Freewildfires Sep. 18
Overnight rains bring relief for firefighters and Salem residents
The light rains were enough to give fire crews an edge in efforts to contain the Beachie Creek Fire. Air quality has improved enough for some events to resume.
FreeWILDFIRES Sep. 18
AROUND OREGON: They packed and waited for signal to flee Beachie Creek fire. Their bodies were found days later
Two victims more victims of historic Oregon fires identified - a mother and her son.
Freewildfires Sep. 17
Weather forecast could spell relief for firefighting, but recovery will be a long haul
Firefighters are optimistic that the rainy weather forecast will work to their advantage. Residents of communities in the fire-ravaged Santiam Canyon may soon have limited access to their homes. But rebuilding roads will be an ongoing challenge. The feds are offering help to residents.
FreeWILDFIRES Sep. 17
A run for his life: Retired Keizer teacher escapes blaze in swimsuit, T-shirt
Former Keizer teacher Scott Torgeson escapes blaze on foot. Former students pour in donations to cover medical expenses.
FreeOREGON WILDFIRES Sep. 17
Breitenbush Hot Springs loses half its buildings to wildfires, hopes to reopen in 2021
Local firefighters joined with community members to save many structures at the popular resort as the Lionshead and Beachie Creek fires burned through the area.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK Sep. 17
Reported Covid tests, cases down in Marion County as wildfires force evacuations
County health officials say they're working with less data about the spread of the coronavirus as evacuations and hazardous air have led to the state lab's closure and fewer people getting tested.
FreeWILDFIRE Sep. 17
UPDATE: Now a new threat: Possible flash floods in Santiam fire zone
The National Weather Service said systems moving into Oregon Thursday could put up to 1 inch of rain on areas burned by wildfires, triggering flash floods and debris flows.
CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK Sep. 16
Cafe 22 West slapped with $14,000 fine for not following mask, social distancing orders
Clyde Aspinwall, the owner of Cafe 22 West hat has a fruit store next door, said the business complied after a visit from a workplace safety agency. His is among a relative handful of businesses that have faced fines for not following state Covid requirements.
LOCAL SCHOOLS Sep. 16
SURVEY: Salem families split between cautious optimism, frustration as kids head back to school
Parents who responded to Salem Reporter’s survey reported concerns about students’ mental health, widening achievement gaps and the impact on working parents as classes begin online.
Business Sep. 15
BUSINESS ROUNDUP: Chances to network and learn about the economy, extra cash for unemployed, OLCC approves curbside rules and another business to close
The Oregon Entrepreneurs Network will have its last networking event of the season. SEDCOR hosts online talk from economists. Employment Department seeks to smooth additional payment. Waffle maker to close.
FreeWILDFIRES Sep. 15
Two additional victims identified in Beachie Creek Fire
Justin Cook worked at numerous restaurants in the Albany and Corvallis area.
FreeSPECIAL REPORT Sep. 15
SPECIAL REPORT: A night in hell - Santiam Canyon's ordeal
As people turned in for the night in the Santiam Canyon on Labor Day, one wildfire that had been held at bay for three weeks was unleashed and a second started a westward march that proved to be stunningly destructive. Salem Reporter has assembled this account of that night in the canyon from interviews and documents.
LOCAL SCHOOLS Sep. 15
After students wait outside in smoky air, South Salem making changes to back-to-school event
Some South Salem High School students faced lines outdoors in hazardous air as they waited Monday to pick up Chromebooks and needed items for school. After a parent complaint, school leaders said they'd do more to avoid a repeat on Tuesday afternoon.
FreeAROUND OREGON Sep. 15
AROUND OREGON: Inequities in remote learning for marginalized students worry Bend-La Pine educators as school resumes
As schools move back virtual learning, not all Oregon students have the same access to resources. The Bend-La Pine system is trying to overcome barriers.
FreeWildfires Sep. 14
Crews make progress on fire, but Salem expected to see smoke until at least later this week
The Beachie Creek fire has shrunk after fire crews moved to contain the blaze over the weekend. However, 1 million acres of Oregon have been burned by the historic wildfires. Gov. Kate Brown said the state "has been pushed to its limits."
WILDFIRE RELIEF Sep. 14
Keizer church steps up to provide aid, counseling to wildfire evacuees
One donation of wheelbarrows to Keizer Church of Christ came from a Portland area woman who lost her own home in a fire.
OREGON SCHOOLS Sep. 14
Thousands of Oregon families choose new online programs for school
Enrollment is booming at established virtual charter schools and at new district-run programs, including Salem-Keizer's.
FreeWILDFIRES Sep. 14
FIRE UPDATE: Fire largely checked on west side, property owners can have police check canyon homes
The National Weather Service is forecasting another day of a mix of dense smoke and fog in the Salem area on Monday, reducing visibility in some places to a quarter of a mile. Meantime, fire officials say calmer weather has allowed them to carve containment lines along the flanks of the Beachie Creek Fire.