OREGON LEGISLATURE Feb. 21
Legislation introduced to advance deal between timber and environmental interests
Oregon would establish new stream buffers and require better alerts about aerial spraying under legislation needed to ensure forestry deal.
OREGON LEGISLATURE Feb. 21
The Legislature's greenhouse gas reduction bill has been the session's most complex and contentious legislation. Here's what it means
The Oregon Capital Bureau consulted energy and climate policy experts and reviewed state and federal reports and analyses to cut through political claims and focus on what the program would do as proposed and how Oregonians would be affected.
SALEM ENTERTAINMENT Feb. 21
Salem group takes interesting approach to presenting Lincoln's speeches
A former music teacher takes the lead at Salem Philharmonia and its volunteer musicians who will present shows Saturday and Sunday.
Oregon legislature Feb. 21
A bill seeking to crack down on masked rioters draws concerns over free speech and privacy
The legislation is aimed at politically charged protests that’ve turned violent. Critics say it could sweep up peaceful protestors. One said it advances “fascism.”
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT Feb. 21
Salem mayor pushes for ‘sit-lie’ in the face of increasing uproar over homeless problem downtown
At his State of the City address last week, Mayor Chuck Bennett said there’s no excuse for homeless people to be camping on the city’s sidewalks. If the ban doesn’t pass at Monday’s city council meeting, he said it could go to voters.
OREGON LEGISLATURE Feb. 21
Improvements to helping Oregon’s mentally ill defendants advancing
Legislation to clarify options and process for judges dealing with those found unfit to stand trial passes Senate, moves to the House for final approval.
events Feb. 20
Want to see Oregon by bike? An event at the Capitol will show you how
The Oregon Scenic Bikeways Program, a unique program, will hold a presentation on Monday at the state Capitol.
OREGON HISTORY Feb. 20
As U.S. celebrates 100 years of women voting, Willamette professor chronicles how Oregon suffragists won the ballot
Cindy Richards has spent her career researching women's suffrage in the Northwest, where activists relied more on covert one-on-one outreach than public campaigning. She said the movement's successes have lessons on political engagement still relevant today.
OREGON LEGISLATURE Feb. 20
Brown asks legislature to fund $7.5 million in earthquake early warning system build out
The bill would better prepare 250,000 Oregon households for the aftermath of a destructive Cascadia quake scientists say is inevitable.
SALEM ENTERTAINMENT Feb. 20
A New York transplant directs Salem production, pushing actors in comedy musical
The curtain goes up Friday, Feb. 21, on the Salem staging of "First Date," opening at Grand Theater. The Enlightened Theatrics presentation features two actors in multiple roles.
SALEM PUBLIC SAFETY Feb. 20
Salem attorney wins citation for focusing on helping those with convictions move into mainstream
Kimberly Mansfield and the De Muniz Legal Clinic specializes in an emerging area of law that’s become increasingly relevant as Oregon reckons with decades of mass incarceration.
PUBLIC SAFETY Feb. 19
Salem police look to virtual reality for use-of-force training
The Salem Police Foundation is looking to raise around $100,000 to buy a training simulator for the new police headquarters.
SALEM AREA EVENTS Feb. 19
YMCA annual luncheon raises funds for capital campaign
With the demolition of Salem's historic YMCA complete, board members are seeking to raise the rest of the money they need to build a new gym downtown.
PUBLIC SAFETY Feb. 19
Here's how many fires, crimes were reported in Marion County in January
Salem Reporter is continuing to compile and publish monthly crime and fire data from the various public safety agencies in the area.
LOCAL SCHOOLS Feb. 19
Salem-Keizer spending plan draws pushback from teachers, support from Latino parents
In a lengthy school board meeting Tuesday, many educators criticized a plan advanced by district administrators for spending too much money on professional development, new administrators and curriculum over hiring more teachers and other employees who work directly with students.
SALEM ENTERTAINMENT Feb. 19
Local duo takes stage in Salem production of 'Midsummer'
He's a used car salesman. She's a powerful divorce lawyer. They don't belong together. See what happens when they match up in a Salem staging of 'Midsummer'
OREGON LEGISLATURE Feb. 18
A House divided as Republicans take a walk, stalling legislative action
Republicans in the Oregon House took the night off from a floor session Tuesday, making a public point about their unhappiness. They said they want more time, while staffers must drone on by the hour reading legislation aloud. State Rep. Cheri Helt of Bend was the lone Republican to take the floor.
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT Feb. 18
Salem library packed as new location opens
People lined up for the opening of Salem Public Library’s temporary location on Tuesday.
SALEM COMMUNITY Feb. 18
Meet the man behind the bubbles going in at the Gilbert House museum
Bill Charnholm grew up playing with his Erector Set and has been a fan of Salem inventor and toymaker A.C. Gilbert for most of his life. Now, he's one of the main donors for a planned bubble exhibit at the children's museum that bears Gilbert's name.
Oregon legislature Feb. 18
How local legislators are faring in the current legislative session
With the Legislature entering its third week, some bills have cleared deadlines. Others haven't.
LOCAL SCHOOLS Feb. 17
Mental health, behavior and elementary reading top spending priorities for Salem-Keizer
Salem-Keizer administrators on Tuesday will present their plan for spending an extra $35 million of state money the district expects in the fall. If you're a fan of long school board meetings, you can come share your thoughts.
CITY GOVERNMENT Feb. 17
Salem says drinking water is safe after fuel spill Sunday
More than 7,000 gallons of fuel spilled on Highway 22 Sunday, forcing a highway closure and ongoing water quality testing.
Oregon legislature Feb. 17
Legislature week 3: Here’s what’s moving. Here’s what’s been spiked
As the Legislature reaches its halfway point, what’s viable comes into focus.
OREGON LEGISLATURE Feb. 17
Wildfire bills moving forward, but will budgetary constraints extinguish their momentum?
The fate of an ambitious plan to deal with wildfire issues now rests with legislators who decide on state budget matters. Some legislators want to wait until next year when there is more time to consider reforms.
HEALTH CARE Feb. 17
New south Salem clinic aims to be neighborhood doctor's office
When WVP and Salem Health merged last fall, a handful of WVP doctors and providers decided to open a new primary care clinic.
SALEM COMMUNITY Feb. 17
One nonprofit is trying to get parents more civically engaged through babysitting
Politisit started in Oregon three years ago to address barriers parents face in attending city council meetings and other activities. It just expanded last week to offer childcare reimbursement for the Nevada caucuses.
COMMENTARY Feb. 17
EDITOR'S NOTE: Protesters rally in Salem - and take aim at Salem Reporter's coverage
COMMENTARY: The news team at Salem Reporter approaches major news events with care, working to avoid stereotypes while giving voice to those who often don't get a public stage. Here's how we covered rallies for and against Oregon's climate change legislation.