SALEM SCENE February 8
Speakers tell Salem crowd of work bringing Oregon's black history out of shadows
Too much of the history of blacks in Oregon has been lost or disregarded, according to leaders of Oregon Black Pioneers. They made their case to the Salem City Club Friday.
OREGON LEGISLATURE February 8
Impassioned testimony highlights Oregon hearing on gun storage bill
Citizens made good use of their allotted two minutes to tell lawmakers why House Bill 4005 is or isn’t a good idea. Another hearing to allow testimony is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 12.
OREGON POLITICS February 7
Timber Unity sits down with governor with its own plan to reduce Oregon emissions
Opponents of the greenhouse gas reduction plan presented Gov. Kate Brown, Senate with alternative solutions to shrinking carbon emissions.
TRANSPORTATION February 7
Taking the train? Now you can bike home from the station
The Oregon Department of Transportation sponsored Ride Salem's newest bike share station to encourage alternatives to solo driving.
LOCAL SCHOOLS February 7
Pacific Islander high schoolers mentor Auburn Elementary students with ukelele and dance
Auburn staff say a new Islander Club, led by local high schoolers, has improved attendance and helped them build connections with families.
SALEM GOVERNMENT February 7
After months of planning, Salem library move is in the home stretch
Library staff have two weeks to get a collection of 300,000 items moved or stored before the temporary location on Northeast Broadway Street opens on Feb. 18.
OREGON POLITICS February 7
Hoping to keep his place in Oregon, a trucker heads to Salem
Thursday’s Timber Unity really drew over a thousand truckers to Salem. Here’s what one had to say.
OREGON POLITICS February 7
They came to Salem from around Oregon, unhappy with policies and politics
A thousand rigs, more than a thousand people and a protest that dominated the day in Salem was fueled by people willing to give up pay and time to speak up. Meet some of those who trekked to town on Thursday.
OREGON POLITICS February 6
With air horn blasts, over a thousand big rigs and lots of camo hats, rural Oregon makes its voice heard
For the second year, Timber Unity holds a large rally on the Capitol steps in hopes of defeating climate legislation.
OREGON POLITICS February 6
Thatcher announces run for secretary of state
Kim Thatcher, owner of a highway services company and Republican state senator, used the Timber Unity rally at the Capitol Thursday to announce she was running for secretary of state.
Oregon legislature February 6
People who can't pay traffic fines lose their license and get stuck in poverty. Legislation seeks to change that.
House Bill 4065 would end the practice of taking away someone's driver's license because they can't pay traffic fines. Proponents say the practice hurts minorities and low-income people.
SALEM PEOPLE February 6
North Salem senior wins laptop to help on her quest for higher education
Myrka Morales Romero moved to Salem from her home in Oaxaca, Mexico, a year and a half ago knowing almost no English. Since then, she's made honor roll every semester and set an example for her peers, school staff say.
OREGON LEGISLATURE February 6
Legislators consider throttling back ambition to fix wildfire issues in short session
Sen. Herman Baertschiger, an advocate for better wildfire response in Oregon, suggested the reforms were too ambitious for legislators to tackle in 35 days.
PHOTO GALLERY February 6
PHOTOS: Loggers, truckers, farmers and more head to Capitol, seeking to spike carbon policy plans
In predawn hours around Oregon, convoys took form to head to Salem, representing rural and industrial interests opposed to legislation limiting greenhouse emissions. Under the Timber Unity banner, those protesting worry the plan would damage Oregon's rural economy.
COUNTY GOVERNMENT February 5
Commissioners talk trash burning during annual speech
Marion County commissioners spoke to a room full of SEDCOR members during a State of the County address Wednesday.
OREGON LEGISLATURE February 5
After struggling with a stubborn homelessness problem, Salem sees relief in housing legislation
House Speaker Tina Kotek has introduced legislation aimed at Oregon’s housing crunch with money for cities ready to add shelters. Salem is ready.
SALEM ORGANIZATIONS February 5
Rotary Club of Salem celebrates 100th birthday with ambitious park project
Gerry Frank has been a member of the Rotary Club of Salem for 65 years. As the club celebrates its centennial this year, they'll break ground on a new amphitheater at Riverfront Park bearing his name.
Oregon legislature February 5
Hundreds to descend on Capitol in demonstration against cap and trade bill
Timber Unity organizers say cap and trade legislation unfairly burdens low-income and rural Oregonians despite concessions made by Democrats. Either way, expect interesting traffic in Salem.
OREGON GOVERNMENT February 5
Oregonians tell lawmakers what they really think about cap and trade
Citizens got a chance to talk to legislators Tuesday and they spoke plainly and sometimes fervently about climate change and the Legislature's proposed greenhouse emissions legislation. More hearings are scheduled, including on Saturday to giving working people a chance to weigh in.
Oregon legislature February 4
Judge rejects Sen. Brian Boquist's public records lawsuit
The lawsuit, part of an ongoing feud, alleged that legislative staff illegally withheld records related to an earlier dust-up.
OREGON POLITICS February 4
Elections division says Oregon’s electoral process is secure
Elections Director Steve Trout and U.S. Attorney Billy Williams tout government partnerships protecting voters' rights.
SALEM AREA EVENTS February 4
Inspired by nature, composer’s work debuts at Oregon Symphony in Salem
The orchestra will perform Gabriella Smith’s piece “Bioluminescence Chaconne” Friday at Willamette University.
CIVICS February 4
After a facelift, Oregon's 1857 constitution on display at Capitol
Former state archivist Mary Beth Herkert walks the 1857 Oregon Constitution to the Capitol each morning to put it on display through Feb. 15. Eventually, she wants to bring the document to every county in the state.
STATE GOVERNMENT February 4
The race for state treasurer draws its first Republican candidate
Jeff Gudman, a financial analyst and city councilor, has filed to run against Treasurer Tobias Read in 2020 in what's shaping up to be a rematch.
PUBLIC SAFETY February 4
UPDATED: Police investigate suspicious death at Keizer Station
Keizer police identified Oscar Martinez, 21, as the man found dead inside a crashed car Monday night from a gunshot wound.
OREGON LEGISLATURE February 3
Quiet start to legislative session, but tensions simmer just below surface
The first day of the 2020 Legislature wasn't as contentious as expected ahead of votes on controversial bills, but committee hearings on Tuesday could change that.
SALEM AREA EVENTS February 3
From Mickey Mouse to Civil War veterans, learn about the clubs that shaped Salem's history
More than a century's worth of items from Willamette Valley clubs and service organizations are on display in a new Willamette Heritage Center exhibit through April.
SALEM COMMUNITY February 3
In south Salem, ‘garbageman angel’ aids woman calling for help
A Republic Services garbageman called 911 after finding one of his elderly customers had fallen on her garage floor.
Oregon legislature February 3
Sen. Peter Courtney introduces a bill to take into account the delayed effects of alcohol and a court ruling
The bill introduced by Courtney would make it illegal to drive with a blood alcohol level of 0.08% two hours after driving. He's introducing the legislation in response to a court ruling.
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT February 3
Emails shed light on city hall’s scramble to find shelter solutions for homeless after camping ban
As winter deepened, Salem city officials struggled to deal with very public homeless camps. Internal records obtained by Salem Reporter show the strains and efforts.