NONPROFITS Nov. 13
Local nonprofits invite the public to share the experience of hungry people
Starting next week, 14 area nonprofits will kick off the first-ever Willamette Valley Hunger Challenge, an event intended to raise awareness of food insecurity. The challenge's sponsors hope the experience will spur people to action.
COVID IN OREGON Nov. 13
Businesses warn of closures as they prepare for new Covid restrictions
Gov. Kate Brown announced new limitations on already beleaguered bars and restaurants that go into effect next week. Business groups responded with dismay while offering some solutions.
COVID IN OREGON Nov. 13
As Covid spreads rapidly across Oregon, Gov. Kate Brown orders state to "freeze"
Gov. Brown's two-week closure of many businesses is likely to be in place longer in counties with high Covid rates. For the first time since the pandemic began, Brown said she's directing law enforcement to consider citations to enforce social gathering limits.
COVID IN OREGON Nov. 13
Gov. Brown orders restaurants, bars, gyms to close as Covid hospitalizations surge in Oregon
The rules, which require restaurants to offer takeout only, will be in effect for two weeks from Nov. 18 through Dec. 2. Social gatherings between more than two households are also prohibited.
PUBLIC SAFETY Nov. 13
A Black man was killed in a bias crime in Salem, but prosecutors are quiet about details
Marion County District Attorney Paige Clarkson won’t release details about what led to a new bias crime charge, but information has trickled out on social media and during public meetings, indicating the man accused of murder may have said a racial slur after shooting the victim.
COVID IN OREGON Nov. 13
Facing surging Covid cases and hospitalizations, Oregon urges limited travel, quarantines
Gov. Kate Brown joins governors in Washington and California asking residents not to leave the state for tourism or recreation, and to quarantine at home for two weeks if they do.
FreeVOTE 2020 Nov. 12
Oregon voters - you have until Nov. 17 to fix signature issues and make sure your ballot counts
It's not too late to make sure your vote in the Nov. 3 election counts. While most contests are settled, Salem's Senate District 10 is still close enough that signature issues could decide who wins.
PUBLIC SAFETY Nov. 12
Salem’s new police chief will focus on relationships and numbers
Trevor Womack came out on top after a national search to replace retiring Police Chief Jerry Moore. In an interview with Salem Reporter, Womack said crime data and building community relationships will be at the core of how he leads.
SALEM ECONOMY Nov. 12
Salem's unemployment rate has followed state and nation trends. But the numbers tell a deeper story
The mix of industries in the Salem area is similar to that on the state and national level. But the effects of the recession have played out differently on the local level.
BUSINESS Nov. 12
Salem restaurants face new, job threatening restrictions
With new Covid cases reaching record numbers, the governor is placing new limitations on restaurants. But the state's beleaguered restaurants say the governor's move is misplaced.
SALEM COMMUNITY LIFE Nov. 12
Refrigerators to be posted around Salem to feed the hungry without question
Free Fridge Salem organizers raised more than $4,000 in an online auction in October. That money will buy refrigerators and supplies to build community pantries.
CHERRIOTS Nov. 11
After switching over half its bus fleet to renewable fuel, Cherriots eyes other ways to cut emissions
Since December last year, over half of the buses have been fueled by renewable natural gas. Most riders likely didn't notice the change but Cherriots says the move made its fleet the state's cleanest. It's preparing for electric buses and other actions.
HIGHER EDUCATION Nov. 11
Hoping to attract more students, Willamette cuts "sticker price" tuition by $10,000 for 2021
Because of scholarships and financial aid, fewer than 1% of students on campus pay anything close to the published tuition rate - but university leaders say they hope the change makes the true cost of attending Willamette clearer and prompts other universities to take similar steps.
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT Nov. 11
City provides additional $1.2 million to find new shelter locations, add water to homeless camps
The Salem City Council on Monday approved money that will incentivize garbage collection, add potable water to the parks where people are camping and find additional places for people experiencing homelessness to sleep.
FreeCOVID IN SALEM Nov. 11
Hey, Salem, the state says it's time to cut down get-togethers, work from home even more
Marion County goes under new state limits on Wednesday in the government's drive to get Oregonians to take voluntary steps to control the coronavirus. Here's a quick look at what's expected for the next two weeks.
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT Nov. 10
Salem leaders want civilians, not police, to respond to personal crises. They just have to find a way to pay for it
The Salem City Council on Monday asked city staff to look into how to pay for a program that would pair a crisis worker and EMT to respond to emergency mental health calls.
LOCAL SCHOOLS Nov. 10
AGENDA: Salem-Keizer board to consider adding student advisor, revised public comment policy
Under a proposed change, the Salem-Keizer School Board chair would be able to cut off public comments that are “obscene, derogatory, name-calling, racist, threatening or direct criticism of named employees.” Board members will also appoint three new members to the district's budget committee.
VOTE 2020 Nov. 10
AROUND OREGON: Ontatrio's Bentz caps long political career with seat in Congress
Cliff Bentz of Ontario won election to Oregon's 2nd Congressional District, putting him in position to impact rural issues he has worked on for decades in public office.
LOCAL SCHOOLS Nov. 9
With one week left in quarter, half of Salem-Keizer high school students failing at least one class
The data is the latest sign that online classes have failed to reach a significant number of students in Oregon’s second-largest district, despite expanded outreach efforts.
HOMELESSNESS IN SALEM Nov. 9
As temperatures drop, Salem's largest homeless shelter sees Covid outbreak
The Union Gospel Mission men's shelter in downtown Salem has closed its doors to new guests after three employees and six clients tested positive for Covid. Mass testing last week showed no other cases, but shelter options are already sparse in Salem.
BUSINESS Nov. 9
AGENDA: City's Urban Renewal Agency could help to homeless services provider
During its Monday evening meeting, the agency will consider proposals that will free up some cash for the Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency while giving it space for a shelter. Also on the agenda is space for the library to rehabilitate its miniature dollhouse as well as a revised contract for the Salem Convention Center.
PHOTO GALLERY Nov. 9
PHOTOS: Salem protests lead to conflict, arrests and an uneasy time around the Capitol
Hundreds of people gathered in separate rallies in Salem on Saturday as the country absorbed the news that former Vice President Joe Biden was declared the winner of the presidential election. Police said they arrested six people through the day in connection with the demonstrations, but reported no vandalism occurred as authorities expected.