Conflict resolution speaker coming to Salem April 14
SCHOOL BOARD Apr. 9
Salem-Keizer School Board delays recognition of student journalist following critical coverage of school board campaigns
Board Chair Satya Chandragiri said he was concerned that recognizing senior Eddy Binford-Ross before May school board elections might appear too political. He said the concern wasn’t about the article’s content, but arose after a local socialist group shared it to endorse candidates.
LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: House passes bill to give more flexibility with hunting and fishing fees
STATE GOVERNMENT Apr. 9
Salem ahead of legislation that would make it easier to site emergency shelters
A bill being considered by Oregon lawmakers would make it easier to sidestep land use requirements that slow down the creation of shelters for homeless people. Salem has already moved forward with two emergency shelters.
Draw, garden or get a leg up at work with free Chemeketa workshops
AROUND OREGON Apr. 9
AROUND OREGON: Nyssa plays unlikely role in international counterfeiting conspiracy
Gene L. Thompson and his wife, Guojiao Zhang, also known as Becky Thompson, ran a lucrative scheme importing knockoff luxury handbags from China for sale at reduced prices in the U.S. until they were caught.
PRESCHOOL IN SALEM Apr. 9
Northeast Salem parents finding new help to get their preschoolers ready to learn
Teaching Spanish-speaking parents how to help their kids learn at home is a longstanding goal at the Salem-Keizer Coalition for Equality. Their classes usually focus on elementary school students and their parents, but a flood of requests over the past year led to a new offering for 3- to 5-year-olds.
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT Apr. 9
Salem climate survey finds differing priorities between task force, survey takers
The Climate Action Plan task force met Wednesday to discuss the findings of a March survey in which respondents prioritized repairing sidewalks and preserving green spaces. Task force members prioritized increased bus service, electric vehicles.
LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: Budget rebalance sends extra cash to Salem and surrounding areas
AROUND OREGON Apr. 8
AROUND OREGON: World War II veteran and popular legislator Bill Markham dies at 98
Markham served Douglas County and parts of Josephine County as a Republican representative in the Oregon House from 1969 to 1997, a record 14 terms.
SALEM ECONOMY Apr. 8
With the Great Junk Hunt, things start to return to normal at the Oregon State Fairgrounds
Over the past year, the Oregon State Fairgrounds has been used mostly as a staging area to respond to the tumultuous events of a pandemic and wildfires. On Friday, the pavilion at the fairgrounds will host a show of household wares, which could be the beginning of more “normal” events in the future.
Salem Budget Committee meets April 14
Salem Health seeks applications for community grants
HOMELESSNESS Apr. 8
A year of struggles, failed services, a lonely motel death
Brian Jackman was one of dozens of unsheltered people who died in Salem in the past 14 months. His story provides insight into the struggles unhoused people have faced in Salem during the pandemic as access to services has been cut off and people's health conditions have worsened.
COVID IN OREGON Apr. 8
Oregon won't approve Covid exposure app, citing limited resources
In a news release Tuesday, the health authority said it “decided to pause the ongoing planning” for the application to “focus on vaccinations and other priority efforts to end the COVID-19 pandemic.”
LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: Bill in Oregon Legislature aims to improve civics education
STATE GOVERNMENT Apr. 7
Oregon Legislature considers bill creating right to repair electronics
Proponents of the bill say it would cut down on electronic waste while making computers and other devices more accessible. But industry groups say the bill could harm consumer privacy and there are already ways to get devices repaired.
Three arrested in connection with February shooting in west Salem
HOMELESSNESS Apr. 7
Salem to get millions to create emergency shelter, street outreach
This week Oregon Housing and Community Services announced $5.5 million would be coming to the Salem area to help pay for new day shelters, motel stays, short-term rental assistance and expanded data collection.
SALEM PEOPLE Apr. 7
After meandering path marked by ‘oddball invocations,' Willamette University’s “heart and soul” plans her retirement
As Willamette University’s chaplain, Karen Wood counseled grieving students, made lawyer jokes at commencement and shepherded a program to help students find a path forward after college based on their values and spirituality.
Commissioner, farmworker organizer get Covid vaccines during Marion County meeting
SALEM PUBLIC SAFETY Apr. 6
Salem mother tells of efforts to help son in moments before fatal police shooting
A 22-year-old Salem man had troubled mental health and struggled with drug abuse. His mother told Salem Reporter in an interview that urged him to surrender a shotgun on Friday, April 2, but he drew the weapon in a move that resulted in his death as Salem police arrived.
LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: Oregon House passes bill intended to protect distressed homeowners
Polk County has two weeks to bring Covid cases down before businesses must reduce capacity
PBS NewsHour features segment on Enchanted Forest
LOCAL SCHOOLS Apr. 6
With bands, balloons and ‘awkward school spirit,’ Salem high schools will welcome back students
As the Salem-Keizer School District moves forward with reopening, thousands of middle and high school students across Salem will be back in school buildings two days per week starting April 13. That’s required lots of careful planning for students, some of whom will step in the buildings for the first time.
SALEM ECONOMY Apr. 6
COLUMN: Is a low wage a living wage in Marion County?
Throughout the pandemic, low-wage "essential" workers have largely continued working take care of elderly in nursing homes, stock shelves, ring up groceries, deliver the mail, drive buses and perform other necessities of everyday life. Without some long-term meaningful aid to these workers, it will be a lopsided recovery, just as the recession has been.
Free Apr. 6
All Oregonians 16 or older will be eligible for Covid vaccine April 19
LIFE IN MARION COUNTY Apr. 6
PHOTOS: Tulip Fest showcases the Willamette Valley's springtime color
Peak blooming season is just ahead for the Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival, which draws visitors to Woodburn to appreciate the spring flowers. After a 2020 cancellation, the farm is back open and will honor passes from last year.
Enchanted Forest to be featured on PBS Monday night
State police identify suicidal man and Salem officer who shot him
LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: Oregon Senate passes bills to curb human trafficking
PUBLIC SAFETY Apr. 5
Court documents give eyewitness accounts of events leading up to a fatal road rage incident
Manuel North faces murder and bias crime charges over the death of Herman Graham during an October confrontation. Witnesses say North yelled racial slurs during and tried to run Graham off the road, according to court documents. North is arguing he acted in self-defense and his lawyer is attempting to make Graham’s previous convictions an issue.
Uncover the secrets of soil at Salem City Club
SALEM COMMUNITY Apr. 5
First tribally owned medication-assisted treatment clinic opens in Salem
The Confederated Tribes of Grande Ronde opened Great Circle Recovery last month to offer no barrier treatment for those struggling with opioid addiction. The clinic will prioritize tribal members with culturally specific care but also serve the other members of the community.
FreeCOVID VACCINATION Apr. 5
Where and how to get a Covid vaccine in Salem
Frontline workers, their family members and anyone 16 or older with a health condition can now get a Covid vaccine in Oregon. We compiled appointment links and tips for the Salem area to help you get scheduled.
SALEM LIFESTYLE Apr. 5
PHOTOS: Drone images capture Capitol, cherry blossoms from up high
PHOTOS: Salem's cherry trees have long been a symbol of the city, and a drone photographer caught stunning images of trees in bloom during sunrise at the Capitol.
Salem adds new traffic cameras at three intersections
LOCAL SCHOOLS Apr. 5
After years of work, North Salem High School will offer students a program that’ll give them a leg up with a global focus
North will become the second high school in the Salem-Keizer School District to offer an International Baccalaureate program for students, allowing them to earn college credit while pursuing high-level courses and second language proficiency. Students can earn a special diploma or pursue a career program.