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PHOTOS Jun. 12
PHOTO GALLERY: Saxons weather a pandemic year, graduate in person
In a series of ceremonies, the seniors of South Salem High School graduated on Friday, June 11. Because of lingering pandemic restrictions, the school held three ceremonies through the afternoon and evening.
FreeSALEM COMMUNITY Jun. 12
Work starts on Salem's new Boys and Girls Club branch
The family of a long-time supporter of the local Boys and Girls Club was on hand on Thursday, June 10, as ground was turned to start construction on a new clubhouse.
Jun. 11
M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust chips in funding for new Boys and Girls Club
SALEM HISTORY Jun. 11
SALEM HISTORY: New downtown alley names pay homage to city's first steel building, theater that burned
As part of Salem Reporter’s local history series, Jacqueline Heavey, chair of the design committee for the Salem Main Street Association, explains the history behind newly-named Wexford Alley and Fortune's Corner.
Jun. 11
Salem police identify person found dead at Capital Inn
Jun. 11
Salem man arrested for attempted murder following May shooting
Jun. 11
State Rep. Mike Nearman expelled from Legislature over involvement in Capitol riot
PHOTO GALLERY Jun. 11
PHOTOS: For graduating Titans, it's a shared ceremony to end a pandemic year
PHOTOS: West Salem High school conducted its graduation ceremony on Thursday, June 10 - in person and with friends and relatives.
CLASS OF 2021 Jun. 11
STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Seniors pay tribute to a year of resilience with award-winning video game design
A team of seniors designed a video game, “Somebody,” that explores one girl’s journey through her own subconscious as she tries to recover lost memories. The prototype took home the best theme and story award at the Oregon Game Project Challenge. This is part of a series by Salem Reporter featuring graduating seniors.
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT Jun. 10
Salem protester who has permanent vision loss from last summer’s protests has herself to blame, city says in court filings
The city of Salem is facing a federal lawsuit from Eleaqia McCrae who says she was injured by rubber bullets fired by police last summer. In its response to her lawsuit, the city of Salem says she should have followed instructions by police to disperse.
Jun. 10
Western Oregon University announces interim president
SALEM GOVERNMENT Jun. 10
Survey shows Salem seniors like city life and points the way for city progress
A survey is providing solid information to help Salem's Center 50+ and other local groups better plan for the needs of the city's seniors.
SALEM ECONOMY Jun. 10
COLUMN: Some reasons for the labor shortage have been decades in the making
As the pandemic wanes and the economy reopens, employers have complained about a lack of workers. However, the Salem area economy has experienced a problem that’s been growing across the country: decline in men’s participation in the labor force. Here’s how we got here, and here’s one way to help.
ON THE AIR Jun. 10
ON THE AIR: Saphara Harrell discusses where Salem will put 60,000 people
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.
Jun. 10
LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: Bill directing local governments to decriminalize homelessness passes Oregon Legislature
Jun. 10
Salem-Keizer School Board election results unchanged after recount
FreeCLASS OF 2021 Jun. 10
STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: With a toddler at home and Covid disrupting her classes, Sara Miranda persevered
As a high school freshman, Sara Miranda returned to school with her newborn daughter in tow to finish her finals, passing every class. That dedication helped her get back on track to graduate on time after almost a year not attending school regularly during the pandemic. This is part of a series by Salem Reporter featuring graduating seniors.
PHOTO GALLERY Jun. 9
PHOTOS: Tours offer gardening inspiration as part of Lord & Schryver Conservancy fundraiser
Lord & Schryver Conservancy, a local preservation nonprofit, held its annual fundraiser over the weekend allowing the public to take a look at nine unique gardens.
SALEM HISTORY Jun. 9
New exhibit tracks the once unlikely rise of Oregon’s wine industry
“Toasting the Mid-Willamette Valley Winemaking Heritage,” a new exhibit at the Willamette Heritage Center takes a look at how the region’s wine industry’s roots from small farm-based operations in the 19th century to multi-billion dollar enterprise. The exhibit includes a look at Salem-based Honeywood Winery, which was once the state’s only bonded winery.
