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LOCAL SCHOOLS Feb. 26
Teachers prepare to welcome Salem’s youngest students back to classrooms
On March 2, more than 4,000 local kindergarten and first graders will be returning to in-person classes in Salem-Keizer schools. The week before meant a flurry of activity for educators as they prepared lessons, reviewed safety protocols and redecorated classrooms.
Feb. 26
Driver dies after colliding with tree on Mission Street
FreeCOVID VACCINATION Feb. 26
All adult Oregonians will be eligible for Covid vaccine by July 1, health officials say
Agricultural workers and adults 45-64 with underlying health conditions will be the next in line for a vaccine starting March 29, state health officials announced Friday. Other frontline workers, including grocery store employees, will become eligible by May 1.
Feb. 26
Earthquake warning? There's an app for that
Feb. 26
Salem woman exceeds goal for hygiene products drive following Salem Reporter article
Feb. 26
Salem Police Department asks for blanket donations
Free Feb. 26
Gov. Brown, health officials announce vaccination schedule for frontline workers at 11 a.m. Friday
Feb. 25
Legislative deja vu: Oregon GOP senators stage walkout
Feb. 25
Chemeketa board approves tuition increase for 2021-22
SALEM ECONOMY Feb. 25
With airlines scrambled by the pandemic, Salem could have a shot at landing commercial flights
Before the pandemic, Fly Salem was formed by local business groups to bring a commercial airline back to Oregon’s capital city. With airline companies rethinking routes, their goal could be within reach in 2022.
AROUND OREGON Feb. 25
AROUND OREGON: Bend proposes code changes to ease creation of homeless shelters
The city wants to remove a code that requires 1,000 feet of separation between temporary housing facilities and make transitional housing, which includes warming and permanent homeless shelters, an outright use in commercial zones and in the section of the Bend Central District that is west of Third Street.
Feb. 25
NAACP to host March 2 discussion on proposal to zone Salem-Keizer School Board elections
Feb. 25
Ferry tolls to increase in Marion County
COVID IN MARION COUNTY Feb. 25
“The hardest decision I’ve ever made.” Remembering a Keizer dad who died of Covid at 43
Amy Senske knew young, healthy people who had gotten Covid and survived. Then her husband got sick.
WATCHDOG Feb. 25
AROUND OREGON: State legislator's firm collected thousands in fees for Malheur County work now being done for free
WATCHDOG: For nearly two years, Malheur County put up money for Gregory Smith & Company to pursue a much-needed federal grant for a publicly-owned industrial park. Now, a Pendleton firm is taking on the work for free, according to public records and interviews.
Feb. 24
Oregon's economy is rebounding faster than expected, according to forecast
SALEM ECONOMY Feb. 24
Salem restaurants prepare to welcome customers back in from the cold
Indoor dining has been banned in Marion and Polk counties since November as a precaution against the spread of Covid. The area’s beleaguered restaurants are eager to welcome customers back beginning Friday. But not all are ready.
Feb. 24
South Salem senior named Oregon student journalist of the year
AROUND OREGON Feb. 24
AROUND OREGON: Salem man sues Mormon church, alleging it allowed youth group leader with child sex conviction to abuse him
The suit accuses the church of negligence in failing to warn members of the youth group leader's 1983 sex abuse conviction and in allowing him to have continued contact with the plaintiff and other children in church groups until the late 1980s.
Feb. 24
More than 1,000 PGE customers in the Salem area still without power
SALEM TREES Feb. 24
Getting rid of a white oak that fell during the ice storm? Be sure to save a slice for science.
Two scientists at Willamette University say the downed trees represent a unique opportunity to study one of Salem’s most iconic native species, the Oregon white oak.
Feb. 24
Salem teachers file labor grievance over pay for extra work hours
SALEM ECONOMY Feb. 24
Grocery store workers demand their turn for Covid vaccinations
In Salem, a 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 Feb. 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.
Feb. 23
Indoor dining will return to Salem as region sees fewer Covid cases
Feb. 23
AGENDA: Marion County commissioners to consider contracts for medical providers, Covid services and HIV
Feb. 23
Two local attorneys appointed as state judges in Marion County
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT Feb. 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.
Feb. 23
AGENDA: Salem-Keizer School Board to be briefed on school reopening, academic progress
SALEM AREA NONPROFITS Feb. 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.
Feb. 22
Fund to help distressed renters and landlords opens with high hopes
SALEM ECONOMY Feb. 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.
Feb. 22
About 3,500 still without power in Salem 10 days after ice storm
Feb. 22
Sheriff's Office identifies cyclist killed in car crash
SALEM COMMUNITY Feb. 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 Feb. 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.
Feb. 22
AGENDA: Salem City Council to consider long range planning, free library parking and legislative priorities Monday
Feb. 22
Cyclist seriously injured after getting hit by car, sheriff's office says

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