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SALEM AREA EVENTS Dec. 13
Keizer's Holiday Light Parade expected to dazzle tens of thousands
The Keizer Chamber is anticipating extra traffic this year after Thursday's In-N-Out Burger opening, and is advising drivers to avoid the Chemawa Road interchange. The yearly parade will feature six marching bands, 60 floats and a handful of businesses handing out hot cocoa.
HOMELESSNESS Dec. 13
They used to live on the streets. Now they hand out sleeping bags.
At Be Bold Street Ministries, former homeless addicts share food, warm clothing and the faith that transformed their lives.
OREGON GOVERNMENT Dec. 13
Across Oregon, legislators are leaving to pursue new careers or escape Capitol 'rancor'
They are some of the Oregon Legislature's most experienced and seasoned lawmakers. But they are opting not to seek another term as the intensity of partisanship takes a toll on some.
HOMELESSNESS Dec. 12
Homeless women in Salem get new chance for a safe night indoors
More than a third of Salem-area women on the streets reported being assaulted since becoming homeless. An all-volunteer effort hopes to give a few of them a safe place to go at night.
SALEM AREA EVENTS Dec. 12
Need a Christmas ornament? Head into the forest.
Ornaments are hidden through the Willamette National Forest this holiday season to get more people out on the trails.
HEALTH CARE Dec. 11
Salem Health opening its largest clinic yet in Woodburn
Woodburn residents can get x-rays, see an obstetrician or get a family medicine doctor at a new 31,000 square-foot clinic where staff speak English and Spanish.
PHOTO GALLERY Dec. 11
PHOTOS: YMCA demolition and Salem Peace Mosaic preservation
Wondering what's been going on behind the fences surrounding the former downtown Salem YMCA? We took a peek as workers demolish the century-old building.
SALEM AREA EVENTS Dec. 11
EVENTS: Area’s biggest holiday parade features bands, floats and more
Jingle all the way through this week with multiple holiday-themed offerings. For the Grinches out there, a book reading is on the table.
Impeachment Dec. 10
As House issues articles of impeachment, Salem's member of Congress indicates he's on board
Congressman Kurt Schrader said that the president broke the law and ignored subpoenas.
OREGON LEGISLATURE Dec. 10
Oregon lawmakers share wishlists for 2020 short session
The Oregon Legislature has a jam-packed 35-day session starting in February. Here's what your senators and representatives have on their minds as they get ready.
COMMENTARY Dec. 10
Thanks for getting coffee with us, Salem
The Salem Reporter staff was a bit overwhelmed by the turnout for our Friday afternoon meet-and-greet over coffee at Ike Box. Here's what each of us took away from the conversations we had with you.
TRANSPORTATION Dec. 10
Your bus will take control of traffic lights to stay on time in Salem
Cherriots riders will soon be able to check bus locations on their phones. Buses running behind schedule will also get a little longer to drive through intersections.
YOUR GOVERNMENT, YOUR BUSINESS Dec. 10
AGENDA: Salem-Keizer School Board considering superintendent contract change, property tax exemption
Your Salem-Keizer school board meets tonight at 6 p.m., 2575 Commercial St. S.E.
SALEM COMMUNITY Dec. 10
Salem seniors rescued from loneliness as volunteers drop in to chat
The Center 50+ program aims to combat loneliness in Salem’s seniors through weekly visits and games.
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT Dec. 10
Salem leaders decide to shelter homeless instead of setting up public camping
Starting by the end of the year, two churches would have funding to open warming shelters seven days a week. The city will put up $213,000 to cover the costs.
HOMELESSNESS Dec. 9
'You want a resolution as much as possible': Six hours with Eugene's mobile crisis intervention team
Nonprofits in Salem want their own version of CAHOOTS, a team of first responders who answer low-level 911 calls like mental health crises and drug abuse. Doing so could allow costlier services, like police and firefighters, to focus on bigger problems.
LOCAL SCHOOLS Dec. 9
Howard Street prepares for move to new downtown school
Salem's oldest charter school has a new home on Marion Street, with more space for music and science. Teachers are scheduled to move into the building over winter break.
SALEM PEOPLE AND PLACES Dec. 9
They helped kids and got to take home a holiday tree ready to display
The annual event to support Family Building Blocks and Boys & Girls Aid was a success - for atmosphere, the crowd and the deep help to the area's kids.
MENTAL HEALTH Dec. 9
Oregon short on resources for local mental health treatment
State officials intend to ask legislators soon to put more money into local care for criminal defendants found unfit for trial.

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