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AROUND OREGON Jun. 5
AROUND OREGON: Few Klamath Project irrigators involved in protest at canal
Ben DuVal, Klamath Water Users Association president who farms in Tulelake, said while he appreciates the enthusiasm and attention being brought to the basin’s water crisis and supports peaceful protests, most irrigators don’t support the actions those at the head gates said they will take. A group of protesters has set up a base in Klamath County, urging action to overcome the federal government's clamp on water.
ON THE AIR Jun. 4
ON THE AIR: Salem Reporter's Rachel Alexander goes behind the state hospital's staffing woes
Listen for 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 or two of the day.
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT Jun. 4
City of Salem recognizes graduating seniors for service to community
The city of Salem honored 17 graduating seniors for their service to the community. One of the seniors participated in a district-wide shoe collection competition that she credits to her path to leadership. Another completed 60 hours of volunteering through a summer leadership program.
Jun. 4
Bill would ban "vaccine passports" in Oregon
COVID IN OREGON Jun. 4
Just 120,000 more Oregonians need to be vaccinated for most pandemic restrictions to end
Gov. Kate Brown announced on Friday that the state was progressing towards her goal of vaccinating 70% of Oregonians. Meeting the goal, which could be met as soon as June 21, would result in most pandemic restrictions being lifted. However, public health officials say the pandemic continues among unvaccinated Oregonians and life won't entirely go back to normal.
Jun. 4
Gates family who lost everything Labor Day wildfires receives tiny home
Jun. 4
Cherriots will resume collecting fares next month
AROUND OREGON Jun. 4
AROUND OREGON: Fire managers face threats from the sky and on the ground
Lightning starts most fires in Northeastern Oregon, but human-caused blazes pose a serious risk as well, in part because they’re impossible to predict
STATE GOVERNMENT Jun. 3
With 30 National Guard members, help is on the way for Oregon State Hospital's staffing crisis
The Salem psychiatric hospital has faced a dire staffing shortage brought on by the pandemic. Thirty members of the National Guard will begin training next week to help care for patients at the hospital through July, the hospital announced Thursday.
SALEM GOVERNMENT Jun. 3
With the help of a grant, a Salem nonprofit will offer helping hand to those leaving prison
Bridgeway Recovery Services and the Grand Ronde Tribe were local winners of a grant award created after voters passed Measure 110, a landmark overhaul of how the state handles drug addiction. The money will also be used to support Spanish-speakers leaving prison and keep them from returning to addictions, as well as for peer support counselors at the tribe.
Jun. 3
Oregon business groups call for incentives to bring laid-off workers back into the workforce
ON THE AIR Jun. 3
ON THE AIR: Saphara Harrell discusses the fate of homeless people, hope for new senior housing
Listen for 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 or two of the day.
STATE GOVERNMENT Jun. 3
Demonstrators intentionally let into Capitol by state Rep. Mike Nearman, report finds
A report from an independent investigator hired by the Oregon Legislature to look into the Salem area lawmaker’s role in a Dec. 21 riot at the Capitol reveals new details about the incident. The report reveals how staff felt unsafe as demonstrators attempted to force their way into the Capitol building.
Jun. 3
Salem elementary schools announce new principals for 2021-22
Jun. 3
Salem wants to hear your thoughts on Union Street bikeway June 8
LOCAL HISTORY Jun. 3
SALEM HISTORY: How Deepwood's gardens went from producing vegetables to masterpieces of landscaping
This column is part of a regular feature from Salem Reporter to highlight local history in collaboration with area historians and historical organizations. This week Yvonne Putze, executive director of Deepwood Garden & Museums, explains the history of some of Salem's most iconic gardens.
LOCAL SCHOOLS Jun. 3
School proves tough into spring - 4 in 10 local high schoolers get an F
Local high schools offered more slots for struggling students to get in-person help in early 2021, but students still recorded more F grades during second and third quarter of the school year than in the fall. Latino and Pacific Islander students were especially likely to fail a class. School administrators said they're seeing improvements now that part-time in-person classes have resumed and are focused on helping students catch up over the summer.
