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PHOTOS: SALEM PUBLIC SAFETY Jan. 2
PHOTOS: New Year's Day protests in Salem
One protest started at the Capitol. A second started at Bush's Pasture Park. More than 100 police officers worked through the afternoon on New Year's Day to keep them from tangling.
SALEM PUBLIC SAFETY Jan. 2
Salem protests end with arrests as police show heavy presence
Speeches and marches marked the New Year's Day protests in Salem. Police kept groups from meeting and clashing, making several arrests.
SALEM COMMUNITY Jan. 2
PHOTOS: Salem Reporter's favorite photos of the year
The staff at Salem Reporter selected a group of images that captured what it felt like to live through 2020, a year that most certainly will be remembered in history books.
PHOTOS OF THE YEAR Jan. 1
PHOTOS: Ron Cooper's picks of the most revealing, rewarding scenes of 2020
Photographer Ron Cooper reviewed his work for Salem Reporter for 2020 and selected a sampling of the most important events and people. The veteran photojournalist explains the reason for his selections.
COVID: THE HUMAN TOLL Jan. 1
AROUND OREGON: Hermiston man recounts 78-day hospital stay from Covid
HUMAN TOLL: Joe Gutierrez, who is 42 and had no underlying conditions, didn’t just get COVID-19. He spent 78 days in the hospital because of it.
SALEM PUBLIC SAFETY Dec. 31
Police agencies brace for multiple protests in Salem on New Year's Day
Four organizations are planning demonstrations in Salem on Friday - New Year's Day. At least 100 officers from three police agencies will be on duty to keep the groups separate.
TOP STORIES 2020 Dec. 31
TOP STORIES: A divisive political climate, businesses making their way in a world upturned, a national reckoning - a reporter's look at Salem's year
Reporter Jake Thomas, who covers business and state government, lists his most notable stories that include protests, companies adapting to the pandemic and climate change measures.
PUBLIC SAFETY Dec. 31
Prosecutors concerned as reformers chip away at get-tough-on crime law
The Legislature is expected to consider more changes to Measure 11, a 1994 ballot measure that brought stiff sentences for serious crimes. Local district attorneys, including Marion County’s Paige Clarkson, say Measure 11 means people convicted of serious crimes face the same sentence. But criminal justice reform proponents say judges should make calls based on the varied nature of crimes.
TOP STORIES 2020 Dec. 31
TOP STORIES: Covid outbreaks, empty schools and holding government accountable - a reporter's look at Salem's year
Reporter Rachel Alexander, who covers education and nonprofits for Salem Reporter, lists her most memorable stories of the year, from the pandemic to fires to high school seniors.
COVID IN OREGON Dec. 30
Salem salon owner who defied pandemic order sues governor
The complaint is the latest in the saga of Lindsey Graham, the owner of Glamour Salon in downtown Salem who in May flouted a state mandate that closed salons and other personal service businesses. She alleges that state agencies sought to make an example out of her after she pushed back against pandemic restrictions.
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT Dec. 30
New year, new trees at Salem Civic Center
The city is replacing unhealthy trees currently at the Salem Civic Center with 30 native and ornamental varieties like Oregon white oak and Pacific madrone starting in January.
FreeCOVID: THE HUMAN TOLL Dec. 30
AROUND OREGON: 'I don’t know when … or if I’m going to get better'
HUMAN TOLL: West Linn woman said she’s spoken with a lot of people, from doctors and nurses to bodybuilders, who’ve contracted the virus and battled symptoms for several months. Part of what makes it so hard for her to guess how long she’ll be sick, Gaither said, is that the virus is still so new with so many unknowns. Gaither posted about her COVID-19 diagnosis on social media and said the outpouring of support she’s received has helped keep her spirits up.
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT Dec. 30
PHOTOS: Preparing for the big one, Salem Public Library continues with renovations
Library construction is underway for seismic upgrades to the library before it's set to reopen in the summer of 2021. The City of Salem provided photos of the ongoing work.
SALEM SCHOOLS Dec. 30
Legislator proposes that state get seats on Salem-Keizer School Board
State Rep. Paul Evans, D-Monmouth, said he's concerned about the posture Satya Chandragiri, the school board chair, has taken toward the public. Evans is sponsoring legislation that would give state government a bigger say in the district. Chandragiri said there is a misunderstanding between the two and his changes are intended to facilitate dialogue.
PHOTOS OF THE YEAR Dec. 30
PHOTOS: A photographer's picks of the most revealing, rewarding scenes of 2020
Photographer Amanda Loman reviewed her assignments for Salem Reporter for 2020 and selected a sampling of the most important events and people she pictured through the year. She adds her comments on why the photos were important.
TOP STORIES 2020 Dec. 29
TOP STORIES: Covid outbreaks, charred homes and assaults at the Capitol. A reporter's look at Salem's year
Reporter Saphara Harrell, who covers local government at Salem Reporter, lists her most memorable stories of the year, including pieces about Covid, the wildfires that burned in the Santiam Canyon and demonstrations that have rocked the city in recent months.
FreeCOVID: THE HUMAN TOLL Dec. 29
AROUND OREGON: Big Dog restaurant owner on Crooked River Ranch recovering
HUMAN TOLL: It’s been more than a month since Randy Knight collapsed on his living room floor with an aneurysm. “Sometimes he says, ‘I’m Randy.’ Sometimes he says, ‘I’m the Big Dog.’”
PUBLIC SAFETY Dec. 28
Albany man surrenders, accused of attacking journalists, smashing Capitol door
Jeremy Roberts is the latest to be arrested for crimes committed during a Dec. 21 demonstration at the Capitol where police were maced, journalists were attacked, and entry door was smashed.
COVID: THE HUMAN TOLL Dec. 28
AROUND OREGON: Bend nurse works around the clock as cases spike
HUMAN TOLL: Joel Hernandez has sometimes worked around the clock -- doing 24- and 48-hour shifts - to care for emergency room patients at St. Charles Medical Center in Bend. The stress has taken its toll but with years of experience in emergency rooms, he feels it's his duty to help as much as he can.
FROM THE EDITOR Dec. 28
COLUMN: A year of big news - and a year coming with hope for Salem
COMMENTARY: The news team at Salem Reporter chronicled major stories in 2020, going beyond the press releases and numbers to dig into the facts. The year ahead holds promise for the community on several fronts.
CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK Dec. 28
Covid vaccine arrives in Marion County. What questions do you have?
Statewide, nearly 15,000 people working in health care or living in a long-term care facility have gotten a Covid vaccine. It will be months before the vaccine is available to the general public. Salem Reporter invites you to submit questions that we can go to the experts to answer.
SALEM COMMUNITY Dec. 28
After a decade, a new leader takes the helm of Salem-Keizer's NAACP
Reginald Richardson wants to build on the momentum for racial justice in Salem after a summer of protests, working with younger activists and making policing a bigger focus for the branch.

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