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SALEM AREA EVENTS Jul. 10
PHOTOS: Carnival rides, shave ice return to the fairgrounds
The Marion County Fair is in full swing, with animal shows, live music and games for kids. Salem Reporter takes you inside the fairgrounds.
SALEM PUBLIC SAFETY Jul. 10
Police shoot, kill man at domestic call; two die at Salem cantina shooting early Saturday
The shootings occurred within two hours of each other in Northeast Salem. Authorities released only basic details about the deaths.
SALEM AREA EVENTS Jul. 9
PHOTOS: Start your weekend with animals, kids at the Marion County Fair
Students with 4-H and FFA groups from around the county showed goats, rabbits and more at the Marion County Fair on Friday. We've got a photos of smiling kids and pigs enjoying the fair's return.
Jul. 9
Better recess helps kids do better in school, OSU study finds
ON THE AIR Jul. 9
LISTEN: How workplace rules play into Salem's heat wave
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 AREA EVENTS Jul. 9
Broadway Dreams to hit the stage Saturday
About 30 Salem students ranging from age seven to 62 spent the week rehearsing a show with Broadway theater professionals. They'll showcase their work this weekend at Salem's Grand Theatre.
Jul. 9
Center 50+ looking for volunteers
Free Jul. 9
Salem Health will shut down fairgrounds vaccine clinic July 24
LOCAL HISTORY Jul. 9
SALEM HISTORY: Downtown's sky bridges took shape as malls went up in Salem
A regular Salem Reporter feature highlights local history. The curator at the Willamette Heritage Center shares what was going on in Salem as construction finished on sky bridges in July 1987.
STATE GOVERNMENT Jul. 8
Oregon Employment Department misses target for fixing phone wait times, blames worker shortage
Oregon was among the slowest states in the nation for paying unemployment benefits during the pandemic, hobbled by an obsolete computer system. Though wait times have improved, callers in June still spend an average of 34 minutes on hold.
SALEM LEGISLATORS Jul. 8
Blending ministry with policy, Sen. Deb Patterson finishes 2021 session with wins on health care affordability
New to the Oregon Legislature and to politics, Salem's Sen. Deb Patterson took on an unusual role for a freshman senator - chairing the Senate Committee on Health Care. Despite the challenges of Zoom hearings, she notched several significant legislative accomplishments, including a bill intended to lower prescription drug prices for Oregonians.
Jul. 8
Salem police seek public's help locating suspect in June 8 homicide
Jul. 8
Oregon OSHA adopts temporary rules to protect workers from heat
HEAT WAVE Jul. 8
Marion County heat-related deaths include unsheltered, RV residents without AC
Most of those believed to have died because of Salem's record-breaking 117 degree heat were people who weren't able to get inside and cool down. In all cases, the Marion County Medical Examiner’s office said more testing is needed to determine their cause of death.
ON THE AIR Jul. 8
LISTEN IN: What a boost in minimum wage could mean for Salem's economy
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. 8
Oregon taxpayers can get in-person help once again
LOCAL COLUMN Jul. 8
COLUMN: Human eyes no match for birds' high-powered lenses
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.
SALEM PEOPLE AND PLACES Jul. 7
Salem detailer selected to polish Air Force One
Rick Walling, who's run Ultimate Auto Detail in Salem since 1992, is part of an elite team headed to Seattle to care for the jet that once flew Dwight Eisenhower and John F. Kennedy around the world.
Jul. 7
City of Salem to reopen to in-person services by July 19
SALEM COMMUNITY Jul. 7
With solar installation, Salem’s Jewish temple wants to be a community hub during natural disasters
Millie Estrin served as the “green grandma” for Salem’s Temple Beth Sholom for years and applied for a grant to fund solar panels shortly before her death. The new installation will bear her name.
Jul. 7
Keizer police arrest man suspected in June 25 shooting
SALEM PEOPLE AND PLACES Jul. 7
Southeast Salem businesses join together to boost local shopping
Business owners are banding together to tackle issues in their southeast Salem neighborhood. The group met recently to consider how to organize.
Jul. 7
Nearman staffer Anna Scharf will replace ousted representative in Salem
PUBLIC SAFETY Jul. 7
Fourth of July was quieter in Salem this year
Although Salem didn’t ban the use of fireworks this year like some other Oregon cities, fire and police call data shows fewer firework-related issues during the nation’s holiday than in 2020. The Salem Fire Department responded to four fires, down from five last year.
AROUND OREGON Jul. 7
AROUND OREGON: 3 Portland State students chosen to develop global blockchain technology standards
The business students are among 16 in the world that will help shape how businesses implement this digital ledger technology.
STATE GOVERNMENT Jul. 6
Oregon OSHA to enact emergency rules for heat following Marion County farmworker death
The agency tasked with protecting farmworkers will create emergency rules this week that will expand requirements for employers to provide shade, rest and cool water when temperatures get extremely hot.
Jul. 6
Sheriff's office investigating death of man found in Willamette River
Jul. 6
Saturday’s Race to Save the Harvest signing up racers
LIFE IN SALEM Jul. 6
Salem can once again browse library bookshelves
A small line of people waited outside the Salem Public Library Tuesday morning, eager to get in the doors after a nearly 16 month closure. Full library services won’t resume until the move back to the newly renovated building next to City Hall in September, but the Broadway location is now open regular hours.
SALEM EVENTS Jul. 6
Marion County Fair gearing up for (mostly) normal year
Live music, carnival rides and 4-H shows are returning to the fairgrounds July 9-11. Marion County Fair organizers made some modifications to animal events, but expect the weekend to give local kids a chance to show off their hard work.
Jul. 6
City, nonprofit parking lots will provide safe place to sleep for those living in their vehicles
Jul. 6
Families celebrate 4th of July with return of Court-Chemeketa parade
SALEM FAMILIES Jul. 6
Kids and parents will have a place to play, learn through new Salem Islamic Center summer program
Salem’s mosque was among 44 organizations awarded a state-funded grant from the Oregon Community Foundation for summer parent-child programs for young kids. Facilitators are preparing for a July 9 start by unpacking boxes of colorful toys that will help parents teach their kids to read and recognize colors in English, Arabic and Spanish.
AROUND OREGON Jul. 5
AROUND OREGON: 'Lost' Kay apple has been found in Flora
The Kay apple, a multicolored fruit, has been growing on a tree in Flora. Flora resident Roger Long knew of the apple growing on a tree at the home of his neighbor, Ed Spillar. While Cooper said you can’t be absolutely certain on an ID, she said “we’re pretty confident,” the lost apple found in Flora is, indeed, a Kay.
SALEM PEOPLE AND PLACES Jul. 5
With restrictions dropped, Salem Multicultural Institute opens its doors again
A look at toys and games from around the world is possible with the latest show at the Salem Multicultural Institute.

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