Jun. 2
Free dental services offered Friday in Salem
HOMELESSNESS Jun. 2
“Having to be moved like cattle is ridiculous.” Hundreds ponder what’s next as city-sanctioned homeless camping is expected to end
For more than a year, hundreds of people have been allowed by the city of Salem to camp in two city parks. The arrangement is scheduled to come to an end. People camped in the parks now wait for city staff or police to tell them to move on.
SCHOOL BOARD ELECTIONS Jun. 2
Liberal candidates sweep Salem-Keizer School Board in unofficial final results, but zone 3 race headed for recount
After Marion and Polk counties tallied ballots from voters who corrected signature issues, candidate Ashley Carson Cottingham had 73 more votes than her opponent Linda Farrington in the race representing south Salem. That’s within the state threshold for an automatic recount, but election officials said it’s rare for recounts to flip races.
Jun. 2
Enchanted Forest opens Saturday
Jun. 2
State planning for Oregon schools to open full-time, in-person in fall
SALEM ECONOMY Jun. 2
Marion County among the highest in the state for back rent, new analysis shows
Recently released figures show that despite signs the pandemic is waning, many Oregonians, particularly low-income workers, are still reckoning with the economic damage caused by the public health crisis. Some 4,661 Marion County households are behind on rent, owing a total of $12.8 million.
LIFE IN SALEM Jun. 2
COLUMN: Fledgling season arrives as Salem birds nest, raise young
Local birder and natural history author Harry Fuller shares what birds are up to in the Salem area in his "Some Fascinating Things About Birds" column.
Jun. 1
Polk County will move to "moderate risk" following drop in new Covid cases
STATE GOVERNMENT Jun. 1
Oregon State Hospital makes it through Memorial Day weekend with enough staff
While the Salem psychiatric hospital had enough staff for the three-day weekend, it still faces a dire ongoing labor shortage. The hospital is in discussions with the National Guard about assistance, and training could start next week.
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT Jun. 1
Salem zoning changes would allow more multifamily housing along major arterials
Salem residents can view and comment on a proposed zoning change map that would allow more apartment buildings along bus routes. It outlines where the city could see new businesses or housing developments when the comprehensive plan is updated and adopted. For the next week, the city is still collecting feedback through the map and an online survey.
Jun. 1
Neighborhood garden tour takes place this weekend
LOCAL SCHOOLS Jun. 1
West Salem HS expansions mean more space for fire science, parking
Built in 2002, West Salem High School is the newest and least crowded of Salem-Keizer’s high schools, and one of the last to undergo renovation. A $34.5 million construction project will add new classrooms, parking and space for a new career program.
Jun. 1
West Salem student dies after being pinned under vehicle in Riverfront Park
ON THE AIR Jun. 1
ON THE AIR: Jake Thomas assesses what's ahead for workers and the labor market
Listen for 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 or two of the day.
AROUND OREGON May. 31
AROUND OREGON: Oregon police find marijuana laws difficult to enforce, study says
A recent study that draws heavily on Deschutes County found an “overwhelming consensus” among law enforcement officers that Oregon’s marijuana laws are poorly written and confusing. Participants included officers and deputies from four agencies: Bend Police Department, Redmond Police Department, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office and the Klamath County Sheriff’s Office.
STATE GOVERNMENT May. 31
Memorial honoring Vietnam War veterans on Oregon Capitol grounds moves forward
The memorial, scheduled to be completed by November 2023, is intended to finally say “welcome home” to a generation of veterans who fought in one of the U.S.’s most divisive wars. Backers of the project say it’ll be inclusive and hope it’ll bring some reconciliation. But first, it needs to clear some hurdles, including raising money.
AROUND OREGON May. 31
AROUND OREGON: Oregon Shakespeare Festival will resume in-person performances in July
The Oregon Shakespeare Festival announced Thursday the company would resume in-person performances in July. “While the State of Oregon has loosened its requirements for outdoor performances, audiences must wear masks and seating is planned to allow for physical distancing, as required by OSF’s union partners,” said the press release.

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