PUBLIC SAFETY Jan. 15
Salem braces for protests. How big? How many? No one is sure
As of Friday afternoon, law enforcement was expecting protests that could begin over the weekend and last until next week. But it’s not clear how many protesters will show up. Precautions are being taken regardless.
FreeCOVID VACCINATION Jan. 15
With fewer Covid vaccines coming from feds, seniors now behind teachers in Oregon’s inoculation line
Oregonians 80 and older will now have to wait until Feb. 8 to get a Covid vaccine after Gov. Kate Brown prioritized school employees. The change comes after state leaders learned an expected influx of vaccines from a federal reserve wouldn’t arrive as promised.
Oregon will roll back vaccination schedule for seniors, starting with people 80+ on Feb. 8
Artists in Marion, Polk counties receive relief funding for lost pandemic income
COVID IN OREGON Jan. 15
Facing a pandemic, record workload and armed protesters, Oregon's workplace watchdog sticks to its playbook
As the state has rolled out new Covid regulations, the Oregon Occupational Health and Safety Administration has become the state's top cop in enforcing many of them. At the center has been Michael Wood, administrator of the agency. Even though he's become a target, he remains undeterred.
COVID VACCINATION Jan. 15
Confusion over Covid vaccine eligibility as some in Salem report getting shots outside state guidelines
Salem Health's Covid vaccine clinic has given over 15,000 people shots in the past week. The hospital says it's requiring people to say they're eligible under state guidelines, but multiple people reported they were never asked - or explicitly told they could receive a vaccine despite not meeting the criteria.
Oregon plan to vaccinate seniors, teachers in jeopardy after feds say there's no vaccine reserve
Oregon's U.S. attorney asks for threat tips ahead of planned protests in Salem
Mid-Willamette Valley Council of Governments gets new leader
LOCAL SCHOOLS Jan. 14
Salem-Keizer aims for late February to resume kindergarten, first grade in person
Oregon's second-largest school district plans to bring students back to classrooms gradually and start with the youngest, district leaders told the school board this week. Some details hinge on new state guidelines expected Jan. 19.
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT Jan. 14
City takes look at how Salem residents are contributing to climate change through what they buy
As the city of Salem continues with its climate action plan, it’s examined the purchasing habits of residents. Its findings are a first step to help guide the Climate Action Plan Task Force as it seeks to reduce emissions in the city.
With possible demonstrations next week, Legislature will delay work
Salem Public Library resumes curbside pickups
FBI asks for tips ahead of planned protests
City reports sewage overflow in east Salem
State reports Marion County teen dies with Covid
STATE GOVERNMENT Jan. 13
Embattled state legislator stays in office with less clout and less access to Capitol building
Following a revelation that he let confrontational demonstrators into the Capitol building, state Rep. Mike Nearman, R-Independence, has taken a combative stance. But he'll have fewer channels to influence legislation and will face hurdles to enter the Capitol.
SALEM AREA EVENTS Jan. 13
Coffee or tea? They’re both on display at new exhibit
The World Beat Gallery in downtown Salem opened a new exhibit this week that explores tea and coffee customs from around the world. The new exhibit sources some items from the Deepwood Estate and Gardens, which has been closed since the start of the pandemic.
Oregon National Guard activated to respond to potential protests at Capitol
Senators secure funding for high-speed internet in Polk County
State vaccine advisory committee meets Thursday
FreeCOVID VACCINATION Jan. 13
Oregonians 65 and older, teachers and child care providers will be eligible for Covid vaccine starting Jan. 23
Gov. Kate Brown announced a quicker vaccination timeline Tuesday in response to federal changes in vaccine distribution. The logistics of where and how vaccinations will take place remains to be determined.
STATE GOVERNMENT Jan. 13
State legislator accused of creating chaos at Capitol says House speaker is putting politics over safety
House Speaker Tina Kotek stripped state Rep. Mike Nearman, R-Independence, of his committee assignments and called on him to resign after he let a confrontational crowd into the Capitol. Nearman says he's being treated unfairly and the Capitol should be opened.
Video captures Salem Fire Department boat sinking
PGE dealing with 40 outages in Marion County
PUBLIC SAFETY Jan. 12
With a warning of an armed march, police prepare and a city councilor calls for the National Guard
An FBI memo said that armed marches could occur at state capitols beginning Saturday and continuing next week. Salem City Councilor Vanessa Nordyke has called on city leaders to summon the National Guard. Police agencies say they are evaluating the situation.
COVID VACCINATION Jan. 12
Delayed vaccinations at Dallas Retirement Village highlight challenges in Oregon’s effort to protect vulnerable from Covid
Relatives and a state ombudsman say some residents of a long-term care facility with an active Covid outbreak in Dallas waited an extra two weeks to get Covid vaccines after a pharmacist mistakenly declined to vaccinate those recently exposed to the virus.
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT Jan. 12
In response to community pressure, Salem City Council denounces white supremacy
The Salem City Council on Monday passed a resolution to condemn white supremacy as residents called for stronger language from the council in the face of violent protests that have become increasingly common in Salem.
COVID IN OREGON Jan. 12
Courthouse Club Fitness receives Oregon’s largest Covid-related fine to date
A workplace safety has now given the Salem-based company a $126,749 citation for violating state orders by staying open. That follows an earlier fine of $90,000. But despite the fines, the owner still says remaining open is his only option.
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT Jan. 12
Salem’s plan to end camping at city parks will be a slow crawl, dependent on new shelter and organized camp
On Monday, Salem’s homelessness liaison presented Salem City Council a plan to end camping at Wallace Marine and Cascades Gateway parks which hinges on finding a location for an organizing campground, new shelter beds opening in May and slowly moving campers out of the parks into existing shelter.
State says Salem employers can require vaccinations, with exceptions
Covid vaccine clinic back open at state fairgrounds, 12-6pm
Tanker crash blocks Northeast Commercial Street
SCHOOL BOARD Jan. 11
AGENDA: Salem-Keizer board to appoint student representative, discuss plan to zone board elections
It's the first school board meeting of 2021. Catch it live on YouTube or Capital Community Media starting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12.
SALEM COMMUNITY Jan. 11
Calling on Salem leaders to denounce white supremacy, petition attracts hundreds of signers
City leaders have said that hate has no place in Salem. But an online petition started two weeks ago has attracted hundreds of signatures from those demanding city leaders go further and denounce white supremacy by name while holding violent right-wing groups accountable.
COURTS Jan. 11
Chemeketa Community College eases speech rules following lawsuit
A conservative legal group brought a lawsuit against the college last year alleging its policies stifled free speech. With a settlement in place, students will have fewer restrictions on where they can picket, pass out pamphlets and other activities.
FreeCOVID VACCINATION Jan. 11
Salem Health cancels Jan. 11 Covid vaccine clinic, plans to resume Jan. 12
After vaccinating more than 8,000 people in the past four days, Salem Health has only a few hundred doses of Covid vaccine remaining, but expects to receive more Tuesday. Vaccines are available Monday to eligible Polk County residents or workers at West Valley Hospital in Dallas.
OREGON POLITICS Jan. 11
Oregon Congressman's effort to dump one state's presidential results rested on 10,000 votes never counted
U.S. Rep. Cliff Bentz, R-Oregon, voted to back a move to toss the election results for Pennsylvania. He explains did so to object to the way mail ballots were counted. But the 10,000 votes that troubled him were never counted.