SALEM ECONOMY February 24
Grocery store workers demand their turn for Covid vaccinations
In Salem, video of maskless shoppers confronting grocery store workers has gone viral, and workers report they’re exposed to hundreds of people daily. As the state rolls out vaccines, grocery workers are still waiting to find out when they’ll be eligible.
POWER OUTAGES February 23
As more of Salem returns to normal, these families are still in the dark.
Thousands of Salem-area homes are approaching nearly two weeks without power. While Portland General Electric says nearly everyone within the city limits will be back on by Wednesday, outages in more rural areas and one south Salem neighborhood could last into the weekend.
Indoor dining will return to Salem as region sees fewer Covid cases
AGENDA: Marion County commissioners to consider contracts for medical providers, Covid services and HIV
Two local attorneys appointed as state judges in Marion County
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT February 23
Library patrons rejoice. Salem City Council approves free parking for the library.
After hearing complaints about library parking for years, the Salem City Council on Monday unanimously voted to allow three hours of free parking at the library parkade on Liberty Street which has been closed while the library undergoes seismic upgrades. Two councilors called it an equity issue.
AGENDA: Salem-Keizer School Board to be briefed on school reopening, academic progress
SALEM AREA NONPROFITS February 23
Private music lessons are expensive. This Salem nonprofit is making them easier for teens to access.
Junior Kevin Flores gets weekly violin lessons through Salem’s Music Lessons Project, helping him hone his skills for orchestra competitions as he works on a difficult Mozart concerto. The project helps hundreds of students afford music lessons each year.
Fund to help distressed renters and landlords opens with high hopes
SALEM ECONOMY February 22
With small businesses in mind, federal dollars again flow to Salem businesses
Late last year, Congress renewed the Paycheck Protection Program. This time, the popular program has safeguards directing money to smaller companies. While Salem companies say they are benefitting, the program hasn’t solved all their problems.
About 3,500 still without power in Salem 10 days after ice storm
Sheriff's Office identifies cyclist killed in car crash
SALEM COMMUNITY February 22
Hot potato: How a Salem woman came up with an idea to keep unsheltered people warm and full
Lisa Letney wanted to help when she heard about flooding in the two camps where unhoused people have been allowed to live during the pandemic. She turned to spuds because they’re cheap, hot and make it easy for people to get involved.
GUEST COLUMN February 22
COLUMN: Hunting through insurance plans can yield needed coverage
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.
AGENDA: Salem City Council to consider long range planning, free library parking and legislative priorities Monday
Cyclist seriously injured after getting hit by car, sheriff's office says