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Free Aug. 20
Data digest: Covid by the numbers for Aug. 20, 2021
AROUND OREGON Aug. 20
AROUND OREGON: Covid patient dies waiting for hospital bed in Douglas County
Existing ICU beds in Roseburg (already expanded to handle crush of Covid patients) were full.
Aug. 20
Cherriots warns that staffing shortage could cause occasional schedule disruptions
Aug. 20
Salem Hospital begins postponing some surgeries to handle influx of Covid patients
SALEM PEOPLE AND PLACES Aug. 20
Salem business leaders gather for annual SEDCOR session
Leaders of the business recruitment organization reviewed events over the past year - as Salem heads into a new bout with Covid.
SALEM PLACES Aug. 20
PHOTOS: Peek inside the new Salem Public Library
The temporary Broadway Street library location has closed to the public, and the renovated main branch opens Sept. 1.
AROUND OREGON Aug. 20
AROUND OREGON: Bootleg Fire hits full containment, but works continues
The total size of the Bootleg Fire, once the largest wildfire in the U.S., is currently 413,717 acres.
Aug. 19
Test field burn planned Thursday afternoon in Silverton Hills
Aug. 19
Data digest: Covid by the numbers for Aug. 19, 2021
HOMELESSNESS Aug. 19
For some, Cascades Gateway Park was a home long before the pandemic
The city of Salem has allowed houseless people to live at Cascades Gateway Park for nearly 17 months, but is closing the park on Thursday Aug. 19 for restoration.
Aug. 19
Salem-Keizer board cancels meeting over concerns of clashes between protesters
COVID VACCINATION Aug. 19
UPDATED: Gov. Brown mandates Covid vaccines for Oregon educators, health care workers as Salem ICU beds nearly full
The governor said Thursday that the state’s health care workers must get vaccinated against Covid after the vaccine receives full FDA approval, changing an earlier rule that allowed unvaccinated health workers to submit to weekly Covid testing instead. Teacher unions supported the mandate for educators, while Oregon nurses said it would likely worsen staffing shortages.
SALEM PEOPLE AND PLACES Aug. 19
Salem well represented at Paddle for Life dragon boat competition
Three Salem teams competed at an Aug. 7 event in Clark County to raise funds for local charities.
AROUND OREGON Aug. 19
AROUND OREGON: Oregon has paid out less than half of relief funds earmarked for landlords
As of Aug. 11, landlords had received $55.6 million from the state through the Landlord Compensation Fund to cover the missed rent of tenants.
SALEM EVENTS Aug. 18
Pride returns to Salem Saturday with fun run, drag and comedy performances
Salem has traditionally held its LGBTQ Pride event in August, rather than June - both to avoid competing with bigger cities and to drive home the message that pride can be year-round. A new Capital Pride board hopes the event will facilitate social connections between LGBTQ Salemites.
Free Aug. 18
Data digest: Covid by the numbers for Aug. 18, 2021
COVID IN SALEM Aug. 18
Slow state system is delaying ability to track Covid cases in Marion, Polk counties
Marion County is contacting fewer than half of county residents who test positive for Covid within 24 hours. That means many aren’t getting information about quarantining, and health workers have less data about where people are getting sick.
ON THE AIR Aug. 18
ON THE AIR: The inside look at the pandemic's impact on Salem's mental well-being
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.
Aug. 18
Oregon students who refuse to wear masks can't attend school in person, state says
PUBLIC SAFETY Aug. 18
Salem man who drowned in Turner Lake was a “godly man who helped anyone”
Soksan Korm, 50, drowned Aug. 8 after disappearing under a dock at the lake south of Salem. Witnesses and his widow said they were frustrated by water rescue efforts that failed to quickly locate Korm.
LOCAL SCHOOLS Aug. 18
PHOTOS: Young thespians perform at Unified Musical Theater showcase
The new summer program brought together middle school students with and without disabilities from seven Salem-Keizer schools to learn performing arts.
Aug. 18
Marion County businesses can apply for grants to help cover Covid expenses
Free Aug. 17
Data digest: Covid by the numbers for Aug. 17, 2021
SALEM COMMUNITY Aug. 17
Census shows Salem has become more diverse, but added little housing
Salem added 20,000 people in the last decade, about half of them Hispanic. In that same time, the city added 6,000 housing units.
SALEM COMMUNITY Aug. 17
Manor garden offers friendship, flowers and produce for gardeners both new and experienced
A resident-run community garden at retirement village Capital Manor has been a source of solace during the pandemic, giving people a chance to get outside, swap tips and maintain social connections.
ON THE AIR Aug. 17
ON THE AIR: Get inside the numbers of Oregon's 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.
Aug. 17
AGENDA: Marion County commissioners meet to consider justice grants
Aug. 17
Gov. Brown tells school leaders not to "jeopardize" in-person classes by ignoring mask rule
SALEM BUSINESS Aug. 17
Pandemic, work culture will be guiding priorities for new SAIF leader
Chip Terhune, an Oregon-raised executive with experience in politics and health care, is taking the reins of Salem-based worker's compensation company SAIF.
Free Aug. 16
Data digest: Covid by the numbers for Aug. 16, 2021
COVID IN SALEM Aug. 16
EXCLUSIVE: Video recruiting for unvaccinated medical workers brings storm to Salem care operation
A Salem recruiter for Bonaventure, which has locations in Oregon, Washington and Colorado, said she urged unvaccinated health care workers to apply at the long-term care facilities to let them know there are other options if they don’t want to get vaccinated.
LOCAL SCHOOLS Aug. 16
What to expect when Salem kids head back to school
Full-time, in-person school remains the plan for every Salem-Keizer family who wants it, and spots in the district’s online academy are filling quickly. There’s currently no requirement Oregon or local teachers get a Covid vaccine, though district and local union leaders said it’s among the possibilities being discussed.
Aug. 16
Governor extends Oregon foreclosure moratorium until Dec. 31
Aug. 16
Santiam floating trip strands rafters, requires helicopter rescue
Aug. 16
Person who attended Salem-Keizer School Board meeting tests positive for Covid
SALEM AREA EVENTS Aug. 16
Monster Cookie Ride returns for 45th year
The beginner-friendly bike ride through the Willamette Valley will be held Aug. 29, with a new start and end point in Keizer Rapids Park.

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