Oregon government Nov. 30
Where the government's unwanted stuff finds a second life
Oregon's Surplus Property General Store sells millions of dollars in goods ranging from the practical to the odd.
LOCAL SCHOOLS Nov. 30
Parents point to class size, accessibility, better training to improve Salem-Keizer schools
Hundreds of Salem parents, educators, students and citizens packed into school libraries and conference rooms over past weeks to share how they think Salem-Keizer schools can do better with new state money.
Political parties Nov. 30
Oregon's third largest party is asking unaffiliated voters to help pick its candidates
As Oregon prepares for primary elections, the Independent Party of Oregon seeks to engage growing voting bloc
BREAKING NEWS Nov. 30
East Salem collision leaves three dead, 11 injured
UPDATED: Police identified two of the passengers who died in Friday night's car crash on Northeast Cordon and Sunnview Roads.
TECHNICAL EDUCATION Nov. 29
Chemeketa opens truck driving program to help locals get commercial license
There's no shortage of transportation jobs in the Salem area, but waitlists for nearby CDL programs can be long. Chemeketa is the latest Oregon community college to step in with job training.
SALEM AREA EVENTS Nov. 29
CHECK OUT: Santa traveling by helicopter, comedic holiday plays or a Christmas lights display
Those choosing to avoid the Black Friday crowds fighting over TV deals have plenty of other options for entertainment around Salem.
Ballot measures Nov. 29
Secretary of State prevails in ballot measure lawsuit
Three proposed ballot measures that would change forestry practices in Oregon will not move forward after a judge found them unconstitutional.
SALEM COMMUNITY Nov. 29
Salem residents promote reading and build community, one free library at a time
They're not librarians, but dozens of people in the Salem area have put free libraries outside their homes and businesses, hoping to meet neighbors and encourage kids to read.
SALEM PEOPLE AND PLACES Nov. 28
Competing loyalties unite in support of Salem's Boys and Girls Club
The annual auction raises thousands to help fund operations of the local Boys and Girls Club. The recent event was a Who's Who of Salem.
SALEM ECONOMY Nov. 28
Salem economy strong heading into the holidays, despite recent shakeup
Even with the recent announcement of NORPAC’s closure, Salem still mirrors the state’s economic trends, signaling a strong holiday shopping season ahead.
SALEM COMMUNITY Nov. 28
A holiday tradition of trains at Capitol makes its final call
For years, children and others have watched the model railroad in operation around the Christmas tree at the Capitol. Now, it’s all aboard to enjoy one last season.
PUBLIC SAFETY Nov. 27
Police: Heart condition contributed to man's death after struggle at Salem steakhouse
Allen James Pitts stopped breathing after struggling with officers and being hit by a Taser. Police said he had a history of mental illness.
HOMELESSNESS Nov. 27
Salem homelessness costs city more than $5 million a year, report says
The costs, detailed in a report obtained by Salem Reporter, are mostly police time to respond to calls related to homelessness.
OREGON ECONOMY Nov. 27
Oregon’s economy remains strong heading into the holiday season
Tight labor market, low unemployment raise concern for some economists but the state appears in good shape heading into the big shopping season.
SALEM AREA EVENTS Nov. 26
Salem events: Thanksgiving 2019 edition
The holidays are in full swing, Salem. If you're not headed out of town, check out these local events to fill your spirits and your stomachs.
SUICIDE PREVENTION Nov. 26
Merkley talks to Salem teens about what adults can do better to prevent suicide
Salem teens with suicide prevention group Live to Tell told Sen. Jeff Merkley social media gets blamed too much for teen struggles, and schools need more counselors focused on mental health, not academic advising.
OREGON GOVERNMENT Nov. 26
Oregon court rule draws the attention of the Trump administration
The new rule, intended to prevent immigration arrests in Oregon state courthouses, could put the state and federal government on a collision course.
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT Nov. 25
Salem City Council approves sidewalk conduct ordinance without sit-lie aspect
By removing the sit-lie component of the ordinance, Salem City Councilors essentially approved an ordinance that bans camping on sidewalks and public spaces and restricts abandoning personal property.
WEATHER Nov. 25
Snow headed for Oregon Tuesday night
The National Weather Service is urging drivers to use caution as the snow starts to dump. As one ODOT spokesman said: “It’s going to be wild out there.”
STATE GOVERNMENT Nov. 25
Oregon moves to hire hundreds of child welfare workers as consultants wrap up review
By Christmas, crisis consultants brought on to improve Oregon’s struggling foster care system are expected to wrap up their $1 million contract. High caseloads remain a challenge for state caseworkers.
SALEM PEOPLE AND PLACES Nov. 25
They are vocal and watchful, prodding Salem's leaders to do better
Sarah Owens and Michael Livingston have seemingly made it their day job to oppose Salem's proposal to ban sitting and lying on public spaces. The two retired attorneys have a passion for public affairs and have become familiar voices in the community.
LOCAL SCHOOLS Nov. 25
Free lunch available Thanksgiving week at Salem-Keizer schools
Seven in ten Salem-Keizer students qualify for free school lunch. To make sure they don't go hungry while school is out, local cafeterias are open this week.
LOCAL SCHOOLS Nov. 25
McNary Font Club embarks on "humanitarian work" to remove Comic Sans from school buses
Started four years ago after a sarcastic comment in a McNary statistics class went awry, Font Club is at once a piece of performance art, a series of inside jokes and a social space for teens who either genuinely care about fonts or enjoy writing parody songs about them.
SALEM PEOPLE AND PLACES Nov. 25
Tourist visits to Salem going up and they leave behind millions
At a recent luncheon, executives of Salem Travel shared updates on how the capital city is increasingly on travelers' list to visit.
COMMENTARY Nov. 25
National reports underscore urgency to sustain local news in places like Salem
COMMENTARY: The drumbeat of warnings about the declining state of local news in the U.S. should concern everyone. In Salem, the effort to counter the trend will take sustained support for watchdog journalism.