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Jun. 18
NAACP to recognize Salem students at Friday Juneteenth event
Jun. 18
Two Salem graffiti artists will create public art mural Saturday at fairgrounds
AROUND OREGON Jun. 18
AROUND OREGON: Federal decision pushes Klamath dam removal forward
A federal decision Thursday transferred the operating licenses for four hydroelectric dams to the states of Oregon and California, and the Klamath River Renewal Corporation. It's a step toward removing the dams and restoring salmon passage into the upper Klamath River.
Jun. 18
Salem-Keizer district seeks graduate student researcher for historic preservation project
Jun. 18
Salem splash pads open Friday
LOCAL HISTORY Jun. 18
LOCAL HISTORY: Juneteenth offers opportunity to explore Salem's Black history
As part of Salem Reporter’s local history series, Kimberli Fitzgerald, the City of Salem’s Historic Preservation Officer, explains the history of local Juneteenth celebrations and city efforts to better research and share information about Salem’s Black settlers.
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT Jun. 18
Body cameras for police included in upcoming city budget
The Salem City Council on June 28 will vote to allocate money for a body worn camera program in the city’s police force. After the upfront equipment purchase, the annual cost of the program is expected to be $630,000.
Free Jun. 17
OHA offers $100 grocery gift cards at upcoming Covid vaccine events in Marion, Polk counties
Jun. 17
Salem not impacted by chlorine supply shortage, city says
LOCAL SCHOOLS Jun. 17
For some Salem parents, upended school start times in fall mean child care headaches
A Salem-Keizer School District announcement June 7 that middle and high school students would start classes later in the morning, and elementary schools earlier came as a surprise for many parents. District administrators said they made the decision based on years of parent and student feedback, and new data from this spring showing earlier start times worked well at local elementary schools. But many parents said it’s yet another curveball after a year of disruptions to school and work.
ON THE AIR Jun. 17
ON THE AIR: Reporter Saphara Harrell tackles the topic of Salem climate change
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. 17
More time for landlords to apply for financial help to cover unpaid rent
Jun. 17
Free summer meals for kids start Monday at local schools
Jun. 17
Pedestrian hit and killed on Interstate 5 Thursday
OREGON SCHOOLS Jun. 17
Oregon students shouldn’t have to prove they can write or do math to get a diploma, lawmakers decide
Students in the class of 2021 did not have to prove they could write or do math at a basic level to earn their diplomas. A bill headed to Gov. Kate Brown would prohibit any such requirement at least until 2027.
SALEM COMMUNITY Jun. 17
By next spring, Salem’s own minor league basketball team will take to the court
The team, dubbed the “Salem Capitals,” will be playing out of the Salem Armory next year. The team’s co-owner envisions the Capitals doing more than just playing basketball, offering opportunities for students and others.
Jun. 16
LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: Oregon legalizes human composting
Free Jun. 16
Santiam Hospital sweetens Covid vaccine deal with $500 Visa gift card sweepstakes
SALEM ECONOMY Jun. 16
Lights out looming for tens of thousands of Marion County residents
A moratorium prohibiting investor-owned utilities from disconnecting customers is coming to an end July 31. Across the state, hundreds of thousands are behind on payments to their gas and electric companies. But numbers show fewer people are behind on payments and utilities say they have financial aid programs in place.
SALEM SCENE Jun. 16
Truck driver packs an extra load into Salem - a trapped eagle
The crew at South Town Glass in Salem last month helped rescue an adult eagle that somehow got stuck between a freight truck cab and trailer.
LOCAL SCHOOLS Jun. 16
Western Christian School seeks to sustain growth with new development director
The private school on the outskirts of Salem added about 40 students in the past year, some of whom were seeking in-person classes. A recent grant from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust will allow the school to focus on fundraising efforts to support a new science building, scholarships and other capital projects.
Jun. 16
Kids grief camp goes online this summer
HOMELESSNESS Jun. 16
With federal cash in hand, city of Salem’s budget seeks to address homelessness
The city of Salem on Monday night unveiled plans to spend millions of federal Covid relief funds to address homelessness. But many of the proposed shelter sites are still being developed.
CLASS OF 2021 Jun. 15
STUDENT SPOTLIGHTS: Meet the graduating Salem-Keizer seniors who persevered during a difficult year
Salem's latest high school graduates include an Olympic hopeful, an award-winning engineer and more than 2,700 other teenagers who made the best of a mostly online senior year. We interviewed seven to give a snapshot of the Class of 2021.
STATE GOVERNMENT Jun. 15
As gamblers return to video lottery machines, Oregon Lottery faces payment backlog
During the pandemic, the Oregon Lottery closed its payment centers in Salem and Wilsonville and reduced staff. With the economy reopening, the Oregon Lottery now has a backlog of prize claims to process. It says it has a plan to reduce the backlog by the end of the month.
Jun. 15
Polk County just 500 Covid vaccines shy of moving to "low risk" restrictions
Jun. 15
Hang up your raincoats. Rainy weather is expected to end Wednesday
ON THE AIR Jun. 15
ON THE AIR: Jake Thomas discusses the history of Oregon's wine industry, state hospital staffing
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. 15
Oregon again sees little movement on unemployment rate
SALEM COMMUNITY Jun. 15
Fuerza Campesina forms to help underhoused farmworkers
The ARCHES Project has a new effort to reach Latinos in Marion and Polk counties through a phone number where another Spanish speaker is on the line.
SALEM EVENTS Jun. 15
Salem’s Awesome 3000 race won’t happen this summer, but organizers have their sights on a 2022 return
For almost 40 years, Salem kids have raced at McCullough Stadium, taking home medals and earning coveted T-shirts. Ongoing pandemic restrictions sunk hopes of a 2021 return for the Awesome 3000. The Salem-Keizer Education Foundation, which has organized the race, closed its doors permanently last year. But its former leader said he's working with other local nonprofits to make sure the Awesome 3000 sticks around long-term.
Jun. 14
Looking for a job in Salem? Drive-through job fair this Wednesday
STATE GOVERNMENT Jun. 14
Mike Nearman has been expelled from the Legislature. Here's what comes next
The Republican Salem area lawmaker was kicked out of the Legislature for letting demonstrators into the Capitol building last year. While residents of his district won't have a state representative for the session, they'll still have someone around to help. A process is already underway to pick his replacement.
Jun. 14
Make Music Day returns to Salem next week with in-person performances
SALEM COMMUNITY Jun. 14
Even with a pandemic, the Salem Elks lodge kept finding ways to give
The Oregon Elks organization ranked among the highest in the country for charitable activities in 2020. In Salem, members of the lodge racked up hours, dollars and miles driven as they fulfilled the lodge's mission of providing scholarships to high school seniors and helping veterans.
Jun. 14
AGENDA: Marion County commissioners meet to consider psychiatric services contracts
CLASS OF 2021 Jun. 14
STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Salem volleyball star now aims to compete at Tokyo Paralympic Games
Annie Flood has been a member of the U.S. Women’s Sitting Volleyball team since her sophomore year at South Salem High School. The switch to online school during Covid let her spend more of her senior year training in hopes of bringing home gold in Tokyo this summer. This is part of a series by Salem Reporter featuring graduating seniors.
Jun. 14
Salem-Keizer School Board to consider budget, approve election results
CHERRIOTS Jun. 14
Cherriots board will start paying monthly stipend to its members
The phased-in $376 monthly stipend will make Cherriots the only board for any transit agency in the state to pay its board. Board President Ian Davidson said it was designed to avoid conflicts of interest for current members and will help make the board more representative and inclusive.

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