Free Mar. 5
Salem-Keizer to host parent forums about resuming in-person middle, high school
Oregon Department of Justice settles with Salem hotel over wildfire price gouging
Salem library expands curbside pickup times, restarts delivery program
LOCAL SCHOOLS Mar. 5
Brown orders Oregon public schools to resume in-person classes by April 19
The announcement comes as Salem-Keizer School District leaders said middle and high school students will have in-person classes two days per week starting April 13. The governor's announcement won't change the district's timeline.
SALEM COMMUNITY Mar. 5
No criminal charges in Selma Pierce’s death
The Polk County District Attorney’s Office has found no evidence to merit a criminal investigation into a car accident that led to the prominent community activist and philanthropist’s death. Selma Pierce’s husband, Bud Pierce, called it a tragedy that the driver didn’t see his wife.
SALEM ECONOMY Mar. 5
COLUMN: Where the good jobs in the Salem area are and how much education is needed to get them
Despite the economic downturn, there will continue to be in-demand occupations. While many only require a high-school diploma, getting a college degree is likely to pay off.
WOU will return to majority in-person classes for fall
"High risk" counties will have more time to bring Covid cases down before seeing more restrictions
Salem could cut its emissions by half if Oregon, energy companies meet their goals
Oregon gardeners can get free seeds, watch educational videos through gardening challenge
AROUND OREGON Mar. 4
AROUND OREGON: First case of Brazilian Covid variant confirmed in Douglas County
The Brazilian variant, also known as P.1 became known after it fueled a record-breaking case spike in the city of Manaus in the Amazon. The Douglas County case appears to be related to business travel outside the United States to and from Brazil.
SALEM COMMUNITY Mar. 4
With masks and social distancing, Salem Saturday Market returns early
The weekly market opens a month early to offer Salem fresh produce and other goods. While Covid precautions remain in effect, the market hopes to have more vendors than last year.
Free Mar. 4
Salem area should see more Covid vaccines week of March 7
SALEM NONPROFITS Mar. 4
Years in the making, the foundation is being built for Salem’s new YMCA
The pandemic has delayed construction and increased costs for Salem’s downtown YMCA, which is now expected to open in April 2022. CEO Timothy Sinatra wants the three-story building to be a gathering place for families of all ages, offering everything from swim lessons to senior triathlons and school outreach events.
Oregon Department of Human Services gets federal grant to help wildfire survivors
SALEM ECONOMY Mar. 3
Owner of Glamour Salon says she's closing up shop and moving away
Lindsey Graham, the owner of Salem's Glamour Salon, became a magnet for praise and criticism after defying pandemic orders. She's now trying to terminate the lease at her salon and says she'll move to “a deep red land of economic opportunity.”
Salem's police chief to speak at Salem City Club
Free Mar. 3
Safeway, Albertsons pharmacies in Oregon will have Johnson & Johnson vaccines starting March 4
PUBLIC SAFETY Mar. 3
Shuttle driver for Church at the Park charged with drug possession following off-duty crash
Church at the Park said it fired one of its drivers after an off-duty crash seriously hurt a pedestrian. The church employed the driver through a program to put unsheltered people to work.
STATE NEWS Mar. 3
Oregon's child welfare director sees reforms taking hold
Midway through her second year Oregon's child welfare director, Rebecca Jones Gaston says the agency is working hard to bolster training for its workers, improve response times on an abuse hotline, and address difficult issues such as structural racism.
Free Mar. 3
Woodburn Ambulance will begin second Covid vaccine doses March 11
LOCAL SCHOOLS Mar. 3
PHOTOS: In Salem, a second "first day of school" as in-person classes resume
From desks in taped rectangles to hand sanitizer stations, here's what elementary school looks like now in Salem.
Help available for Oregon businesses and commercial landlords
Free Mar. 2
Oregon will distribute Johnson & Johnson Covid vaccines to adult foster homes
SALEM ECONOMY Mar. 2
The pandemic exposed shortcomings in Oregon’s labor laws. A bill would let workers take matters into their own hands
A bill currently in the Legislature would allow workers and their allies to enforce labor laws against employers who rip off their employees or expose them to unsafe conditions. Businesses in Salem and elsewhere worry they’ll be buried under litigation.
LOCAL SCHOOLS Mar. 2
Salem’s youngest kids head back to in-person classes
Tuesday morning had the feel of a first day of school, with lines of eager teachers greeting parents dropping off students for in-person classes across the Salem-Keizer School District. For many kindergarteners, it was their first time inside a school building.
AGENDA: Marion County commissioners to consider liquor licenses, contract amendment
SALEM PEOPLE AND PLACES Mar. 2
Pioneer Cemetery surveying damage to grave markers, historic trees following ice storm
Two white oaks at Salem's Pioneer Cemetery were among the casualties during February's ice storm, and the cemetery remains closed to the public pending a debris pick-up.
Salem climate action group meets Wednesday
PUBLIC SAFETY Mar. 2
SOLUTIONS: As Salem grapples with police oversight, another Oregon city may provide a blueprint for reform
A Salem city panel intended to provide police oversight hasn’t heard a complaint in years. Reform advocates say oversight must include power to investigate complaints or otherwise risk becoming “performative political statements with no actual ‘teeth’ or power.”
LOCAL SCHOOLS Mar. 1
A year into online school, more of Salem’s youngest students are struggling to read
New Salem-Keizer data shows that the number of second graders considered “high risk” for being off track to read proficiently has increased slightly. Gaps are bigger for native Spanish speakers, Black and Pacific Islander students and those receiving special education services.
Annual breakfast with the police chief goes virtual Wednesday
Grocery store workers union blasts governor's new vaccination schedule
AROUND the NORTHWEST Mar. 1
AROUND the NORTHWEST: U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson talks about saving the salmon, breaching the dams and his new proposal
Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, has drawn both praise and criticism for his plan to save Idaho's wild salmon, but he says many opponents simply shut down when they hear the words "dam removal." He talks about the response – and the aims of his proposal – in this interview with Columbia Insight.
STATE GOVERNMENT Mar. 1
With Oregon Capitol closed, lobbyists struggle to lobby without a lobby
Interviews by the Salem Reporter with 10 lobbyists revealed that the hefty virtual workload caused by pandemic restrictions has significantly changed the legislative process. Lobbyists say much of their communication now happens over thousands of text messages and emails while clamoring to get time on legislators’ already packed schedule of Zoom meetings. The dynamics could affect what bills are passed and what's in them.
Salem debris drop off open until Sunday
High school sports matches begin in Salem this week
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT Mar. 1
This northeast neighborhood says it has the worst sidewalks in Salem
Homeowners in the Northeast Neighborhood in Salem have complained about buckled sidewalks for years, but the city said funding remains a barrier to fixing the thousands of needed repairs. The city councilor who represents the area wants to create a portal to catalog the complaints.