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SALEM PUBLIC SAFETY Apr. 24
Fatal shooting detailed: ‘Unmistakable sound of a shotgun being racked’
A Marion County grand jury concluded on Friday that a Salem police officer was justified in using deadly force when he shot and killed 22-year-old Natzeryt Viertel on April 2.
SCHOOL BOARD ELECTIONS Apr. 24
Salem-Keizer school board candidate Q&A - Zone 7 (north Salem)
Hear from school board candidates Liam Collins and María Cecilia Hinojos Pressey about their priorities for the Salem-Keizer district. Voters across the district get a say in all four races on May 18.
Apr. 23
McNary's Erik Jespersen named Oregon Principal of the Year
Apr. 23
Capitol hosts virtual event honoring Asian Pacific Americans
Apr. 23
LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: Bill taking aim at anti-competitive pharmaceutical pricing passes Oregon Senate
Free Apr. 23
Indoor dining could shut down by end of April in Salem as Covid hospitalizations rise
SALEM COMMUNITY Apr. 23
Black Joy spreads its wings with plans for Salem community hub for people of color
The group started out last summer visiting different cities around Oregon to spread awareness of the Black community in an overwhelmingly white state. Now, with a grant from United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley the group is expanding its presence, offering help with resume writing, benefit sign ups and substance abuse recovery meetings for Black, Indigenous and people of color in Salem.
CHERRIOTS Apr. 23
Cherriots to get two new faces on its board of directors
Earlier this month, Gov. Kate Brown announced appointments to the seven-member board that oversees the Salem Area Mass Transit District. The appointments will make the board younger and more diverse. Each of those appointed say they want Cherriots to better serve disadvantaged communities.
SCHOOL BOARD ELECTIONS Apr. 23
Salem-Keizer School Board candidate Q&A - Zone 5 (southeast Salem)
Hear from school board candidates Karina Guzmán Ortiz, Jesse Lippold Peone and Mike Slagle about their priorities for the Salem-Keizer district. Voters across the district get a say in all four races on May 18.
Apr. 22
LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: Oregon Senate passes bill targeting 'pink tax'
SCHOOL BOARD ELECTIONS Apr. 22
NAACP calls on school board candidate to end campaign following controversial Facebook comment
Kari Zohner referred to George Floyd, whose murderer was convicted this week, as a criminal in a since-deleted Facebook comment on a post eulogizing Floyd. She has apologized that her "frustration with the divisiveness in our society came out in the wrong way in a Facebook thread."
Free Apr. 22
Health authorities investigating death of Oregon woman who developed blood clot after receiving J&J vaccine
SALEM PEOPLE AND PLACES Apr. 22
Salem Elks celebrate 125th anniversary
Civic, social and fraternal organizations throughout the country have seen membership declines in recent years, but Salem Elks was growing before the pandemic and has about 500 members who work on volunteer projects to aid homeless veterans and local students.
LOCAL SCHOOLS Apr. 22
Salem-Keizer School Board candidate Q&A - Zone 3 (south Salem)
Hear from school board candidates Ashley Carton Cottingham and Linda Farrington about their priorities for the Salem-Keizer district. Voters across the district get a say in all four races on May 18.
Apr. 22
Willamette University becomes latest to require Covid vaccine for students, employees
ON THE AIR Apr. 22
ICYMI with Salem Reporter: Reporter Saphara Harrell discusses homeless and housing
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.
Apr. 22
Firefighters find person dead inside burning car in rural Marion County
FreePUBLIC SAFETY Apr. 22
After staffing cuts and increasing call times, fire district again turns to voters
Marion County Fire District 1 is coming to voters with a trimmed-down ask for a tax increase that’ll raise $10 million over the next five years. The district says it's making do with what it has but is approaching a breaking point.
Apr. 21
LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: Oregon Senate passes 'Domicile Unknown' bill to track homeless deaths
Apr. 21
Salem police looking for driver in fatal hit and run
Apr. 21
Learn about Salem's former Chinatown during online event Saturday
SCHOOL BOARD ELECTIONS Apr. 21
Salem-Keizer School Board candidate Q&A - Zone 1 (west Salem)
Hear from school board candidates Osvaldo Avila, Richard Riggs, Ross Swartzendruber and Kari Zohner about their priorities for the Salem-Keizer district. Voters across the district get a say in all four races on May 18.
