FreePHOTOS Feb. 13
CHRONICLE OF A STORM: Readers share photos documenting Salem's ice storm
UPDATED WITH NEW PHOTOS: One of the worst ice storms in years hit Salem overnight Friday, plunging thousands into darkness as power went out. Readers of Salem Reporter shared their photos. Do you have photos to pass along?
PHOTOS Feb. 13
PHOTOS: Salem works to recover from ice storm as temperatures warm
Thousands will go through the weekend without power in the Salem area as utility crews scramble to deal with downed lines throughout Oregon. Many streets around the city became impassible Saturday from trees crashing down under the weight of ice.
FreeWEATHER Feb. 13
Thousands waking up in Salem without power - but plenty of ice
The National Weather Service said Salem could continue to get more freezing rain, but warmer air pushing up from the south could change it sooner to just rain. Meantime, more than 100,000 homes and businesses in Marion County were without power Saturday morning.
Despite icy forecast, Salem Health's Saturday vaccine appointments will go on as scheduled
Federal top cop for Oregon steps down
Volunteers needed for warming shelters Friday as temperatures stay freezing
COVID IN OREGON Feb. 12
Coming to a Salem pharmacy near you: Covid vaccinations
Next week, 127 retail pharmacies located in Salem and across the state will begin offering vaccines for Covid. The move is part of the federal and state strategy to make the vaccine more accessible. However, issues over adequate supply remain.
WEATHER Feb. 12
Widespread power outages, impassable roads likely as ice storm rolls into Salem Friday night
Up to three-quarters of an inch of ice could accumulate in the Salem area overnight, potentially downing tree branches and knocking out power for homes in freezing weather.
PUBLIC SAFETY Feb. 12
As Oregon lawmakers consider reforms to mandatory prison terms, prosecutors push back against proposed changes
There are several bills in the Legislature seeking to remove mandatory minimum sentences for serious crimes other than murder and allow reductions in sentences for those with good behavior. Marion County District Attorney Paige Clarkson said such reforms would have devastating effects on crime victims and rates.
Weather forecast takes an icy turn
LOCAL SCHOOLS Feb. 12
PHOTOS: Classes go outside as high school construction students build Salem home
Construction is on for seniors in Salem-Keizer's Career Technical Education Center residential construction program. They're working on a three bedroom home in northeast Salem.
Salem should brace for new storm Friday night, forecasters say
Salem's vaccine allocation doubled for week of Feb. 15 as more seniors become eligible for shots
SALEM COMMUNITY Feb. 11
After stolen yurts upended its expansion plans, a Salem school gets some unexpected good news
Kaleidoscope Community School had purchased four yurts, insulated tents used in central Asia, to expand its growing school. The coverings for the yurts were stolen in January. But this week it received a donation from behind bars.
Local arts nonprofits bolstered by Oregon Arts Commission grants
SALEM COMMUNITY Feb. 11
“She just had a big heart, a heart of gold.” Colleagues and family remember bus driver killed in crash
Rachel Bunting was known for her affinity for cats and her warm presence. After being killed in a car crash in early February, a memorial will go up on the route she drove.
HOMELESSNESS Feb. 11
PHOTOS: Union Gospel Mission's men's shelter nearing completion
The Union Gospel Mission has a goal of opening its new three-story, 55,000-square-foot facility by late June. Salem Reporter took a look at the construction site Wednesday.
LOCAL SCHOOLS Feb. 11
The pandemic closed high schools, but these Salem students still get to do their final project: build a house.
Every year, seniors in Salem-Keizer’s residential construction program finish their studies by building a house that’s sold to a local family. Despite smaller groups and shorter work schedules, they’re on track to finish by graduation.
Salem has snow plows on standby
Hallie Ford now open to members with reservation; public visits begin Feb. 23
Forecasters say Salem to get it all - rain, freezing rain, snow
SALEM BUSINESS Feb. 10
The former location of the oldest European house in the Pacific Northwest will again be housing
A new apartment development at 990 Broadway N.E. is the former location of the Jason Lee Mission house, which served as a base for the Methodist minister. The development required a historical and archeological review, which produced rare finds.
