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PUBLIC SAFETY October 23
Salem residents say they want more accountability, diversity in local police. Here’s what two finalists for chief say they’ll bring to the job
The city ran a survey this summer to determine the community’s priorities for the next police chief. Better community relationships were high on the list, which both candidates say they can provide.
BUSINESS October 23
After being dark for months, projectors will again light up Salem Cinema
The country could see a wave of movie theater closures after the pandemic caused their revenue to evaporate. Salem Cinema owner Loretta Miles is determined to keep the arthouse theater open, which has been a hub for local movie buffs.
COVID IN SALEM October 23
Part art, part spiritual exercise, a Salem woman memorializes people dead from Covid
Amy Vandegrift's south Salem lawn is covered with headstones made from repurposed plastic signs - one for every 1,000 U.S. residents who have died in the pandemic. The retired museum development director said it's her way to make sense of the deaths and remember the people behind the numbers.
FreeVOTE 2020 October 23
VOTING VITALS: Ballot return data, voting information for Oct. 23
Here’s your quick look at how the 2020 general election is going, with daily updates on ballot return information, details on past voting and a collection of stories from the news team at Salem Reporter on this year’s election.
VOTE 2020 October 22
VOTE 2020: In her second run for state rep, Selma Pierce hopes to get both sides talking in a divided Legislature
Pierce is squaring off in a rematch with Democrat Paul Evans for a House seat covering west Salem and Monmouth. It's a race that's statewide attention. A former dentist, she wants to expand career and technical education while helping small businesses.
VOTE 2020 October 22
VOTE 2020: Paul Evans wants to change how Oregon responds to emergencies. But first, he must beat a well-heeled challenger
For the second time, the Monmouth Democrat will face off with Republican Selma Pierce. While Pierce is well-funded, other factors favor Evans.
FreeVOTE 2020 October 22
VOTING VITALS: Ballot return data, voting information for Oct. 22
Here’s your quick look at how the 2020 general election is going, with daily updates on ballot return information, details on past voting and a collection of stories from the news team at Salem Reporter on this year’s election.
LOCAL SCHOOLS October 22
In Salem, a handful of elementary school students get in-person help with school
Highland Elementary School is one of eight in the Salem-Keizer School District bringing small groups of kids into the school for extra help with online learning. The district's goal is to make sure kids struggling the most don't fall further behind, but only a few students qualify.
LOCAL GOVERNMENT October 21
Tax bills on their way to Salem area property owners
Assessor's in Marion and Polk counties report increases in property values. But that won't necessarily mean big jumps in tax bills.
FreeVOTE 2020 October 21
VOTING VITALS: Ballot return data, voting information for Oct. 21
Here’s your quick look at how the 2020 general election is going, with daily updates on ballot return information, details on past voting and a collection of stories from the news team at Salem Reporter on this year’s election.
VOTE 2020 October 21
VOTE 2020: Danny Jaffer seeks to unseat incumbent Polk County commissioner, insisting he can provide leadership during crisis
Danny Jaffer is running against Lyle Mordhorst, who was appointed a Polk County commissioner last year. Jaffer points to his career in the Navy as preparing him to work with those he doesn’t agree with by being willing to talk to them.
VOTE 2020 October 21
VOTE 2020: With an eye toward resolving conflict, Lyle Mordhorst seeks to keep his seat as Polk County commissioner
Lyle Mordhorst was appointed a Polk County commissioner in January 2019 and points to various successes he’s had during that time, including key infrastructure projects. He’s running in the Nov. 3 election against retired U.S. Navy officer Danny Jaffer.
SALEM ECONOMY October 20
Salem area adding back jobs at a slower pace
In September, most industries in the Salem area’s private sector shed jobs. But those losses were offset by a few sectors that added back jobs.
PUBLIC SAFETY October 20
Teenager seriously injured from gunshot in east Salem Monday night
The Marion County Sheriff’s Office said it doesn’t believe it was a random act of violence. No arrests have been made or suspects identified.
FreeVOTE 2020 October 20
VOTING VITALS: Ballot return data, voting information for Oct. 20
Here’s your quick look at how the 2020 general election is going, with daily updates on ballot return information, details on past voting and a collection of stories from the news team at Salem Reporter on this year’s election.
SALEM NONPROFITS October 20
This week, your local beer or wine purchase can help Salem kids
A scaled-back online version of the Boys & Girls Club's Cinco de Micro fundraiser runs this week online. Proceeds for beer cases and wine bundles are shared between the club and the brewery or winery.
SALEM EVENTS October 20
Humane Society heads online with its annual Salem auction
The biggest fundraiser of the year for the Willamette Humane Society typically draws hundreds to bid and help. This year, with the pandemic, the auction will go on - but virtually.
PUBLIC SAFETY October 19
Community members “incredulous” at Proud Boys roaming Bush’s Pasture Park with weapons
Salem Police Department spokeswoman Debbie Aguilar said officers will intervene when laws have been violated but have to consider the need to act in cases such as drinking in public.
COVID IN OREGON October 19
Health officials tell Oregon office workers to mask up
New health guidelines Monday require everyone to wear a mask at indoor workplaces, even if they're more than six feet apart. The changes reflect a growing scientific consensus that the coronavirus travels via aerosol and can spread farther indoors.
CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK October 19
Pandemic orders usurp Legislature's authority, lawsuit alleges
A new legal challenge argues that Gov. Kate Brown's pandemic orders violate the state constitution's separation of powers provisions. A lawmaker from the Salem area has signed on to the lawsuit.
LOCAL SCHOOLS October 19
A month in, local schools report most kids are showing up for virtual classes
Asking a teacher one question by email counts as “attendance” in local schools, making it difficult to track how much time students actually are spending on classwork. Salem school officials say about 9 out of 10 students are recorded as being at school, but some groups of kids are struggling.
COMMUNITY COLLEGE October 19
Chemeketa loses contract for inmate GED classes as state moves teaching in-house
Oregon's Department of Corrections rejected a plan from six community colleges to reshape their basic education and GED programs, ending 20-year-old contracts.

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