OREGON POLITICS Nov. 9
Oregon forests become political battleground that voters could decide next year
Six conflicting ballot measures vying for support could restrict or solidify forestry practices on state and private lands.
SALEM ARTS Nov. 8
Young Latino artists highlight school-to-prison pipeline in graffiti exhibition
Over three days, a group of young people with Latinos Unidos Siempre has transformed the walls of the Bush Barn Annex into a sea of red, yellow and white using spray paint and acrylics. Their exhibit opens tonight.
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT Nov. 8
Garbage rates in Salem could go up again
Salem residents could pay close to $1 extra per month starting in January. The recycling market that led to last year's sudden price increase is still a factor, haulers and city officials say.
OREGON VETERANS Nov. 8
State seeks owners of medals of heroism sitting unclaimed in Salem
More than a dozen medals, countless ribbons and artifacts are in government hands, awaiting their owners or heirs to collect them.
SALEM MUSIC Nov. 7
Unapologetic ska fan anchors 105.5 The Moon's quirky sound
Tune in to 105.5 The Moon on Tuesday mornings and you're likely to hear Darbie Versoza introduce herself as "your one friend who still listens to ska.” But you don't have to know anything about the genre to appreciate the way she crafts a set.
Oregon State Penitentiary Nov. 7
Oregon State Penitentiary unveils new “healing garden”
The unique project was made possible by determined inmates and some help from the outside.
SALEM AREA EVENTS Nov. 7
Capitol exhibit highlights Jewish service members in World War II
The exhibit tells stories of World War II through the eyes and uniforms of people like Enid Fisher, a female pilot who ferried aircraft from production plants to military airfields.
SALEM AREA EVENTS Nov. 6
CHECK OUT: A play, a tribute to veterans or a festival of light
Veterans Day is just around the corner and the Oregon State Capitol is celebrating Friday.
Hate crimes Nov. 6
Why a new Oregon law seeks to improve how hate crimes are reported
Improved data could reveal the breadth of hate in Oregon while aiding law enforcement and community groups.
OREGON GOVERNMENT Nov. 6
Work still needed to protect student information against hackers, Oregon audit finds
Secretary of State Bev Clarno's audit team on Wednesday released its latest assessment of cybersecurity issues, this time at the Oregon Department of Education. Auditors say some practices need to change to to safeguard agency information.
HOMELESSNESS Nov. 6
Salem councilors consider easing the restrictions proposed to govern sitting, lying on public property
The proposal, which would ban makeshift structures and sitting or lying on public property for most hours of the day, may get revised. But will changes satisfy anyone?
STATE GOVERNMENT Nov. 6
Where others see chaos, he tackles opportunity to reshape mental health care
Steve Allen stepped up for the job in state government that was hard to fill. Now he’s overhauling the way Oregon responds to mental health and addiction.
PUBLIC EMPLOYEE UNIONS Nov. 5
At OHSU, attitudes towards unions questioned
Oregon Health and Science University has been named three times in recent complaints to the state Employment Relations Board, as the university sees more of its workforce organize.
SALEM COMMUNITY Nov. 5
Thanks to a grant, local houses of worship will turn to the sun for electricity
A group of Methodist churches and a synagogue plan to use solar energy to power some their buildings and to have it serve as backup electricity in case of emergency.
Legislature Nov. 4
Nkenge Harmon Johnson files to run for Jackie Winters' Senate seat
The Democrat is the third entrant into what's expected to be a competitive race
MARION COUNTY GOVERNMENT Nov. 4
Marion County to go to court over inmate's lost eye
A U.S. magistrate judge said Marion County exhibited "red flags" in its jail procedures when it transferred an inmate in a medical crisis to work crew. The judge also said county attorneys need to explain with "non-evasive answers" why that happened.
LOCAL SCHOOLS Nov. 4
Tell Salem-Keizer how you'd spend $35 million on local students
Two upcoming meetings will help district leaders decide how to spend the money Oregon legislators passed in the spring. It's supposed to be used to improve academic performance and address behavioral and social needs.
SALEM PEOPLE AND PLACES Nov. 4
Supporters gather to help divested youth through Isaac's Room
A celebration brought together Salem for continued operations of Isaac's Room, a nonprofit aimed at giving youth experience and guidance.