COVID IN OREGON Jan. 29
Covid rules are now loosened. Here's what that means for Salem
With Covid transmissions declining, more stringent pandemic regulations have been relaxed for Marion and Polk counties. Going to the gym or playing video poker are again options. But things still won't look the same.
Marion County to get fewer doses as Oregon tries to equalize Covid vaccination rates
SALEM COMMUNITY Jan. 29
After more than a decade telling people how to throw away less, county coordinator retires
Alan Pennington once thought enthusiastic “master recyclers” were oddballs. Then he became one of them.
Oregon Latinos too often struggle to get quality mental health care, report says
COVID VACCINATION Jan. 29
PHOTOS: Inside Salem Health's Covid vaccine clinic at the fairgrounds
Marion County has so far vaccinated more than 30,000 residents against Covid, one of the highest vaccination rates in Oregon.
COVID IN OREGON Jan. 29
A Salem gym openly violated state Covid regulations. Now it's getting a check from the county
Marion County has faced delays in issuing grants intended to help businesses struggling under pandemic restrictions. Among those that qualified for a grant is Courthouse Club Fitness, which has publicly defied pandemic restrictions.
Museums, archeology projects can add exhibits, preserve sites through state grants
West Salem singers join voices in haunting ode to the power of song
LOCAL SCHOOLS Jan. 28
PHOTOS: High school resumes in-person at Blanchet Catholic School
Gym classes rely on YouTube aerobics and desks are spaced farther apart, but students said they're happy to be back and seeing classmates and teachers in person.
Department of Human Services reports historic drop in foster care placements
LOCAL SCHOOLS Jan. 28
With desks in lunchroom and temperature scanners, Blanchet Catholic students back on campus
As Oregon's largest school districts mull reopening plans, some Salem-area private schools are already holding in-person classes. Blanchet Catholic School began this week, alternating middle and high school students.
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT Jan. 28
Hoping to build a missing link, Salem applies for funding for Pringle Creek crossings
Salem is applying for a $4 million state grant for a project that’ll allow people to cross Pringle Creek. The project will also connect Riverfront Park to other parts of town.
Oregon Health Authority will stop publishing information on individual Covid deaths
COVID VACCINATION Jan. 28
AROUND OREGON: Six stranded motorists win Covid vaccine jackpot while stuck in snowstorm near Cave Junction
Josephine County health workers were coming back to Grants Pass from a vaccine clinic when they got stuck in snow on Highway 199. Rather than dump vaccines that would have expired, they went car to car to find willing recipients.
Kids can get a civics lesson with a new virtual tour of the Capitol
STATE GOVERNMENT Jan. 28
Why Salem's Mill Creek Correctional Facility will be shuttered by July
Oregon isn't locking up offenders like it used to. With the state looking to save money, the governor is moving forward with closing three prisons.
Oregon House Republicans push back on state party's stance on capitol violence
As Oregon faces pushback for Covid vaccine prioritization, advisory committee to meet Thursday
GUEST COLUMN Jan. 27
COLUMN: For those on Medicare, Covid vaccine is no requirement
Jim Sellers, former Oregon journalist and state agency employee, writes a regular column to help thousands in Salem deal with the confusing world of Medicare and federal benefits. He's available to answer your questions.
State launches website focused on jobs working with developmentally disabled people
Salem police swat down rumors, say man found in Willamette River likely drowned
HOMELESSNESS Jan. 27
As homeless crisis becomes increasingly visible in Salem, volunteers head into the snow for annual count
Salem’s annual point in time count provides a snapshot into homelessness that’s tied directly to federal dollars flowing into the region. With job losses brought on by Covid, and the September wildfires that left many displaced, advocates say there are more unsheltered people than ever.
FreeCOVID VACCINATION Jan. 27
Salem Health ready to offer second doses of Covid vaccine when Salem fairgrounds clinic reopens
About 8,000 people got the first dose of a Covid vaccine in the early days of Salem Health’s vaccination clinic. This week, they’re due for a booster shot and can schedule an appointment online.
SALEM COMMUNITY Jan. 26
A Salem nonprofit that trains service dogs is asking for help — naming puppies
It takes a very particular type of canine to be a service or therapy dog. The in-demand dogs help their owner with daily tasks or even interrupt panic attacks. They also have very particular requirements around their names.
Salem under winter weather advisory as snow accumulates
Salem residents can go to the gym and resume other indoor activities beginning Friday
Teen in critical condition after shooting in northeast Salem
Salem area unemployment rate increased in December
AGENDA: Marion County Commissioners to consider agreement, reimbursement from two state agencies
STATE GOVERNMENT Jan. 26
Here are Salem-area legislators' top priorities for the 2021 session
Lawmakers need to pass a two-year budget, and Democrats, who are in the majority, have set an ambitious agenda including health care and racial equity. Local lawmakers have an eye on issues ranging from civics education to property tax relief for people affected by wildfires.
Free support group for wildfire survivors launches Tuesday
'Down to earth' Salem agency leader honored
LOCAL GOVERNMENT Jan. 26
AROUND OREGON: Riley Hill, mayor of Ontario, sues his own city over $500
Ontario mayor and developer Riley Hill is appealing a civil penalty levied on his company, Eldorado Investments Inc, for a nuisance ordinance involving weeds and an abandoned car left on one of the company's lots. His company recently took the city to court to overturn the penalty.
STATE GOVERNMENT Jan. 25
PHOTOS: With elbow bumps and lots of masks, the Oregon State Senate gets down to business
The state Capitol is closed because of pandemic restrictions. But a photographer with Salem Reporter was able to snap some shots as the Senate began its work for the session that's scheduled to last until June.
FreeCOVID IN SALEM Jan. 25
Covid cases, hospitalizations falling in Salem area after winter surge
A steep climb in Covid-related hospitalizations in November and December led to record deaths tied to the virus locally. Now, pandemic numbers in the Salem area and in Oregon are looking better, though still far above numbers needed for the state to loosen business restrictions.
Urban renewal board to consider bonds for infrastructure projects
Progressive groups call for legislators to oust state Rep. Mike Nearman, R-Independence
Salem-Keizer school construction committee, school board to meet this week
Salem police investigating gunfire involving three cars
WATCHDOG Jan. 25
WATCHDOG: Salem board set up to review police complaints hasn’t seen one in 5 years
Salem’s Community Police Review Board was created more than 20 years ago when citizens wanted to answer community concerns about unequal treatment of minorities by police officers. An examination by Salem Reporter discovered the board isn’t working as intended.