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FreeCORONAVIRUS: LIFE IN SALEM, OREGON May 16
PHOTOS: Senior citizens have a bit of canceled Keizer festival brought to them
PHOTOS: The Keizer Iris Festival, one of the area's largest events, has been postponed until later in the summer, but the iconic iris is blooming now. Senior citizens had a surprise Friday, when irises were delivered to their facilities to make up for missing - for now - the big parade.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK May 15
Salon owner who defied governor's order now faces fine
Lindsey Graham, the owner of Glamour Salon, faces a $14,000 penalty from the Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The agency said her move put workers and the public at risk. But Graham intends to fight it.
FreeCORONAVIRUS: LIFE IN SALEM, OREGON May 15
SALEM IN NEED: As pandemic hangs on, Salem nonprofit confronts domestic violence cases affecting local families.
The Center for Hope and Safety of Salem is one resource for victims of domestic violence. With unemployment climbing and "stay home" orders, the close quarters are resulting in more need to help.
FreeHIGHER EDUCATION May 15
Willamette University plans for in-person fall classes, with pay cuts for faculty and staff
Oregon's oldest university is looking to trim its budget by about 10% to offset lost revenue from events and residence hall fees. Faculty said they're eager to resume in-person teaching in the fall, even if it looks a little different.
FreeCORONAVIRUS: LIFE IN SALEM, OREGON May 14
With counties opening up, Oregon's video poker machines flashing back to life
A money-maker for the state, video poker machines were turned off as restaurants and bars closed down sit-down service. In counties that operate under relaxed rules starting Friday, the Oregon Lottery plans to put the poker machines back to work - while enduring deep staff cuts.
FreeWATCHDOG REPORT May 14
WATCHDOG: In Marion County, high concentrations of coronavirus blamed on inequality of care
Marion County leads the state in the rate of infections of COVID-19 yet public health officials can't pinpoint the cause. Community leaders and health providers say as the crisis unfolded, the Woodburn area endured supply shortages, delayed government responses and racial stigma against the Latino community.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK May 14
Unemployment claims continue their downward trajectory
Fewer people locally and across the state are seeking help after losing jobs. But Oregon continues to see high unemployment numbers with more grim news likely to come.
FreeSCENES FROM THE AREA May 14
And now for a break from Salem's pandemic
The Keizer Iris Festival, held in May, is canceled but the irises continue to enliven the local scenery.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK May 14
Marion County sees another spike in COVID-19 cases, attributed to prison outbreak
The latest data on Marion County shows more COVID-19 cases across the area, but the number of people requiring hospital care for the disease has dropped.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK May 14
Governor denies Marion and Polk counties plans to reopen Friday
The governor’s denial means that gyms, barbershops, bars and others won’t see COVID-19 restrictions lifted on Friday, May 15. Both have experienced a recent spike in hospital admissions and Marion County remains a leader in the state in COVID-19 infections.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK May 13
Salem furniture store joins federal lawsuit aimed at governor's orders
Kuebler's Furniture has joined businesses across the state in a new lawuist arguing the governor's orders in response to the COVID-19 pandemic are unconstitutional. The lawsuit calls the orders politically motivated and an unjustified “mass quarantining of healthy Americans.”
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK May 13
With a federal loan and some optimism, a decades-old Salem restaurant reopens
The COVID-19 pandemic has ravaged the state’s food service and accommodation industry. After getting a federal loan, Sybil’s Omlettes has reopened with hopes that the economy will reopen and business will pick back up.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK May 13
Salem Health receives $1.25 million grant to begin processing coronavirus tests in-house
A $1.25 million grant from Springfield, Oregon-based PacificSource will go toward the purchase of supplies, allowing Salem Health to increase testing capacity as Marion County commissioners push to re-open some businesses.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK May 12
SALEM IN NEED: A nonprofit working with seniors shifts its operations online and is asking for help
A group supporting the Center 50+, a nonprofit that provides life-enriching opportunities for adults 50 and up, has offered important services during the pandemic. Now, it needs help with cleaning supplies and encouraging letters.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK May 12
West Salem assisted living facility hit with virus outbreak
Prestige Senior Living Orchard Heights now has 41 residents or staff testing positive for the coronavirus. Four people have died in the last week, the state reports.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK May 12
Polk County wants to open despite virus infections in neighboring areas
Polk County commissioners want bars, restaurants, breweries, wineries, outdoor recreation and personal services to restore operations Friday, but the state’s requirements for the region make that unlikely.
LIFE IN SALEM May 12
Roll call of Salem history reflected in Pioneer Cemetery
With local museums closed and social distancing a must, Salem's Pioneer Cemetery offers a chance learn about local history.
FreeLOCAL SCHOOLS May 11
Salem-Keizer expects tens of millions in budget cuts from coronavirus impacts to state revenue
Superintendent Christy Perry is due to present a draft budget for the coming school year on Tuesday, May 12, but that document doesn't factor in the near-certainty of deep spending cuts across the state.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK May 11
Few details clear on how coronavirus spread in south Salem nursing home
Salem Transitional Care had a confirmed coronavirus case in late March. By April 3, state regulators lifted some restrictions after the home met guidelines for having no additional cases. Three weeks later, the virus came back.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK May 11
Marion County and others are preparing to reopen. But questions hang over how that will happen
Counties are looking to reopen under a framework established by the governor. But much of it hinges on public health, raising more questions than answers.
FreeCORONAVIRUS: LIFE IN SALEM, OREGON May 11
Despite current restrictions, Salem gym moves ahead with blood drive
Blood donations to Salem’s Red Cross have leveled out in recent weeks after an initial drop when residents were ordered to stay home in March. Epic Fitness in south Salem is gearing up for its 27th drive, this time with face masks and a six-foot distance.
FreeCORONAVIRUS: LIFE IN SALEM, OREGON May 11
And now a break from the pandemic in Salem
With good weather and Mother's Day, people around Salem headed outside. Some lucky folks found a free concert in a local park on Sunday, May 10.

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