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FreeCOVID VACCINATION Mar. 20
Searching for a Covid vaccination in Portland? Try taking a road trip to Salem
March 18 marked the first time Salem Health's Covid vaccination clinic at the state fairgrounds had appointments remaining unfilled. The large allocation of vaccines to Marion County has many Oregonians traveling from elsewhere to get a shot.
Mar. 19
A fast move by a Cherriots bus driver prevents potential tragedy
Mar. 19
A fast move by a Cherriots bus driver prevents potential tragedy
SALEM ECONOMY Mar. 19
SALEM ECONOMIC INDEX: Problems in the housing and labor market, but good news elsewhere
Salem Reporter is adding a new monthly feature to look at key indicators to give you a sense of how the Salem area economy is performing. This month’s data show that Salem’s housing market has tightened but lottery sales and business filings offer reasons for optimism.
Mar. 19
Here's how much energy Salem's wastewater plant is creating
Free Mar. 19
In Salem, farmworkers and adults with health conditions will be eligible for a Covid vaccine March 22
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT Mar. 19
How the pandemic is frustrating Salem library patrons
Some library patrons, especially homeschool parents who rely on borrowed books to teach their kids, have been frustrated by the now yearlong library closure. The Salem Public Library earlier this month expanded access to its curbside pickup service to accommodate increased demand. Librarian Sarah Strahl said the library has to balance service and safety when considering opening its doors.
Free Mar. 19
Watch Gov. Brown, Oregon health officials announce vaccine schedule changes at 11 a.m.
SALEM PEOPLE AND PLACES Mar. 19
New bubble exhibit will welcome the first kids back to Gilbert House
Salem’s Gilbert House Children’s Museum kicked off a renovation in early 2020 to celebrate its 30th anniversary. Months after work finished, families can at last explore the outdoor play area and check out Bill’s Bubble House as it reopens over spring break.
Mar. 18
Deadline approaching for Chemeketa Foundation scholarships
SALEM COMMUNITY Mar. 18
Neighborhood by neighborhood, a new project wants to change the odds for Salem's kids
After almost four decades at the helm of Catholic Community Services in Salem, Jim Seymour is leading a group that asks families to weigh on in the social problems within their own neighborhoods, starting in the Hallman area. He says the only way to reduce poverty and help kids succeed is by listening to their parents about what they need.
Mar. 18
Oregonians will have more time to get their state and federal tax returns in
Mar. 18
Map shows trail, recreation closures from wildfires
GOVERNMENT Mar. 18
Marion County: A year of “fire, ice and isolation"
The Marion County commissioners highlighted successes in vaccinating residents, providing a temporary shelter for wildfire evacuees and helping struggling small businesses during their annual State of the County address Wednesday.
STATE GOVERNMENT Mar. 18
As camping season approaches, Oregon state parks hope for a return to “normal”
Oregon state parks saw declines in campers last year, which was marked by a pandemic and historic wildfires. The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department says it kept staffing levels steady and hopes to reopen fire-ravaged Detroit Lake State Park.
Mar. 17
Salem man dies after being struck by car on Silverton Road
LOCAL SCHOOLS Mar. 17
Cowboy costumes, baby chicks mark first day back for fourth and fifth graders
About 14,000 students are now attending local elementary schools in-person part-time after the Salem-Keizer School District welcomed back older elementary school students this week.
LOCAL SCHOOLS Mar. 17
PHOTOS: Fourth and fifth graders join younger classmates in Salem-Keizer schools
Wednesday was another "first day of school" for thousands of kids across the Salem-Keizer School District as the final group of elementary school students resumed in-person classes.
Mar. 17
City of Salem offers aid to residents behind on utilities
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT Mar. 17
Local governments in Salem area prepare for unexpected $115 million infusion of federal cash
Local officials are just now planning how to use the money so it’s unclear what Salem residents will see as a result. The millions come with some strings attached – but not many.
Free Mar. 17
All Oregonians will be eligible for a Covid vaccine May 1, Oregon Health Authority says
Mar. 17
Salem to celebrate its cherry blossoms on March 20
AROUND OREGON Mar. 17
AROUND OREGON: Ranchers bullish after spring auctions
Bob Harrell said the 42nd annual bull sale at his family’s Harrell Hereford Ranch in Baker Valley in early March was successful. Harrell said the average price for bulls was up by about $1,000 compared with the 2020 sale, which took place at the start of the pandemic.
Mar. 16
Oregon's unemployment rate declines — but not by much
PUBLIC SAFETY Mar. 16
Salem’s police chief talks about efforts to make inroads with the community
Police Chief Trevor Womack wants to be strategic about the way he implements changes in the department he took the helm of in December. He cautioned the community that some of the desired outcomes identified in a recent police assessment could take years with careful planning and community engagement.
SCHOOL BOARD Mar. 16
No change for May 2021 school board elections as Salem-Keizer adopts longer process for review
Voters across the Salem-Keizer School District will have a say in all four contests for school board this spring. On a 4-3 vote, school board members amended a proposal to adopt a zoned system, instead calling for gathering public input and expert advice over the next 18 months.
Mar. 16
State of the County address Wednesday will highlight Covid response, wildfires
Mar. 16
Willamette president to speak March 19 on "State of Higher Education"
FreeSALEM ECONOMY Mar. 16
Adapting to pandemic's disruption, Q's Corner Barbershop remains a community hub in Salem
Quandray Robertson's barbershop has been a place for people from all walks of life to get a haircut and share stories. Left with lots of extra space following the pandemic, the shop will soon be a boxing gym — as well as a home to a community radio station and barbecue stand. It could be a busy place this summer.
AROUND OREGON Mar. 16
AROUND OREGON: Libraries shrug off Dr. Seuss book controversy
Seuss books rarely are challenged by library patrons across the nation, she said. “Multnomah County Library Director Vailey Oehlke has affirmed our library’s commitment to dismantling systemic racism and oppression,” Cunningham said. In Washington County, Tattersall said individual branches would make decisions about whether to keep the books on their shelves.
Mar. 15
Salem woman sentenced to probation for mace attack during Labor Day protest
Mar. 15
Latest changes to Oregon's school reopening rules will have little impact in Salem
SALEM PEOPLE AND PLACES Mar. 15
With open conversations about addiction, Bridgeway’s primary care provider tackles health and recovery
People with substance abuse and mental health problems die younger than the general population, but often from the same causes, like heart disease or diabetes. For six years, physician assistant Sarah Hadfield has been trying to change those odds in a unique setting: a primary care clinic housed inside Salem's largest addiction treatment provider.
PUBLIC SAFETY Mar. 15
New Marion County judge wants to give back to the community he’s spent his life in
James Edmonds was appointed to the Marion County Circuit Court in February following the retirement of Judge Mary James. He said patience and respect are important qualities for his new role.
Free Mar. 15
Appointments open for Thursday Covid vaccine clinic in Woodburn
Mar. 15
Motorcyclist dies in crash on Highway 99E

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