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Apr. 16
LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: Oregon House passes bill extending eviction moratorium on businesses
Free Apr. 16
Covid hospitalizations, cases again on the rise as most Oregonians become eligible for shots
AROUND OREGON Apr. 16
AROUND OREGON: Love Oregon’s hiking trails? You can thank a volunteer trail crew for that
Fewer than a dozen people may show up at any given event, but there are hundreds of dedicated regulars who volunteer with one or several organizations helping keep Oregon's trails maintained.
Apr. 16
Keizer man arrested, accused of firing shotgun in front of protest
STATE GOVERNMENT Apr. 16
While Legislature takes up police accountability bills, Salem keeps reform efforts local
About a dozen bills intended to improve police training and accountability are moving through the Legislature. The legislation is in response to racial justice protests that swept the country last summer, including in Salem. But Salem officials and activists are instead focused on local efforts to improve community-police relations.
ON THE AIR Apr. 16
ICYMI with Salem Reporter: Guest appearance by Managing Editor Rachel Alexander
Catch up with local news weekday mornings on community radio station KMWV (98.3 FM) with "In Case You Missed It - With Salem Reporter." One of our reporters joins radio station manager Lisa Walz to discuss a story of two of the day.
FreeCOVID VACCINATION IN OREGON Apr. 15
Expanded eligibility hasn’t closed Oregon’s vaccination gap for Latinos
Marion County has vaccinated a larger share of Latinos than Oregon as a whole thanks to a large outreach push from community organizations and the county health department. But in Salem, the community hardest hit by the pandemic still lags behind, and Latino groups across the state say the health system needs to do more.
FreeSALEM COMMUNITY Apr. 15
Salem residents call for a crisis response team in city budget
During the Salem Budget Committee meeting Wednesday, there was overwhelming support from community members for a mobile response unit that would pair a crisis worker and medic to respond to people in mental health crisis. Funding for such a program hasn’t been allocated in the city budget.
Apr. 15
Salem-Keizer assistant superintendent Kraig Sproles takes job in Eugene
ON THE AIR Apr. 15
ICYMI with Salem Reporter: Guest appearance by reporter Saphara Harrell
Catch up with local news weekday mornings on community radio station KMWV (98.3 FM) with "In Case You Missed It - With Salem Reporter." One of our reporters joins radio station manager Lisa Walz to discuss a story of two of the day.
AROUND OREGON Apr. 15
AROUND OREGON: A financial lifeline during Covid
The economic downturn caused by the pandemic has hit Indian Country particularly hard. Entrepreneurs are turning to small, local lending institutions in a region that’s often outside the reach of traditional banks.
Apr. 15
LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: Bill making telehealth permanent passes House
Apr. 15
LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: Oregon Senate passes bill extending eviction moratorium
FreeSTATE GOVERNMENT Apr. 15
Oregon will get a massive infusion of federal cash. Here's how local lawmakers want it spent
Under the American Rescue Plan and Recovery Act, Oregon is anticipated to get $780 million for new programs and services. Legislative leaders asked lawmakers for ideas on how to spend it. We asked the Marion and Polk counties legislative delegation how they think the money should be directed.
Apr. 15
Campers can reserve sites at Detroit Lake starting next week
Apr. 15
Pet-loving artists wanted for Willamette Humane t-shirt contest
HOMELESSNESS Apr. 15
PHOTOS: Volunteers assemble pallet shelter for managed homeless camp
Volunteers helped Church at the Park put up 20 pallet structures that will next week become a safe place to sleep for up to 40 people experiencing homelessness.
ON THE AIR Apr. 14
ICYMI with Salem Reporter: Guest appearance by reporter Jake Thomas
Catch up with local news weekday mornings on community radio station KMWV (98.3 FM) with "In Case You Missed It - With Salem Reporter." One of our reporters joins radio station manager Lisa Walz to discuss a story of two of the day.
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT Apr. 14
Salem area officials worry bill to decriminalize homelessness will just lead to more litigation
Proponents of the bill say it will bring Oregon in line with a landmark court ruling limiting how local governments can regulate camping by homeless people. But critics, which include officials in Marion County and the city of Salem, say it will have unintended consequences.
