ELECTION 2020 Sep. 25
Salem City Club helps kick off election season with first online forum
To help get voters up to speed, the Salem City Club on Friday held its first of six online forums covering the location. The event featured three of the state’s top political analysts who weighed in on what’s at stake on the ballot.
FreeCOMMENTARY Sep. 25
BEHIND THE STORY: How Salem Reporter pieced together the account of Santiam Canyon's night of fire
COMMENTARY: Reporters interviewed witnesses, examined maps and photographs and questioned government authorities to assemble the special report recounting the night fire took over the Santiam Canyon. Here's why Salem Reporter took on this ambitious story.
Business Sep. 25
BUSINESS ROUNDUP: Disaster unemployment, free PPE, culture grants, new LEGO store, working while claiming
Special unemployment benefits available for those that've lost work from the fires. The state offers businesses free personal protective equipment. Local nonprofits get a lifeline. A LEGO store opens up. Those receiving unemployment can keep more benefits while working.
SALEM PUBLIC SAFETY Sep. 24
Salem police looking for stolen fire starters used to fight fires
Police are asking for help in finding the thief who stole flares and a lanching device out of a truck at a local hotel overnight on Sunday.
FreeOREGON KIDS Sep. 24
AROUND OREGON: Kids under stress as wildfire evacuations join a pandemic, recession and no in-person school
2020 has been a rough year for most people, but Oregon experts say kids and teens are especially at risk for traumatic stress because of uncertainty and social isolation.
FreePublic safety Sep. 24
UPDATE: South Salem neighborhood boil advisory lifted water after water main breaks
The city is testing water for possible bacteria contamination and expects to have results back on Friday. In the meantime, affected residents are advised to boil water for many everyday activities.
OREGON GOVERNMENT Sep. 24
AROUND OREGON: Small businesses vow lawsuit unless Oregon compensates pandemic losses
A notice from business owners warning the state of a lawsuit does not challenge governor's authority, but says shutdowns affected owners.
FreeSPECIAL REPORT Sep. 24
ROAD TO RECOVERY: A 'can do' spirit emerges as Santiam Canyon residents face rebuilding
Homeowners and business operators throughout the Santiam Canyon are assessing the damage and options for the future. Rebuilding will be a long, tough process as specialists plot a path forward for the national forest.
CENSUS 2020 Sep. 23
With one week to go, Oregon approaches 98% Census response
A statewide campaign to boost Census response among hard-to-reach Oregonians has reached tens of thousands of people, but organizers say confusion over deadlines, the pandemic and fears among some immigrants have all been challenges.
FreeWildfires Sep. 23
Marion County turns its attention to cleaning up debris as Santiam Canyon residents turn home. But the cleanup won't be quick
During a press briefing Wednesday morning, Marion County officials described some of the initial difficulties in rebuilding the Santiam Canyon as fire crews get a better handle on the Beachie Creek and Lionshead Fires. Putting everything back into place will take time, they said.
FreeWILDFIRES Sep. 23
PHOTOS: In Gates, resilience and loss as residents return
Wildfire spread unevenly through town, leaving some homes with little more than a few melted lawn ornaments while neighbors' properties were largely spared. Now, Gates residents are starting to return home.
PUBLIC SAFETY Sep. 23
UPDATED: Police identify high school student killed in Salem park shooting
Andrew Ray Rosas, 18, a McKay High School student, was shot and killed in a Salem park late Tuesday. An 18-year-old woman was injured in the shooting.
LOCAL SCHOOLS Sep. 22
School leaders select Salem-Keizer's Christy Perry as Oregon Superintendent of the Year
Fellow Oregon superintendents described Perry as a mentor and listening ear who works to share good ideas between school districts. Many said they appreciate her humility, integrity and leadership on racial equity.
Freewildfires Sep. 22
More roads open as fire crews contain more Beachie Creek Fire
The Marion County Sheriff’s Office has lifted evacuation orders on roads near Lyons. The upcoming weather forecast brings good and bad news for fire crews. An assessment of damage caused to state parks by the fires has also been released.
Business Sep. 22
The Salem area continues its return to work
Numbers released by the Oregon Employment Department show the local economy continues adding back jobs after being decimated by the pandemic. While the entire state is recovering, the unemployment rate remains high.
YOUR GOVERNMENT, YOUR BUSINESS Sep. 22
AGENDA: Salem-Keizer board will hear back-to-school updates, re-affirm Safe and Welcoming Schools policy
The first school board meeting of the new school year starts virtually at 6 p.m. Tuesday. Public comments must be submitted by 4:15 p.m.
GUEST COLUMN Sep. 22
COLUMN: From free to hundreds of dollars, Medicare Advantage premiums can be confusing. Here's how to compare
Jim Sellers, former Oregon journalist and state agency employee, writes 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.
WILDFIRES Sep. 21
Marion County deputy prowls remote roads in race to evacuate campers as firestorm approaches
Marion County Sheriff’s Deputy Matt Wilkinson was one of a handful of deputies in the Santiam Canyon when the fires intensified Sept. 7, forcing hundreds to evacuate. Wilkinson recounts his 25-hour shift that put him in the path of two wildfires in the Santiam Canyon.
FreeAROUND OREGON Sep. 21
AROUND OREGON: Rash of Oregon arson cases fuels fear, conspiracy theories during devastating wildfires
Police and court records show none of those accused in recent arson cases have ties to left- or right-wing groups or appear to have been motivated by politics.
SALEM ARTS Sep. 21
He failed high school, but Salem artist went on to acclaim as an artist and a gallery now provides a fresh look
From crumpled paper to Masonite, Clifford Gleason of Salem painted on a variety of surfaces in ways that attracted art lovers' attention. The Hallie Ford Museum resurrects his work in a new local exhibition.
FreePHOTO GALLERY Sep. 21
PHOTOS: As smoke clears, Santiam Canyon damage emerges in detail
PHOTO GALLERY: Scenes from the lower Santiam Canyon reveal details of what survived fire and what didn't as people return to homes and businesses.