COMMENTARY Jan. 4
Defense lawyers, hate crimes and ICE court rule: reporter Jake Thomas' top stories of 2019
Salem Reporter's newest staff member reflects on the stories that stood out for him in 2019.
SALEM AREA EVENTS Jan. 3
With a theme of "vision," this year's TEDx Salem talks bring inspired ideas into focus
Guests will have the opportunity to learn about the power of crows, defeating stigma around mental health days and how float therapy can help people reconnect to themselves.
OREGON ECONOMY Jan. 3
Housing affordability worsened in Oregon in last decade with low construction rates
Despite Oregon's strong economy, a state economist called the last a decade a "disappointment" as the state recovers from the Great Recession.
HEALTH CARE Jan. 3
Heading to the Salem Hospital ER? There's a new entrance
Parking and emergency room changes are underway on the Salem Hospital campus as construction of a new seven-story building begins.
COLUMN Jan. 3
A German soccer referee and a Goodwill shooting: reporter Saphara Harrell's top stories of 2019
There's a lot of darkness in the news, but here are a couple bright spots from the past year.
JUVENILE JUSTICE Jan. 3
Marion County teens snagged in justice system work their way out through woodworking
Teens in the Marion County juvenile court system have the option to pay back victims of crimes working in a wood shop, where they learn job skills by crafting furniture and decorations.
SALEM AREA EVENTS Jan. 2
Exclusion, housing discrimination and rumored riots: panel explores Oregon’s civil rights movement
In many ways, Oregon mirrored the rest of the country during the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 60s.
STATE GOVERNMENT Jan. 2
Oregon Department of Corrections announces new appointments to executive team
Three individuals selected by the department director will ovrsee correctional services, human resources and communications.
COLUMN Jan. 2
A cop arrested and a landlord doesn't pay: reporter Troy Brynelson's top stories of 2019
News goes stale quicker than ever these days, but here are five stories that raise questions we're still asking today and will be for years to come.
OREGON STATE GOVERNMENT Jan. 2
Oregon labor federation gets new leader as unions tackle more political issues
“Young workers have been, in many ways, sold a bill of goods," says Graham Trainor, now leading the Oregon AFL-CIO. Trainor said good economic times have masked challenges remaining for Oregon workers.
CIVIC EDUCATION Jan. 1
As civics education declines in Oregon, nonprofits and a state office try to fill the gap
Legislative attempts to mandate civic instruction in Oregon classrooms has failed. The Secretary of State's Office has shifted its priorities to promote civic education.
COLUMN Dec. 31
Font club, cavities and lots of data: reporter Rachel Alexander's top stories of 2019
Our education reporter's takeaways from 2019: the kids are alright, and Salem is full of delightfully passionate and quirky people.
OREGON STATE GOVERNMENT Dec. 31
Thanks to Oregon students, dogs used in research get chance at second life
A fifth grade class made protecting beagles their class project and got Oregon law changed so dogs used in research can find new homes. The law takes effect Jan. 1.
SPECIAL REPORT: BIG RIG SAFETY Dec. 31
PHOTOS: Truck inspectors at Woodburn base hunt for bad brakes, loose loads that can be trouble on Oregon highways
PHOTO: Using data and experience, Oregon's state truck inspectors move the big rigs through the Woodburn station - unless they spot troubling defects
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT Dec. 30
Mike Swaim, outspoken former Salem mayor, dies at 76
Swaim died earlier this month after suffering a stroke during heart surgery. His three terms in office were marked by a resistance to development and championing social justice issues.
STATE GOVERNMENT Dec. 30
Guiding new agency directors puts state operations on better footing
Summer Warner's mentorship program for Oregon agency directors gives state employees people to turn to when a job isn’t quite so pleasant, and has led to friendships across departments of state government.
SALEM AREA EVENTS Dec. 30
EVENTS: Where to celebrate New Year's Eve
There are dozens of places around Salem ready to ring in 2020 with champagne toasts or hot chocolate bars for the young ones.
SPECIAL REPORT: BIG RIG SAFETY Dec. 30
Oregon inspectors home in on unsafe trucks, drivers to reduce highway deaths
Trucks in dangerous condition are yanked off the highway by inspectors, but Oregon state inspectors say educating drivers is seen as the best way to keep Oregon truckers and highways safe.