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May 25 2020 thru May 31 2020

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CRIMINAL JUSTICE May 30
Police leaders in Oregon condemn circumstances of Minneapolis man's death
Salem Police Chief Jerry Moore was among police executives in Oregon publicly addressing the death at police hands of 46-year-old George Floyd in Minneapolis. The death has triggered protests and riots in cities across the U.S.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK May 29
New fund seeks to catch immigrant workers who've fallen through the safety net during the COVID-19 pandemic
The Oregon Worker Relief Fund has distributed its initial $750,000 to workers who don't qualify for unemployment because of their legal status. While the program is on track for a statewide launch, the need is expected to exceed current funding.
FreePHOTOS May 29
PHOTOS: Sisters tend to livestock meant for showing in Marion County Fair
Across Marion County, young animal tenders have no place to show livestock under their care for months. Two sisters from the Jefferson area raised goats and sheep.
FreeOUTDOORS May 29
Silver Falls, Detroit Lake campgrounds will open June 9
Oregon's parks department will begin taking reservations for about two dozen campgrounds across the state starting next week. Seven campgrounds in eastern Oregon are opening this weekend.
FreeCORONAVIRUS: LIFE IN SALEM, OREGON May 29
With fairs canceled, 4-H and FFA contenders face uncertain futures with livestock, competitions
Hundreds of Marion County youth prepare for months for the Marion County Fair and then the Oregon State Fair. Now, their investments in pigs, goats and more are at risk. A virtual auction may offer some relief.
FreeWATCHDOG May 29
Salem nursing home failed to follow infection control guidelines as coronavirus spread, report says
A visit by state regulators found workers at Salem Transitional Care didn't change or sanitize masks and goggles between patients while caring for those with COVID-19 and those not yet tested.
Business May 28
OnPoint Community Credit Union to open Salem area branches
The new branches will be the credit union's first in the mid-Willamette Valley and will be located in Keizer and west Salem.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK May 28
PHOTOS: Oregon National Guard, OSU extension distribute masks to farmers
Farmers, ranchers, nursery owners and farm labor contractors slowed traffic in both directions along 17th Street Wednesday as they lined up early to pick up masks and sanitizer.
GUEST COLUMN May 28
NEW FEATURE: Column for Salem Reporter tackles Medicare questions
Jim Sellers, former Oregon journalist and state agency employee, is now writing a regular column to help thousands in Salem deal with the confusing world of Medicare and federal benefits. He's available to answer your questions.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK May 28
In bid to protect workers, Oregon ag department hands out free masks, sanitizer
OSU extension workers and the Oregon National Guard handed out 170,000 masks to Marion and Polk county farmers, nursery owners and labor contractors Wednesday.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK May 27
Salem area sees unprecedented unemployment among coronavirus pandemic
While still seeing a dizzying increase, Salem fared relatively well compared to other parts of the state. But no industry in the area was spared job losses.
FreeCOMMUNITY COLLEGE May 27
Chemeketa lays off part-time workers, offers retirement incentives to cut costs
Like most public agencies, Chemeketa Community College is bracing for a multimillion dollar budget hit as state revenue plummets. College President Jessica Howard said she's working to trim costs now, but more layoffs are on the table.
FreeSALEM CITY GOVERNMENT May 27
City to make nearly $400,000 available to small businesses in Salem
Salem City Council voted on Tuesday to make the funds available for businesses that are struggling due to COVID-19 closures but some of that money won’t be available until July.
FreeCOMMENTARY May 27
Pressing for truth about Marion County's public health crisis took doggedness
COMMENTARY: As evidence mounted that Marion County was seeing unusual patterns of coronavirus infections, Salem Reporter turned its news team to find out why. Here's how we put that story together and why such investigative journalism is important for Salem. You can help our work going forward.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK May 27
Unemployment rises to 13.3% in the Salem area
The unemployment rate for the Salem area follows the sharp rise in unemployment at the state and national levels after it lost 23,300 jobs in one month.
SALEM LIFE May 27
Salem's historic parks get a fresh look and plans for future work
With help from a Portland firm, Salem city officials are considering what's needed to preserve and enhance two of Salem's most beloved parks, Bush's Pasture and Deepwood.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK May 26
After judge sticks with ruling, challenge to governor's orders heads to Supreme Court
The decision by a judge in Baker County means the state's highest court will determine if the governor overstepped her legal authority with restrictions that have disrupted much of daily life. A group of churches from across the state has brought a legal challenge arguing the restrictions violate their right to hold religious services.
FreeCORONAVIRUS: LIFE IN SALEM, OREGON May 26
PHOTOS: Food flows to needy Salem families as pandemic impacts persist
PHOTOS: A truckload of fresh produce hit Salem recently, and helpers quickly sent the boxes on their way to distribution points to help families. Demand for food grows as unemployment persists across the community.
FreeCITY OF SALEM May 26
Salem library starts pilot curbside pickup program for holds placed during pandemic
Don't worry - that stack of unread books you checked out of the library in early March won't be due until at least July 1.
FreeCORONAVIRUS: LIFE IN SALEM, OREGON May 26
Produce flows to Salem families under federal program as need remains high
Box by box, local organizations are seeing that Salem-area families get fresh produce to bolster food giveaways. In April, Marion Polk Food Share handed out one million pounds of food, a record.
FreeLOCAL SCHOOLS May 26
Salem-Keizer budget committee considers $1.5 billion budget with COVID impacts still unknown
Superintendent Christy Perry is pushing ahead with a Salem-Keizer schools budget developed before the pandemic crashed state revenue, hoping the Oregon Legislature will keep the state school fund whole during an expected special session.
FreeCORONAVIRUS: LIFE IN SALEM, OREGON May 26
VIDEO: A Salem icon, Court Street Dairy Lunch, was among restaurants seating diners again
VIDEO: Marlene Blanchard was on hand Friday, May 22, chatting as usual with her regulars at the Court Street Dairy Lunch. For the first time in two months, she could have customers sit down to eat - though limitations were in place.
FreeCORONAVIRUS: LIFE IN SALEM, OREGON May 26
State plans to announce soon details on how Salem schools can open in the fall
The state's top education official said schools in most communities across Oregon can open in the fall - but limits will be in place. Challenges for staffing, money and bus service are ahead, educators say.
SALEM POLITICS May 25
Salem council results indicate voters prefer a progressive agenda
After a slate of progressive candidates won election Tuesday, some believe it’s a bellwether for what Salem wants. One candidate believes future hopefuls can move even further to the left.
FreeCORONAVIRUS: LIFE IN SALEM, OREGON May 25
Cherriots edge back into service, but limits keep ridership well below normal
Mask are part of the drill for drivers and riders as Cherriots "essential" trips remain the rule. The mass transit district uses tape, disinfectant and rider limits to reduce coronavirus risk.

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