Data digest: Covid by the numbers for Sept. 10, 2021
Oregon employers report more hard-to-fill jobs with few applicants
OREGON BUSINESS Sep. 10
AROUND OREGON: Dutch Bros sets date for IPO, poised to be Oregon's biggest
The southern Oregon company said it will donate 1% of the IPO’s proceeds to charity over the next 10 years.
Salem to treat Willamette Slough for invasive plant
ON THE AIR Sep. 10
ON THE AIR: How Salem Health is handling Covid vaccine mandates
LISTEN IN: Catch the latest local news on community radio station KMWV (98.3 FM) with "In Case You Missed It - With Salem Reporter."
COLUMN Sep. 10
SALEM HISTORY: Hops baron, Chinatown mayor's names grace downtown alleys
As part of Salem Reporter’s local history series, Jacqueline Heavey, chair of the design committee for the Salem Main Street Association, explains the history behind newly-named Hops Alley and George Lai Sun Alley.
Data digest: Covid by the numbers for Sept. 9, 2021
MARION COUNTY CRIME Sep. 9
Man charged with murder of Salem woman who went missing in March
Gustavo Ochoa-Valadez, 35, was charged with murder in the death of Tonna Davis, a woman reported missing this past spring.
Catch a cornhole tournament at the Capitol on Saturday
SALEM COMMUNITY Sep. 9
Salem welcomes its first Afghan refugee family
Salem for Refugees and Catholic Charities are helping the family settle into Salem and said donations and housing are critical needs.
SALEM PLACES Sep. 9
Gilbert House raising money for redesigned outdoor play area to help kids connect with nature
The Salem children’s museum’s outdoor wooden play structure is past the end of its expected life, and offers few opportunities for kids who can’t climb stairs or are intimidated by fast-paced games like tag. Museum leaders are now raising money to replace much of the structure with six new exhibits including a sand table and fort-building area, while leaving the Erector Set maze in place.
LOCAL SCHOOLS Sep. 9
PHOTOS: School is back in Salem
More than 41,000 kids had their first day of classes Wednesday as the Salem-Keizer School District went back to full-time, in-person school for the first time since the pandemic began.
FreeCOVID IN SALEM Sep. 9
National Guard arrives to reinforce overworked Salem Hospital staff
This week, 67 National Guard soldiers began working at Salem Hospital, delivering meals and assisting in the emergency room, with about 100 more are on the way. Their help comes as the hospital exceeded its licensed bed capacity Thursday morning, with 504 patients in the 494-bed facility.
State Rep. Bill Post of Keizer will retire at end of term in 2022
GUEST COLUMN Sep. 9
COLUMN: As economy recovers, Salem is seeing inflation like the rest of the country
Inflation - the increase in what you pay for goods and services - has been going up as the economy recovers from the pandemic. There is uncertainty about what's ahead for consumers.
Chuck Lee, Keizer educator and advocate, dies at 72
Free Sep. 8
Data digest: Covid by the numbers for Sept. 8, 2021
LOCAL SCHOOLS Sep. 8
“Incredibly exciting”: Salem students back in schools
Navigating new buildings and school traffic congestion, tens of thousands of kids returned to classrooms in-person full time for the first time since the Covid pandemic began.
SALEM COMMUNITY Sep. 8
"I felt like my ribs were going to break": a Marion County woman's experience with Covid
Laura Oss went to the emergency room twice while battling the Covid virus. She initially chose not to get vaccinated because of a bad reaction to the flu vaccine years prior, but now urges others to take the shot.
Oregon workers’ compensation costs will again decline next year, state predicts
West Salem music students go door to door seeking donations Saturday
ON THE AIR Sep. 8
ON THE AIR: Reporter Saphara Harrell describes the munitions used by police at protests
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."
LAW ENFORCEMENT Sep. 8
Marion County child abuse response team ramps up investigations ahead of fall school return
Officials in Marion County tasked with child abuse investigations are expanding and meeting more often, with concerns of a potential spike in reports.
AROUND OREGON Sep. 8
AROUND OREGON: Adrian to pay former superintendent more than $100,000; he agrees not to sue
Kevin Purnell, the superintendent in Adrian who was recently terminated related to the state's mask mandate, agreed not to sue the district. According to the settlement agreement, he will receive a payout two installments while the district searches for a replacement.
Data digest: Covid by the numbers for Sept. 7, 2021
Bicyclist struck and killed near Salem
FreeLOCAL SCHOOLS Sep. 7
How Salem schools are opening windows, filtering air to limit Covid spread as classes return
Thousands of Salem kids are back in classrooms full-time starting Wednesday. Here’s what we know about school ventilation, lunch plans and more.
GOVERNMENT Sep. 7
Marion County employees feeling unsafe at work without Covid protocols
The union representing county employees is filing a complaint with the state Employment Relations Board for the county refusing to negotiate over working from home during the pandemic.
AGENDA: Marion County commissioners consider tax relief for wildfire-impacted properties
SANTIAM FIRES Sep. 7
"Reluctant heroes" honored as Mill City remembers Beachie Creek Fire anniversary
A year after the Beachie Creek Fire rushed down on Mill City, the small community paused to remember and reflect on loss and resilience.
SALEM PEOPLE AND PLACES Sep. 7
Benefit raises more than $500,000 to support Santiam Canyon relief
An historic farm was the setting for robust bidding at oral and live auctions on Saturday, Aug. 28, to support two groups helping the communities and people of the Santiam Canyon continue recovery from last year's wildfires.
SALEM EVENTS Sep. 6
Return of the Monster Cookie Ride
The Monster Cookie Ride was on Sunday, Aug. 29. With good weather, riders had options for several routes to get to their cookies.
AROIUND OREGON Sep. 6
AROUND OREGON: Today's cannabis consumers break the stereotype, survey finds
Cannabis consumers tend to be younger and college educated, not unemployed drug users, according to a study done by Dutchie, a Bend-based online marketplace platform. The survey showed that the stereotype of a cannabis user is false, said Ross Lipson, Dutchie CEO, in an interview. The survey showed that the baby boomers are the fastest growing demographic for cannabis sales, Lipson said.