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politics August 29
Why one local delegate to the Republican National Convention doesn’t expect conventions to stay virtual
Kevin Mannix, a Salem lawyer long involved in GOP politics, was one of Oregon’s 28 delegates to the Republican National Convention that concluded Thursday. Here’s what he thought about the partially remote convention.
FreeHIGHER EDUCATION August 28
AROUND OREGON: University of Oregon decides too risky to hold classes in person
Watching other universities across the U.S. open and close, officials at the University of Oregon halted plans to return students to campus for classes. Western Oregon University announced similar plans this week.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK August 28
DATA: Marion, Polk counties heading in the right direction on Covid, but still far from reopening schools
A higher percentage of Coivid tests in Marion County are coming back positive, but the Salem area is otherwise seeing improvement in most state metrics for COVID. Both counties reported fewer new cases of the virus this week than last.
Business August 28
BUSINESS ROUNDUP: A brewer taps out, cash available for business and free safety training
Salem Ale Works plans its last day in the beer business. Gobs of grants are available to keep employers going. Safety agency offers training for the number one cause of injury and death in construction work.
FreeCOVID IN SALEM August 28
RESOURCE LIST: Where to get rent relief, food boxes
Salem Reporter gathered a list of community resources available to those in need because of the pandemic. The list includes places to get food, rent assistance and a crisis line for help.
FreeAROUND OREGON August 28
Different methods by Oregon and Idaho to fight Covid highlight the challenge of suppressing the virus
Malheur County health officials say looser Covid restrictions in Idaho coupled with thousands of people crossing the border daily for work have made it difficult to trace some cases of the virus.
FreeCOVID IN MARION COUNTY August 27
PHOTOS: Woodburn Ambulance tests 100 people for coronavirus in first weekly event
Working with interpreters from the Interface Network, paramedics and EMTs spent three hours this week swabbing Marion County residents for the virus.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK August 27
Starting in Woodburn, Marion County works with community groups to expand Covid testing
Outside of a doctor's office, there remain few places for most Oregonians to get tested for the coronavirus. Woodburn Ambulance and the Interface Network are holding weekly drive-through testing events to get a better picture of where Covid is spreading.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK August 27
More cash could be on its way for unemployed, but it’s not clear when
Oregon has signed on to a new federal program to add $300 to weekly unemployment checks. But implementing it will require changes to the state’s system.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK August 27
Mt. Angel nursing home, pie maker added to list of Covid outbreaks
The Oregon Health Authority’s weekly report on Covid outbreaks show nearly a dozen long-term care facilities in the area are experiencing outbreaks with two deaths in the last week. Food processing continues to drive workplace infections locally, with two food businesses reporting new outbreaks in the last week.
Business August 27
A Salem legacy business gets an unexpected boost from the pandemic
For 85 years, Oregon Fruit Products has weathered hard times. While the pandemic has increased business, the company’s leader is looking for other ways to grow.
SALEM SCENE August 27
Getting people into local television in Salem is one goal for new community media leader
For 30 years, Alan Bushong served as the leader of Capital Community Media (formerly known as Capital Community Television, or CCTV). Jasmine White, formerly of Montgomery Community Media, steps into the job Sept. 1.
PUBLIC SAFETY August 26
PHOTOS: Construction of the new Salem Police headquarters
The new 104,000 square foot police station is slated to be complete by the end of this year. Salem Reporter took a tour of the building on Tuesday.
FreeHIGHER EDUCATION August 26
WOU shifts gears to nearly all-online fall quarter, following Covid outbreaks at other universities
Rolling back plans to hold about half of fall classes with some in-person component, Western Oregon University President Rex Fuller said he's seen too many other universities hastily shut down days or weeks after resuming classes.
SALEM COMMUNITY August 26
Salem postal workers rally against funding cuts, service delays
Letter carriers joined other union workers and concerned Salem citizens for a small protest outside the Pringle Park Plaza Post Office Tuesday, part of a nationwide effort led by postal workers unions.
PUBLIC SAFETY August 26
Oregon State Hospital investigating how a patient escaped Tuesday morning
The state hospital will analyze video footage and staff reports after a patient scaled a wall and a fence, to later be apprehended a half mile down the road.
PUBLIC SAFETY August 25
Despite stern warnings from the governor, the mask police won’t have sirens blaring locally
Last week, Gov. Kate Brown said not enforcing health requirements puts the community at risk. But local law enforcement in Marion and Polk counties have said they don’t have the manpower or guidance to fine those who aren’t wearing masks.
Salem economy August 25
Salem area unemployment rate drops, yet remains high
Following the rest of the state, the Salem area saw its unemployment rate decrease. Industries ravaged by the pandemic are seeing a rebound.
STATE GOVERNMENT August 25
Employment Department applies for program that’ll send extra cash to unemployed
A new federal program could tack on another $300 to Oregonians’ unemployment checks after a different program expired. State officials say the program is well-intentioned, but still not enough to meet the need and has says there are “significant issues” around implementing it.
FreeCHILD CARE IN SALEM August 25
Already precarious before the pandemic, child care in Salem is becoming less available and more expensive
Salem child care providers say months of operating at reduced capacity while complying with state health guidelines have put them on precarious financial footing, forcing some to close their doors. That's bad news for parents, who already faced an uphill battle finding affordable child care before the pandemic.
PUBLIC SAFETY August 25
High-speed chase ends with damaged police cars and a dozen charges for Salem man
Antonio Rivera- Vasquez is accused of leading police on a nine-minute chase through neighborhood streets in northeast Salem before getting caught while trying to climb a fence.
FreeYOUR COVID QUESTIONS August 24
Send Salem Reporter your Covid questions. We'll work to get answers from local experts
With school reopening plans being crafted and more information than ever out there, we know it's hard to sort through everything about Covid. Tell us what you want to know.
Business August 24
Salem investment start-up jumps in backing hot sauce, 3-D printing
While some funds stay quiet, the new Mid-Valley Angel Fund sees opportunity – and writes checks to support them. The modest funding it provides is intended to give small businesses a boost toward success.
SALEM CULTURE August 24
New downtown gallery offers art — and a mental escape
Melanie Weston decided to open an art gallery downtown during the pandemic to create a much-needed space for artists as well as an escape from the pandemic.
SALEM PEOPLE August 24
Injured vet gets keys to new Salem home, designed to make his life easier
In a ceremony on Saturday, Aug. 22, Frank Wasson III walked into his new home in West Salem. The Army veteran was injured during service in Afghanistan.

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