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CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK June 26
Amid the pandemic, a Salem maker of outdoor apparel turns to face masks and medical gear
Two Salem companies, NW Alpine and Kichatna Apparel Manufacturing, continued in the textile business in Oregon as the industry shifted overseas. Now, that stateside resource is proving crucial as the companies adjust to supplying U.S. needs during the pandemic.
TRANSPORTATION June 26
To encourage walking or biking, Salem plans to spend millions on Union Street improvements
Salem has been chipping away at transportation changes that aim to make the city a safer place to walk and bike. Recently, it allocated funds for a years-long process to make improvements to Union Street that’ll include bike lanes and crossing signals.
CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK June 25
Salem Health discloses the number of employees who’ve tested positive for COVID-19
The health care provider and operator of Salem Hospital said the number of infections is a very small part of its workforce. It also described precautions it’s taken to prevent the transmission of the virus.
SALEM ECONOMY June 25
Minimum wage workers will soon see extra on their paychecks
Oregon’s minimum wage is set to increase on July 1. Marion and Polk County workers will see a 75-cent raise.
LOCAL SCHOOLS June 24
Thousands call on school board directors to resign as Salem-Keizer leaders discuss police in schools
Salem-Keizer school board members spent much of a four hour meeting Tuesday night speaking about how they want to listen to community members and said they'll hold discussions over the summer about police in schools. Here's a sampling of public comments.
CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK June 24
Salem Hospital employees testing positive for COVID-19 increase
The most recent numbers from the Oregon Health Authority show that the number of employees testing positive for the coronavirus at Salem's only hospital has gone up. Health care workers have been particularly susceptible during the pandemic.
LOCAL SCHOOLS June 23
Superintendent Christy Perry rebukes school board over "discounting" experiences of students of color
In a Tuesday night meeting, Salem-Keizer school board members committed to a public engagement process over the summer to address community concerns with police in schools and spent nearly an hour giving speeches in response to community criticisms the board has faced over their handling of issues of race and equity.
CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK June 23
Salem area sees unemployment rate drop
State numbers provide some good news on the local economy. While more people are returning to work, particularly in leisure and hospitality, the unemployment rate is still unusually high as other parts of the economy shed jobs.
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT June 23
Salem’s budget by the numbers: here’s what the city is doing with taxpayer money
Salem City Council received hundreds of comments from citizens on both sides of a debate on reducing the police budget. The councilors passed the budget unchanged Monday night, but said they have the power to revisit it in the future.
CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK June 23
Plans to isolate COVID-19 patients in Woodburn hotel sparks community concerns
Marion County is finalizing a contract with the Super 8 hotel in Woodburn for patients who have nowhere else to isolate. The plan has drawn concerns over safety and lack of outreach. But a county commissioner says there are plans for security and to address community concerns.
LOCAL SCHOOLS June 23
Board director, community leaders call on Salem-Keizer school board chair Marty Heyen to step down
Video of Salem-Keizer school board director Paul Kyllo wearing a mask of a Black man's face over his own during a March school board meeting gained wide attention in Salem this week, adding to concerns that the school board has failed to acknowledge issues of racism in local schools.
REGIONAL NEWS June 23
Keizer city officials hand over $48,000 to regain access to computers
Hackers locked up access to Keizer's official city data files, providing the key only after the city of Keizer paid ransom. This is the latest in a cyber threat faced more and more by local governments.
SALEM SCENE June 23
A Salem rehearsal turns into a neighborhood show with jazz group
The dress was "COVID casual." The admission was free. And a Salem neighborhood gets a taste of live jazz music from a driveway performance.
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT June 22
Should Salem reallocate some of the police budget? Here’s what local citizens are saying
Monday evening Salem City Council will vote on the 2020-21 budget. Councilors have received hundreds of comments from those opposed to reducing the Salem Police Department budget and those who want to see that money spent elsewhere.
CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK June 22
Marion County sets two daily COVID-19 records: 51 new cases, 540 tests reported
Marion County joins several other Oregon counties that have hit new highs for daily COVID-19 cases. It's in part because of more widespread testing, but the number of Marion County residents hospitalized with COVID-19 is also climbing.
HOUSING June 22
Previously scuttled housing legislation to be revied during special session
Legislation that will make it easier for cities like Salem to site homeless shelters will be considered during the upcoming special session. An earlier version of the bill was a priority for Salem. However, it's not clear how much funding will be attached.
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT June 22
AGENDA: Salem City Council will vote on budget Monday
As the council considers the 2020-21 budget, policing is likely to come up after the council received hundreds of comments on the topic.
SALEM IN NEED June 22
Willamette Valley Hospice day camp shifts to online support group
Children and families grieving the death of a loved one can find support through a hospice program. Volunteers are needed to help sew "Bereavement Bears" for children.
SALEM SCHOOLS June 22
For 50 years, police have patrolled schools in Salem. Now, some say it's time for a new approach.
Eleven police officers are assigned to Salem-Keizer schools, where they're tasked with investigating child abuse cases, mentoring students and responding to crimes. Some community groups have long pushed for an end to the system, saying it results in more arrests and discipline for Black and Latino students.
SALEM NONPROFITS June 22
Salem museums get money for art work and a fresh look at Asahel Bush
The Hallie Ford Museum of Art received a $7,586 grant, and the Bush House Museum was awarded a $6,000 grant. Both organizations plan to use the money on projects that highlight marginalized communities.

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