PUBLIC SAFETY Dec. 18
‘I do not condone nor support racist speech.’ Salem’s new police chief speaks to police thinking ahead of planned rally
Aiming for transparency, Salem’s new police chief Trevor Womack released a statement Friday afternoon explaining that the department has to weigh the right to free speech and city laws when deciding how to respond to rallies that have frequently resulted in violence in recent months.
PUBLIC SAFETY Dec. 18
Salem man charged with attempted murder in November shooting
Salem police on Thursday arrested a man in connection with a November shooting in east Salem that left a victim wounded.
LOCAL SCHOOLS Dec. 18
Christy Perry named finalist for National Superintendent of the Year
After winning Oregon's Superintendent of the Year award earlier this year, Salem-Keizer's leader is now one of four in the running for a national honor.
COVID: THE HUMAN TOLL Dec. 18
HUMAN TOLL: Five Oregonians share the impact of being 'long-haul' Covid sufferers for much of 2020
Most people with Covid have mild or moderate symptoms and recover in weeks, but for some, symptoms like memory loss, fatigue and shortness of breath linger for months.
SALEM COMMUNITY Dec. 17
City survey seeks management recommendations for Salem’s historic park
Salem is in the process of creating a management plan for Bush’s Pasture Park and the Deepwood Estate Gardens to look at how to protect features like Oregon white oak stands and camas fields for the next few decades.
COVID IN SALEM Dec. 17
Health workers cheer - and cry - as Salem Hospital rolls out first Covid vaccines
“With everything that’s going on right now, if I can be the difference, stepping up and being that example, then I’m going to do it,” said Jeffrey Tolbert, one of the first Salem Hospital workers to receive the vaccine. “I’m just grateful to have the opportunity.”
COVID IN SALEM Dec. 17
PHOTOS: Covid vaccination begins for Salem Hospital workers
After receiving a first shipment of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine Thursday morning, Salem Hospital kicked off its vaccination campaign. Dr. Katherine Landen, emergency department medical director, received the first dose.
SALEM BUSINESS Dec. 17
BUSINESS ROUNDUP: Legislature gets ready for business, employment rate unfrozen, SEDCOR award, no tax penalties
Business is on the agenda for the third special legislative session. Oregon's unemployment rate dropped before the "freeze." SEDCOR will hold its annual awards. State eases tax penalties for businesses.
SALEM COMMUNITY Dec. 16
Salvation Army seeks more bell ringers for Red Kettle fundraiser
The Red Kettle Campaign is a longtime tradition of the Salvation Army, but Covid has the organization looking for new volunteers and asking people to donate online if they don’t want to do so in person.
LOCAL SCHOOLS Dec. 16
One in three Salem-Keizer high school students failed a class fall quarter
Mirroring a national trend, Oregon's second-largest school district saw far more Fs than typical this fall, even after substantial improvements during the final weeks of the quarter.
SALEM BUSINESS Dec. 16
Marion County small businesses can apply for a second round of grants
After the county received fewer applications than expected for a $3.5 million pot of money, it invited more businesses to apply. With a deadline to spend the money looming, the county is encouraging businesses to act quickly and to fill out applications completely and accurately.
FreeCOVID IN SALEM Dec. 16
Free Covid tests available Wednesday afternoon at state fairgrounds
Marion and Polk County residents have several chances to get a free Covid test before the end of the year through events organized by local health departments and organizations.
MUSIC IN SALEM Dec. 16
West Salem band and orchestra ring in holidays with virtual "Sleigh Ride" performance
Sixty students recorded their parts for the winter classic at home, with orchestra director George Thomson putting in a long weekend to mix and edit the video.
SALEM BUSINESS Dec. 15
Bars and restaurants open for outdoor service, but wonder if it will be enough
To help local bars and restaurants set up outdoor serving areas for the cold and wet months ahead, the city of Salem set up a $200,000 grant program to help them purchase coverings, heaters and other items. While the program will help restaurants and bars keep their products in front of customers, it's not expected to make up for an already very difficult year.
FreeCOVID IN SALEM Dec. 15
Marion and Polk counties to remain under strict Covid rules through the end of the year
Marion and Polk counties are still considered “extreme risk” for the spreading coronavirus and will remain under restrictions that prohibit indoor dining, gym visits and limit church services. Marion County is reporting triple the rate of cases that would allow it to enter a lower risk level.
COVID IN OREGON Dec. 15
AROUND OREGON: Tales of a contact tracer
In Baker County, LeAnne Bourne was the first health department worker trained to interview residents newly-diagnosed with Covid. After dozens of phone calls, she's heard everything from jokes to sobs as she listens to people.
SALEM ECONOMY Dec. 14
AGENDA: Urban Renewal Agency board to get update on cleanup, wetland mitigation and other projects
The board will hear about how the agency has spent $372,725 spent in recent months on economic development projects.
COVID VACCINATION Dec. 14
The first doses of Covid vaccine have arrived in Oregon. Here's what comes next.
Salem Health expects to receive 975 doses of Pfizer's Covid vaccine later this week, enough for about half the hospital's employees who care for Covid patients. Vaccination events at long-term care facilities will begin next week.
SALEM COMMUNITY Dec. 14
Seniors stay with family, in motels after fire damages low-income housing complex
Fourteen seniors have been given another place to stay after a Sunday fire did damage to apartments in the Robert Lindsey Tower. Nicole Utz, Salem Housing Authority administrator, said some seniors could come back within a week while others might take weeks.
SALEM COMMUNITY Dec. 14
To spread holiday cheer, Salem police will deliver toys to kids in need this week
The Salem Police Department is holding its annual toy drive, with an online wish list this year because of Covid. Many have sent in gifts, filling one of the rooms in the new police station with board games, toy cars and crayons.
SALEM SERVICES Dec. 14
Now's a good time to dig into your family history with expert Salem help
Despite the pandemic, researchers from Willamette Valley Genealogical Society are available to help trace family roots. Some work can be provided at no cost.
BREAKING NEWS Dec. 13
Fire at Salem Housing Authority complex leaves 14 seniors displaced
A fire Sunday afternoon at Robert Lindsey Tower has left many low-income seniors without a home. The cause is under investigation.