criminal justice Jun. 19
Courts in Marion and Polk counties begin responding to U.S. Supreme Court decision striking split jury verdicts
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Oregon’s practice of allowing people to be convicted of serious crimes through 10-2 or 11-1 jury verdicts is unconstitutional. Applying the order presents challenges for local prosecutors, defense lawyers and courts.
SALEM PROTESTS Jun. 19
PHOTOS: Latinos Unidos Siempre continues push to remove police from Salem-Keizer schools
About 100 people, mostly teens and young adults, protested outside the Salem-Keizer School District offices Thursday demanding the district and school board end contracts for police officers in schools and spend the money on counselors and educators to support students of color.
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT Jun. 19
To increase seating capacity Salem will close a portion of State Street to allow for outdoor dining
The city wants to help restaurants earn more money by allowing them to set up tables on downtown streets as COVID-19 restrictions have limited the number of people allowed indoors. The pilot program could run until September if successful.
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT Jun. 19
Nearly 100 apply as the city extends aid to Salem businesses left out of relief efforts
Willamette Workforce Partnership is selecting recipients randomly after its certified they haven’t collected money from other COVID-19 relief and are located in Salem.
CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK Jun. 19
State releases more details on new mask requirement
Next week, Salem area residents will have to wear masks while venturing out to many businesses. Guidelines released Friday shed more light on what businesses will be covered and what exceptions will be made.
SALEM AREA EVENTS Jun. 18
Here's where you can celebrate Juneteenth in Salem
Two Salem events Friday - one online, one in a park - commemorate Juneteenth, traditionally celebrated as the end of slavery in the U.S.
CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK Jun. 18
As the economy continues reopening, masks will be a part of daily life under a new requirement
Face coverings are considered a key part of stemming the spread of the coronavirus. Residents of seven counties, including Marion and Polk, will have to wear masks while going out for groceries of shopping. Questions about enforcement and where masks must be worn remain.
PUBLIC SAFETY Jun. 18
Marion County Fire District says to expect slower responses to emergencies if staffing cuts take hold
In May, the fire district asked voters for a levy that would have brought in $6.7 million over two years. It failed and the district’s current levy expired, leaving it with a $2.4 million budget shortfall.
SALEM SCENE Jun. 18
PHOTOS: West Salem gets its own Black Lives Matter protest
A handful of Salem residents took up posts at a West Salem park on Wednesday evening, adding their voices to the Black Lives Matter chorus.
Salem can have a little more fun – but get those masks on
Marion and Polk counties were approved for the second phase of the governor's reopening plan. But masks will be required in grocery stores and other public settings.
CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK Jun. 17
Marion and Polk counties approved for Phase 2 of reopening
Residents of both counties will soon be able to go see a movie or take a dip at a pool. But Gov. Kate Brown is also requiring residents to wear a face covering in grocery stores and other indoor public places. She also indicated she would revert to stricter rules if hospitalizations spike.
OREGON ECONOMY Jun. 17
Blue collar working families were struggling before COVID-19 hit. Without help, advocates fear a wave of evictions.
Despite record-low unemployment and high economic growth over the past decade, the share of Salem-area families who work but struggle to cover basics like rent and childcare has climbed, according to a United Way report released this week.
SALEM COMMUNITY Jun. 17
The Marion County Fair is still on for this year, but will be virtual
Turkeys will be broadcast over Zoom and bakers will have to upload photos of their creations this year. Organizers are hoping the ease of participating brings more entries to the fair.
GUEST COLUMN Jun. 17
COLUMN: Help available for seniors to cover Medicare costs
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.
CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK Jun. 16
Despite seeing unprecedented complaints during the pandemic, Oregon OSHA has issued few penalties
Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration has seen about a year's worth of complaints since the governor issued orders meant to stem the pandemic. But employers have avoided penalties by providing details about how they're complying.
TRANSPORTATION Jun. 16
The most used bus line in Salem is poised to go electric
Salem’s transit agency, Cherriots, received a $3.5 million federal grant to purchase five electric buses that could hit the road next year.
SALEM ARTS AND CULTURE Jun. 16
Salem arts, cultural organizations face an uncertain future after months of lost revenue
A statewide survey of Oregon arts organizations suggests many, including Salem's Gilbert House Children's Museum, could close their doors without help. Oregon Cultural Trust is seeking legislative approval to use its existing fund for relief efforts.
PUBLIC SAFETY Jun. 15
Some charged with crimes linked to Salem protests said they were just trying to leave
Salem police said protesters threw projectiles at officers during protests two weeks ago. Individuals arrested face charges ranging from misdemeanors to riot, a felony. But in interviews and court documents, several of those arrested deny breaking laws.
SALEM CRIME Jun. 15
Salem Public Market hit by burglars over weekend
Vendors at Oregon's oldest farmer's market found art, jewelry, soap and cash missing as they prepared to open on June 13.
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT Jun. 15
Salem businesses in need have a new place to turn – City Hall
Salem has made $188,000 available for businesses with 40 or fewer employees that are struggling because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The applications close Wednesday.
SALEM IN NEED Jun. 15
SALEM IN NEED: Pentacle is dark, but costs go on as cast resorts to viral chats
The stage lights are off, the ticket counter is closed, and the Pentacle waits to swing back into action. Meantime, supporters can help by donating back their tickets, the executive director says.
PHOTOS Jun. 15
PHOTOS: Salem's End White Silence rally draws hundreds
Those who showed up at the Capitol on Saturday, June 13, then marched to Salem City Hall, kneeling in honor of the man who died in Minneapolis police custody on Memorial Day. A gallery of nearly 30 photos captures the Salem rally.