FreeLOCAL SCHOOLS Apr. 14
In violation of state policies, Salem-Keizer students won’t be given standardized tests this spring
A divided school board on Tuesday gave district administrators the go-ahead to skip Oregon tests for the second year in a row. Some board members questioned the move, but proponents argued that the tests would cut into valuable class time without providing much useful data from the unusual school year.
Apr. 14
Polk County issues burn ban
LOCAL SCHOOLS Apr. 14
PHOTOS: Houck, McKay welcome students back in-person
Middle and high schools across Salem and Keizer rolled out the red carpet, sometimes literally, as their youngest students returned to in-person classes Tuesday and Wednesday.
Apr. 14
Oregon added more than 20,000 jobs in March
Apr. 14
Salem to distribute free PPE to businesses, nonprofits next week
Apr. 14
Summer program grants available to help Oregon kids catch up
SALEM ECONOMY Apr. 14
Salem venues hopeful that new federal program will keep them afloat
An April rollout of a federal relief program for theaters and concert halls was marred by website crashes and errors. Venue operators said the relief could be a lifeline, but they still need more indoor capacity to survive.
Apr. 13
Burn ban issued for Salem, Marion County through April 18
COVID VACCINATION Apr. 13
Despite J&J pause, Covid vaccine clinics targeting farm workers, rural areas will go on as scheduled in Salem area
Some individual Covid vaccine appointments with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine will be rescheduled in Salem, but local vaccine providers said they’re substituting Pfizer and Moderna doses for planned clinics rather than cancel events.
Apr. 13
Cherriots seeking feedback on south Salem transit center
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT Apr. 13
As Salem begins budget process, strategic plan will help guide priorities
Last month, the Salem City Council adopted a strategic plan which outlines priorities for the next five years. Included are addressing homelessness, creating community resilience, increasing equitable delivery of city services, building great neighborhoods, and taking action on climate change.
Apr. 13
Salem for Refugees asks for volunteers to help with garden prep
LOCAL SCHOOLS Apr. 13
Marching band, red carpets and balloons for middle and high school students returning in Salem-Keizer
Sensory overload appeared to be the theme at many local schools as sixth and ninth graders returned to in-person classes Tuesday. Cheering walls of teachers and school staff greeted teenagers still waking up - but despite some nerves, most reported they were glad to be back.
Apr. 13
Salem-Keizer board chair apologizes, says board will recognize student journalist
Free Apr. 13
Oregon pauses J&J vaccine as medical issue investigated
Apr. 12
Salem-Keizer plans for five days per week of in-person school in fall
Apr. 12
LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: Bill would ban hate symbols in schools
SALEM COMMUNITY Apr. 12
Car choir performs for retirement home in first show off campus
The Chemeketa Car Choir started earlier this year as a way to have student singers perform safely. On Sunday, they performed for hundreds of residents at Capital Manor in a welcome respite following a year of isolation at the retirement home.
SALEM AREA NONPROFITS Apr. 12
Despite financial setback, vision for Salem veteran’s housing project takes shape
Funding for the planned 34-unit apartment building remains in question after the state canceled lottery bond funds last year because of a a revenue downturn from the pandemic. But YMCA leaders, who are spearheading the project, are hopeful the Legislature will come through.
SALEM ECONOMY Apr. 12
Salem needs more housing. But the building industry has its own problems
With low inventory and high demand, housing prices in Salem have been on the rise. But the local building industry faces a shortage of labor, materials and land. The rebuilding of the Santiam Canyon is expected to put further pressure on the industry.
Apr. 12
AGENDA: Salem-Keizer board will consider waiving state standardized tests
Apr. 12
AGENDA: Salem City Council to consider speed limit changes
SALEM PEOPLE AND PLACES Apr. 12
Sprague seniors join storm cleanup effort at Pioneer Cemetery
The cemetery has been closed to the public since the February ice storm brought branches and several trees down across the 17-acre site. With volunteers and contracted crews, the city hopes to reopen the site by Memorial Day.

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