SALEM COMMUNITY January 10
Brooks' antique farm equipment museum makes list of top destinations in Oregon
Antique Powerland rose quickly up the annual ranking based on online reviews.
SALEM LIBRARY January 10
The Salem Public Library is moving in a few weeks. Here's what you need to know
Salem's downtown library will close Feb. 2 for seismic retrofitting. If there's a book you want to see at the temporary location, you might want to put it on hold.
SALEM COMMUNITY January 10
After 30 years, CCTV is looking for a new executive director
Alan Bushong is stepping down after a long career at the community television station. He said he planned his departure after getting the tasks he wanted accomplished done, paving the way for new energy.
Attorney General January 10
New task force examines overlooked issue of labor trafficking in Oregon
Awareness of sex trafficking has risen while labor trafficking crimes have gone unprosecuted. The attorney general's new task force seeks to change that.
HOMELESSNESS January 10
Salem parks board opposes designating parks for homeless campers
The Salem Parks and Recreation Advisory Board sent a letter to Salem City Council stating it disapproves of an idea to designate campsites in city parks for homeless campers.
ENVIRONMENT January 10
Lawmakers to give Marion County trash burner another chance to be 'renewable'
The House Committee on Agriculture and Land Use will reintroduce a bill from last year that aimed to allow Covanta Marion to sell renewable energy credits and sell its power at a premium.
SALEM COMMUNITY January 9
‘No war with Iran’ said demonstrators at the Capitol
People held signs and chanted Thursday in opposition of a potential war with the Middle Eastern country.
OREGON STATE GOVERNMENT January 9
A chat in a parking garage and a path to a new climate plan for Oregon
Democrats intend to roll out a new emissions plan for Oregon that would be easier on industry and rural Oregon. But a key Republican senator walks from the talks.
OREGON GOVERNMENT January 9
DEQ issues $1.3 million air quality fine - its largest ever - to aluminum recycler
A Norway-based aluminum recycler in The Dalles, Hydro Extrusion USA, was tagged with the penalty for processing dirty material.
SALEM REFUGEES January 9
Marion, Polk counties yet to decide if they'll keep accepting refugees
A few hundred refugees have resettled in Salem since 2015, when high housing costs in Portland prompted resettlement agencies to look elsewhere in Oregon. Now, the federal government is asking counties to say whether they'll keep welcoming new refugees.
STATE GOVERNMENT January 9
Rich Vial resigns as deputy secretary of state
The former Republican lawmaker is keeping the door open to other opportunities for public service and hasn't ruled out a run for secretary of state.
COURTS January 9
Seeking to protect farmland, conservation groups go to court to block airport runway extension
The Oregon Aviation Department is seeking to expand the runway at Aurora State Airport out of safety concerns. But two conservation groups say the plan conflicts with state law.
OREGON GOVERNMENT January 9
Cyber attack halts training for thousands of Oregon state employees
A Christmas Day attack on the state’s iLearn web program has left thousands of state employees unable to access mandatory training.
SALEM HOUSING January 9
Can't afford Salem rent? The wait for a housing voucher is years long.
More than 12,000 Salem residents sit on a city waiting list for a federal housing voucher. It's a three-year wait, and you can't add your name to the list: it's been closed for over a year.
SALEM AREA EVENTS January 8
Weekly poetry event fosters creativity, connection
The Salem Poetry Project has been meeting for four years, giving poets a space to try material in front of an audience.
OREGON GOVERNMENT January 8
Environmentalists sue Oregon secretary of state over ballot decisions
Clean energy advocates claim Secretary of State Bev Clarno illegally blocked their ballot measure from reaching voters.
HOMELESSNESS January 8
Salem to close, clean downtown sidewalks where homeless stay
Dozens of campers moved to those sidewalks after the city of Salem banned public camping last month. A press release Wednesday said it's become a health hazard.
Courts January 8
Clergy reported her husband's confession of sex abuse. Now she's suing the church
A lawsuit seeks $10 million from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints after it allegedly broke its promise to keep the confession confidential.
HOMELESSNESS January 8
Officials say 'NIMBYism', zoning and unwilling landlords sink search for Salem emergency shelter
Salem officials have looked at 10 buildings in recent weeks to turn into a seven-nights-a-week shelter for people displaced by Salem's recent camping ban. No deal has emerged.
COURTS January 8
Finding that 'words have consequences,' judge throws out Sen. Brian Boquist's lawsuit
The lawsuit related to the walkout of GOP Senators last session alleged that Senate President Peter Courtney and others violated Boquist's rights. A judge disagreed.
PUBLIC SAFETY January 7
Salem law enforcement officers head back to school at Quantico
Marion County Lt. Chris Baldridge and Salem police Lt. Treven Upkes are among the latest FBI academy graduates. They want to put their knowledge to improve policing locally.
SALEM SCHOOLS January 7
Salem-Keizer's unpaid school lunch debt has ballooned to $445,000 in just a few years
"Lunch debt" has shot up across Oregon after a 2017 state law required schools to keep serving meals to all kids, whether they can pay or not. A state expansion of free school lunch set for the fall may help, but it's not clear how much.
SALEM AREA EVENTS January 7
Want to help make a west Salem park greener? Grab a shovel
Volunteers can help plant 50 new trees in Wallace Marine Park on Saturday.
LEGISLATURE January 7
Likening his words to a 'bully,' judge dismisses Sen. Brian Boquist's lawsuit
The lawsuit stemmed from last year's Republican walkout in the Senate and is the latest in the acrimony between the GOP senator and the chamber's head.
MARION COUNTY GOVERNMENT January 7
AGENDA: Marion County to discuss church's plan to turn land into housing
The proposal from Christ the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church would allow developers to build 10 homes and a 51-unit apartment complex in the Four Corners area.
PUBLIC SAFETY January 6
Cash reward brings no new clues in Pine Street Pub shooting
The incident is one of two fatal crimes that remain unsolved from last summer.
OREGON POLITICS January 6
Findley moves up to replace Cliff Bentz in Oregon Senate
Findley, a relatively new face to the Oregon Legislature, went from retirement to politics from his base in Vale.
COURTS January 6
Oregon's top judge asked about immigration arrests in courthouses. Here's what she found
Newly disclosed records show what local judges knew about increased activity by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents in courthouses, as well as increased tensions with federal authorities.
AFFORDABLE HOUSING January 6
Salem mayor knocks state officials over years of delays at affordable housing project
Mayor Chuck Bennett blamed the state for creating a bottleneck of affordable housing and costing millions in public dollars. State officials responded with plans to ask the legislature together for more money.
SALEM PUBLIC SAFETY January 6
Salem man arrested for manslaughter, DUI, accused of killing a pedestrian
A police affidavit said a driver passing on a two-lane city street struck and killed a woman crossing the street early Saturday. Police accused the driver, Javier Luevano-Plascencia of being under the influence of a sedative at the time.
LOCAL SCHOOLS January 6
Salem kids learn more than U.S. average, national Stanford study finds
A first-ever study looking at student test scores across the U.S. found Salem-Keizer students do worse than the average American kid on reading and math tests. Though they improve more year over year, it's not enough to close the gap.
COMMENTARY January 6
COMMENTARY: As trust in media wanes, I lead a team focused on earning it back in Salem
In Salem, citizens can't engage if they don't know what's going on, if they don't get facts they trust. An insistence on accuracy and fairness are essential to establishing that trust in the newsroom of Salem Reporter.