Free Aug. 13
Data digest: Covid by the numbers for Aug. 13, 2021
Salem Saturday Market to close early because of heat
COVID IN SALEM Aug. 13
EXCLUSIVE: “There’s no cavalry to come save us”: Salem-area hospital workers exhausted as Covid patients fill beds
Salem Hospital on Friday reported 81 Covid patients in its care, more than at any other point during the pandemic. Gov. Kate Brown said she’s deploying the National Guard to assist hospitals around the state as many run out of beds.
One dead, another seriously injured in stabbing off Hazelgreen Road
COLUMN Aug. 13
LOCAL HISTORY: A Salem Senator runs for vice president
A regular Salem Reporter feature highlights local history. The curator at the Willamette Heritage Center details Oregon Senator Charles Linza McNary's unsuccessful 1940 campaign for vice president.
SALEM PEOPLE AND PLACES Aug. 13
Marion Polk County Medical Society cures "two left feet" at Dancing Date Night
Medical professionals took a break after a busy year to learn merengue and enjoy an evening at Willamette Heritage Center.
Census shows Polk County among Oregon's fastest-growing
HOMELESSNESS Aug. 12
After months of work from advocates, a Salem woman gets into housing
It can take a Herculean effort to get one unsheltered person into housing. That was the case for one woman who has been homeless in Salem for more than five years.
Data digest: Covid by the numbers for Aug. 12, 2021
Oregon State Penitentiary superintendent placed on leave pending investigation
STATE GOVERNMENT Aug. 12
State workers demand to bargain over Gov. Brown's vaccination mandate
Some 41,000 state employees, many of them working in Salem, are covered under Gov. Kate Brown's order that executive branch workers get a Covid vaccine. About 70% of state workers are already vaccinated, and unions said their members should have a say in the policy.
SALEM PRESCHOOL Aug. 12
Hundreds of slots unfilled in free Head Start preschool around Salem
Directors of Head Start programs around Salem say fewer families are qualifying for the program that’s intended to serve low-income kids and help them prepare for kindergarten. Uncertainty about K-12 school in the fall and pandemic concerns are also keeping some kids home.
ON THE AIR Aug. 12
ON THE AIR: Salem's health care community ramps up for Covid surge
LISTEN: 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 police arrest one man at Planned Parenthood protest
Data digest: Covid by the numbers for Aug. 11, 2021
Englewood Forest Festival canceled due to Covid
PUBLIC SAFETY Aug. 11
Marion County grand jury finds fatal police shooting justified
A Marion County grand jury found a Salem police officer was justified in fatally shooting a Salem man during a domestic violence call on July 9. The Marion County District Attorney’s Office described the man as mentally ill and said he was assaulting and threatening his parents with a knife.
COVID IN OREGON Aug. 11
Statewide mask requirement starts Friday as Marion County Commissioners push for local control
Gov. Kate Brown said Wednesday she was forced to enact new Covid restrictions to preserve hospital bed capacity in Oregon and blamed local elected officials for failing to act as Covid infections surged across the state. Marion County’s Board of Commissioners unanimously passed a resolution asking the governor to again cede pandemic decisions to counties and school boards.
AROUND OREGON Aug. 11
AROUND OREGON: Portland police no-show as rival factions brawl, right-wing militant aims replica assault rifle
A right-wing protester walked through downtown Portland with an airsoft gun Sunday night, at one point leveling the gun at a journalist during one of several clashes between right-wing activists and anti-fascist protesters over the weekend.
HEALTH CARE Aug. 11
More people in Salem struggled with thoughts of suicide during pandemic
The number of calls to the local crisis hotline related to suicide skyrocketed last year as people coped with pandemic stress and isolation. However, suicide rates declined statewide last year according to preliminary data from the Oregon Health Authority.
Free Aug. 11
List of Marion, Polk cooling centers open during the heat wave starting Wednesday
Salem-Keizer cancels full-day summer programs through Aug. 13 due to heat wave
FreeCOVID IN OREGON Aug. 10
Gov. Brown mandates masks indoors, state employee Covid vaccination
The announcement Tuesday came following a grim forecast that Oregon could see 1,100 people hospitalized with Covid by mid-September. It will have an outsized impact in Salem, where nearly 25% of workers are employed by the state. Elected officials in Marion and Polk counties have pushed for more local control over pandemic restrictions.
Following last month's clash, another protest planned in front of Salem Planned Parenthood
ON THE AIR Aug. 10
ON THE AIR: A look at discrimination faced by those living on Salem's streets
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 Aug. 10
AROUND OREGON: More Klamath Basin wells go dry as groundwater decline persists
For now, well users in Klamath County are encouraged to continue registering dry wells with the watermaster in order to receive water storage tanks and water deliveries from the state. ODHS contracted with Lynden Transportation and arranged for MilkyWay — bulk milk delivery trucks — to refill water storage tanks in Klamath and the surrounding areas.
City of Salem now requiring masks inside municipal court
Rabid bat found in Independence
AGENDA: Salem-Keizer School Board will discuss public comment, return to school
HEAT WAVE Aug. 10
UPDATED: Get ready for another scorcher, Salem
Gov. Kate Brown declared a state of emergency Tuesday as Salem is expected to see triple-digit temperatures starting Wednesday.
SALEM COMMUNITY Aug. 9
VIDEO: Hoopla draws thousands of players
The 3-on-3 basketball tournament had Salem's streets alive as people shot hoops on closed streets. In this video, hear directly from the organizers.
Salem completes ozone treatment facility for drinking water
HEAT WAVE Aug. 9
‘We thought the danger was over’ – five local lives lost in heat wave
Among those who died as a result of the late June heat wave include a former teacher, corrections officer and someone who was unsheltered.
AGENDA: Marion County commissioners meet to consider opposing school mask mandate
SALEM PEOPLE AND PLACES Aug. 9
World War II vets from Salem get to soar in vintage aircraft
Dream Flights, a national nonprofit, provided memorable rides on Friday, Aug. 6, to veterans of World War II in recognition of their service.
SALEM PEOPLE AND PLACES Aug. 9
McKinley kids bring smiles with volunteer yard work for aging neighbor
Retired forester Grubby Hain, 79, has had trouble taking care of the massive Sequoia tree in his south Salem yard since his cancer diagnosis. A posse of neighborhood kids have stepped up to help.
PHOTO GALLERY Aug. 9
PHOTOS: Hoops, kids and balls make a busy weekend in downtown Salem
More than 4,000 players hit the streets of Salem over the weekend to play on basketball teams that represented a range of skills and demographics, including family teams with children and men's teams with no one taller than 6 feet. It was Hoopla XXII.