PUBLIC SAFETY Jul. 17
Salem man charged with attempted murder after shooting officer in drive by
Police accused Alejandro Maciel-Salcedo of shooting at a Salem detective's car early Friday morning, hitting officer Angus Scotty Emmons in the arm. Emmons drove himself to Salem Hospital, where he was treated and released.
CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK Jul. 17
Positive test rate, new cases of coronavirus rising in Salem area
Hospitalizations over the past two weeks were up in Polk County and down slightly in Marion County, leading OHA to report no change for the Salem area as a whole.
LOCAL SCHOOLS Jul. 17
Salem-Keizer teachers report fear, uncertainty about in-person school as coronavirus cases rise
Local educators increasingly feel caught in the middle of the debate over school reopening, with many saying they want to teach kids in person but don't see how it can be done safely.
Housing Jul. 17
Concerns over local control arise as state figures out how to apply landmark housing law
Oregon House Bill 2001 was designed to make it easier to build denser, less-expensive housing in single-family neighborhoods. Cities have asked for more flexibility as the state prepares to implement it, raising concerns it'll be watered down.
WATCHDOG Jul. 17
Salem-Keizer school leaders say they're focused on equity. Expulsion and suspension rates tell another story.
Black Salem-Keizer students for years have had the highest expulsion rate of any racial group in the district. Black and Latino students and community leaders say they've long pushed to address disproportionate discipline rates and are only now being heard.
BREAKING NEWS Jul. 17
Salem police officer shot, gunman eludes arrest
BREAKING NEWS: The Salem Police Department reported an officer was shot in a Friday morning incident in southeast Salem. The officer was being treated and his injuries weren't considered life threatening, the agency said.
HOMELESSNESS Jul. 16
Salem Housing Authority to welcome people who have been chronically homeless to first of its kind project locally
Redwood Crossing will provide 37 apartments to some of Salem’s “hardest to house” and offer onsite services through The ARCHES Project starting next month.
LOCAL SCHOOLS Jul. 16
With few details about fall school clear, hundreds of Salem-Keizer families opt for all-online classes
Sign-ups opened this week for a new Salem-Keizer School District online academy, which will have options for special education students and those learning English. But many parents say they're frustrated having to choose when they don't know what in-person classes might look like.
SALEM SCENE Jul. 16
Salem singer was headed for Mexico performance when Covid got in the way
Classically trained soprano Laura Agüero received an Oregon Arts Commission grant to support her performance with an orchestra in Veracruz, Mexico. The concert is postponed for now, due to pandemic concerns. But Agüero hopes spring will bring a return to music in Salem and elsewhere.
CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK Jul. 15
Two more Marion County assisted-living facilities report Covid outbreaks
The outbreaks were the latest mentioned in the state’s weekly Covid report. Other workplaces that have seen outbreaks have mostly leveled off. Another agricultural business reported an outbreak and has shut down operations.
SALEM PEOPLE AND PLACES Jul. 15
Chemeketa historian republishes works of Ida B. Wells, journalist and anti-lynching crusader
Taylor Marrow III teaches his American history students about lynching, but he can't assign Wells' work in class because it's out of print. He worked with Chemeketa Press on a publication and is hosting a July 16 discussion about the book and the history of lynching.
CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK Jul. 15
The Oregon State Fair is canceled. But you can still get corn dogs and funnel cakes
A drive-thru at the fairgrounds is offering many of the grease or sugar-laden staples sold at the annual event.
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT Jul. 15
Salem to examine police department interactions, best practices through audit
The Salem City Council unanimously voted to move forward with an audit that will examine how Salem police interact with different populations and the agency’s budget, policies and training.
SALEM REPORTER :60 Jul. 14
Get caught up on the Salem-Keizer school board and discussion about police in schools
If you've missed a month of conflict on the Salem-Keizer School Board, here's a quick recap with some reading to learn more.
CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK Jul. 14
Fourth of July gatherings led to more coronavirus cases in Marion County, health officials say
Marion County reported 61 new cases of the virus Saturday, the highest one-day total yet. County health officials said 10 to 19 year-olds are the fastest-growing age group for new infections.
Oregon Legislature Jul. 14
Why a Marion County legislator became Oregon's Senate Republican leader
In an interview with the Salem Reporter, Fred Girod, a Republican legislative leader from Marion County, discussed the Senate Republican’s messaging going into the election, why the walkout is still on the table and why he wears a mask.
LOCAL SCHOOLS Jul. 14
PHOTOS: Sprague seniors celebrate graduation with car parade
Parents of the Olympian Class of 2020 organized a colorful car parade and graduation celebration for seniors who have missed out on many traditional milestones for the end of high school.
SALEM SCENE Jul. 14
Miss browsing for art while strolling? Salem's first Virtual Art Fair is this weekend
With the traditional summer festival canceled, the Salem Art Association has instead opted for a virtual art fair - vendors, music and more will all be available online. The festival "opens" Saturday morning.
PUBLIC SAFETY Jul. 13
Police officers cautious as vitriol spreads online against their profession
Salem police union president Scotty Nowning said the anger toward those in his profession has been palpable, making officers weary to speak publicly for fear of being labeled a white supremacist.
SCHOOL BOARD Jul. 13
AGENDA: School board will hear updates on fall reopening, discuss standing committee on school climate
Board Chair Satya Chandragiri said he wants district administrators to evaluate Salem-Keizer's school resource officer program and make recommendations by August 31. The issue is not on this month's agenda.
CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK Jul. 13
Masks required while waiting in line, birthday parties to shrink under new mandate
Gov. Kate Brown on Monday announced new measures to slow the spread of Covid after seeing a spike in case numbers in the last week.
PROTESTS IN SALEM Jul. 13
PHOTOS: A mix of messages flavors twin protests in Salem
PHOTOS: One group wants police reforms. A second group wants police officers supported. Both groups took turns at the Capitol on Saturday, July 11, getting out their messages.