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STATE GOVERNMENT Apr. 30
State Rep. Mike Nearman faces charges from December attack on Oregon Capitol
Marion County District Attorney Paige Clarkson has charged the Republican lawmaker with official misconduct and criminal trespass for allowing a group of violent demonstrators into the Capitol building in December. The charges come a day before Nearman, who has resisted calls to resign, was scheduled to speak at a rally in Salem.
Apr. 30
LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: Oregon House passes gun safety bill
Apr. 30
Salem police detective nationally recognized for forensic work
AROUND OREGON Apr. 30
AROUND OREGON: Klamath irrigators claim state permit allows them to divert water
Reagan Desmond, general counsel for Klamath Drainage D, said KDD obtained the state permit from the Oregon Water Resources Department in the 1970s as a backup for situations when Reclamation would be unable to satisfy the district’s Project right in full.
Apr. 30
Salem Cinema offers private theater rentals as restrictions take hold
SALEM HISTORY Apr. 30
COLUMN: Former Salem restaurant used to feed inmates at the courthouse
A new Salem Reporter feature highlights local history. The curator at the Willamette Heritage Center explains tough working conditions in a Salem restaurant that fed inmates and patrons of the red light district alike.
Free Apr. 30
Have a community meeting coming up in Salem? Let us know.
SALEM SCHOOLS Apr. 30
POLITICS OF EDUCATION: Your briefing on Salem-Keizer School District races as ballots head out
Candidates responded to written questions from Salem Reporter about why they want to be on the Salem-Keizer School Board and their views on key issues.
FreeCOVID IN SALEM Apr. 30
“Covid fatigue” among younger, unvaccinated people driving Salem-area case increases
With Covid cases and hospitalizations on the rise in Salem and across Oregon, public health workers are often unable to pinpoint where someone caught Covid. But Marion and Polk county health officials said they’re seeing a clear trend of younger people getting the virus.
Apr. 29
Salem police advise public of gun rights rally planned for Saturday at Riverfront Park
SALEM ECONOMY Apr. 29
Oregon Landlord Compensation Fund opens again for applications
The fund was created to help landlords and tenants clear the unpaid rent that's built up during the economic downturn caused by the pandemic. This time the state agency administering the program hopes to avoid the technical glitches that marked the first round, which possibly resulted in fewer applications.
ON THE AIR Apr. 29
ICYMI with Salem Reporter: Rachel Alexander discusses the contested local school board races
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. 29
Marion County surveys residents on priorities for housing, development
Marion County is in the process of developing a five-year consolidated plan that will guide federal dollars for housing, community development, and infrastructure. Two surveys and focus groups next week will help inform that process.
Apr. 29
Carlos Ruiz named West Salem High School principal
Apr. 29
Willamette Valley Hospice hosts jewelry sale to benefit music program
GUEST COLUMN Apr. 29
COLUMN: Higher cost insurance can actually mean less out of pocket
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.
LOCAL SCHOOLS Apr. 29
Poised to graduate early, Salem high school seniors get a free quarter of college
Pandemic schedule changes meant a higher than usual share of Salem-Keizer seniors completed graduation requirements at the end of first semester this school year. Hoping to smooth the runway for those pursuing higher education, Salem-Keizer and Chemeketa administrators set up a Senior Launch program to give them a head start on college for free.
SALEM ECONOMY Apr. 28
Legislation seeks to provide Oregon farmers with an alternative to common pesticide
The state of Oregon is phasing out the use of chlorpyrifos, a pesticide that’s come under scrutiny for its toxicity to humans. The pesticide will be banned for most uses by 2023, which could have particular impact to agriculturally rich Marion and Polk counties.
Apr. 28
LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: Oregon House passes bill allowing over-the-counter sale of some cold medicines
Apr. 28
Our Salem zoning subcommittee meets Friday
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT Apr. 28
Salem City Council approves tax exemption for Broadway apartment complex
The developer will get a $300,000 tax break over a 10-year period for meeting “public benefits,” including adding density in the city’s core. The council approved the exemption despite questions over whether it was justified.
