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Aug 30 2021 thru Sep 5 2021

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Sep. 3
Understaffed state hospital to get second round of National Guard help
Sep. 3
Data digest: Covid by the numbers for Sept. 3, 2021
Sep. 3
Salem library returns to curbside service at main branch
SALEM PEOPLE Sep. 3
Tokyo dreams become reality for South Salem athlete
South Salem graduate Annie Flood initially was named an alternate for the U.S. women’s sitting volleyball team, but she was called up to Tokyo just a few days before the Paralympic games began. The team plays for a gold medal on Saturday.
SALEM AREA NONPROFITS Sep. 3
Salem wildlife rehabilitation center loses state permit over taking in black bear
Turtle Ridge Wildlife Center is seeking to have its wildlife rehabilitation permit restored after an April incident where director Jessy Gill took in a sick yearling black bear in the evening and didn't notify state wildlife officials until the following day.
FreeCOVID VACCINATION Sep. 3
Salem nurses protest Covid vaccination mandate
About three-quarters of Salem Health employees have been vaccinated against Covid, with rates highest among doctors and other advanced practitioners. But as a state vaccination for health care workers is set to take effect Oct. 18, some hospital nurses say they'd rather lose their job than be forced to get a vaccine.
Free Sep. 2
Data digest: Covid by the numbers for Sept. 2, 2021
Sep. 2
Salem police will hold car seat clinic Sept. 10
Sep. 2
Bridgeway holds Run for Recovery on Sept. 25
FreeCOVID IN SALEM Sep. 2
"This is devastating”: Salem Hospital prepares refrigerated truck for bodies as Covid deaths climb
Cheryl Wolfe, Salem Health’s CEO, gave a grim update on the state of Salem Hospital during a Thursday morning meeting with business leaders, saying the average age of patients hospitalized with Covid has fallen to 52.
SALEM COMMUNITY Sep. 2
Salem nonprofit serving houseless veterans looks to expand with VA grant
VETcare offers veterans experiencing homelessness transitional housing while they find a more permanent place to live. With a new grant, it’s hoping to find a new facility where each person can have their own room.
ON THE AIR Sep. 2
ON THE AIR: Inside Salem's ICU as Covid patients fill the hospital
LISTEN IN: Catch managing editor Rachel Alexander on the latest local news on community radio station KMWV (98.3 FM) with "In Case You Missed It - With Salem Reporter."
Free Sep. 1
Data digest: Covid by the numbers for Sept. 1, 2021
SALEM ARCHAEOLOGY Sep. 1
Salem archeologists and historians plan to use radar to discover site of 1840s mission school
On the north side of what is now Willamette University’s campus, Methodist missionaries operated a mission school for Indigenous children for a few years in the early 1840s. A joint archaeology project with the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde seeks to better understand day to day life at the school and locate its original site.
Sep. 1
Thousands of Salem families will get $389 food payment for school meals
PUBLIC SAFETY Sep. 1
City seeks to throw out lawsuit, saying Salem woman was injured by fellow protesters, not police
Lawyers for the city of Salem said it was protesters, not police, who gave a Salem woman eye damage during a protest on May 31, 2020 when police declared an unlawful assembly. The federal lawsuit sought to change Salem Police Department policies, but the city has argued it’s not at fault for her injuries and the suit should be dismissed.
ON THE AIR Sep. 1
ON THE AIR: Sobering numbers emerge on Covid in the Salem area
LISTEN IN: Catch the comments of reporter Saphara Harrell on the latest local news on community radio station KMWV (98.3 FM) with "In Case You Missed It - With Salem Reporter."
COLUMN Sep. 1
SALEM HISTORY: How Salem went from a nine person Pride march to an annual celebration
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, dives into the history of gay pride in Salem and Oregon.
Sep. 1
Salem won't require employees get vaccinated against Covid
SALEM PEOPLE Sep. 1
South Salem grad wants to protect Oregon coastal communities through better engineering
Inessa Garrey sees flooding, extreme weather and soil erosion as imminent threats to the beaches she loved visiting as a kid. She's heading to the University of Washington to study civil engineering this fall after two summers aiding in research at Oregon State University.
Free Aug. 31
Data digest: Covid by the numbers for Aug. 31, 2021
FreeCOVID IN OREGON Aug. 31
National Guard to be deployed Friday to Salem Hospital as Covid surge continues
About 100 soldiers and airmen with the Oregon National Guard will be supporting patient care at the hospital through at least the end of September, the Oregon Health Authority and Oregon Military Department said Tuesday.
Aug. 31
UPDATED: Salem libraries won't reopen on Sept. 1 due to rising Covid cases
Aug. 31
Portion of 27th Avenue Southeast to close for infrastructure improvements
SALEM COMMUNITY Aug. 31
From beard oil to botanicals, Salem business owner expands into clothing
Aaron Naden has been growing his businesses in the Reed Opera House since first opening Bearded Oregon in March 2020. Now, he’s expanded into men’s clothing and an apothecary that offers skincare and other beauty products.
SALEM COMMUNITY Aug. 31
Generous contractors celebrated at Santiam Rebuild Coalition appreciation event
The group of contractors who have donated time and materials to a community center build in Detroit were honored at the Aug. 26 event.
Aug. 31
Marion County commissioners meet Wednesday to declare September suicide prevention awareness month
OREGON SCHOOLS Aug. 31
AROUND OREGON: Adrian School Board fires superintendent for obeying state's mask mandate
The decision to fire Kevin Purnell as superintendent of the Adrian School Board came after a closed-door session on Monday, Aug. 30. The board chair said the termination came because Purnell didn't follow board directives. Other community sources said he was fired for obeying the state's mask mandate.
AROUND OREGON Aug. 31
AROUND OREGON: Oregon House boasts record number of women, after swearing-in of Rep. Christine Goodwin, R-Roseburg
Oregon now has 33 state representatives who are women, after the swearing-in of Rep. Christine Goodwin, R-Roseburg, on Wednesday. It's a record number of women representatives.
Free Aug. 30
Data digest: Covid by the numbers for Aug. 30, 2021
SALEM PEOPLE AND PLACES Aug. 30
State Fair Foundation hosts annual event to kick off fair
Those attending the opening event on Friday, Aug. 27, sampled wines from 13 wineries, listened to a live band, and again helped support the Oregon State Fair.
Aug. 30
Daue House Gift Shop cuts hours
Aug. 30
Marion County Sheriff's Office wants public's help solving homicide
SALEM COMMUNITY Aug. 30
From security to t-shirt designs, Shawntay Negrete wants to make the Salem community safer
Last year, Shawntay Negrete started her own security company focused on keeping people safe at protests and political events. In that same time, she also started an apparel company that makes t-shirts promoting Indigenous rights, feminism and anti-racism.
SALEM EVENTS Aug. 30
PHOTOS: West Salem marching band performs at Premier Night
Following two weeks of band camp, high school marching band students at West enjoyed a barbecue with their parents, then performed at the school's football stadium.
FreeCOVID AND KIDS Aug. 30
What an Oregon pediatric doctor wants parents to know about Covid as schools reopen
Even with the more contagious Delta variant of Covid, Dr. Dawn Nolt, professor of pediatrics and infectious diseases at Oregon Health and Science University, says Oregon schools can reopen in-person and keep kids too young to be vaccinated safe. But masks and other prevention strategies are essential, she said.

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