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SALEM AREA EVENTS July 3
Black Lives Matter solidarity event planned for Fourth
The picnic- style event will feature giant Black Lives Matter chalk drawing in front of the Oregon State Capitol.
CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK July 3
Birthday parties, family reunions and other social gatherings driving Oregon Covid spread
New cases of Covid in Oregon are increasingly tied to private gatherings that bring multiple households together, state officials warned Thursday. But the Salem area is seeing less of an increase than many parts of the state.
SALEM SCENE July 3
Vinyl fans wait in line for hours to bid farewell to Salem's Ranch Records
Ranch Records has been an integral part of Salem for close to 40 years. But the allure of retirement, and pandemic safety concerns, prompted the owners to close their shop. When the last record is sold, the doors will close for good.
HEALTH CARE July 2
Marion County Health ends reproductive services at clinic following steep decline in visits
The health department made the announcement Thursday after a February assessment found there was a 75% decrease in patients coming in for family planning over the last decade. The clinic will continue offering STD testing.
LOCAL SCHOOLS July 2
Salem-Keizer students report little social contact or academic challenge during two months of distance learning
A survey of about 14,000 Salem-Keizer students, families and educators found many struggles in the hasty switch to online classes, despite what most described as a strong effort from teachers.
NEWS July 2
Salem Reporter editor gets top honor from national journalism society
The Society for Professional Journalists on Thursday recognized five journalists for their extraordinary contributions to the profession. Malheur Enterprise and Salem Reporter editor Les Zaitz is among the honorees, along with Marty Baron, Nikole Hannah-Jones, Jorge Ramos, and, posthumously, Gwen Ifill.
COMMENTARY July 2
Salem has to find a way to restore civility, to turn aside the meanness
COMMENTARY: The Salem community is being wrenched by divisions at every turn. Are there ways we can all work together better to make vital changes that are so needed? At Salem Reporter, we'd like your thoughts.
CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK July 1
South Salem Alzheimer’s care facility sees seven die in one week
Brookstone Alzheimer’s Special Care Center now has the second highest number of active Covid cases in the state at a care facility. The center said it’s doing everything it can to stop the spread, but was cited by state officials Tuesday for failing to comply with infection control recommendations.
SALEM AREA EVENTS July 1
With Riverfront Park show canceled, Salemites have limited options for firework shows
The Salem Keizer Volcanoes are hosting a drive-in firework display Saturday and Independence is celebrating Indy Days with block parties.
CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK July 1
DATA: Coronavirus cases still climbing in Salem, with most traced back to known source
Salem, like the rest of Oregon, is seeking a steady uptick in new coronavirus cases, but doing better on other statewide measures of how well-controlled the virus is.
SCHOOL BOARD July 1
Chandragiri, Bethell elected to Salem-Keizer school board leadership for 2019-20
Board directors facing intense public pressure elected two of their less controversial members to leadership roles Wednesday, but the decision is unlikely to please community groups who had called for Sheronne Blasi to take the chair seat.
CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK July 1
Gov. Brown warns Oregonians to mask up or see businesses close
Oregon is seeing too many new cases of Covid spreading too quickly, Gov. Kate Brown and health officials said Wednesday. She resisted naming specific data points that would trigger closures.
SCHOOL BOARD June 30
Facing intense scrutiny, Salem-Keizer board will elect new leaders Wednesday
The annual election of a Salem-Keizer school board chair and vice chair typically takes a few minutes and garners little or no public comment. That's not the case this year.
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT June 30
To acknowledge the civil rights movement locally, city councilor pushes for MLK Avenue
Councilor Chris Hoy is planning to make a motion at the next city council meeting to change the name of Center Street after getting the idea from local restaurant owner Jonathan Jones.
SALEM SCENE June 30
No strolling, no food, but Salem Art Fair likely to live on - and least online
With determination, the Salem Art Association is planning a way for artists to still sell their works to Salem buyers in July. A virtual version of the Salem Art Fair is in the works.
SALEM PUBLIC SAFETY June 29
Marion County DA dismisses all charges related to protests
The Marion County District Attorney’s Office announced Monday afternoon that 14 people would have felony and misdemeanor charges dropped because the charges don’t serve justice.
PUBLIC SAFETY June 29
In response to public outcry, Salem police chief releases internal review of handling of three nights of protests
Salem Police Chief Jerry Moore responded to criticisms over the police handling of an armed militia group downtown and the use of tear gas on protesters who he said were throwing mortars and nails at officers during protests that erupted a month ago.
SALEM NONPROFITS June 29
YMCA to get new leader as construction on new building begins
Sam Carroll, who led the YMCA of Marion and Polk Counties from near-bankruptcy to a new building project, is retiring in October. Timothy Sinatra will take his place.
SCHOOL BOARD June 29
Marty Heyen won't resign, but won't seek Salem-Keizer school board chair this year
The embattled chair of the Salem-Keizer School Board has been publicly rebuked by the district's superintendent and faces two petitions calling her to step down over her connections with conservative militia groups. Heyen says she's not going anywhere.
PUBLIC SAFETY June 29
Salem police release review of police actions during protests
Police Chief Jerry Moore said officers attempting to de-escalate a situation with armed militia members doesn’t make the officers white supremacists.
SALEM AREA EVENTS June 29
Following art fair cancellations, photographer auctions her work for charity
Caren Ann Jackson is putting up her photography in IKE Box for the month of July. Guests can bid on her work and help raise money for a nonprofit that helps young people build job skills.

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