will take a seat on Salem City Council for the next year. Council is expected to decide on Oct. 21.
LOCAL FOOD Oct. 10
Eat your way around Salem this October with Salem Dining Month
More than a dozen local restaurants have special menus with three courses for $30 all October.
SALEM CULTURE Oct. 10
Artist creates installation with old tires, found objects
Junwei Zhang’s exhibit at Chemeketa Community College’s Gretchen Schutte Art Gallery explores connection through three elements: space, destination and us.
OREGON POLITICS Oct. 10
Getting laws changed through Oregon ballot draws many efforts, few successes
Getting a measure into the hands of Oregon voters to change state policy or law is a daunting process. The state lists 16 steps in the initiative process before a voter ever gets to consider a yes or no choice.
PUBLIC SAFETY Oct. 10
August crime, fire service data for Salem area now available
Salem Reporter is continuing to compile and publish monthly crime and fire data from the various public safety agencies in the area.
LOCAL SCHOOLS Oct. 9
Salem-Keizer leaders seek community input for $35 million in new state school funding
District leaders want to focus Student Success Act money on closing achievement gaps for black, Native American, Pacific Islander, homeless and low-income students, as well as students with disabilities.
STATE GOVERNMENT Oct. 9
Outgoing public records advocate says high fees stifle access in Oregon
Oregon's first public records advocate resigned last month, citing backchannel attempts to get her to promote the governor's agenda. In her final report on the public's access to records, she called high fees "perhaps the single most pressing issue."
HOUSING Oct. 9
Large apartment complex proposed in northeast Salem
The multifamily complex is helmed by Northstar Communities, the same firm that has developed hundreds of single-family home lots on Kale Street Northeast after a pesticide cleanup.
SALEM AREA EVENTS Oct. 9
CHECK OUT: Teddy Roosevelt, a metal show or Indigenous Peoples Day
Don't let the rain and cold dampen your spirits. We've got dead presidents speaking at the Capitol and a chef's night out to round out your week.
SALEM COMMUNITY Oct. 8
Inmate awarded writing fellowship plans to create dramatic dialogue about prison dynamics
Sterling Cunio was awarded the PEN America Writing for Justice Fellowship and plans to tackle topics around incarceration through poetic narration, theatrical elements and music.
YOUR GOVERNMENT, YOUR BUSINESS Oct. 7
West Salem land purchase on the table for Salem-Keizer school board
On Tuesday night, your local school board will hear a proposal to buy property next to the West Salem High School campus as part of the school's planned expansion.