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Free February 19
Seniors can sign up for free Covid vaccine drive-through clinic in Woodburn Feb. 25
WEATHER February 19
Roughly 20,000 residents in Salem area still without power going into weekend
Both Portland General Electric and Pacific Power say crews are working through the weekend to restore service. The governor has extended her emergency declaration.
February 19
Keizer Chamber seeks new executive director
February 19
Patriot Prayer supporter involved in Capitol attack allowed to move out of state
LOCAL SCHOOLS February 19
PHOTOS: New additions in progress at McKay, South Salem high schools
Two Salem high schools are in the middle of significant renovations scheduled to finish in time for a new school year in the fall. They're among 25 schools in the Salem-Keizer district that will be renovated this year.
Free February 19
More Covid vaccines should arrive in Salem area next week as seniors 70 and older become eligible
LOCAL SCHOOLS February 19
Salem-Keizer on schedule for massive construction push with 25 schools set for renovations this year
Local voters approved nearly $620 million in bonds in 2018 to fund projects modernizing every school in the district. With extra earnings through grants and bond sales, schools are now expected to get nearly $700 million of work without costing taxpayers more.
SALEM COMMUNITY February 19
Calls to community resource line show how the pandemic has fallen unevenly on women in Marion County
In Marion County 74% of contacts to the 211 resource line were from women. The biggest needs were for healthcare, housing and utility assistance.
February 19
Hundreds of trailer loads of debris hauled out of Salem drop off sites
WEATHER February 18
More lights are back on in the Salem area, but outages will linger in north Marion County
Portland General Electric expects 90% of its customers to have power restored by Friday with a few hard-hit areas, including Woodburn, remaining in the dark. Salem Electric has restored power to its customers. But schools, internet service and transportation are still affected.
February 18
Salem firefighters rescue Scotts Mills woman who fell 50 feet down well
AROUND OREGON February 18
AROUND OREGON: During the pandemic, telemedicine abortions become crucial resource for women
Since 2016, Oregon women have had the option to end their early pregnancies at home with an abortion through a telemedicine program. The pandemic has made that resource even more crucial for women with limited options.
Free February 18
Salem-Keizer cancels school Friday, Feb. 19
February 18
Salem resident builds website to track pace of PGE power restoration
February 18
Interstate 5 from Brooks to Canby closing Thursday night for PGE repairs
HOMELESSNESS February 18
On a mission to “seek and save the lost,” Bruce Donohue ventures into homeless encampments he once inhabited
The Union Gospel Mission outreach worker spends his day looking for new faces on the street to offer houseless people a cup of coffee or warm meal at the mission. No stranger to living on the street, he’s eager to get others connected to services through the faith-based nonprofit.
FreeCOVID VACCINATION February 18
Icy weather frustrates vaccination effort for Salem seniors
An order of 67,000 Covid vaccines Oregon expected to receive early this week hasn’t yet shipped because of poor weather, and hundreds more vaccination appointments in the Salem area were canceled because of ice and power outages.
February 17
Following winter storms, Oregon Department of Justice taking price-gouging complaints
February 17
Salem-Keizer cancels school for Thursday, Feb. 18; district offices open
COVID IN OREGON February 17
As harvest season looms, agriculture and farmworker groups clash over Covid regulations
The Oregon Farm Bureau is arguing that a state rule aimed at preventing the spread of Covid in farmworker housing has made workers less safe. But Marion County farmworker advocates say the pandemic has made long-standing issues around farmworker housing worse and the rule has kept workers from getting sick.
February 17
Video shows train smashing into semi-truck at intersection of 12th and Center Street
SALEM HISTORY February 17
To honor Oregon’s birthday, Salem history groups create video on the state’s early Black settlers
The video tells the story of how Black people came to Oregon at a time when the state constitution barred them from settling or owning land. It includes the story Hiram Gorman, one of Salem’s first Black residents who operated a newspaper press and had a green thumb.
Free February 17
PGE says 90% of Oregon customers will have power back by Friday night
Free February 17
Salem-Keizer schools will resume grab-and-go meals Thursday
AROUND OREGON February 17
AROUND OREGON: Holey war: Klamath Falls donut shop sued by restaurant with similar name
The family-owned operation, known until last week as the Holey Donut, will no longer go by that moniker after its owners were sued by The Holy Donut, a Maine bakery located 3,100 miles away.
February 17
More than 48,000 in Marion and Polk counties remain without power
February 16
Help available for low-income Oregonians who've had to toss food because of storm
FreeWEATHER February 16
Salem residents can drop debris at four city parks starting Wednesday
Storm clean-up and restoration efforts continued Tuesday across the Salem area as about 54,000 remain without power. Amid the chaos, some teachers handed out groceries and strangers connected on Facebook to share generators.
February 16
Keep fridge doors closed and don't taste food to find out if it's gone bad, Emergency Management advises
SALEM COMMUNITY February 16
“You can do more damage than the storm.” Foresters urge caution when assessing tree damage
The Oregon Department of Forestry has two tip sheets which can help residents determine if they can salvage their trees, where to make cuts and if a professional is needed.
Free February 16
Comcast says about 22,000 in Salem without internet; no timeline for restoration
Free February 16
Salem-Keizer cancels school for Wednesday. Feb. 17
Free February 16
McKay High School teachers plan to hand out food at noon, need donations
WEATHER February 16
Despite damage caused by snow storm, Enchanted Forest still aims to open March 19
The iconic park located south of Salem saw many of its rides and attractions tattered or outright crushed by the storm. But much of the park remains unscathed and the money it raised last year means it has a shot at reopening after it removes all the fallen trees.
Free February 16
Marion County sets up call center for welfare checks, other needs
February 16
Warming centers open Tuesday; 56,000 still without power in Salem area
February 16
Northeast Court and Center streets closed following train and semi-trailer crash
FreeWEATHER February 15
With more outages overnight, many in Salem head into fourth day without power
Portland General Electric still has no set timeline for restoring power to the tens of thousands of Salem-area homes currently in the dark. Churches in Salem and Keizer will open as warming centers Tuesday and online school is canceled for Salem-Keizer as many students, teachers and district buildings remain without power.
Free February 15
No school for Salem-Keizer students Tuesday; grab-and-go meals suspended
SALEM COMMUNITY February 15
As the lights went out, Salem adapted with camp stoves and candles
Tens of thousands of people in Marion and Polk counties were left without power after the worst ice storm in decades left the Willamette Valley a frozen mess of downed trees and power lines. Salem Reporter reached out to residents to found out how they handled a weekend of darkness.
Free February 15
UPDATES: Street closures, city advises people to stay out of popular parks
Free February 15
PGE says no estimate for restoring power in Salem
Free February 15
Locations open in Keizer, Turner, Woodburn to drop off yard debris
Free February 15
PGE said restoring power could take several days following “worst ice, snow and windstorm in the past 40 years”
FreeWEATHER February 14
Utilities make progress, but thousands around Salem face another night without power
City and county crews continued efforts to clear roads throughout Salem and Marion County under a state of emergency. Local officials asked citizens to stay home as much as possible as they deal with downed trees and power lines.

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