News about Salem – In-depth, Accurate, Trusted

Posts by Date

May 4 2020 thru May 10 2020

← Previous week        Next week →

FreeCORONAVIRUS: LIFE IN SALEM, OREGON May 9
SALEM IN NEED: Family Building Blocks stepping up for vulnerable families
Salem-based Family Building Blocks is helping area families cope with pressures of lost jobs, food shortages and other factors. The nonprofit plans a virtual fundraiser soon to help cover costs.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK May 8
Wondering which downtown businesses are still open? A new guide has answers
The Salem Main Street Association has put together a guide to help customers navigate the changing hours and services of restaurants, retailers and others.
LOCAL SCHOOLS May 8
PHOTOS: See school additions taking shape at North, McNary, Waldo and Judson
Major expansions at two Salem-Keizer high schools and two middle schools are due to be completed in August. Here's a look behind the scenes.
FreeCORONAVIRUS: LIFE IN SALEM, OREGON May 8
PHOTOS: A high-altitude salute to Salem's health care workers, first responders
In a little more than the blink of an eye, two F-15s from the Oregon Air National Guard roared across Salem Friday, May 8, as part of a flyover to honor those on the frontlines.
FreeCORONAVIRUS: LIFE IN SALEM May 8
With food pantry shut down, Chemeketa gives out $10,000 in grocery store gift cards
The college's foundation received enough student applications for grocery store gift cards to eat up its budget in the first hour. Many students reported they or a family member had lost jobs.
FreeCORONAVIRUS: LIFE IN SALEM, OREGON May 7
Another event shutters because of coronavirus: Oregon State Fair
With the prohibition on large gatherings likely through September, the Oregon State Fair said it is canceling the 2020 edition. The impact on Salem's economy from the late-summer event will be significant.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK May 7
Salem church joins legal effort to overturn governor's COVID-19 orders
The complaint filed by the Pacific Justice Institute argues that three executive orders issued by Brown in March to prevent the spread of COVID-19 violate constitutional protections for religious freedom as well as a provision in the Oregon Constitution.
FreeLOCAL SCHOOLS May 7
Schools may be closed, but large construction projects still on schedule
The coronavirus hasn't slowed school construction projects. Renovations at two Salem-Keizer high schools and two middle school are on track for August completion, and three other major projects are now underway.
ELECTIONS May 7
COUNTY ELECTIONS: Polk County commissioner candidates list rural broadband and safer roads as priorities
Lyle Mordhorst wants to look at ways to reduce bottlenecks on busy streets. He is running against Danny Jaffer, who wants rural broadband internet access for residents, and Terry Taylor.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK May 7
After a decline, claims for unemployment benefits rise locally
After weeks of declines, Marion and Polk counties generated more claims for uenemployment benefits — but not by much. The Oregon Employment Department has also reported progress on getting through backlogs.
COURTS May 7
Lawsuit accuses Chemeketa Community College of violating students' free-speech rights
A federal lawsuit from Alliance Defending Freedom says the college's policies restricted a pro-life student group's ability to engage with others.
FreeCORONAVIRUS: LIFE IN SALEM, OREGON May 7
State issues detailed guidelines for sectors as parts of Oregon prepare to open
When counties get permission to open in Oregon, businesses will face a range of restrictions, from restaurants to barbers to boutiques. Oregonians are to continue to have their role to play, the state says.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK May 7
Governor eases restrictions - you can buy furniture - but major events are likely gone until at least September
Gov. Kate Brown continued her move to relieve Oregonians from restrictions imposed in March to contain the coronavirus, announcing some retailers and youth programs can resume. She said greater freedom will be county by county starting in about one week.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK May 6
With highest COVID-19 rate in the state, Marion County wants to start reopening businesses
The Marion County Board of Commissioners met Wednesday to approve a framework for reopening some businesses in the county starting May 15. Last week Gov. Kate Brown said only counties with limited cases would begin opening at that date.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK May 6
Drop in child abuse hotline calls masks continuing trauma for Salem kids
Liberty House, the Salem nonprofit focusing on helping children, continues to see a high caseload despite setting limits in place because of COVID-19. The Center for Hope and Hope is seeing double the requests for shelter from domestic abuse victims during the pandemic.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK May 6
PHOTOS: One fed-up salon owner in Salem opened her doors in defiance of state orders
While Gov. Kate Brown is looking to gradually reopen the state's economy, Lindsey Graham, Glamour Salon, couldn't wait. She could face fines or penalties.
FreeCORONAVIRUS: REMEMBERING THE DEAD May 6
Steve Betschart, 71, retired Dallas High School teacher, remembered for legacy of service and faith
Betschart, a dedicated Civil War reenactor, was known for bringing others to tears with his soulful bugle calls. He died April 2 from COVID-19 at Salem Hospital.
FreeCORONAVIRUS: LIFE IN SALEM, OREGON May 6
Challenged by big questions, Salem faith leaders work together to find answers, dealing with isolation
Ten Salem faith leaders meet monthly to discuss the impact of COVID-19. While the group is new, and discussions are just beginning, the group hopes to influence how Salem faith communities connect and lead during times of crisis.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK May 6
Lawsuit alleges Amazon retaliated against former employee who spoke out on Salem warehouse conditions
In the complaint filed in Multnomah County Circuit Court the former employee accuses Amazon of not cleaning safety equipment, increasing the risk of spreading the coronavirus.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK May 5
South Salem care center sees tripling of infected people as new 'hot spot' emerges
State authorities reported Tuesday that Salem Transitional Care has had 26 people infected and three deaths, making it one of the most troubled care centers in Oregon. Company agents and county officials said Tuesday night they couldn't immediately explain what was happening at the nursing home.
ELECTIONS May 5
COUNTY ELECTIONS: Marion County commissioner candidates cite emergency preparedness, economic recovery as top issues facing the area
Ashley Carson-Cottingham and Dan Norton are running as the Democratic candidates for the seat open with the retirement of Commissioner Sam Brentano. Danielle Bethell is the lone Republican and will appear on the May ballot unopposed, facing her Democratic challenger in the fall.
FreeOREGON PARKS May 5
Willamette Mission among a handful of Oregon parks re-opening for day use
You can now hike or canoe at a few local state parks with your family - but plan to bring a mask and leave if the park is too crowded, state officials said.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK May 5
Thousands of Oregon families will get extra food stamps to cover missed school meals
Students who normally get free or reduced price school meals at school will get a one-time food stamp benefit of $384 in late May - even if their district is also handing out meals to go.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK May 4
People newly positive for COVID-19 are disbursed around Marion County, data shows
Sixty-five county residents has a positive COVID-19 test come back in the past four days. County health officials can't yet identify any common cause, but data shows Woodburn and southeast Salem account for the largest share of new cases.
ELECTIONS May 4
CITY ELECTIONS: Mayor lists Salem’s housing assistance program as need in his bid for a third term
Current Mayor Chuck Bennett is running against challenger Brooke Jackson in the upcoming election.
SALEM ECONOMY May 4
A dime here, a dime there - bottle recycling centers in Salem staying busy
As the number of unemployed climbs in the Salem area, people continue to collect deposits from bottles and cans. Salem's centers observe social distancing as people line up.

← Previous week        Next week →