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SALEM PUBLIC SAFETY Apr. 3
Police shoot, kill suicidal man in south Salem Friday
The Oregon State Police said the fatal shooting occurred Friday evening as an armed man confronted police in a southeast Salem residential neighborhood.
Apr. 2
Willamette Heritage Center to reopen April 6
FreeSALEM AREA EVENTS Apr. 2
PHOTOS: Car parade aims to raise awareness about child abuse
The early morning parade cruised from the Willamette Heritage Center past the Capitol as several groups "painted the town blue" in honor of child abuse prevention month.
CHERRIOTS Apr. 2
Cherriots considers new bus service connecting Salem to Albany
The transit agency is currently in the middle of a study looking into the feasibility of the new line. Central questions include: will people use it? How much will they pay?
Free Apr. 2
Family of frontline workers can get a Covid vaccine in Oregon
AROUND OREGON Apr. 2
AROUND OREGON: Former Roseburg city councilor embroiled in dispute over therapy chickens
The former city councilor registered her chickens as emotional support animals after appealing a decision by police to revoke her livestock permit for her home a few blocks outside of downtown Roseburg.
Apr. 2
LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: Oregon Senate passes bill making it a crime to display a noose
Apr. 2
Salem to host Ironman triathlon in July
LOCAL GOVERNMENT Apr. 2
Keizer city manager to resign after office gun episode
The Keizer City Council reached an agreement for Chris Eppley to leave as he was under investigation for discharging a gun in his office.
OREGON SCHOOLS Apr. 1
Gov. Brown joins Woodburn students for first day back in-person
The governor visited Lincoln Elementary School, where about half the school's 640 students have opted to come back in-person four days per week, meeting a class mascot and speaking with educators about the challenges of the past year.
STATE GOVERNMENT Apr. 1
Salem professionals support legislation to make telemedicine a more routine part of health care
Health care providers turned to telemedicine as doctor’s offices in Salem were closed to routine visits because of the pandemic. A bill moving through the Oregon Legislature would make telehealth a permanent part of how Oregonians get care. Proponents say it will increase access, particularly around mental health. Insurance companies worry it’ll increase costs.
Free Apr. 1
Salem Health rolls out mobile vaccine clinics in Marion, Polk counties
FreeHOMELESSNESS Apr. 1
A managed homeless camp closes at fairgrounds, but provides lessons for social service providers
The Oregon State Fairgrounds Pavilion served as a temporary homeless shelter for the past two months and provided an example of how a managed tent camp could run in the city. Now, dozens of people who were living there will move back into city parks while a handful have secured permanent housing.
Apr. 1
LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: Empty hotels could become shelters or housing
Apr. 1
Friday car parade aims to raise awareness of child abuse in Marion County
FreeCOMMUNITY COLLEGE Apr. 1
Chemeketa plans to resume classes in the fall, anxious if students will return
Enrollment in Oregon community colleges dropped by one fourth, with career and technical education programs particularly affected. Jessica Howard, president of Chemeketa Community College, said her school is well-poised to aid in the Salem area’s economic recovery and sees opportunity out of the chaos of the past year. Uncertainty and financial challenges remain.
Mar. 31
Police arrest three teens after MacLaren escape
Mar. 31
Help available to finanacially distressed Pacific Power customers in Marion County
FreeSTATE GOVERNMENT Mar. 31
Oregon lawmakers consider bills aimed at helping Marion County rebuild from last year’s wildfires
Measures being considered would make it easier for property owners in the fire-ravaged canyon to rebuild and catch a break on property taxes. Tens of millions of dollars in funding could also be on the way.
Free Mar. 31
Marion County opens Covid vaccinations to all frontline workers, adults with health conditions
SALEM CULTURE Mar. 31
Hidden waterfalls inspire forthcoming Salem Public Library art installation
Amanda Wojick is creating a large installation that will incorporate waterfalls and numbers for a piece that will overlook the main floor of the Salem Public Library as construction nears an end.
