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Free Aug. 27
Data digest: Covid by the numbers for Aug. 27, 2021
SALEM COMMUNITY Aug. 27
PHOTOS: Oregon State Fair returns with horses, goats and other livestock
Four-legged critters from guinea pigs to goats are again being shown on the opening day of the Oregon State Fair.
FreeCOVID IN SALEM Aug. 27
With Covid case surge comes a longer wait for tests in Salem
Manufacturing issues and increased demand have made rapid Covid testing difficult to find in Salem, and hours-long waits have become the norm for people seeking results at Salem Clinic's drive-through urgent care.
HOMELESSNESS Aug. 27
Union Gospel Mission on its way to raising $2 million, can expand staffing and cut mortgage
The men’s mission opened in its new space in July which allowed Union Gospel Mission to double the number of unsheltered men it serves. With more space and more people comes higher staff needs and utility bills.
Aug. 27
Homeless alliance to open applications for federal money to support housing programs
FreeAROUND OREGON Aug. 27
AROUND OREGON: Intentional misuse of ivermectin spikes in Oregon
Poison control operators reported nine calls in August for intentional misuse of the horse deworming drug, which has been promoted as a home cure for Covid.
Aug. 27
Expect slower traffic, one way on 17th for Oregon State Fair
FreeCOVID IN OREGON Aug. 26
Governor won't relent on vaccine mandate, saying Covid deaths 'unacceptable and preventable'
EXCLUSIVE: Gov. Kate Brown said Thursday that masks and vaccinations are vital to stemming the surge of Covid in Oregon. She said despite pressure to leave such matters in local hands, no rural county has come to her with a plan to handle the spreading virus.
Aug. 26
Pedestrian struck and killed on Mission and 25th
Aug. 26
Free summer fun at Northgate Park wraps up Friday with bike repairs and more
Aug. 26
Data digest: Covid by the numbers for Aug. 26, 2021
FreeCOVID IN OREGON Aug. 26
Here's who’s covered under Oregon’s vaccination mandates for health care, K-12 education
Rules released Wednesday by the Oregon Health Authority say schools and health care employers that don’t verify employee vaccination can be fined up to $500 per day. The mandates cover employees and volunteers who interact with kids in K-12 schools, like teachers, coaches, cafeteria workers and bus drivers, but not school board members. Health care mandates also apply to cleaners, receptionists and others working in health care offices.
COLUMN Aug. 26
COLUMN: Bird migration season is underway
Local birder and natural history author Harry Fuller shares what birds are up to in the Salem area in his "Some Fascinating Things About Birds" column.
ON THE AIR Aug. 26
ON THE AIR: The clash between Covid mandates and providing care
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.
Free Aug. 26
Get vaccinated at state fair and earn a free ticket to come back
SALEM EVENTS Aug. 26
Fun makes a comeback at the Oregon State Fair
The fair kicks off Friday and runs through Sept. 6, with carnival rides, animal shows and live music. Two special fundraising events will support Santiam Canyon wildfire recovery efforts.
FreeAROUND OREGON Aug. 25
AROUND OREGON: Malheur County leaders say vaccine mandate could cripple or close schools, ambulance service
State Rep. Mark Owens and Sen. Lynn Findley say Gov. Kate Brown's mandates go too far, forcing teachers, health workers and public employees to choose between what should be a personal medical decision and the jobs that feed their families. Vale Fire Department, Jordan Valley School District and Harney Hospital District are among the agencies speaking out against the measures.
PUBLIC SAFETY Aug. 25
PHOTOS: Willamette Valley law enforcement honors Sgt. John Burright with memorial procession
A procession Wednesday morning honored former Oregon State Police Sgt. John Burright, who died on May 4 from complications of injuries sustained on the job nearly 20 years earlier. Burright was paralyzed after he stopped to help a disabled motorist on the side of Interstate 5 and was struck by a passing vehicle.
Aug. 25
Oregon's economic outlook strong despite ongoing pandemic, with expected $1.9 billion "kicker"
Free Aug. 25
Data digest: Covid by the numbers for Aug. 25, 2021
SALEM PEOPLE Aug. 25
Rubber chicken and concertina in tow, Salem’s hospital clown lifts spirits
Mike Bednarek, also known as Dr. Fun E. Bone, has been a clown for decades, but felt called to bring his act to hospitals after his teenage daughter’s serious illness almost 20 years ago. Through corny jokes, amateur card tricks and a little music, he brings a moment of laughter to kids ranging from four days old to 18.