HOMELESSNESS Feb. 10
Salem’s largest homeless shelter plans to open by summer
The Union Gospel Mission’s new men’s shelter across the street from the new Salem police station is doubling the number of beds the mission offers, adding a clinic and expanding education programs. The mission has a goal of opening by late June.
LOCAL SCHOOLS Feb. 10
Elementary school will be in-person five hours per day, two days per week under Salem-Keizer reopening plan
After nearly a year, thousands of Salem students will be returning to the classroom starting March 2. But schools will look very different, and not everyone is cheering the reopening.
Governor says school football can resume in Oregon, but Salem will need to offer testing
The new year brings more of the same to Oregon businesses, survey finds
Free Feb. 10
Over 80? Get a free Covid vaccine at Feb. 11 drive-thru clinic in Woodburn
Mid-valley on the line for now between cold and really cold weather
STATE POLITICS Feb. 9
Following 2020 elections, voters walk away from GOP
Voter registration numbers show that there are fewer people in the Republican Party in Marion County and at the state level. The registration drops as the state party faces divisions over its direction.
Snow expected in Salem starting Thursday night
LOCAL SCHOOLS Feb. 9
As Leanette Mabinton becomes Salem-Keizer School Board’s first student advisor, she hopes adults will be open to learning
Two years ago, 15-year-old Leanette Mabinton pushed the Salem-Keizer School Board to do more for students at overcrowded McKay High School. Now a senior, she has a new job: advising a board that's been a magnet for public controversy.
SALEM NONPROFITS Feb. 9
Cloth diaper kits are ready and waiting for Salem families through the Salem Cloth Project
A Salem woman's "light bulb moment" became a nonprofit that offers cloth diaper kits to families in need. Now, the organization just needs more people to find out about their work and sign up for help.
Twelve Oregon counties move to looser Covid restrictions, but Marion, Polk aren't among them
Zoom panel Wednesday to discuss ways Salem is addressing homelessness
Free Feb. 9
Legacy Health opens Covid vaccine appointments in Woodburn
LIFE IN SALEM Feb. 9
Wooden arches raised, bringing Riverfront Park amphitheater one step closer to completion
The $4 million project hit its fundraising goal, the Rotary Club of Salem announced Monday. When completed this summer, the Gerry Frank | Salem Rotary Amphitheater will serve as a outdoor event venue.
City is accepting applications for federal urban development projects
LOCAL GOVERNMENT Feb. 8
Report finds that prisoners are dying in jails ill-equipped for people with mental illness or other disabilities
A new report from Disability Rights Oregon found deaths in local jails, including in Marion and Polk counties, have increased despite fewer people behind bars because of the pandemic. The report looked at 10 deaths in eight jails, finding that a lack of standards around prisoner health care, restraints, suicide protocols and other factors played a role.
True North duo to perform virtual concert Sunday to benefit Salem Cinema
LOCAL SCHOOLS Feb. 8
Fall enrollment down 4.5% in Salem-Keizer as more families opt for homeschooling
Thousands of Oregon families opted not to send their kids to public school this year, fueling a statewide enrollment drop. Salem-Keizer reported about 1,900 fewer students in the fall of 2020 compared to 2019.
SALEM GOVERNMENT Feb. 8
Demand is high for rent help as service agency prepares to hand out second round of funding
The Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency is seeing nearly 2,000 households that say they need help paying rent. That’s after the agency already distributed $6.6 million to 1,400 households in the last round of funding.
Salem City Council considers traffic study at Monday meeting
AROUND OREGON Feb. 8
AROUND OREGON: National Parks in Northwest post record highs, lows in visitors during 2020
Monthly visitor numbers published by the National Park Service from 2020 show an up and down year across Oregon: Crater Lake National Park in southern Oregon broke several monthly records last year, for example, while the nearby Oregon Caves National Monument & Preserve posted the lowest annual visitor total since 1945.
AGENDA: Salem-Keizer board could change the way its members are elected