FreeCOVID VACCINATION Feb. 5
Salem Health won’t get fresh Covid vaccines for fairgrounds clinic Feb. 8, frustrating effort to inoculate seniors
The Oregon Health Authority has allocated just 2,600 first doses of Covid vaccine to Marion County next week as state health officials say they’re working to bring the Portland Metro area’s vaccination rate in line with other counties that got an earlier start. Salem Health’s CEO said she was “shocked and angry” by the decision to cut doses for a county hard hit by Covid.
COVID IN OREGON Feb. 5
A state program paying workers to quarantine is sending cash to north Salem and Woodburn
Covid-19 Temporary Paid Leave Program was set up to help workers make up lost income while isolating after a Covid exposure. State numbers show it’s benefiting Marion County’s Latino population, which has been hard hit by the pandemic.
Salem asking for donations for managed camp at the state fairgrounds
OREGON DEMOGRAPHICS Feb. 5
AROUND OREGON: Oregon deaths outnumbered births last year, for the first time ever
Oregon's birth rate had been falling before the pandemic, but an increase in Covid-related deaths finally flipped the state trend.
Wildfires, vaccines, cybersecurity and more is on state's auditing agenda
Oregon now says most seniors, educators can be vaccinated by early April
Salem galleries, theaters get nearly $40,000 in state operating support
Vision for Salem's future growth available online
LOCAL SCHOOLS Feb. 4
Kindergarten, first graders heading back to Salem-Keizer schools March 2
District leaders released a plan Thursday to resume in-person elementary school classes in Oregon’s second-largest school district in the early weeks of March, bringing thousands of kids back into schools after nearly a year of online classes.
SALEM AREA EVENTS Feb. 4
Salem art gallery hosts erotic art for the month of February
Gallery owner Melanie Weston wanted to do a fun show in the downtown gallery space she’s had for less than a year. So, she put a call out for erotic art pieces that are now on display until the end of the month.
Market Street ramp onto Interstate 5 reopened following crash
FreeCOVID VACCINATION Feb. 4
Older Oregonians faced one of the longest vaccine lines in the U.S. On Monday, some will finally be eligible
Days before Oregon opens Covid vaccination to people 80 and older, there’s still little information available about how to schedule appointments. For now, Salem Health’s clinics will remain the primary way to get vaccines locally, but some doses are expected at pharmacies.
Salem's new community radio station, KMWV 98.3 FM, gets its first director
City of Salem offers free protective equipment to local businesses
Two dead in crash with Cherriots bus on Highway 99
CHERRIOTS Feb. 4
Cherriots failed to meet minority contracting goals for years
The Salem transit agency has unsuccessfully sought to attract minority and women-owned businesses to share millions in contract work. Now, the agency's leadership is embarking on a sweeping review that’s an early step in making its operations more equitable.
COVID IN OREGON Feb. 3
Covid vaccines are now on their way to prisoners. But governor’s says it won’t affect shots for educators, seniors
On Tuesday, a federal judge ruled that the state needed to prioritize Oregon’s 14,000 prisoners in its vaccine schedule. Details about how that’ll happen have yet to be released, but tight vaccine supplies mean many eligible Oregonians will wait weeks or months for shots.
Limited Covid vaccines coming to Safeway, Costco, Albertsons in Oregon
SALEM AREA EVENTS Feb. 3
Hallie Ford Museum explores Great Depression through virtual exhibit
The Hallie Ford Museum of Art has been closed since November because of Covid restrictions and is reviewing guidelines in hopes of reopening soon. For now, art junkies can view the latest exhibit online.
Back-to-school questions? Oregon schools chief, epidemiologist available for Wednesday Q&A
Oregon prisoners now prioritized for Covid vaccine following judge's ruling
Marion County dog licenses now available online
SPECIAL REPORT Feb. 3
DOCUMENTARY: 'A D.A.'s Dilemma' delves into gaps in Oregon's justice system
For Polk County District Attorney Aaron Felton, 27-year-old Alexandria Tereshka was a reminder of the limits of Oregon's criminal justice system to help people struggling with addiction. Felton considers her case in a new documentary released Wednesday, Feb. 3.
SPECIAL REPORT Feb. 3
State to pour millions more into addiction treatment despite little proof it works
With Ballot Measure 110 in play, the machinery that treats Oregon substance abusers will get millions more on top of the $200 million already spent on addiction treatment. An investigation by Salem Reporter finds officials aren't sure what becomes of people once they leave treatment - and whether that treatment worked. A documentary, "A D.A.'s Dilemma," in collaboration with Independent Lens (PBS) is part of this special report.
SALEM ECONOMY Feb. 2
COLUMN: National business survey spells good news and bad for Salem's economy
Numbers from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics show that grant and loan programs have helped businesses that needed it. But workers in some job losses have seen hefty job losses.
AGENDA: Marion County commissioners to consider safety corridor for crash-prone stretch of road outside Newberg
MENTAL HEALTH Feb. 2
In a world of smartphones, new project wants to give Salem teens better tools to protect mental health
At Liberty House, Salem’s child abuse assessment center, staff are seeing families and teens more stressed and struggling with mental health. They’ve launched a website with activities and resources to help families talk about cyberbullying, device use and self-worth.
Salem father, daughter found dead from what detectives say is monoxide poisoning
AROUND OREGON Feb. 2
AROUND OREGON: Oregon's largest tree now a magnificent stump on the Oregon Coast
Today, visitors to Klootchy Creek County Park along U.S. 26 can see the severed, sun-bleached trunk standing tall – still a giant beside its smaller neighbors after sprouting from the earth about 750 years ago.
After pushback, Oregon resumes disclosing information about Covid deaths
Oregonians impacted by 2020 wildfires can apply for free well testing
Extended unemployment benefits will be cut, but the state will extend another lifeline to those out of work
HOMELESSNESS Feb. 1
PHOTOS: Salem fairgrounds welcomes unsheltered to temporary campground
About 100 people will call the fairgrounds home temporarily as Church at the Park operates a managed camp out of the Pavilion.
HOMELESSNESS Feb. 1
Salem fairgrounds welcomes unsheltered to temporary campground
The Oregon State Fairgrounds saw dozens of people setting up their tents Monday for a temporary campground run by Church at the Park. It’s the latest effort to address the homelessness crisis in the city.
SALEM COMMUNITY Feb. 1
A trailer stolen in the middle of the night upends school's expansion plan
Kaleidoscope Community School has been growing since it was founded in 2015. The school has been able to stay open serving families with essential workers. It had plans to serve more families using yurts. But thieves had other plans.
COMMUNITY COLLEGE Feb. 1
New diesel mechanic program at Chemeketa aims to put students in hard-to-fill jobs
Five years in the making, Chemeketa's newest career program launched in January with nine students. They're learning the basics of rebuilding and maintaining diesel engines on trucks, school buses, ambulances and more.
Need health insurance? Special enrollment period coming up
Salem man told police he set fire to city truck after cleaning meth pipe
Free Feb. 1
Second dose Covid vaccines available at Salem fairgrounds this week
BUSINESS Feb. 1
Alexander named managing editor of Salem Reporter
Editor Les Zaitz announced that award-winning journalist Rachel Alexander will take over day-to-day management of Salem Reporter's news content.