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LOCAL HISTORY Jul. 16
SALEM HISTORY: Once a horse stable downtown, Durbin name now graces nearby alley
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 Durbin's Alley and Cherry Lane.
Jul. 16
Willamette Valley wines gain protection against imposters
Jul. 16
Fitness center at Salemtowne could take months to restore following fire
SALEM AREA NONPROFITS Jul. 16
With pandemic restrictions lifted, it's becoming easier to adopt a furry friend in Salem
Willamette Humane Society is holding a special adoption event from Monday, July 19 through Sunday, July 25 at Meow Town - the Pet Smart at 2925 Lancaster Drive N.E. They're also seeking more foster families for animals.
Jul. 16
Suspicious fire damages Salemtowne clubhouse
HOMELESSNESS Jul. 16
Navigation center for Salem homeless could open this winter
The city of Salem is in the process of buying a building with federal money to host the Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency run program. With $5 million from the Legislature for operations, all that’s left is signing a contract.
Jul. 15
Arts Commission creates artist registry for funding opportunities
Jul. 15
70% of licensed Oregon health care workers vaccinated against Covid, but rates vary widely
STATE HOSPITAL Jul. 15
Amid staffing shortage, National Guard member assaulted by Oregon State Hospital patient
Thirty National Guard members have been deployed to the hospital through the end of July to help care for patients at the state’s psychiatric hospital as part of a crisis staffing plan. A July 11 incident report describes a patient who had previously assaulted other employees repeatedly punching a guard member in the head.
ON THE AIR Jul. 15
LISTEN IN: How a freshman legislator tackled health care affordability
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. 15
Ska music festival planned at organic farm in Salem Saturday
SCHOOL BOARD Jul. 15
New Salem-Keizer board leaders mull reopening live public comments
Osvaldo Avila was unanimously elected school board chair at a July 13 meeting - the first for four new board members since they were elected in May. Ashley Carson Cottingham will serve as vice chair. They're now discussing how the school board will hear from the public as meetings reopen.
AROUND OREGON Jul. 15
AROUND OREGON: Northwest trees sapped by Oregon and Washington heat waves could be vulnerable to fire
Last month’s heat dome left trees across Oregon browning and dried up. With little moisture in the forecast, those stands of trees pose a risk of turning into major fires.
Jul. 14
Catch an original play premiering at Theatre 33 in Salem
GUEST COLUMN Jul. 14
COLUMN: Employers around Salem likely to face continuing challenges filling jobs
As Salem and the country emerge from the pandemic, employers are ramping up to fill empty jobs. But changes in the labor force mean finding workers may not be as easy as it once was.
SALEM POLICE Jul. 14
Salem police arrest two men during clash in front of Planned Parenthood
Police said fights between Proud Boys and counterdemonstrators broke out during a Church at Planned Parenthood event outside the health clinic Tuesday evening.
ON THE AIR Jul. 14
LISTEN IN: Reporter Saphara Harrell discusses heat wave deaths
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. 14
Plant sale starts Friday in Bush's Pasture Park
Jul. 14
Our Salem zoning subcommittee meets for last time Thursday
SALEM AREA EVENTS Jul. 14
Hundreds flock to Northgate Park for family council’s first community event
The new Hallman Neighborhood Family Council kicked off its “Fun Fridays in the Park” July 9 with a colorful event focused on health and early learning. It’s part of an effort led by local parents to help families feel safe in the area following an uptick in shootings, and give parents the tools they need to prepare kids for success in school.
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT Jul. 13
Salem City Council takes no action on proposed fireworks ban
The Salem City Council on Monday discussed potential fireworks ban, though many of the councilors weren’t in favor of one. The idea was pushed to a future work session so councilors could learn more about the city’s current power in restricting their sale and use.
Jul. 13
Salem police identify people killed in Saturday bar shooting
HOMELESSNESS Jul. 13
Salem to offer businesses money to house unsheltered people
With more than 100 people expected to be forced out of camps that have proliferated on Oregon Department of Transportation property next week, the city is looking for a space to shelter people, especially women.
Jul. 13
Firefighters battling 80 acre Bruler Fire south of Detroit Lake
AROUND OREGON Jul. 13
AROUND OREGON: Amtrak stops service between Eugene and Sacramento after wildfire damages tracks
The Coast Starlight is continuing to run between Seattle and Eugene in the north, and Sacramento to Los Angeles in the south. Amtrak expected the outage would last into August.
Jul. 13
Oregon unemployment rate falls slightly in June
Jul. 13
AGENDA: Marion County commissioners to consider temporary gates in Santiam Canyon
SALEM AREA EVENTS Jul. 13
VIDEO: The return of the Marion County Fair
If you didn't quite get your fill of friendly critters or rides over the weekend, let us take you back to the fairgrounds with a short video.
SALEM NONPROFITS Jul. 13
Preschool program now part of YMCA’s new building thanks to $4 million from legislature
When Salem’s new YMCA opens in the spring of 2022, it will include two preschool classrooms with space for 40 kids. The latest change is thanks to the Oregon Legislature’s third multimillion dollar investment in the new building, helped by longtime YMCA member Sen. Peter Courtney.
HOMELESSNESS IN SALEM Jul. 12
ODOT will sweep camps on Market Street, Salem Parkway starting July 19
People who have been living on ODOT property in Salem for months have one week to find new places to camp. The City of Salem is working with service providers to try to find housing for those being displaced, but the city doesn’t have enough shelter space for everyone.
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT Jul. 12
Hilton hotel coming to downtown Salem
The hotel, which should open in early 2023, will have 129 rooms that cost about $185 per night. Salem’s Urban Renewal Agency awarded the developers a $750,000 grant.
Jul. 12
AGENDA: Salem City Council to consider fireworks ban, land purchase for stream restoration
Jul. 12
State police release name of man shot and killed by Salem police
Jul. 12
Oregon Capitol reopens to the public, with tours resuming
LOCAL SCHOOLS Jul. 12
The new Salem-Keizer School Board is younger, more diverse and ready to get to work
Four newly elected board members take their seats Tuesday as Oregon’s second-largest district plans for a return to normal school in the fall. Newcomers Osvaldo Avila, Ashley Carson Cottingham, Karina Guzmán Ortiz and María Hinojos Pressey said improving community trust in the board and changing public comment processes are among their early priorities.
Jul. 12
Wheatland, Buena Vista ferries close for maintenance
Jul. 12
Police looking for driver in fatal hit and run near Aurora
OREGON WILDLIFE Jul. 12
AROUND OREGON: Blue Mountain Wildlife sees influx of baby hawks injured in heat wave
Dozens of baby hawks in eastern Oregon bailed from their nests in an attempt to escape the heat, rescuers said.

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