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SALEM PEOPLE AND PLACES Jul. 24
Gerry Frank celebrated at dedication for amphitheater bearing his name
A Friday evening ceremony brought a crowd of Salem civic leaders and politicians to Riverfront Park, where the Rotary Club of Salem's amphitheater is all but complete. Gerry Frank, 97, was the guest of honor.
Jul. 23
All campfires, even in campgrounds, banned in Willamette National Forest
Jul. 23
Salem police investigating fatal crash on Church Street
SALEM EVENTS Jul. 23
Ironman racers will take to streets, Willamette River Sunday
More than 2,300 athletes, plus their family and friends, are in Salem for a 70.3 mile triathlon on July 25 centered around Riverfront Park.
LOCAL HISTORY Jul. 23
SALEM HISTORY: Unraveling the mystery of 901 Capitol St. NE
This column is part of a regular feature from Salem Reporter to highlight local history in collaboration with area historians and historical organizations. Kimberli Fitzgerald, Salem's historic preservation officer, explains how she uncovered the true history of an iconic bungalow.
Jul. 23
Dunk a pastor or buy some crafts at SE Salem sidewalk sale July 24
SALEM EVENTS Jul. 23
Nashville act to bring James Taylor tribute to Salem
Bill Griese will perform his acoustic, one-man James Taylor tribute act at the Grand Theatre July 30.
Jul. 23
Grand jury finds Salem police justified in shooting man
AROUND OREGON Jul. 23
AROUND OREGON: Ranchers find death, devastation in wake of Bootleg Fire
Cattle and horses scatter in face of out-of-control wildfire in Klamath and Lake counties, and now ranchers are working to gather them up. Not all the livestock survived the inferno.
LAW ENFORCEMENT Jul. 23
PHOTOS: Ride along with Polk County deputies on marine patrol
Hotter temperatures in Salem mean more people on the Willamette River - including some who need help. The Polk County Sheriff's Office's marine patrol covers nearly 40 miles of the river around Salem.
OREGON PEOPLE AND PLACES Jul. 22
AROUND OREGON: Kyle Bode, the man behind the rodeo clown make-up
Pro-barrelman Kyle Bode is all about clowning when he steps into the rodeo arena. But outside of the rodeo he is a husband, father of three boys and dairy farmer that knows the value of a hard day's work.
Jul. 22
WOU students get smoother pathway to Willamette Law
ON THE AIR Jul. 22
ON THE AIR: State sweeps Market Street camps, plus a new preschool plan for the YMCA
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. 22
Barn destroyed, but firefighters contain brush fire on 63rd Ave NE
SALEM PEOPLE AND PLACES Jul. 22
In 2021 return, Salem's student theater program takes on new stages
A supportive culture where kids aren't afraid to take risks has made Salem's Children's Educational Theatre program a success for decades. Many of the program's usual venues were unavailable this summer, but staff were able to schedule a variety of shows in locations across the city.
Jul. 22
Like funnel cakes, rides and working outside? The Oregon State Fair is hiring.
SALEM ECONOMY Jul. 22
From derelict to desirable: downtown Salem continues to transform
More developers are seeing downtown Salem as a place to invest, transforming a neighborhood that until recently had few residents. The change comes from a combination of improvements at Riverfront Park, lack of housing supply leading to rising rents and city incentives that have become more attractive.
LOCAL SCHOOLS Jul. 22
PHOTOS: Students grill, build robots at Salem summer camps
Salem Reporter stopped by two middle school camps helping students explore new hobbies this summer, buoyed by millions from the state legislature.
LOCAL SCHOOLS Jul. 21
From barbecue to robots, students explore new hobbies at expanded summer camp
Millions in state funding dramatically expanded the summer programs available to Salem kids, with more than 5,200 students enrolled in school district camps. That’s allowed teachers to employ high school students as assistants and, in some cases, send teens home with quality grilling supplies.
Jul. 21
State bans camp fires in parks, forestland as fire danger grow
Jul. 21
Salem police arrest suspect in cantina shooting
AROUND OREGON Jul. 21
AROUND OREGON: Domestic wells run dry in many Klamath Basin homes
In the last two weeks, the Klamath County Watermaster’s office has received 82 complaints from people in the Klamath Basin experiencing water shortages in their personal wells. Since the Klamath Project received no water from Upper Klamath Lake this year, farmers have not able to irrigate as much of their land from surface water, forcing those who want to irrigate to drill deep and pump water.
Jul. 21
Most Salem families will get up to $1,100 per child to buy food
ON THE AIR Jul. 21
ON THE AIR: A protest goes awry, and a big name hotel comes to Salem
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 EVENTS Jul. 21
Big machines stir to life at Great Oregon Steam-Up
Heavy metal had a different meaning decades ago when farmers and loggers turned to huge steam-powered tractors to do their work. The Great Oregon Steam-Up gives you a chance to see these machines in motion the next two weekends.
Jul. 20
AGENDA: Marion County commissioners consider new health department office space
Jul. 20
Salem hits historic employment level as economy recovers
SALEM COMMUNITY Jul. 20
Furniture creates a foothold to a better life for Salem refugees
Since Sparrow Furniture launched in 2017, five refugees have been able to find full-time employment after gaining work and English language skills through the nonprofit.
OREGON LEGISLATURE Jul. 20
Courtney, once fearing another walkout, said 2021 session helped every corner of Oregon
The veteran legislator from Salem has presided over the Oregon Senate since 2003, navigating increasingly harsh political rhetoric. But in an interview with Salem Reporter, state Sen. Peter Courtney gives high marks to what legislators from both political parties did for Oregonians in the 2021 session.
Jul. 20
July 23 virtual meeting seeks feedback on post-Covid business recovery
Jul. 20
Salemtowne clubhouse fire was accidental, fire marshal says
SALEM EVENTS Jul. 20
PHOTOS: Rust-O-Rama returns with celebration of classic American cars
The Cherry City Bombers Car Club brought their annual classic car show back to the Oregon State Fairgrounds in Salem July 17.
AROUND OREGON Jul. 20
AROUND OREGON: Bootleg Fire continues explosive growth, new evacuations ordered
Weather conditions helped accelerate the nation's biggest wildfire, burning through forest and grasslands northeast of Klamath Falls.
Jul. 19
Teens urge Brown to veto transportation package over climate concerns
HOMELESSNESS IN SALEM Jul. 19
Campers who called Market Street home clear out as state sweep begins
The camp that served as a makeshift home for about 125 people at its peak was nearly empty Monday morning as remaining residents packed up tents or swept trash. Social workers said most of those leaving would likely try to camp elsewhere in Salem.
SALEM AREA NONPROFITS Jul. 19
Unexpected millions from legislature will make Salem domestic violence housing project a reality
Hope Plaza, a three-story housing complex for domestic violence survivors in central Salem, has long been a dream of the Center for Hope and Safety. With $7.5 million toward the cost funded during the 2021 session, the nonprofit's leaders expect to break ground in spring 2022.
Jul. 19
Man accused of planning fatal Salem shooting dies while jailed
Jul. 19
Oregon salmon license plate gets new look
SALEM EVENTS Jul. 19
PHOTOS: Ska, punk fans gather for first Minto Island Growers music festival
MIG Fest brought four bands to the stage on the south Salem farm for a day of sun and music.
SALEM COMMUNITY Jul. 19
‘Bicycles for all’ shop provides more than just a way to get around
The Northwest Hub has steadily expanded in the last several years, going beyond bike repairs and sales to providing jobs and teaching young adults life skills.

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