FreeSALEM ECONOMY Apr. 21
SALEM ECONOMIC INDEX: Salem’s housing market remains hot, good news on jobs
Salem Reporter’s new monthly feature looks at key indicators to give you a sense of how the Salem area economy is performing. This month’s data show that demand for housing remains strong. Lottery sales, business filings and employment data point to positive trends in the local economy.
HOMELESSNESS Apr. 21
Salem woman living on the streets found dead under Market Street overpass
Tammy Federici, 40, is one of dozens of people without housing who have died in the past year. No foul play is suspected in her death, police said.
FreeSCHOOL BOARD ELECTIONS Apr. 21
Salem-Keizer sees 11 candidates for four school board seats in heavily polarized races
Intense debates over school reopening, police in schools and racial equity have put more focus on the Salem-Keizer School Board over the past year. In the May 18 election, two slates of candidates backed by local political action committees have organized along partisan lines, while three independent candidates also seek seats.
Apr. 21
Virtual chamber music concert to benefit programs in local schools
AROUND OREGON Apr. 21
AROUND OREGON: 20% of Oregon State Hospital nurses on leave as staff shortage intensifies: ‘Morale is very low’
The Oregon State Hospital in Salem is now without 20% of its usual nursing staff due to COVID-related leave.
FreePOLICE REFORM Apr. 20
In Salem, Chauvin verdict “a small step in the right direction”
Community members who have pushed for police accountability locally praised Tuesday’s guilty verdict for the Minneapolis police officer who murdered George Floyd last year. But they said one trial doesn’t change the need for continued law enforcement reform or eliminate the fear of racist violence against Black people.
COVID IN OREGON Apr. 20
Polk County moved into “high risk” category. But another shutdown is off the table — for now
Covid cases have been on the rise in Marion and Polk counties for weeks. Beginning Friday, Polk County will see the same restrictions on businesses and social gatherings currently in place in Marion County. Gov. Kate Brown has said no county will be placed in the “extreme risk” category, unless two statewide triggers are met.
Apr. 20
AGENDA: Commissioners to consider fines for parking along Little North Fork
Apr. 20
Salem area unemployment rate remains virtually unchanged
ON THE AIR Apr. 20
ICYMI with Salem Reporter: Reporter Jake Thomas discusses local housing demand
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.
Apr. 20
Young people, Salem wants to know how you think the city should grow
SALEM HISTORY Apr. 20
COLUMN: Search for Salem's Chinatown unearths cemetery shrine
A new Salem Reporter feature highlights local history. In our first installment, Salem's historic preservation manager explains how a collaborative archaeology project led to the rediscovery a Chinese funerary table and an annual celebration of the Qing Ming festival.
Apr. 19
Closure of Silverton Road begins next month
SALEM ECONOMY Apr. 19
The first round of relief is on its way for Salem businesses and commercial landlords
Oregon's economic development agency is sending out $50 million (including $4 million for Marion County) worth of checks to businesses and commercial landlords with unpaid rent. A state-mandated grace period for unpaid rent recently expired, making the agency's work more urgent.
SALEM COMMUNITY Apr. 19
Salem woman honored for her role preserving legacy of trailblazing women landscape architects
Bobbie Dolp has spent more than 16 years trying to preserve the legacy of Elizabeth Lord and Edith Schryver, the first women to own a landscape architecture firm in the Pacific Northwest. The avid gardener was drawn to the women’s story and helped acquire the Salem property where they did their work.
FreeCHILD CARE IN SALEM Apr. 19
One year after pandemic closures, fewer child care providers operating in Salem
A new report from Portland State University and the Early Learning Division chronicles how pandemic changes to child care affected parents and young children across Oregon. State data shows Marion County lost 52 child care providers in the past year.
ON THE AIR Apr. 19
ICYMI with Salem Reporter: 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.
Free Apr. 19
Covid vaccine eligibility is wide open in Oregon. Here's what you need to know for Salem.
Apr. 19
Salem burn ban extended to Friday, Polk County to Sunday
SPECIAL REPORTS Apr. 19
SPECIAL REPORT: Court in Polk County opened to help troubled people now shuttered
Lana Squires found the help she needed to overcome a lifetime of struggles. The mental health court in Polk County focused on getting people out of the criminal justice stream. Now, a county decision has shut down the court for a less controlling program.

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