Mar. 31
Finish Women's History Month Wednesday with a panel of Salem women
HOMELESSNESS Mar. 31
Homeless service providers face uphill battle rolling out Covid vaccine
A recent vaccination event at the Oregon State Fairgrounds with unsheltered people living at the Pavilion got few takers. Homeless service providers said interest will be low at first, relying on unsheltered “vaccine ambassadors” to build trust about the inoculation.
Mar. 30
Salem's unemployment rate didn't budge in February
Mar. 30
Marion County Sheriff's Office seeks tips following shots fired in east Salem
SALEM ECONOMY Mar. 30
Salem has large pockets of residents behind on utilities. New programs offer relief
Oregon Public Utility Commission has recently approved programs designed by investor-owned utilities to give customers a break on past-due bills. Documents provided by the commission show two ZIP codes are in particular need of help.
AROUND OREGON Mar. 30
AROUND OREGON: Warm Springs fights to preserve language as elders slip away
More than 20 people at Warm Springs have died from COVID-19, taking their knowledge of language and tradition with them. A program within the Warm Springs Education Department brings elders into schools to teach the culture to both students and educators.
Mar. 30
AGENDA: Marion County Commissioners consider fire sprinkler purchase, child abuse prevention month
SALEM AREA EVENTS Mar. 30
Austrian music, absurdist poetry coming to Salem as Oregon Symphony plans October return
After more than a year with no live performances, the symphony is planning a regular season of six concerts at Willamette University’s Smith Auditorium, with season tickets on sale now. Newly appointed music director David Danzmayr will make his debut.
Mar. 30
Salem police arrest 18-year-old following northeast Salem shooting
Mar. 30
Salem-Keizer adds two days to school year as ice storm makeup
HOMELESSNESS Mar. 30
Salem tries for state, federal grants to get affordable housing project built
Sequoia Crossings has been in the works for years but has stalled because of a lack of funding. Salem Housing Authority is going after two grants in hopes of securing $18 million to house 60 households who are chronically homeless.
AROUND OREGON Mar. 29
AROUND OREGON: Judge rules Ontario prison must enforce mask mandate, consider rapid tests for employees
Circuit Court Judge Amy Baggio found that two inmates' Eighth Amendment right to protection from cruel and unusual punishment had been violated over medical care. She found that prison workers doubt the seriousness of Covid.
LOCAL SCHOOLS Mar. 29
After Marion County lands state money, walking to school will be safer in east Salem
Marion County’s public works department recently received state funding for crosswalk and sidewalk improvements near three east Salem elementary schools: Mary Eyre, Four Corners and Auburn.
SALEM ECONOMY Mar. 29
With low inventory and high demand, Salem’s housing market tightens
The number of houses for sale in Oregon’s capital city plummeted in recent months as homebuyers with access to cheap money have sought to upgrade their living situation. Salem remains more affordable than other parts of Oregon.
OREGON WILDFIRES Mar. 29
AROUND OREGON: Other utilities cut power to reduce fire risks. Pacific Power didn't, and may face the consequences.
The Oregon Public Utility Commission says it has the authority to investigate wildfires caused by power lines and levy fines, but it hasn’t acted on that authority -- as California’s regulatory agency has. And Oregon’s utility commissioners failed to ask Oregon’s two largest electricity providers whether power lines were implicated in last fall’s fires.
Mar. 29
Watch Gov. Brown, Superintendent Christy Perry talk school reopening at 1 p.m.
Free Mar. 29
Covid vaccine appointments open for April 1 clinic in Woodburn
SALEM COMMUNITY Mar. 29
Three people arrested following left- and right-wing clash at Capitol
About 150 left-wing protesters gathered at the Capitol Sunday to confront a right-wing caravan, which resulted in protesters smashing a truck window and a man pulling a gun on protesters after his truck was vandalized.
Mar. 29
Oregon House effectively halts work out of Covid concerns

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