FreeCOVID VACCINATION Mar. 26
Thousands more Covid vaccines coming to Salem as state speeds up timeline
Grocery store employees, restaurant workers and hundreds of thousands of other Oregonians will be eligible for a vaccine April 5 as the pace of federal vaccine shipments continues to increase.
Rocket captured on video lights up sky Thursday night
SALEM AREA EVENTS Mar. 26
With an uncertain reopening, Salem’s events magazine ponders its future
Carlee Wright is the brains behind Press Play Salem, a bi-monthly free events magazine. She’s debating if she can put out a summer issue after a more than year-long hiatus.
COVID IN SALEM Mar. 26
Readers weigh in on getting a Covid vaccine in Salem
We asked and you shared accounts of getting a shot or trying to find one.
World Beat cancels event that draws thousands for second year in a row
LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: Oregon Senate passes gun safety bill
Free Mar. 26
Frontline workers in Oregon now eligible for vaccines April 5
AROUND OREGON Mar. 26
AROUND OREGON: Grand Ronde tribe proposes larger environmental restoration area
Tribal Chairwoman Cheryle A. Kennedy said this vision will help restore public access, provide economic prosperity and return the tribe to the role of caregiver over an important piece of its homeland near Oregon City.
Wanted: Candidate to hire on as Polk County commissioner
SALEM PEOPLE Mar. 25
After helping write landmark laws and keeping Salem’s nonprofits humming, Ken Sherman retires
In his 46 years practicing law in Salem, Ken Sherman Jr. left his mark on the community through decades of service to civic and nonprofit organizations, particularly Salem Health. Recently retired, he’s eager to keep learning, reading and raising his newly adopted cat.
COVID IN OREGON Mar. 25
Report from state auditors raises concerns about Oregon’s response to Covid in long-term care facilities
State officials have highlighted how Oregon has weathered the pandemic better than others. But a new report finds that how two state agencies reacted to outbreaks in nursing homes and other congregate care facilities likely added to the death toll. Over half of Oregon's and Marion County’s Covid deaths have been in long-term care facilities.
Free Mar. 25
Can sick leave be used for Covid shots? A state agency says yes
Police seek tips after two 17-year-olds shot in southeast Salem
Oregon Employment Department offers initial claims form in Spanish
LOCAL SCHOOLS Mar. 25
Data shows more than 80% of Salem-Keizer elementary school students opted to return in-person
About 3,000 district elementary school students were attending school all online before spring break, while 14,000 were back in the classroom. Just a few hundred students transferred to an all-online program ahead of the switch, with Latino and Asian students slightly more likely to transfer.
AROUND OREGON Mar. 25
AROUND OREGON: Criticism from all sides on Bureau of Reclamation's plan for Klamath Basin
Irrigation district managers in the Project received a notice from Reclamation last week that diversions of water from Upper Klamath Lake and the Klamath River will be delayed until April 15 at the earliest.
UPDATED: Two shot in Four Corners area Wednesday, police investigating
STATE GOVERNMENT Mar. 24
Oregon Legislature debates extending overtime pay to farmworkers
A bill in the Legislature would require agricultural employers to pay workers extra for working the long days common on farms. Proponents say farmworkers deserve the same overtime pay other jobs get, particularly after working through a pandemic and wildfires. But farmers say it’ll upend the agricultural economy and result in less pay for workers.
AROUND OREGON Mar. 24
AROUND OREGON: Work begins on new Detroit Community Center
A coalition of builders and suppliers are taking on the job of raising a new community center in Detroit, replacing a city hall building destroyed by last fall's wildfires. A ground breaking was held recently to commemorate the launch
Hundreds of trees planted in Salem last year before winter storm
Reservations open for "recess" at Gilbert House Children's Museum
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AROUND OREGON Mar. 24
AROUND OREGON: Website connects consumers to fresh Oregon-grown food
Oregon Taste, a public service project of nonprofit James Beard Public Market, announced the launch of OregonTaste.com, a searchable online directory of the state’s locally grown fresh food.
SALEM HEALTH CARE Mar. 24
A chaotic, gratifying first year for Salem’s new primary care clinic
Just weeks after opening their doors, the staff of South Salem Primary Care found themselves adapting to telemedicine and navigating a pandemic with their patients. Dr. Rashanda Brown said she’s hopeful virtual visits and an interest in preventative health care will stick around.
COVID IN OREGON Mar. 23
After weeks of declining Covid cases, Polk County will see restrictions eased
The new restrictions will allow more people in restaurants, gyms and churches. Marion County will remain under more restrictions, for now, effectively creating two sets of Covid regulations for Salem.
Worker dies in Silverton seed facility fire Tuesday
Pandemic relief brings more college aid for Oregon teens, young adults in foster care
PUBLIC SAFETY Mar. 23
Park maintenance workers shaken after assault in Wallace Marine Park
Two workers picking up trash in the park say they were confronted by a man and bitten by his dog. Unsheltered people have been allowed to live in the park for the past year in an effort to limit the spread of Covid. The incident raises questions about the safety and security in Salem parks.
AGENDA: Commissioners to consider excessive force policy, ODOT funds for school routes
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT Mar. 23
Salem City Council approves temporary managed camp for unsheltered people on Portland Road
The Salem City Council on Monday night approved a new managed camp in the parking lot of a current warming shelter. As that closes next week, the location will see little white buildings installed that’ll house up to 40 people.
Salem receives award for tree care, community engagement
GUEST COLUMN Mar. 23
COLUMN: Those 'zero premium' plans can have major differences for out-of-pocket expenses
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.
Weigh in on climate action strategies through city survey
LOCAL SCHOOLS Mar. 22
Oregon will allow less space between students in class, but Salem-Keizer not planning changes
State health and education officials said Monday schools can safely prevent Covid spread with three feet of space between students in most classrooms, rather than six. The change means some schools could resume full-time in-person classes. But Salem-Keizer will stick with its plan for two days per week in-person and doesn’t expect a full return until the fall.
HOMELESSNESS Mar. 22
Salem considers managed homeless camp in former car lot
The Salem City Council Monday evening will consider a resolution that would establish a managed camp on Portland Road where a warming center will close next week. All told, up to 48 people could stay there.
LOCAL SCHOOLS Mar. 22
Wanted: Salem high school students who love hands-on learning
Seniors at Salem-Keizer's Career Technical Education Center resumed part-time classes last week. District programs in agriscience, culinary arts, business and robotics are seeking more students for the fall as the pandemic has pushed back their regular recruitment schedule.
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AGENDA: Salem City Council to consider board appointments, tree report
AROUND OREGON Mar. 22
AROUND OREGON: Asian American leaders in Oregon react to Atlanta shootings: ‘I am scared for our community’
Elementary school counselor Sakura Hamada also created a presentation to students that addresses hate crimes against Asian Americans and their historical context. Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler also said separately that Portland has seen a recent increase in hate and bias crimes targeting Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.