News about Salem – In-depth, Accurate, Trusted

Posts by Date

Mar 2 2020 thru Mar 8 2020

← Previous week        Next week →

CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK March 7
State tells of 4 new virus cases as officials seek more money to ramp up Oregon efforts
Oregon authorities said four more people are presumed to have the novel coronavirus, bringing the state count to seven. They are seeking millions in state and federal funds to expand the health care system's ability to react to an anticipated increase in infections.
OREGON STATE GOVERNMENT March 7
Governor turns to executive order to advance Oregon climate change program
With legislative action stymied on greenhouse gas emissions, Gov. Kate Brown is expected to issue an executive order implementing some elements. The governor wasn't disclosing details of her plan.
CORONAVIRUS March 6
As Oregon expands coronavirus testing, uninsured patients may struggle with access
For now, Oregon and the federal government are covering the cost of tests for the novel coronavirus. But seeing a doctor who can order the test could be costly for the 248,000 Oregonians without health insurance.
SALEM COMMUNITY March 6
Former Oregon Supreme Court Justice Paul De Muniz to be honored for service to community
De Muniz will take home the annual First Citizen award Saturday after decades of service to the Salem community.
STATE GOVERNMENT March 6
Here are the top 10 sources of consumer complaints in Oregon
The list incluced telecommunications, imposter and auto sales, as well as a new industry that made the list for the first time.
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT March 6
Salem employee sues the city for racist workplace harassment
Jose Botello said a former supervisor whistled at him like a dog and insulted him in front of his coworkers. He is seeking more than $220,000 in damages.
SALEM ARTS March 6
Salem Art Association's "highlight of the year" student exhibit opens March 6
If you've ever wanted to see a reinterpretation of "Starry Night" with Batman, Renaissance-style portraits or a painting of Vaporeon, the Young Artists Showcase is for you.
CORONAVIRUS March 6
Rush on toilet paper a symptom of people acting as others act
Don’t consider it strange that people are clearing out stores of toilet paper and other key supplies. Experts say it’s a normal human reaction in a time of stress.
STATE GOVERNMENT March 6
What can state government do if the coronavirus outbreak gets worse?
While the coronavirus is in Oregon, government officials haven't invoked emergency powers. But if they do, calling out the National Guard and forcible quarntines could be on the table.
OREGON LEGISLATURE March 5
Senate, House go dark as 2020 session shuts down in burst of acrimony
With key money needs pending, Democratic legislators head for home, frustrated by a wasted month. The Republicans in the House and Senate have been in hiding for a week, demanding the majority bend to their will. Gov. Kate Brown now vows to act on her own.
CORONAVIRUS March 5
Eight major Oregon insurers agree to waive co-pays, deductibles for COVID-19 testing
Gov. Kate Brown announced a deal brokered between state insurance regulators and private insurers to waive costs for people who need testing for the novel coronavirus. About 1 million Oregonians are covered by participating insurers.
ENVIRONMENT March 5
Salem to expand parks system with two additions, but plans are years away
The city has purchased two parcels of land totaling 60 acres that will become the site of future parks in northeast and south Salem.
OREGON LEGISLATURE March 5
Oregon Democrats end "failed short session" following Republican boycott
In an extraordinary move, Democratic legislators on Thursday effectively ended the contentious and gridlocked 2020 Legislature, killing key legislation and taking with it the hotly debated climate change legislation that Republicans fought.
FreeHEALTH March 5
Santiam Hospital doctor reports back from caring for quarantined coronavirus patients in Nebraska
Dr. Steve Vets, who directs Santiam Hospital's emergency department, was part of a federal disaster response team caring for cruise ship patients being monitored for COVID-19. Though none of his patients fell ill, he said the experience shaped how he's thinking about local response.
SALEM AREA EVENTS March 5
Get your garden going this spring with free help from Marion Polk Food Share