Apr. 28
Salem Public Library food for fines program returns next month
Apr. 28
Race around Salem to benefit local refugees
ON THE AIR Apr. 28
ICYMI with Salem Reporter: Saphara Harrell discusses Salem history, new community hub
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 PEOPLE AND PLACES Apr. 28
Gardening helped these Salem teens cope with quarantine. Now, they’re selling plants.
The Salem-Keizer Future Farmers of America’s annual plant sale is just starting, and agriculture students are already seeing high demand. McKay High School students help prepare vegetable starts and flower baskets in the school greenhouse, with proceeds supporting club membership fees and competition travel.
COVID IN OREGON Apr. 27
For a third time, Salem braces for stringent Covid restrictions
With Covid cases increasing and Oregon’s hospital system at risk of being overwhelmed, Gov. Kate Brown is enacting regulations closing restaurants to indoor service, cutting capacity at gyms and others. Unlike other times restrictions have been heightened, rising vaccinations offer a light at the end of the tunnel.
Apr. 27
AGENDA: Marion County commissioners meet Wednesday
Apr. 27
Bridgeway reopens residential treatment for problem gambling
SALEM COMMUNITY Apr. 27
Hoping to break ground on “more than a field,” Capital Fútbol Club raises money for expansion
The Salem-based soccer club has operated an increasingly in-demand playing field. Now, it hopes to add two turf fields that’ll serve as a regional sports hub and community center. The club hopes to foster more connections formed through the world’s most popular sport.
Apr. 27
Confluence LGBT Chorus seeks new board members
SALEM ECONOMY Apr. 27
TIMELINE: A year of business restrictions and closures in Salem
Salem will again face new Covid restrictions starting Friday as restaurants and bars close indoor dining and gym capacity is slashed. It’s the third time since the pandemic began that Gov. Kate Brown has ordered widespread business closures.
Apr. 27
With Covid surging, Marion and Polk counties moved back into extreme risk categories
ON THE AIR Apr. 27
ICYMI with Salem Reporter: Jake Thomas discusses business rent relief, federal Covid money for Oregon
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. 27
AROUND OREGON: Oscar winner ‘Nomadland’ based on book by former Oregon journalist
Jessica Bruder, an Oregonian/OregonLive reporter from 2006 to 2008, traveled for several years throughout the West and worked alongside her subjects at low-wage jobs to research the 2017 book.
Apr. 26
LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: Bill seeking better outcomes between police and transgender people passes house
SALEM ECONOMY Apr. 26
Why Salem employers are having a hard time finding workers despite high unemployment
Economists and employers say more generous unemployment benefits, safety concerns about the virus and the lack of childcare are all keeping workers on the sidelines. While there’s optimism the employment mismatch will be resolved later this year clearing the way for full recovery, some economic issues from the pandemic are expected to linger.
Apr. 26
AGENDA: Salem-Keizer board to hear plans for academic support, financial updates
HIGHER EDUCATION Apr. 26
Oregon Tech faculty in Salem join strike over pay raises, workload
The dental hygiene program and teaching clinic run by the Oregon Institute of Technology at Chemeketa Community College ground to a halt Monday as five faculty joined a strike with support from many of their students.
Apr. 26
UPDATE: Salem man surrenders after hours of negotiating with sheriff's office, school lockdown lifted
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT Apr. 26
Union Street would become pedestrian walkway under Salem city councilor’s proposal
Councilor Virginia Stapleton has proposed closing a portion of Union Street to car traffic on Saturdays so walkers and cyclists can get to the Salem Saturday Market.
STATE GOVERNMENT Apr. 26
AROUND OREGON: Identity thieves using Oregon state employee names for fraudulent unemployment claims
The Oregon Employment Department declined to address the scale of the issue, citing the risk of additional fraud, but some state agencies report a large share of their employees have had false jobless claims submitted under their names.

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