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SALEM PROTESTS June 6
Downtown Salem streets to close for Saturday afternoon march
Salem city officials said they will close the downtown Salem core to traffic for about two hours Saturday afternoon as another demonstration is scheduled.
SALEM BUSINESS June 5
Salem will have another big, empty building in downtown after JCPenney announces departure
JCPenney’s decision to pull up stakes in Salem follows national trends of retailers closing stores. Considered an “anchor” store in downtown, the city is now looking at how to fill the void it’ll leave.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK June 5
Coalition launches new fund to help immigrant farmworkers
Dubbed the Oregon Worker Relief Fund, the program focuses on individuals who cannot qualify for federal unemployment help. The effort is supported by a coalition that consists of more than 100 stakeholders and advocacy groups.
SALEM AREA EVENTS June 5
After a week of protests, thousands plan to attend Salem's Saturday march for George Floyd
Organizers said they want to mourn the killing of George Floyd, but also encourage young people to get involved in local politics and push for change.
SALEM ENTERTAINMENT June 5
Calling all musicians: RiverCity Rock Star Academy's third virtual open mic happens June 10
Salem's concert venues remain closed amid COVID-19 concerns. But the owners and staff of RiverCity Rock Star Academy want to keep the music playing in Salem. Sign up online, and play in June's virtual concert.
SALEM IN NEED June 5
SALEM IN NEED: Salem Harvest volunteers feed families with fresh produce
Local families need fresh produce more than ever, and Salem Harvest could use your help so volunteers can safely get excess food to them.
CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK June 4
Amazon sees COVID-19 outbreak at Marion County warehouse
The Oregon Health Authority disclosed five cases at the facility on Thursday. The company says that it's taking steps to manage the outbreak and prevent further spread.
PUBLIC SAFETY June 4
City officials ask Salem residents to weigh in on new police chief hire
Salem released a survey intended to determine what priorities residents have for the Salem Police Department’s new police chief and the department. Longtime Chief Jerry Moore announced his retirement last year.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK June 4
Outbreak at west Salem nursing home hit fast, prompting state action to stop coronavirus spread
Prestige Senior Living Orchard Heights has seen 56 COVID-19 infections of both residents and staff. Some residents living there said they feel doomed.
SALEM COMMUNITY June 4
For black Salemites, recent protests highlight longtime concerns over racial profiling and equity
Black Salem residents interviewed this week spoke about times they or a family member were stopped, questioned and assumed to be suspicious by either police or non-black residents while going about their daily business in Salem.
SALEM PUBLIC SAFETY June 4
Salem police chief justifies different treatment for armed civilians downtown during curfew
Anger surged across social media platforms Wednesday as a video capturing a Salem police officer's conversation with armed civilians circulated widely. Late Wednesday night, Salem Police Chief Jerry Moore issued a video statement explaining why police treat curfew violators differently.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK June 3
Local data shows scattered new COVID-19 cases in past week, but no large outbreaks
Marion and Polk counties have so far avoided large spikes in residents with COVID-19, even as testing rates have climbed in recent weeks and some businesses have reopened or loosened restrictions.
FreeCORONAVIRUS: LIFE IN SALEM, OREGON June 3
SALEM IN NEED: Children's nonprofit needs school and art supplies
The local Boys and Girls Club is working toward providing full-day summer camps to those in need and mentoring for youth at home this summer.
FreeSALEM PUBLIC SAFETY June 2
Salem imposes weeklong overnight curfew to quell trouble, still allowing demonstrations
The city of Salem on Tuesday evening announced a curfew that bans anyone from being out in public from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. through next Monday. The action comes as city officials sought a way to allow for peaceful demonstrations while holding onto tools to address vandals and others who haven't obeyed curfews.
FreeSALEM PUBLIC SAFETY June 2
After three nights of curfew, questions arise about who's being told to go home — and who's actually going home
City officials say the curfew is another tool to prevent rioting or other disturbances. But the use of the curfew has raised questions about whether it’s being selectively enforced and its effectiveness.
FreeSALEM PUBLIC SAFETY June 2
PHOTOS: Salem sees a third day of protests with candles, a march and officers taking a knee
PHOTOS: Similar events have sprung up across the country in response to the Minneapolis police killing of George Floyd. Salem's mayor and police chief called the event an opportunity for healing.
FreeSALEM PROTESTS June 2
Hundreds gather for vigil, march in third night of Salem protests over George Floyd's death
Monday's march and protest went on peacefully for three hours after a city-declared curfew, with Salem police blocking off streets for protesters and kneeling alongside them. Police arrested several people near midnight saying they had refused orders to disperse.
Salem Public Safety June 1
Live updates: Despite curfew, protesters again hit Salem streets
Salem is seeing its third night of protests in response to police violence. While protesters are assembling peacefully, concerns linger about a repeat of disruptions seen in other demonstrations. The Salem Reporter crew will have updates throughout the event.
Salem Public Safety June 1
With riots erupting across the country, Salem prepares for a third night of protests
Citing the potential for unrest seen elsewhere, Salem City Manager Steve Powers has again imposed a curfew. While protests are still expected, police say they will be watching to prevent rioting and vandalism.
FreeSALEM PUBLIC SAFETY June 1
PHOTOS: Police protests in Salem continued into Sunday
Protests against police violence occurred for a second day on the steps of the Capitol, following a raucous demonstration the night before. One group gathered during the day and a larger group that roamed the downtown area formed in the evening.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK June 1
Keeping wearing your face masks to the grocery store, but you don’t need to have it on in the car
Guidance on mask wearing has sowed confusion at times. Salem Reporter consulted experts to answer questions about when and where you should be wearing one.
FreeLOCAL SCHOOLS June 1
Latino groups push for improved bilingual education, mental health support in budget
With budget cuts on the horizon, Latino organizations in Salem are urging Salem-Keizer administrators and the school board to move forward with plans to better serve students.
FreeSALEM PUBLIC SAFETY May 31
VIDEO: Scenes from the demonstration in Salem protesting the death of George Floyd
VIDEO: A night of peaceful protests in Salem included speeches, chants and signs. As the night wore on, some protesters confronted police. This video was produced by Chris Ward, multimedia editor of the Chemeketa Courier.

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