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FreeCOVID IN SALEM August 22
Governor calls for tougher enforcement of Oregon mandates - or new restrictions are coming
Gov. Kate Brown thinks it's time for police to start citing those who won't wear face coverings or violate limits on social gatherings. The governor said Friday such enforcement is needed to drive down Covid infections and make way for schools to open sooner than April.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK August 21
A closer look at numbers springs Marion County from state watch list
Gov. Kate Brown announced Marion County had been removed from a state watch list Thursday. The county didn’t request additional help from the state during the three week span, but was able to do its own data analysis to get the rate of sporadic cases down.
politics August 21
What one local delegate to the Democratic National Convention thought of the unusual political convention
The Democratic National Convention wrapped up on Thursday after presenting a vision to the country and nominating Joe Biden for president. One member of Salem City Council attended remotely and left with optimism.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK August 21
DATA: Cases rise in Marion County after several weeks flat, but hospitalizations not increasing
Both Marion and Polk counties are heading in the wrong direction for reopening local schools, with a greater percentage of Covid tests coming back positive. Polk County's reported new cases stayed relatively flat, however.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK August 21
Gov. Brown says many Oregon schools won't reopen until April unless Oregonians step up efforts to slow virus transmission
Brown said getting K-12 schools open in person is her "priority" and urged county and business leaders to step up enforcement of mask mandates and bans on social gatherings so she doesn't have to resort to closing bars and travel restrictions.
CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK August 21
PHOTOS: Hard times on display as long lines form for $500 relief checks
In the Salem area and across the state, people formed lines around banks and credit unions in hopes of getting one-time payments intended to ease the pandemic’s economic devastation. But funding for the payments has already run dry.
PUBLIC SAFETY August 21
Person shot after fight at northeast Salem park, police say
A person was shot at Englewood Park Thursday evening, but police are providing scant details as to how the shooting occurred or the condition of the victim.
FreeSALEM AREA EVENTS August 21
Hospice plans luminaria tribute to Oregonians who have died from Covid
Isolation during the pandemic has made it harder for people to process grief and mourn loved ones. Willamette Valley Hospice is taking their annual remembrance event online, with grief counselors standing by to help.
Business August 20
A proposed expansion of the Aurora State Airport brings promises of jobs and fears about strains on infrastructure
A proposed expansion of the Aurora State Airport could generate millions of dollars in local economic activity while making room for fire suppression and emergency service aircrafts. But the city of Aurora and a local conservation group are concerned about the expansion’s impact on local infrastructure and are calling for significant changes before it moves forward.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK August 20
Salem firefighters get 20,000 masks donated from South Korea
The Salem Fire Foundation coordinated a shipment of thousands of KF94 masks from Salem’s sister city that will serve as a stockpile.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK August 20
Woodburn care facilities, labor contractor, among new reported Covid outbreaks
This week's Oregon Health Authority report brings some spots of good news: no new Covid deaths were reported at local long-term care facilities, and no new cases were reported at In-n-Out Burger.
GUEST COLUMN August 20
COLUMN: Sometimes, free isn't the best price when it comes to health insurance
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.
LOCAL SCHOOLS August 20
Despite pandemic, McKay educators work one on one to help students graduate
Last year, a team of McKay High School educators spent August working one-on-one with seniors who were a few credits shy of graduating. This year, many said it's been a challenge to reach some families who have moved, lost jobs or can't afford Internet. But they're not giving up.
cannabis August 19
A west Salem cannabis shop's walk-up window could be a new way Oregonians buy weed
In response to the pandemic, state regulators have allowed cannabis retailers to sell their products through walk-up windows. Salem's Homegrown Oregon is one of a few shops offering walk-up service.
SALEM ARTS August 19
Now, Willamette musicians head to the studio to record a song born of collaboration
A visit to a Salem museum leads to getting poetry set to music. With a new grant, Willamette University plans a professional recording of the piece.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK August 19
State offers $500 to struggling Oregonians
A new program launched Wednesday morning seeks to give one-time payments to Oregonians waiting on the state's overwhelmed unemployment insurance system.
FreeOregon Legislature August 19
Cities and counties complain about how federal Covid cash is carved up
A legislative panel has approved $105 million in federal pandemic relief funds to help local jurisdictions acquire personal protective equipment. But local governments in the Salem area, and elsewhere, say they'd rather just have the money to spend.
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT August 18
Vice chair of West Salem Neighborhood Association resigns after derogatory Facebook comment investigated
Mark Coutis made a comment on Facebook in June that led to an ethics investigation, and on Monday night his resignation as vice chair.
SALEM AREA EVENTS August 18
Salem artist explores childhood memories in new exhibit at Hallie Ford
Bonnie Hull used a poem she wrote about her childhood as a launching pad to create works of art that remind her of the time she sat on her grandfather’s floor or learned to swim in Illinois.
FreeCHILD CARE IN SALEM August 18
In Salem, your neighborhood elementary school can offer child care - but not regular classes
Groups like the YMCA, Salem Child Development Center and Boys & Girls Club are working to offer full-day child care, often at local elementary schools, even as state rules prohibit gathering students in groups of the same size for classes.
OREGON HISTORY August 18
As U.S. celebrates 100 years of women voting, Willamette professor chronicles how Oregon suffragists won the ballot
The 19th Amendment, which granted many American women the right to vote, was ratified 100 years ago today. Cindy Richards, who's studied the suffrage movement extensively, says the tactics activists used to win the ballot in the Northwest are a powerful example of local political engagement.
OREGON HISTORY August 18
Oregon Black Pioneers win grant to create online museum of state's Black history
Aimed at both the general public and researchers, theOregon Online African American Museum will feature exhibits and searchable databases. It's expected to launch next August.
MARION COUNTY ELECTIONS August 17
Marion County commissioners reject funding request for more election drop boxes
As U.S. mail delays have caused concern about ballot delays in other states, Marion County Clerk Bill Burgess says he’s more worried about limited access to ballot drop boxes, especially in rural areas.
Business August 17
BUSINESS ROUNDUP: Free online classes available. Restaurants reopen. Grants for Covid safety ideas. Unemployment applications in Spanish
Classes for careers or personal enrichment, courtesy of Willamette Workforce Partnership and Coursera. After cleaning, Mill Creek Station & Catering and Wild Pear open back up. Oregon OSHA has money for bright ideas for stopping workplace disease spread. Employment Department forms for pandemic relief now in Spanish.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK August 17
Here’s what Oregon health workers ask about when someone tests positive for Covid
The state’s strategy hinges on contact tracers and case investigators, who interview people to identify where they might have gotten the virus or spread it to others. We got copies of the forms they use to give you a look at the process.
FreeNATURALLY, IN SALEM August 17
PHOTO: Naturally, in Salem
Need a break from all the coronavirus news? Take a break with some nature photography taken in Salem's backyard.
LOCAL GOVERNMENT August 17
Bulk of CARES money has gone to payroll reimbursement locally 
Marion County, Salem and Polk County have received millions in federal money for costs stemming from the pandemic response. Most of that money has paid for employees that have shifted their duties in recent months

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