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Aug 2 2021 thru Aug 8 2021

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Aug. 6
Salem, Keizer will test school zone flashing lights
Aug. 6
Most new cases in Salem Health’s Covid outbreak are employee relatives, hospital says
SALEM PEOPLE AND PLACES Aug. 6
Salem Health Wellness Classic raises funds for community health
The August 2 event supports Salem Health Foundation programs that pay for cancer treatment, health care scholarships and support for vulnerable patients.
FreeCOVID IN SALEM Aug. 6
Covid quick facts: what you need to know in Salem
Catch up on new rules, local government decisions and the latest data on Covid in Marion and Polk counties.
Aug. 6
Salem again sees decline in number of child care providers
SALEM PEOPLE AND PLACES Aug. 6
Salem's outdoor club returns after Covid closure
The Chemeketans have run an annual hiking trip nearly every year since 1928 - pausing only for World War II and a pandemic. Now, they're back on the slopes of Mt. Rainier and looking for volunteers as more activities resume.
SALEM AREA NONPROFITS Aug. 6
Salem-area food pantry visits decline as other social safety nets expanded in 2021
Rick Gaupo, CEO of Marion Polk Food Share, said extra food stamp benefits, rental assistance and an expanded child tax credit are among the more generous social welfare policies leading fewer people to seek help with food in recent months.
Aug. 5
Three-quarters of unvaccinated Oregonians say they'll stay that way
Aug. 5
Prepare for street closures in downtown Salem this weekend
ON THE AIR Aug. 5
ON THE AIR: The spread of Delta variant in Salem, and event planning makes a comeback
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.
Aug. 5
Ike Box gets a fresh coat of paint as supporters celebrate building purchase
SALEM COMMUNITY Aug. 5
Family says there’s no better resting place for Salem climber who fell on Mount Jefferson
Steve Van Pelt fell while descending Mount Jefferson on July 23. His family said he accomplished the life he had dreamed of and the mountain is a fitting tombstone.
SALEM PEOPLE Aug. 5
Salem mom plans to buy Nintendo Switch, save for a house with vaccine lottery winnings
Ana Jimenez got her Covid vaccine in late March at the Lancaster Family Health Center. She’s the Marion County winner of the state’s “Take Your Shot, Oregon” vaccination lottery, with a $10,000 prize.
SALEM PEOPLE AND PLACES Aug. 5
Darian's Gift helps families facing pediatric cancer
The Salem nonprofit held a fundraiser July 30 celebrating children who received help while undergoing cancer treatment.
AROUND OREGON Aug. 5
AROUND OREGON: Nyssa rail center, public money, and a most unusual deal
The lease being given to an international company to run the Treasure Valley Reload Center provides the county less money than projected nearly three years ago. Experts say some provisions in the deal are unusual, but the company and county economic development officials won't address questions.
Aug. 4
Salem-Keizer bus trainer honored by state association
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT Aug. 4
Houseless people in Salem report experiencing discrimination daily
A survey conducted by Salem’s Human Rights Commission and Western Oregon University students released Tuesday shows the city has work to do on how it treats unhoused residents and people of color.
Aug. 4
Tell the City of Salem how to make its website better by Aug. 5
COVID IN OREGON Aug. 4
Gov. Brown tells Oregon health care workers to get vaccinated or expect regular Covid tests
Salem Health is already requiring regular Covid tests for unvaccinated employees. The health system said 90% of its medical providers are vaccinated against Covid and 75% of all employees. Oregon is the only U.S. state with a law specifically forbidding employers from requiring health care workers get vaccinated as a condition of employment.
GUEST COLUMN Aug. 4
COLUMN: Those earning low wages in Salem suffered worst as pandemic layoffs hit
On the surface, the Salem economy is recovering from the hammering it took during the pandemic last year. But a closer read of government data shows that not everyone is on the same footing.
Aug. 4
Catch country music for a good cause at fairgrounds Aug. 5
SALEM EVENTS Aug. 4
Salem police, firefighters rush to collect blood
Salem's first "Battle of the Badges" Red Cross blood drive pits the Salem Police Department and Salem Fire Department against one another to see which group of first responders can deliver the most donors. If you sign up, you get to pick which agency gets credit for your donation - and take home a T-shirt.
SALEM PEOPLE AND PLACES Aug. 4
Project Pooch takes its traveling booth around Salem
The Woodburn-based organization pairs shelter dogs with young men at MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility for training to help dogs get adopted.
Aug. 3
Oregon schools can be fined $500 per day for violating mask requirement under new rule
Aug. 3
Survey: Salem rates ‘poor’ or ‘failing’ for discrimination
SALEM AREA EVENTS Aug. 3
With what could be its biggest turnout, Hoopla returns August 7
The annual 3 on 3 basketball tournament was canceled last year due to Covid but is returning this year with more than 1,000 teams signed up.
LOCAL SCHOOLS Aug. 3
"I’ve gotten more confident”: Black Salem students find friendship, explore culture in summer program
A new summer program is intended to give Salem-Keizer students an academic boost by weaving African and African American history and culture into reading, math lessons and recreational activities.
Aug. 3
AGENDA: Marion County commissioners to consider wastewater disposal contracts
ON THE AIR Aug. 3
ON THE AIR: State report on heat wave response, Union Street closure for Saturday Market
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.
Aug. 3
Union Street entrance to Riverfront Park closes Friday for railroad repairs
Aug. 3
Oregon employers must provide respirators for work in smoky air under new rules
SALEM RESTAURANTS Aug. 3
Sassy Onion expands to second Market Street location
After surviving Covid restrictions, the central Salem restaurant and catering company is expanding with a location closer to Interstate 5. Owner Kevin Boyles says a dinner menu could be in the works, but breakfast and lunch will be the focus.
Aug. 2
Oregon reopens WorkSource offices as unemployment requirements change
SALEM EVENTS Aug. 2
Catch renowned glass art by Dale Chihuly in Salem
The whimsical glass sculptures by the world famous Tacoma artist have attracted more than 100 people per day to the Hallie Ford Museum of Art - a “blockbuster” exhibit, according to museum director John Olbrantz. The exhibit is open until August 28.
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT Aug. 2
To support outdoor dining, Salem offers grant program for parklet structures
The city of Salem is offering up to $20,000 in matching grants for restaurants to construct platforms on top of on-street parking spaces.
Aug. 2
Marion County offers emergency rental assistance to low-income renters and their landlords
Aug. 2
Salem just finished its hottest July on record
SALEM PEOPLE AND PLACES Aug. 2
Catholic Community Services holds Bishop’s Circle event
The social services nonprofit is getting supporters ready for its annual fundraiser, “Building Resilience through Hope and Healing,” scheduled for Sept. 29.
Aug. 2
Police: Salem driver hits, seriously injures pedestrian
HIGHER EDUCATION Aug. 2
Chemeketa offers career-focused programs free to young adults through federal grant
Chemeketa Community College was one of 26 U.S. colleges chosen for a Department of Labor grant which pays for tuition, books and other costs for low-income students who enroll in programs like welding, preschool teaching, medical assisting and more.

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