Prisoner at Oregon State Penitentiary dies after testing positive for Covid
STATE POLITICS Jan. 22
New poll finds a majority of Oregonians say they'll get the Covid vaccine and also don't want more taxes
Oregon Business and Industry released the results of a poll on Friday. It found that splits among groups willing to get the vaccine. It also found that Oregonians want the Legislature to take a light touch on policy proposals during the session currently underway. Democrats signaled they have other ideas.
FreeCOVID VACCINATION Jan. 22
Most Oregon seniors will be eligible for Covid vaccine in February, but hospitals raise concerns about supply
Gov. Kate Brown and state health officials laid out a more detailed timeline for vaccinating Oregon's seniors, but spent much of a press conference defending their decision to prioritize Covid vaccines for teachers and educators.
OREGON LEGISLATURE Jan. 22
PHOTOS: With increased security and doors closed to the public, Oregon Legislature resumes its work
The Oregon Legislature resumed its 2021 session on Thursday, which is
scheduled to run through June. With concerns about repeats of unrest Salem has seen over the last month, lawmakers delayed work after the session officially began on Tuesday. Committee work will remain virtual and the building will remain closed to the public because of the pandemic.
WOU will hold most spring classes online
HOMELESSNESS Jan. 22
With space for 100, temporary homeless camp to open at state fairgrounds
After nearly a year of no business, the Oregon State Fairgrounds is allowing a managed camp on its property. City leaders say it’s a step toward ending emergency camping in city parks.
Eugene man arrested in Salem for role in violent December protest at Capitol
PUBLIC SAFETY Jan. 21
Inauguration Day protests fizzled. But in downtown Salem, anxiety lingers
Only a handful of protesters showed after Oregon's capital city fretted for a week over armed demonstrations and the possibility of more political violence. While downtown business owners breathed a sigh of relief, they remain on edge.
SALEM AREA EVENTS Jan. 21
Salem Reads returns, encouraging residents to pick up a book and a take a walk with a shelter dog
A month of events are scheduled virtually for this year’s Salem Reads pick, “Walking with Peety,” a memoir from a man whose life was changed after adopting a shelter dog.
LOCAL SCHOOLS Jan. 21
With fewer requirements and a disrupted senior year, Class of 2020 posts graduation records in Oregon, Salem
Because of the pandemic, Oregon waived some graduation requirements and ended senior year in April for students already passing classes needed to graduate. State and local officials said years of sustained work, rather than those changes, accounts for higher graduation rates.
City to put homeless shelter at Oregon State Fairgrounds
Grants open to people who lost homes in Beachie Creek fire
COMMUNITY Jan. 21
AROUND OREGON: Newspaper carrier helps elderly man stuck in tub for days
An elderly Klamath Falls man had been stuck in his tub for days until a newspaper carrier noticed papers piling up at his doorstep and alerted management.
UPDATES: Gov. Kate Brown to deliver virtual State of the State address
LOCAL SCHOOLS Jan. 21
By the numbers: Salem-Keizer hits 81% graduation rate for 2020
A pandemic interrupted senior year for the Class of 2020, with many seniors earning a diploma in April. Amid the chaos, most local high schools improved graduation rates.
Covid vaccine clinic at Salem fairgrounds now taking appointments
CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK Jan. 20
AROUND OREGON: Mollala Fire Department makes Covid-killing disinfectant
The fire department is making its own hypochlorous acid using a generator, salt and water after buying it proved costly. The acid sanitizes surfaces and kills Covid within 10-15 seconds.
Oregon's unemployment rate rises slightly
What’s coming downstream? City club talk highlights impacts of wildfires on watersheds
LOCAL SCHOOLS Jan. 20
New state guidelines mean Salem schools need Covid testing on-site to bring kids back
Covid case rates in Marion and Polk counties are still higher than a new state recommended threshold for resuming school, though reopening decisions are now up to local districts. Salem-Keizer Superintendent Christy Perry said the district is still committed to bringing elementary school kids back into classrooms in late February or early March.
STATE GOVERNMENT Jan. 20
City of Salem is again asking the Legislature to help fund housing and homeless projects
Funding for a homeless shelter and affordable housing are the top priorities for Salem as the Legislature convenes. While the Legislature is just beginning its work, legislative leaders have signaled they're interested.
As Joe Biden is sworn in, Salem is quiet — for now
PUBLIC SAFETY Jan. 19
After a week of bracing for disruptive Inauguration Day demonstrations, local law enforcement is still uncertain what to expect
The Salem Police Department is preparing for whatever may unfold at Oregon’s Capitol Wednesday, with little information on how many people will come or when an event might start. Salem’s police chief said officers will continue to prevent acts of violence and property damage.
AGENDA: Marion County commissioners to consider two health contracts Wednesday
AGENDA: Polk County commissioners to consider contract for Covid testing, tower lease
New head of Oregon FBI office takes over
FreeCOVID VACCINATION Jan. 19
Teachers, school workers and child care providers in Marion County can now get Covid vaccines
Vaccinations for Oregon educators were supposed to begin next week, but Marion County received state permission to start early. Salem Health’s fairgrounds clinic is now open to school bus drivers, teachers, classroom aides and child care workers employed in Marion County, as well as Salem-Keizer district employees who work in Polk County.
ARCHES seeks help to open warming center Tuesday as temperatures fall
SALEM BUSINESS Jan. 19
BUSINESS ROUNDUP: $1 billion worth of weed, more jobs last fall, pandemic paycheck program returns
Oregon saw record cannabis sales in 2020. Employers had more job openings last fall. Paycheck Protection Program opens back up.
OREGON GOVERNMENT Jan. 19
Clarno tries again to retire after stint as Oregon secretary of state
Bev Clarno is the last Republican to hold statewide office in Oregon, but she retired from service at the start of the year. She worries that partisanship is hindering good public policy work in the state.
SALEM COMMUNITY Jan. 18
PHOTOS: Salem celebrates MLK Day with community meal, signs and speeches
Dozens of people lined up at Epilogue Kitchen & Cocktails for a sandwich, then listened to Martin Luther King Jr.'s words broadcast on local radio. Some waved signs in support of racial justice at the capitol and Riverfront Park.
Salem Fire Department rescues family stranded in Willamette River
SALEM COMMUNITY Jan. 18
Gates family to get new home after property burned in Santiam Canyon wildfires
The Smith family had been living in a trailer after wildfires burned their home in September. They knew it wasn’t a permanent home. Luckily, they walked into the Santiam Hospital’s Service Integration Team at just the right moment.
SALEM COMMUNITY Jan. 18
With "car choir," Chemeketa singers use wireless mics, transmitters to sing safely in person
Music director Kerry Burtis said virtual choir classes in 2020 were challenging, and many students dropped out because they were self-conscious recording videos of themselves singing. This quarter, he's hoping to rebuild the program through "car choir," a twice-weekly in-person class held in the college parking lot.
One dead, another injured after crashing car into tree in east Salem
Listen to Martin Luther King Jr. speak or watch a documentary to celebrate
Signs and solidarity to mark Martin Luther King Jr. event