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SALEM SCENE June 13
Protesters gathered Saturday as speakers pressed for reforms in Salem and elsewhere
The Capitol was the platform again for a Salem protest against racial inequality and police misconduct across the country. Several hundred people heard a range of speeches before a planned march to Salem City Hall.
SALEM SCENES June 13
As restrictions ease in Salem, small events such as weddings and funerals resume
PHOTO: After several venues said no, one said yes and the Salem wedding went forward.
SALEM SCENES June 13
Demonstrators take up post at Salem rush hour to support Black Lives Matter
PHOTOS: For the second Friday, a group of Salem residents positioned themselves at a south Salem intersection with signs and waves. The sidewalk demonstration is one more way local people have been engaging in the issue of race and justice.
SALEM COMMUNITY June 12
Downtown streets to close for "End White Silence" march Saturday afternoon
Organizers said the event is meant to give people a toolkit for how to be allies to the black community outside of holding signs at protests.
CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK June 12
Governor takes step for possible early release of inmates in response to the pandemic
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has asked the head of Department of Corrections for “a case-by-case analysis” of medically vulnerable incarcerated individuals for possible early release. But before commuting their sentences, they would have to meet specific criteria.
LOCAL SCHOOLS June 12
Should police stay in Salem-Keizer schools? Here's what local citizens are saying.
Salem-Keizer school board members this week were scheduled to vote on a new budget, but held off after over three hours of public testimony about school resource officers. Here's a sampling of what Salem-Keizer students, teachers, parents and alumni told the board about the idea of pulling police out of the schools.
CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK June 12
Coronavirus cases climbing with no clear hotspot in Marion County
Health officials have reported small COVID-19 outbreaks in the past week at several Salem-area nursing homes and workplaces, including NORPAC and The Springs at Willow Creek.
CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK June 12
Supreme Court rules that pandemic orders are legal
The state’s highest court found that a Baker County Circuit Court judge erred in his ruling. The development means that restrictions on businesses, church services and daily life will continue.
CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK June 12
Wait - don’t buy movie tickets and dig out your swim goggles just yet. Marion and Polk counties can’t move forward with looser restrictions
The two counties plans for allowing some venues like pools, movie theaters and arcades to open was denied by the governor after both failed to meet key metrics for advancing to the next phase. It comes as Marion saw a 40% increase in cases and Polk 33%.
SCHOOLS June 12
As athletes prepare for summer training, Salem high school sports plan unsettled
After the Oregon Department of Education released its guidance for what school will look like in fall, athletic directors are still determining what summer conditioning will look like with pods, temperature checks and sanitizing.
Public safety June 11
Deputies find unidentified body underneath east Salem duplex
The Marion County Sheriff’s Office is asking for help identifying the man whose cause of death hasn’t been determined.
LOCAL SCHOOLS June 11
Salem-Keizer schools grapple with transportation, clubs, childcare as they plan for fall reopening
State guidelines released this week mean most Salem-Keizer schools will only be able to have half their students in the building at the same time in the fall. Teachers, especially in elementary school, expect challenges enforcing physical distancing in classrooms.
SALEM ECONOMY June 11
COLUMN: Unemployment figures for Salem can be tricky to translate
The impact of the pandemic on Salem's labor force has been significant. In a new feature for Salem Reporter readers, Pam Ferrara of the Willamette Workforce Partnership begins a new regular column examining local economic issues.
Salem Public Safety June 10
Joe Smothers wanted to present a firsthand account of a Salem protest. He ended up capturing a viral moment
A viral video recorded by Smothers of a protest last week includes a now-infamous interaction between a police officer and individuals holding rifles outside of a downtown business. Smothers said he’s surprised at the reaction to the clip.
LOCAL SCHOOLS June 10
School in the fall will include face masks, smaller classes and online learning for some students
State guidelines released Wednesday will allow Salem-Keizer schools to resume in-person classes in the fall, with health modifications. District leaders say they're planning to maximize in-person classes while allowing for online or mixed instruction.
CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK June 10
After flouting pandemic restrictions, Salem salon owner continues to be a lightning rod
Lindsey Graham, the owner of Glamour Salon, publicly reopened her business despite the state's COVID-19 shutdown. Since then, she’s become a folk hero to some and target of criticism for others. Her fight isn’t over.
SALEM SCHOOLS June 10
School board delays budget to hear more about taking police officers out of Salem-Keizer schools
A routine processing of the Salem-Keizer School District budget became the latest flash point in nationwide debates about police conduct and reform. A four-hour public meeting Tuesday served as a forum for grievances and concerns about having police in Salem-Keizer schools, prompting the Salem-Keizer School Board to delay its budget work.
LOCAL SCHOOLS June 9
Hundreds call on Salem-Keizer to end contracts for police in schools
Led by youth organization Latinos Unidos Siempre, teachers, community leaders and students want Oregon's second-largest district to remove school resource officers. They'll raise the issue in a school board meeting tonight.
SALEM AREA NONPROFITS June 9
Salem-Keizer Education Foundation to dissolve, transferring many programs to YMCA
A near-total loss of revenue over the past three months as local schools have shut their doors proved insurmountable for an organization that had been working to rebuild after financial struggles.
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT June 9
Councilors call for review of Salem police protest actions and bias training
A Salem police officer’s handling of armed people outside a downtown salon last week sparked concern by city councilors Monday.
LOCAL SCHOOLS June 9
Principal Sara LeRoy leaving North Salem High School after large gains in graduation rate
For the second time in four years, Salem's oldest high school will start the year with a new leader as Sara LeRoy moves to a district job directing elementary schools. A new principal has not yet been named.
SALEM IN NEED June 9
SALEM IN NEED: Travel Salem finds virtual ways to explore valley during the pandemic
Salem's travel and tourism industry has been hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. But the area's tourism promotion agency is finding ways for people to enjoy the area while being cooped up. It's also looking to welcome visitors back once the pandemic tapers off.
OREGON GOVERNMENT June 9
Legislature throws another lifeline to those struggling to pay rent
The emergency board approved an additional $4.5 million on Friday for Marion County area families struggling to pay their rent after a job loss or other impact from COVID-19.
SALEM AREA EVENTS June 8
Food bank to offer soups, eggs in drive up service
Hope Station is handing out more than six tons of soups, eggs, potatoes and chips on Thursday for those in need.
LOCAL SCHOOLS June 8
AGENDA: Salem-Keizer board will consider 2020-21 budget at June 9 meeting
Members of the public can call in, submit a video or email a comment ahead of Tuesday's school board meeting, where the board will vote on a $1.5 billion budget for next year.
SALEM PUBLIC SAFETY June 8
VIDEO: Salem police chief addresses March for Floyd rally
VIDEO: Salem Police Chief Jerry Moore was among the first to speak at Salem's demonstration on Saturday, June 6. He said honest, serious dialogue needed to continue. (Video by Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)
SALEM PEOPLE June 8
South Salem student journalist becomes daily chronicler of protests
Each night during Salem protests, updates through the night have popped up on social media - brief reports, photos and videos. Behind it all is a determined student journalist from South Salem High School.
LOCAL SCHOOLS June 8
How will distance learning impact Salem-Keizer students? No one really knows.
Salem-Keizer teachers and principals have seen online class participation fall in recent weeks as some families have burned out on remote schooling. With no grading or in-class tests, educators say it's hard to measure how students are learning, or what gaps will exist when classes resume in-person.
SALEM AREA EVENTS June 8
It’s not the Oscars, but Salem film competition is open for third year
The annual film fest may look a little different because of the coronavirus, but organizers are committed to keeping it going so residents can enjoy Oregonian-made films.

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