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SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT October 31
Salem, you have a new police chief, moving from California
Salem City Manager Steve Powers announced Saturday that he has selected Trevor Womack to be chief of the Salem Police Department. Womack is scheduled to start Dec. 7.
PUBLIC SAFETY October 30
Salem quizzes the two who want to be the city’s next police chief
Trevor Womack and Malik Aziz traveled to Salem for a virtual forum Friday to answer citizen questions on police response to protests, those in mental health crisis and how they would handle the first six months on the job.
VOTE 2020 October 30
VOTING VITALS: Ballot return data, voting information for Oct. 30
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 30
Oregon relaxes school reopening metrics, but little change ahead for Salem students
About 130,000 Oregon students now live in districts eligible to resume school in-person, but Marion County numbers remain too high. Salem-Keizer leaders said they're disappointed and had hoped to bring more elementary school students back to classrooms.
VOTE 2020 October 30
VOTE 2020: Why does campaign literature say so little? It’s designed that way
In local races, candidates’ campaign mailers are often deliberately vague to avoid ostracizing voters or give their opponents ammo in future elections. 
BUSINESS October 30
PHOTOS: After a difficult year, Enchanted Forest prepares for winter
The iconic Salem-area theme park has shut down for the season, which was marked by reduced crowd sizes because of the pandemic. There's a lot more to closing the park than locking the front gate.
BUSINESS October 29
More grants available for Salem area businesses
The city of Salem and the area's workforce development organization are offering grants intended to help businesses and nonprofits hurt by the Covid pandemic. But those interested need to act fast.
PUBLIC SAFETY October 29
Incident outside of downtown leaves one dead and officer injured
Police said a person was shot and killed after fleeing from a car crash in central Salem Thursday. An officer was injured in the incident.
SALEM AREA EVENTS October 29
Where to celebrate Halloween in Salem this year
Outdoor Halloween events are the norm this year, with many event hosts employing creative tactics to distribute candy from a distance.
VOTE 2020 October 29
VOTING VITALS: Ballot return data, voting information for Oct. 29
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.
PUBLIC SAFETY October 29
Intersection outside of downtown closed following shooting
The Salem Police Department released few additional details about the shooting at the intersection of 17th and Court streets, but said it involved a police officer.
VOTE 2020 October 29
VIDEO: From drop box to sorting machine, how your mail-in ballot is processed
Election offices across Oregon are humming as teams of workers process ballots in preparation for Nov. 3, Election Day.
VOTE 2020 October 29
VOTE 2020: Marion County’s most active voting precincts cluster in south Salem, based on 2016 data
When it comes voting, those in south and west Salem are the most attentive, according to Marion County data. Polk County has historically had higher overall voter turnout in the past.
BUSINESS October 28
BUSINESS ROUNDUP: 'Go Nuts' in downtown, hit the food trail, disaster benefit deadline extended, new storage facility
The Salem Main Street Association launches Go Nuts Downtown games. Visitors and locals invited to explore Polk County's food-related businesses. State extends deadline for people put out of work by the wildfires. Storage Solutions Salem opens.
VOTE 2020 October 28
VOTING VITALS: Ballot return data, voting information for Oct. 28
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 28
VOTE 2020: One precinct in Marion County posted the highest turnout four years ago. Voters there don’t know why
In a small precinct, both in size and voters, just outside Salem city limits, all the registered voters cast ballots in the 2016 presidential election. The residents there don’t talk politics or put up yard signs, so they’re unsure what makes them so civically engaged.
FreeVOTE 2020 October 28
VOTE 2020: Election workers begin processing local ballots as Oregon voter turnout soars
About half of eligible Marion and Polk county voters returned ballots already. This week, election workers can start opening envelopes and scanning ballots in preparation for Election Day - Nov. 3.
AROUND OREGON October 28
AROUND OREGON: 'Action is required now' - doctors urge immediate attention to masks, social distancing as Covid surges
Leading medical authorities with hospital systems serving Malheur County on Tuesday warned that Covid is out of control and "needless suffering" can still be averted by following basic protocols that too many are ignoring.
BUSINESS October 27
Hoping to survive until next year, Enchanted Forest appeals to visitors for help
The iconic theme park located just south of Salem has seen its revenue plummet after the pandemic restrictions limited visitors. While the family running it says they'll find a way to stay open, they've launched a crowd-sourcing campaign for financial help.
PUBLIC SAFETY October 27
Police identify suspect, person killed in east Salem shooting Monday
An Eugene man is facing a second-degree murder charge for the death of a Salem man Monday afternoon.
COVID IN MARION COUNTY October 27
With cases spiking, Marion County offers free Covid testing event at state fairgrounds
More testing explains some, but not all, of the recent rise in recorded local Covid infections. A drive-though testing clinic Oct. 28 aims to test 500 people in Marion County, with no preregistration required.
VOTE 2020 October 27
VOTING VITALS: Ballot return data, voting information for Oct. 27
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.
GUEST COLUMN October 27
COLUMN: Told your drug isn't covered by insurance? You have options
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.
PUBLIC SAFETY October 26
Police say person was shot and killed in northeast Salem Monday
The Salem Police Department had few details about the incident, which is the most recent in a string of shootings. No suspects have been identified but a person was detained at the scene.
VOTE 2020 October 26
VOTE 2020: Raquel Moore-Green says she'll seek more accountability in Legislature if given full term
Long active in Salem's business community and civic life, Moore-Green, a Republican, is running for a full term for a seat she was appointed to last year. She said she'll seek to change how the Legislature does business.
VOTE 2020 October 26
VOTE 2020: In her run for state representative, Jackie Leung wants to help Oregon's marginalized
With a background in law and public health, Leung said she’ll work to improve education, housing and food insecurity. But Leung, currently a Salem city councilor, will have to flip a seat long held by Republicans. Democrats see reason for optimism.
VOTE 2020 October 26
VOTING VITALS: Ballot return data, voting information for Oct. 26
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.
HOMELESSNESS October 26
As warming season approaches, agencies compensate for lost shelter space with new sites
Homeless service providers across Salem pulled together to compensate for the loss of warming shelter space this year due to Covid precautions. Those groups say the greatest need is for volunteers.
FreeVOTE 2020 October 26
VOTE 2020: Here's what happens to your ballot after you drop it in an Oregon drop box
Ballots can take up to a week to reach a clerk's office by mail, so election workers advise using a drop box starting Oct. 28 to ensure your vote is counted. So many voters are turning ballots in early that Marion County is now emptying many drop boxes twice per day.

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