OHA reports Covid outbreaks at Marion, Polk county jails
Data digest: Covid by the numbers for Oct. 1, 2021
SALEM COMMUNITY Oct. 1
Haunted hot spots, murder stories on Salem’s Ghost Tour
The sons of the late Tim King wanted to carry on their father’s work by rebooting the Salem Ghost Tour this month. They tell tales of the darker side of Salem history through an hourlong walking tour.
Campfires again allowed in Oregon state parks and forests
HOMELESSNESS Oct. 1
Homeless alliance convenes to help Salem area secure millions for services
The Mid-Willamette Valley Homeless Alliance, formed in 2019, has drawn millions in federal funding to Salem this year to better serve people without housing. Its goal is to bring together social service providers, government leaders and other organizations to work together to help get those experiencing homelessness off the street.
COLUMN Oct. 1
SALEM HISTORY: The "traqueros" who helped build Oregon's railways
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, explores the life of Salem resident and railway worker Jose Marcos Campos for Hispanic Heritage Month.
Two classrooms at Grant, Weddle elementary schools moved online following student illness
Data digest: Covid by the numbers for Sept. 30, 2021
Northeast Salem shooting suspect released on bail; new details emerge in police affidavit
ON THE AIR Sep. 30
ON THE AIR: Salem Reporter's Ardeshir Tabrizian digs into what happens now that unemployment benefits end
LISTEN IN: Catch the comments of reporter Ardeshir Tabrizian on the latest local news on community radio station KMWV (98.3 FM) with "In Case You Missed It - With Salem Reporter."
LOCAL SCHOOLS Sep. 30
Salem teacher gets community boost to expand classroom library
When Kalia Flocker’s second graders started school at Lamb Elementary this fall, she noticed most of them were reading well behind grade level. She turned to crowdfunding to get books at their level, and said they’re now making quick progress.
SALEM COMMUNITY Sep. 30
Local art and poetry exhibit slated for October in Bush’s Pasture Park
The 23rd annual Paint & Write the Town Exhibition will display work from local artists and poets through October, and a local artist will judge the artwork to receive awards.
SALEM COMMUNITY Sep. 29
Historic downtown Salem building turned food hall earns award for historic preservation
The Gray Belle has been a series of eateries over the last century. Owner Charles Weathers said learning the history of the building through renovating it to create Fork Forty has been like peeling back the layers of an onion.
Data digest: Covid by the numbers for Sept. 29, 2021
City of Salem's burn ban ends Oct. 1
OREGON POLITICS Sep. 29
Rep. Brian Clem says his “spirit is wounded” about state of politics as he plans to retire
The south Salem Democrat, who’s been in office since 2007, made a surprise announcement on the House floor Monday that he would not seek re-election. Clem, 49, made the decision to focus on being a caregiver for his mother, but said he hopes to re-engage in the city’s civic life in the future.
Free Sep. 29
Salem providers now offering Pfizer Covid booster shots; Salem Health starts Oct. 4
ON THE AIR Sep. 29
ON THE AIR: Salem Reporter's Rachel Alexander discusses facts of Covid breakthrough cases
LISTEN IN: Catch the comments of 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."
COVID VACCINATION Sep. 29
Salem area Covid vaccinations drop as some approach work-related mandate deadlines
The number of people seeking Covid vaccinations climbed in late summer when the Delta surge began, but is now falling in the Salem area and across Oregon. Local nurses say mobile clinics at Mega Foods in Salem remain popular, but some others have drawn few takers.
Data digest: Covid by the numbers for Sept. 28, 2021
AGENDA: Marion County commissioners meet to consider replacing 19 sheriff's office vehicles
SALEM PEOPLE AND PLACES Sep. 28
Walk and Wag raises thousands for supporting hospice patients with pets
Dogs and their humans gathered Saturday at Minto-Brown Island Park to raise funds for Willamette Valley Hospice's Pet Piece of Mind program.
Oregon's food stamp benefits increase permanently in October
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT Sep. 28
West Salem could soon have managed homeless camp after council approval
The Salem City Council unanimously approved a new managed camp along Wallace Road that would serve up to 60 people experiencing homelessness who are 55 and older. Hundreds of people commented against the proposal. Councilors said more communication was needed to nearby neighbors.
LOCAL JOURNALISM Sep. 28
Statewide news outlet run by Salem Reporter editor will cover state government, politics
Oregon Capital Chronicle, a news outlet focused on state government and politics, will launch next Tuesday, led by Salem Reporter Editor Les Zaitz.
Western Christian School closes for a week after 12 Covid cases
EMPLOYMENT Sep. 28
One month after loss of unemployment benefits, impact on Salem jobs remains to be seen
The end of August meant thousands of Salem residents had Covid unemployment benefits cut off. It’s too early to see an impact on local jobs, but a state economist says the Salem area’s employment was among the quickest in the state to recover from Covid-related job losses.
Data digest: Covid by the numbers for Sept. 27, 2021
Salem Public Library set to reopen Oct. 1
89 more Salem-Keizer students positive for Covid among 39,000 attending in-person
ON THE AIR Sep. 27
ON THE AIR: Salem Reporter's Saphara Harrell discusses Marion County's Covid leave
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."
HOMELESSNESS Sep. 27
With $3.7 million federal grant, Marion and Polk counties plan to tackle youth homelessness
The Salem area only has two shelters serving youth experiencing homelessness, one of which is for minors. With more than 2,000 students in Marion and Polk counties identified as homeless, the need is nowhere close to being met.
Two arrested, 10-year-old hospitalized after daytime shooting Saturday
LOCAL SCHOOLS Sep. 27
An old toy store is now home to Salem’s newest career education program
The Willamette Career Academy offers hands-on classes in diesel mechanics, health sciences and cosmetology to high school students from districts around Marion and Polk counties, many of which are too small to have their own courses on campus. It opened with about 200 students this fall.