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Oregon legislature February 14
Facing reluctant lawmakers, legislation granting tax credits to Oregon’s waste-to-energy facility is uncertain
Marion County says that the legislation is needed to keep rates down. But lawmakers point to the company’s deferred maintenance and piles of cash.
MENTAL HEALTH February 14
After losing close friend to suicide, Willamette senior works to get young men to seek help
Brendan McGonigle is hosting a discussion about mental health for men at Willamette's final men's basketball game this season on Saturday, Feb. 22.
LOCAL SCHOOLS February 14
Salem-Keizer raising pay for bus drivers, transportation workers
Hoping to end a persistent bus driver shortage and improve retention, starting bus drivers will now earn $17.47 per hour, slightly above the average of other nearby districts.
PUBLIC SAFETY February 13
Salem man arrested for murder in connection to northeast Salem shooting last month
Martin Steven Kirk-Varela was charged with killing a Woodburn man Thursday after he was taken into custody on an unrelated parole violation.
Oregon legislature February 13
A key bill would give cities a lifeline on homelessness. But one provision has some worried
Legislation sponsored by the House speaker would help cities like Salem build shelters with funding and preempting local zoning.
SALEM EVENTS February 13
Salem Cinema shines a light on homelessness with documentary screening and discussion
Salem Cinema owner Loretta Miles wants Salem residents to look directly at the problem of homelessness and the people impacted by it. The independent theater is hosting an event this weekend to benefit the Safe Sleep women's shelter.
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT February 13
Apartment development to become easier under city code changes
Salem City Council will vote to ease parking requirements, re-classify some multifamily housing and require “sight obscuring railings” on balconies that face homes.
OREGON LEGISLATURE February 13
Legislature week 2: What’s still moving, what’s been spiked
The legislative session has passed its first deadline for bills to move forward.
Oregon legislature February 13
Wanting more input, lawmakers drop legislation concerning threats to churches and schools
Law enforcement say threats are a growing problem and current law is inadequate. But other groups voiced concerns about a legislative proposal to fix it.
STATE GOVERNMENT February 13
Audit: State tourism agency should be more transparent about managers’ pay, strengthen contracting controls
While the agency isn't subject to many of the controls as others, its director was receptive to the audit's findings.
OREGON LEGISLATURE February 13
New amendments to cap and trade bill borrow from Republicans, Timber Unity
Democrats late Wednesday released another set of revisions to their legislation to control greenhouse gas emissions in Oregon that would delay impacts for rural Oregon and require state government to study its own impact on emissions.
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT February 12
Mayor urges Salem City Council to pass sit-lie ordinance in annual address
Mayor Chuck Bennett’s annual State of the City address touched on homelessness, construction booms and visioning for the city’s future.
LOCAL SCHOOLS February 12
Here’s everything Salem-Keizer plans to do with an extra $35 million
There’s a lot on the table as Oregon’s second-largest school district plans for an influx of new state education money. We broke down what’s happening.
OREGON GOVERNMENT February 12
Bill giving Oregon public records advocate independence heads to vote
SB 1506 removes the governor’s authority to hire and fire the public records advocate and gives that responsibility to the Public Records Advisory Council.
LOCAL SCHOOLS February 12
McNary Font Club debuts original musical in quest to remove Comic Sans from school buses
If you’re looking to surprise, confuse or engage in a strong debate about the much-maligned Comic Sans font with your Valentine’s Day date, the McNary High School Font Club has the event for you.
STATE GOVERNMENT February 12
Court of Appeals overturns lower court decision on forestry measures
Says measures comport with state constitution; deal between forestry and conservation may make decision moot.
LOCAL SCHOOLS February 11
Better math curriculum, bilingual support and school counselors part of early plan for new school funding
District administrators plan to change middle and high school math instruction and English programs for non-native speakers as part of a $35 million plan to improve Salem-Keizer schools. Many teachers were surprised to learn of some recommended changes.
OREGON LEGISLATURE February 11
Climate activists swarm Capitol in support of cap and trade legislation
About 1,000 demonstrators from around Oregon urged legislators to act on greenhouse gas emissions.
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT February 11
AGENDA: Salem Public Library Advisory Board to talk public art, open house
The board meets Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 5:30 p.m. on 1400 Broadway St. N.E.
COUNTY GOVERNMENT February 11
AGENDA: Marion County Water Quality Advisory Committee to discuss open positions
The committee meets Wednesday, Feb. 12 in the Willamette Room at Marion County Public Works on 5155 Silverton Rd. N.E.
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT February 11
Left with few options, the Salem City Council reconsiders banning sitting, lying on sidewalks
Salem’s city councilors voted down a controversial sit-lie ordinance in November, but voted to revisit the concept Monday after another council meeting dominated by homeless debate.
Oregon legislature February 10
Why one bill seeks to put more state troopers on Oregon's highways
Despite its hefty cost, the legislation has broad support among lawmakers and groups representing law enforcement.
Oregon legislature February 10
Climate activists will rally, march Tuesday at state Capitol
Organizers expect people from across the state to push for climate legislation.
OREGON GOVERNMENT February 10
Brown announces ‘historic’ agreement between timber industry, environmentalists
The groups have agreed to drop litigation and work on changes to the Oregon Forest Practices Act, like notifying residents about aerial spraying and creating a conservation plan for private timberland.
SCHOOL BOARD February 10
School board to hear long-awaited plan for $35 million in new state funding
After months of community outreach through meetings, surveys and focus groups, members of a volunteer task force will present their plan to the school board Tuesday night.
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT February 10
Salem City Council to consider modifying camping ban in Monday meeting
The idea of relaxing the city’s crackdown on public camping was proposed last month, more than a month after Salem’s ban went into effect.
SALEM COMMUNITY February 10
Separated from her mother at the border, North Salem junior advocates for other homeless teens
Ana Mariscal has been on her own in Salem since 2018, when a family trip to Mexico ended with her mother denied entry back to the U.S. She's found a home in North's JROTC program, and wants to share her story to challenge ideas about what homelessness looks like.
SALEM PEOPLE AND PLACES February 10
Miller students get creative with art and history inspired field trip
Every year, 1,000 local elementary students get a free field trip to the Salem Art Association and Bush House Museum, thanks to an immersion program targeting high-poverty elementary schools.

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