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Jun 28 2021 thru Jul 4 2021

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ON THE AIR Jul. 3
LISTEN IN: Reporter Saphara Harrell discusses fire risks as Salem celebrates the Fourth
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.
Jul. 2
Salem police detective shoots man on Highway 22 during investigation
Jul. 2
Salem Art Association reopens with two in-person exhibits
STATE GOVERNMENT Jul. 2
Here's what Salem area lawmakers say they accomplished during the 2021 legislative session
The Salem area will see an infusion of state cash to help with projects concerning homelessness, health care and wildfire recovery. Local lawmakers also touted bills aimed at improving higher education for disadvantaged students, reforming the state's emergency response system and improving access to medicine.
SALEM GOVERNMENT Jul. 2
Millions in rental assistance coming available after moratorium ended this week
The Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency is planning to distribute $1 million per week for the next few months to distressed renters. Separately, Marion County will have $20 million to hand out for rental relief by late July.
LOCAL HISTORY Jul. 2
SALEM HISTORY: A firebombing brings a neighborhood together to restore historic home
Historic preservation advocate Hazel Patton explains how a 1992 hate crime led to the Buchner House's transformation in central Salem and spurred changes in the city to handle nuisance properties.
Jul. 2
Fire officials investigating suspicious fire northeast of Salem
Jul. 1
One person shot in northeast Salem
Jul. 1
At least a dozen people believed to have died from heat wave in Marion and Polk counties
CHERRIOTS Jul. 1
With the help of a federal grant, Salem’s Cherriots will add 10 electric buses to its fleet
The new buses are part of the transit agency’s plan to make its fleet more climate friendly. To test their efficiency and reliability, Cherriots plans to put them to work next year on Route 11, the longest route that cuts through a broad cross-section of the Salem area.
Jul. 1
Evictions could cost Oregon billions, report says
Jul. 1
Mask rules remain in place for Salem-Keizer summer programs
HIGHER EDUCATION Jul. 1
Willamette University inks merger with Pacific Northwest College of Art
The merger gives Willamette a larger footprint in downtown Portland and will maintain the art school as an independent college within the university. University leaders said the merger will give both Salem and Portland students more options to combine studio art with studies of technology, business management and social sciences.
HISTORY Jul. 1
Museum hopes to spread rich history of Asian Americans in the Mid-Willamette Valley
The history of Chinese and Japanese immigrants in the Mid-Willamette valley is one filled with racism, discrimination, and survival in the face of those obstacles. The Willamette Heritage Center received a grant that will help spread the story of that history beyond the museum walls.
ON THE AIR Jul. 1
ON THE AIR: Managing Editor Rachel Alexander tells how Salem murder leads to park improvement
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. 30
Early reports show 9 Marion County residents died in heat wave, state medical examiner says
LIFE IN SALEM Jun. 30
Cautious optimism in Salem as Oregon lifts pandemic restrictions
Salem’s streets didn’t immediately fill with revelry Wednesday as Gov. Kate Brown ended rules mandating masks and limiting capacity at events and businesses. Masks and caution remained present for some, but many business owners breathed a maskless sigh of relief as things returned to (mostly) normal.
Jun. 30
Minimum wage workers in Salem and across Oregon to see pay raise
ON THE AIR Jun. 30
LISTEN IN: Reporter Saphara Harrell discusses the sale of Salem's sternwheeler
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. 30
Artists wanted for Englewood Forest Festival
SALEM ECONOMY Jun. 30
SALEM ECONOMIC INDEX: Indicators show the Salem area economy is roaring back
Salem Reporter’s monthly feature looks at key indicators to give you a sense of how the Salem area economy is performing. This month’s data shows that demand for housing remains strong, wages are up, fewer people receiving unemployment benefits and more businesses are being created. However, there are fewer video lottery sales and less construction.
Jun. 30
Salem library announces July 6 reopening
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT Jun. 30
Unlike other Oregon cities, Salem won’t ban fireworks this year
The city of Salem hasn’t banned the use of fireworks like many others in the state of Oregon, even as the city saw a sweltering 117-degree day Monday and is in a severe drought. Fire officials and the sheriff’s office are advising people to skip the pyrotechnics or stick to legal fireworks. Those caught using illegal fireworks could face a fine, the sheriff’s office said.
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT Jun. 30
Salem budget by the numbers: what City Hall is doing with your money
The Salem City Council on Monday passed a $674.9 million annual spending budget. Included is funding for body cameras for the Salem Police Department, new officers, as well as money to allow council meetings to be simulcast in Spanish and American Sign Language.
Jun. 29
See fireworks Friday, Sunday at Volcanoes stadium
WORKPLACE SAFETY Jun. 29
Farmworker dies in Marion County amid historic heat wave
Oregon OSHA is investigating Woodburn-based Brother Farm Labor Contractor and Ernst Nursery and Farms in St. Paul in connection with the death, which occurred Saturday in St. Paul.
SALEM ECONOMY Jun. 29
Salem's vacant Nordstrom building will be replaced with apartments
Deacon Development purchased the downtown location of the department store chain intending to turn it into retail space. After the Covid pandemic rearranged the economy, the developer now plans to demolish the building and turn it into a mixed-use apartment building. City leaders are supportive.
Jun. 29
Emergency room visits for heat-related illness spike in Oregon
GOVERNMENT Jun. 29
Marion County plans to sign new three-year contract with garbage burner
The Marion County Board of Commissioners meets Wednesday to consider signing another contract with Covanta, the trash incinerator in Brooks. The new contract will shed some of the county’s costs, but also its revenues.
Jun. 29
Oregon State Fair to return in August
SALEM PEOPLE AND PLACES Jun. 29
Memory Café offers connections for people with dementia, caregivers
The Alzheimer’s Network of Oregon held its first cafe in Keizer, offering locals with Alzheimer's and dementia and their families a place to connect, have fun and share resources.
SALEM NONPROFITS Jun. 29
Foundation leader reflects on 25 years of helping Salem churches practice what they preach
Though its work occurs mostly behind the scenes, Salem Leadership Foundation has had a hand in starting many of the city’s nonprofit and community partnerships. Those include Family Promise, which provides shelter and help for homeless families, and Salem Free Clinics.
Jun. 28
Thousands in Marion County without power Monday evening, PGE reports
Jun. 28
At 117 degrees, Salem has its hottest day ever
Jun. 28
Two swimmers in the Willamette River remain missing after hot weekend
SALEM ECONOMY Jun. 28
PHOTOS: As Chang Tuh expands, the Salem company keeps cooking up Korean cuisine
The Salem-based company is working on a multimillion-dollar expansion of its facility. But in the meantime, workers at Chang Tuh's current facility keep turning beef, vegetables and other ingredients into soup.
ON THE AIR Jun. 28
LISTEN IN: Reporter Saphara Harrell on possible body cams for Salem police
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 Jun. 28
Malheur Enterprise sues Ontario School Board for records leading to censures
Following a series of denied public records requests, the Malheur Enterprise has filed a lawsuit against the Ontario School Board with the goal of getting documents related to the investigations into board member Eric Evans and former board member Derrick Draper.
Free Jun. 28
Salem-Keizer cancels summer programs Monday due to heat
SALEM ECONOMY Jun. 28
After operating in Salem for decades, Chang Tuh hopes to make Korean food mainstream
A subsidiary of a South Korean food company, Salem-based Chang Tuh is planning a $17 million expansion of its facility. The expansion will allow it to increase production and put bulgogi, stir-fried pork and kimchi and other traditional Korean dishes on the plates of new consumers.

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