AROUND OREGON Aug. 25
AROUND OREGON: State faces shortage of high school sports officials
In yet another impact of the pandemic, officials report a sharp drop in the number of those willing to officiate at high school events. The state association is looking for help as the fall sports season unfolds.
FreeMARION COUNTY Aug. 25
Marion County officials say they’re focused on vaccine outreach, not restrictions, as Covid cases surge
The county’s Board of Commissioners on Wednesday approved several contracts to get vaccines to more people in Marion County, but said they wouldn’t take any other steps in response to a surge in new Covid cases and record numbers of people hospitalized with the virus.
Aug. 25
Motorcyclist dies in crash in northeast Salem, police looking for other driver
ON THE AIR Aug. 25
ON THE AIR: The background on how the governor can order health care workers to be vaccinated
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.
FreeCOVID IN SALEM Aug. 24
State, federal data shows vaccination rates vary widely among long term care facilities in Salem
Low employee vaccination rates at some care facilities have Oregon’s trade group cautioning mandates could worsen staffing shortages. Gov. Kate Brown has mandated all health care workers be vaccinated against Covid by Oct. 18.
Free Aug. 24
Data digest: Covid by the numbers for Aug. 24, 2021
Aug. 24
Marion County sheriff said office will educate about, but not enforce, mask mandates
Aug. 24
Days ahead of state fair, Gov. Brown says masks required in outdoor public spaces
SALEM FAMILIES Aug. 24
An expanded child tax credit means more breathing room for Salem parents
Salem parents said the federal payments of a few hundred dollars per month have helped cover some “extras” for their kids, like for summer camp or back-to-school clothes. But mostly, they’ve meant less worry about regular bills.
AROUND OREGON Aug. 24
AROUND OREGON: Malheur County sheriff calls out governor, won't enforce mandates and will challenge new ones
Brian Wolfe, Malheur County sheriff, opposes state mandates for masks and vaccines in a letter to Gov. Kate Brown. Wolfe said individuals should look out for their own health. "It's not the government's job to protect our health," he wrote.
Aug. 24
AGENDA: Marion County commissioners meet to consider contracts for vaccine administration
Aug. 24
Facing surge in Covid calls, Marion County fire officials ask people to reserve 911 for life-threatening emergencies
GUEST COLUMN Aug. 24
COLUMN: Asking for help clears roadblock to senior's medical care
Medicare questions or issues? Jim Sellers, former Oregon journalist and state agency employee, writes a regular column to help thousands in Salem deal with the confusing world of Medicare and federal benefits. He's available to answer your questions.
Free Aug. 23
Data digest: Covid by the numbers for Aug. 23, 2021
SALEM COMMUNITY Aug. 23
Voices of Pride: Attendees and participants express delight at the 2021 Salem event
About 1,000 people turned out on Saturday, August 21 to celebrate both inclusion and individuality at Riverfront Park. The 2021 Capitol Pride in the Park festival was the event and, behind the mandatory masks - there were all smiles.
Aug. 23
Pfizer vaccine approval means Oct. 18 deadline for many Oregon workers to get their shots
FreeCOVID IN SALEM Aug. 23
Inside Salem's ICU, the "emotionally draining" work of caring for Covid patients marches on
Normally busy even before the pandemic, Salem Hospital's 30-bed ICU has been beyond full in recent weeks accommodating a surge of Covid patients, mostly unvaccinated. "There's always a scramble as you're getting to put them on life support. It may be their last opportunity to speak with their family, to interact, to meet, in some cases say their last words. So that makes it very tough," said Dr. Marty Johnson, the unit's medical director.
TRANSPORTATION Aug. 23
Cherriots adds Sunday bus service starting in September
Fares are free on Sundays for the month of September as Cherriots adds its new service. Bus riders can now get around town seven days a week.
Aug. 23
Wednesday procession through Salem mourns the loss of former OSP trooper
MARION COUNTY LIBRARIES Aug. 23
Local libraries secure grants for book mobiles, better Internet service
Thanks to a new state grant, the Salem Public Library plans to launch a mobile van next fall to reach city neighborhoods far from its services. Other area libraries are upgrading Wi-Fi, adding mobile charging stations and expanding outreach to rural areas.

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