SALEM PUBLIC SAFETY Nov. 7
UPDATED | Arrests made as competing rallies form in Salem, drawing hundreds
UPDATED | A pro-Trump rally is planned at the Capitol for noon Saturday while a Portland-based group hosts a rally three hours later. Extra police officers have been put on duty as Salem downtown residents and business owners are alerted to possible trouble.
COVID IN MARION COUNTY Nov. 6
Marion County ordered to cut restaurant capacity, halt long-term care visits in effort to slow Covid spread
Citing concerns about hospital bed capacity, Gov. Brown warned further closures would be "imminent" if Oregonians don't heed restrictions, which apply to five Oregon counties. Marion County leaders objected, saying many of the rules will do little to halt transmission while harming businesses.
VOTE 2020 Nov. 6
Outcome of Salem Senate race will turn on voters correcting signature issues with ballots
After ballot counting continued Thursday, Sen. Denyc Boles has closed the gap with challenger Deb Patterson to just 387 votes. Nearly 1,000 district voters in Marion County alone have had ballots challenged, most for a mismatched or missing signature - and the deadline to fix issues is Nov. 17.
BUSINESS Nov. 6
BUSINESS ROUNDUP: CEO retires, money for specialty crops, relief for quarantined workers and loans for wildfire victims
The longtime CEO of Santiam Hospital steps down. Oregon nabs a grant for specialty crops. State offers help to workers quarantined with no sick leave. Oregon bank offers wildfire survivors a break.
HOMELESSNESS Nov. 5
Salem’s new low-barrier housing project for veterans offers help to women and the most vulnerable
Tanner House will offer 36 beds to veterans experiencing homelessness and is the first to offer beds specifically to women. The project is named after a veteran who had his own struggle reintegrating back into society.
VOTE 2020 Nov. 5
Salem area Senate seat remains undecided
As of Thursday afternoon, neither Sen. Denyc Boles, R-Salem, nor her Democratic challenger Deb Patterson had declared or conceded defeat in one of just a few Senate races considered competitive this election.
COVID IN MARION COUNTY Nov. 5
Marion County headed for state Covid watchlist, health officials warn
Local Covid cases are rising far faster than testing rates, with about 60% not traced back to a known source in the final week of October. A Salem Hospital infectious disease doctor said the hospital isn't seeking a spike in Covid patients and is prepared for flu season.
PUBLIC SAFETY Nov. 4
Salem man charged with murder for September shooting at Salem park
Andrew Ray Rosas, a McKay High School student, was shot and killed in a northeast Salem park in September and another woman injured. Jayson Lynn Elkins was charged with murder Wednesday in connection with the shootings.
BUSINESS Nov. 4
Rents flatten after pandemic-induced rise, rental website finds
According to Apartment List, an online rental platform that tracks trends in local rental markets, the pandemic has changed people's moving patterns. With more people opting for smaller, more affordable cities, there is more demand for apartments, it found. But one state economist isn't so sure.
LOCAL SCHOOLS Nov. 4
For three teachers, online wood shop now includes ghost stories, costumes and plenty of teamwork
Teaching to a screen of black squares on Zoom is challenging even for experienced educators. Woodworking teachers at McKay, North and South high schools combined their classes this fall so they can engage more easily with students and help keep each other sane.
PUBLIC SAFETY Nov. 4
Police say man shot multiple times in east Salem Tuesday is in stable condition
Tuesday afternoon’s shooting was the fourth in the past month. Police haven’t made any arrests or identified a suspect in the case.
ELECTION RESULTS Nov. 4
VOTE 2020: No change in Salem-area races early Wednesday as vote counting continues for president
Democrats remain on track to pick up the Oregon Senate seat held for almost 20 years by Republican Jackie Winters, while Republicans will likely retain full control of the Marion County Board of Commissioners.
VOTE 2020 Nov. 3
VOTE 2020 PHOTOS: Elections staff count thousands of ballots as polls close
Marion County elections officials were hard at work Tuesday night inspecting ballots, wiping down voting areas and ringing a bell to signal the polls closing.
VOTE 2020 Nov. 3
UPDATE Vote 2020: Marion County turns slightly more blue, but county commission stays with GOP
Democrats are poised to flip a key Salem area legislative race and Marion County voters favored Joe Biden for president. However, voters favored incumbents in other races.
VOTE 2020 Nov. 3
‘This year has been crazy’ - voters explain why they turned in ballots in final hours
Ballots went out to registered voters in the Salem area on Oct. 14, but many waited until the closing hours of Election Day on Tuesday to turn in their ballots. They had varying reasons.
VOTE 2020: PHOTO GALLERY Nov. 3
VOTE 2020 PHOTOS: Salem voters find a way to get in ballots in final hours of election
On foot and by car, Salem voters hustled to beat the Tuesday night deadline to get in their ballots for the 2020 election. County and state officials are expecting a record turnout
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT Nov. 3
Cara Kaser steps off Salem City Council two months before end of term
The Salem city councilor won election to the seat in 2016, but said a recent move took her out of the ward she represents.
FreePET PHOTOS Nov. 3
Lower your blood pressure as you wait for election results with these Salem pets
With political polarization at an all-time high, we bet there's one thing nearly every American can still agree on: our furry friends. Salem Reporter asked our readers for your best pet pictures to help everyone get through the 2020 election.
FreeVOTE 2020 Nov. 3
VOTE 2020: Salem, here's where you can vote or drop your ballot off on Election Day
You have until 8 p.m. Tuesday to get your ballot to a drop box or request a replacement ballot in person at your county clerk's office.
STATE GOVERNMENT Nov. 2
VOTE 2020: Political spending in Oregon could soon be reined in. Local legislative candidates aren't sure how to do that
The Salem area has seen costly legislative races this election as the state could be poised for campaign finance reform. We asked those candidates what should change.
FreeVOTE 2020 Nov. 2
VOTE 2020: There's still time to cast your ballot, Oregon - even if you never got one in the mail
Registered voters have until 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 3 to return a ballot to a drop box. If you need a replacement or yours never arrived, head to your county elections office for help.
VOTE 2020 Nov. 2
VOTING VITALS: Ballot return data, voting information for Nov. 2
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 COMMUNITY Nov. 2
PHOTOS: Salem kids take to the streets as dinosaurs, clowns and skeletons
Outdoor Halloween events got creative this year with ziplines, long poles and other socially distant ways to deliver candy.