FreeSALEM CITY GOVERNMENT Jun. 9
Salem Public Library eyes September reopening date
Construction on the Salem Public Library is nearing completion. Library staff are planning a two-week closure at the end of August to get everything moved over and sorted for the library that’ll feature a revamped space and new amenities.
Jun. 9
Oregon construction industry comes roaring back
Jun. 9
No fireworks in Riverfront Park for Fourth of July
ON THE AIR Jun. 9
ON THE AIR: Jake Thomas explores the saga of state Rep. Mike Nearman
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.
Jun. 9
LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: Bill protecting workers from retaliation heads to governor
CLASS OF 2021 Jun. 9
STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Sprague artist draws on the human brain for inspiration
Mei Tate said the Covid shutdown helped her find time to reconnect with art and do more creative projects. She won Sprague High School’s outstanding senior award from the art department and plans to study neuroscience in college. This is part of a series by Salem Reporter featuring graduating seniors.
FreeSTATE GOVERNMENT Jun. 8
Oregon State Hospital Advisory Board says it was left out of loop on hospital staffing crisis
On June 7, the advisory board wrote to hospital Superintendent Dolly Matteucci saying it learned of the move to call for the National Guard to address a staffing shortage from news accounts and concerned citizens. The board, which makes recommendations on patient safety and care, says it has questions about staffing levels and the role of the National Guard.
LEGISLATURE Jun. 8
Oregon Legislature passes bill making it easier to develop affordable housing
The bill would allow affordable housing to be built in more places with less hurdles. The city of Salem has its own affordable housing initiatives. But affordable housing advocates say the bill will help in Oregon’s capital city.
SALEM ECONOMY Jun. 8
Two Salem businesses have yet to pay hefty fines for pandemic citations, pushing appeals
Last year, the state’s workplace safety agency cited Glamour Salon and Courthouse Club Fitness openly violating pandemic rules intended to protect workers. But because they have appealed their citations neither has had to pay financial penalties as the process unfolds.
Jun. 8
Salem Health will shift how it offers Covid vaccinations
Jun. 8
Police investigate homicide after finding person dead at northeast Salem hotel
Jun. 8
Salem City Council takes comments on proposed budget June 14
SALEM EVENTS Jun. 8
Weekend race helps bolster funding for local soccer club
Runners competing in a half marathon, 5k or 10k were cheered on by soccer players. The race raised money for Capital Futbol Club, Salem’s nonprofit youth soccer club, on Sunday.
CLASS OF 2021 Jun. 8
STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: A success in the classroom, Hernandez Escobar also succeeded as a student leader
During a year of disruptions to school, Monserrat Hernandez Escobar has been a steady leader for her peers and teachers at North Salem High School. She gathered student input and advised school officials on returning to the classroom. This is part of a series by Salem Reporter featuring graduating seniors.
ON THE AIR Jun. 7
ON THE AIR: Rachel Alexander gets behind the failing grades for Salem-Keizer students
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.
Jun. 7
Oregon legislative panel convened to consider expulsion of state Rep. Mike Nearman
AROUND OREGON Jun. 7
AROUND OREGON: Woman died homeless while Oregon held $800,000 of her unclaimed money
Despite inheriting a small fortune, a woman living on the streets of Astoria died this year without collecting the money. It's unclear if she knew the money was hers or how to collect it.
Jun. 7
Masks and social distancing may soon no longer be required in Oregon workplaces
Jun. 7
Willamette Queen is up for sale
CLASS OF 2021 Jun. 7
STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: West Salem High School senior turns passion for business into suicide prevention
Anthony Broncheau went from a timid freshman to a pillar of West Salem High School’s business program, running the student store and working at the credit union. His own struggles with mental health inspired him to start a small clothing company that he said has helped classmates open up. This is part of a series by Salem Reporter featuring graduating seniors.
SALEM PEOPLE AND PLACES Jun. 7
As summer heats up, Salem community pools ready to offer lessons for kids
Several Salem neighborhoods maintain community pools open to the public, and many local fitness clubs have swim lessons available this summer after a 2020 hiatus.

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