A Saturday "Celebrate the Seed" event offers free seeds and other help with gardening, from composting workshops to information on low-cost rentals of community garden plots.
Oregon Legislature March 5
As stalled legislative session nears its end, Democrats rebuff Republican offer
The Legislature has been unable to pass bills since Republicans walked out, including critical funding bills. While Republicans are willing to come back for the session's last day, Democrats say their tactic undermines democracy.
LOCAL SCHOOLS March 4
Salem-Keizer seeks $60 million for new buses and transportation facility
The school board will vote next week on a transportation proposal to replace 195 Salem-Keizer buses at or past their 20-year lifespan, paid out of state transportation dollars and the district's general fund.
PUBLIC SAFETY March 4
UPDATE: Salem man turns himself into police after Tuesday's fatal hit and run in south Salem
Jerry Lee McKennan turned himself into police on Thursday. Mario Lopez-Lopez, a 44 year old Salem resident, was walking his bike when McKennan hit him with his car and left the scene without stopping, the Salem Police Department said.
Oregon Legislature March 4
The only two Republican legislators in the Capitol say their voters want them to stick around
As the Republican boycott of the session stretches in its second week, two Bend-area legislators have staked out a new political middle.
SALEM PEOPLE AND PLACES March 4
Motley assortment of Steampunk fans raise money for people with disabilities
Guests donned their best Victorian-era garb for an evening of dance, music, games and circus acts during Salem's sold out Steampunk Ball iii.
STATE GOVERNMENT March 3
Gov. Kate Brown is worried about rural hospitals, protective equipment and money as the state responds to the coronavirus
The governor outlined her concerns in a letter to Vice President Mike Pence about resources the state needs in confronting the outbreak.
HEALTH March 3
Salem-area health officials say local coronavirus cases likely a matter of when, not if
The apparent community spread of the novel coronavirus disease should be cause for precaution, not panic, said Dr. Christopher Cirino, Marion County's public health officer. Here's how Salem is responding.
STATE GOVERNMENT March 3
After initial stumble, Oregon prepares to ramp up testing of possible coronavirus cases
Oregon now has the capacity to run up to 80 tests a day for the virus after federal authorities distributed flawed testing kits.
SALEM COMMUNITY March 3
Through a century-old set of keys and pipes, Rick Parks sets the mood at Salem's Elsinore Theatre
The virtuoso has been a fixture at the Elsinore since 1986 when he and his father moved what is now the Pacific Northwest’s largest theater pipe organ into the theater.
OREGON ECONOMY March 2
Coronavirus outbreak could affect Oregon’s economy, including exports
Economists say Oregon's strong economy could be impaired by developments over coronavirus. Supply chains could be disrupted, and shipments out of state reduced.
OREGON LEGISLATURE March 2
A normally bustling Capitol takes on new routines in absence of Republicans
The floor sessions are short - and so are the tempers. Committee meetings proceed, but with nowhere near the usual buzz. The 2020 Legislature is now a waiting game, over by Sunday.
STATE GOVERNMENT March 2
AGENDA: State Forest Board to hear about environmental collaborations, Marbled Murrelet, future legislation and others
The Oregon Board of Forestry meets Wednesday in Salem to discuss issues that affect public and private forests.
LOCAL SCHOOLS March 2
It's business as usual, but with more hand sanitizer, in Salem-Keizer schools
As of Monday, there are no Salem-area cases of the novel coronavirus reported. Salem-Keizer officials have activated the district's communicable disease plan, which means extra cleaning in schools and on buses.
SALEM DOWNTOWN March 2
Group determined to enliven Salem downtown with arts and events
First Wednesday has become a signature event put on by volunteers to lure people into central Salem. A local version of "Dancing with the Stars" coming March 14 is intended to help fund their ambitions.
ENVIRONMENT March 2
Salem is more shaded than ever, thanks to city tree projects but gains are uneven
The city has surpassed its goal to reach 23% urban tree canopy. However, north and east Salem lag and catching up won’t be easy.

← Previous week        Next week →