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PUBLIC SAFETY Oct. 9
Four-alarm fire hits downtown business block in Mt. Angel
A fire at a grain elevator in downtown Mt. Angel and adjacent buildings was reported just before 1 a.m. Saturday. More than 100 firefighters from the region responded.
Oct. 8
AGENDA: Salem City Council to reconsider west Salem managed camp after opposition from neighbors
Oct. 8
Data digest: Covid by the numbers for Oct. 8, 2021
FreeAROUND OREGON Oct. 8
OREGON NEWS: With lines still uncertain, congressional hopefuls slow to announce campaigns
OREGON NEWS: Oregon has a new district, but most candidates are waiting for lawsuits over redrawn boundaries.
Oct. 8
Latino students now largest share of Salem-Keizer district
Oct. 8
Salem's fourth Indigenous peoples day event Monday brings powwow, guest speakers
HOMELESSNESS Oct. 8
Federal outreach grant means more help to protect homeless youth in Salem
The Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency and its program HOME Youth Services were awarded a $150,000 per year grant that lasts for three years to do street outreach, help keep youth from being trafficked, and advocate for them if they are victims.
OREGON POLITICS Oct. 8
State representative from Keizer sells house in district, moves to Nevada
OREGON NEWS: State Rep. Bill Post, who has represented District 25 since 2014, announced Sept. 27 that he had sold his house in Keizer and moved to Nevada. Post plans to continue in his role for now, but hasn't decided yet if he will resign in 2022.
LOCAL SCHOOLS Oct. 8
Salem-Keizer's first woman principal remembered at Celebration of Leadership
Former McNary High School principal and longtime educator Kathleen Hanneman died last September. A public tribute Wednesday recalled her impact on the school and her students.
OREGON COURTS Oct. 7
Supreme Court drops death sentence for killer in Salem murder
In a potentially standard-setting move, the Oregon Supreme Court eliminated a man’s death sentence after he was convicted of aggravated murder in Marion County five years ago.
Oct. 7
Data digest: Covid by the numbers for Oct. 7, 2021
Oct. 7
Businesses, nonprofits can apply for grant funding to reduce waste
ECONOMY Oct. 7
COLUMN: Pandemic aid helped thousands of Salem residents out of poverty
The Salem area's declining unemployment rate will help keep people out of poverty, but much depends on the type of work and resources for parents.
FreeOREGON NEWS Oct. 7
Despite return to in-person classes, many who chose homeschooling during pandemic stay home
Almost 7,000 students are now homeschooling in the Willamette Education Service District, up from 4,500 during the 2019-20 school year.
SALEM AREA EVENTS Oct. 7
Help rescue a pirate’s family during Powerland Halloween event
The Oregon Electric Railway Museum at Powerland Heritage Park is holding its first-ever Halloween event. It’s a storyline geared toward children, enlisting their help to solve a pirate mystery.
Oct. 7
Salem woman asks community for help finding dog taken in front of Safeway
FreeOREGON NEWS Oct. 7
Oregon Health Authority advises employers to be flexible in enforcing Oct. 18 vaccine mandate
OREGON NEWS: Monday was the last day for state executive branch employees, health care staff and educators to receive their last dose of a Covid-19 vaccine.
FreeLOCAL SCHOOLS Oct. 6
Pandemic widens graduation inequities for Salem high schoolers
Just 70% of Salem-Keizer freshmen last year completed enough credits to stay on track to graduate high school, down from 85% before the pandemic. While nearly every group of students struggled, Latino, Pacific Islander, migrant and homeless students were particularly impacted.
FreeOREGON COURTS Oct. 6
State appeals court orders reversal of Salem man’s 2004 aggravated murder conviction, death sentence
On Wednesday, an Oregon appeals court judge ordered that a Salem man's 2004 aggravated murder conviction and death sentence be reversed and sent back to trial court, saying defense attorneys didn't interview a witness who had evidence that could've impacted the verdict.
FreeOREGON NEWS Oct. 6
New Oregon laws tackle affordable housing, rebuilding from fire
The Oregon Legislature passed several changes to Oregon laws that modify land use practices around the state. Land use experts see trend of state telling cities what to do.
Oct. 6
Data digest: Covid by the numbers for Oct. 6, 2021
STATE POLITICS Oct. 6
Salem gets new House seat on redrawn congressional district map
Redrawn congressional boundaries put Salem in the newly-created sixth district, Oregon’s only U.S. House seat with no incumbent. Two Portland-area Democrats have expressed interest in the seat, and Salem’s longtime state representative has stayed quiet on his plans.
FreeSALEM COMMUNITY Oct. 6
Neighbors angry over plan to bring managed homeless camp to west Salem
The room was tense at Salemtowne Tuesday night as hundreds gathered to vent their fears and frustrations over a managed camp of “micro-shelters” planned for Wallace Road. Many scoffed at suggestions from city leaders and homeless service providers that homelessness was a collective problem that needed collective action.
Oct. 6
Combine, car crash leaves two with minor injuries
FreeOREGON NEWS Oct. 6
Dr. Dean Sidelinger: Big-picture team player in Oregon public health
The state epidemiologist’s calm demeanor and untiring public safety message belie the toll of the pandemic
Oct. 6
Woman hospitalized after hit-and-run, police searching for driver
FreeSALEM TEACHERS Oct. 6
As the pandemic disrupted substitute teaching, this Salem teacher worked to lift her colleagues’ spirits
Leslie Polson, president of the Oregon Substitute Teachers Association, has taught in districts around Salem for 40 years. She said last school year prompted many substitutes to get other jobs because virtual classes typically didn’t employ substitutes, exacerbating the substitute shortage Oregon now faces.
ON THE AIR Oct. 6
ON THE AIR: Salem Reporter's Saphara Harrell on bullet holes and history in Salem
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."
Oct. 5
Data digest: Covid by the numbers for Oct. 5, 2021
Oct. 5
Pentacle Theatre returns to the stage with murder mystery "The Mousetrap"
FreeSTATE NEWS Oct. 5
Oregon's rural counties on their own if Covid vaccine mandate causes staff shortages
Cities and counties are declaring emergencies, fearing the state’s vaccination deadline will cause teachers, health care workers and first responders to quit in droves. State officials say they can’t step in to help unless local governments are overwhelmed.
Oct. 5
AGENDA: Marion County commissioners meet to consider staffing funds for 2020 wildfire building and planning department
FreeSALEM ECONOMY Oct. 5
With interest from low-cost airlines, optimism grows about commercial service at Salem Airport
The Salem Area Chamber of Commerce is holding a public policy meeting about the airport and commercial service Thursday morning. Airport boosters initially hoped to attract a major airline like Alaska, but say they've instead gotten interest from low-cost carriers like Allegiant or Frontier.
FreeOREGON POLITICS Oct. 5
Oregon governor’s race starting to take shape
Treasurer Tobias Read, House Speaker Tina Kotek and 2016 GOP nominee Bud Pierce are the biggest names in the open race so far.
ON THE AIR Oct. 5
ON THE AIR: Salem Reporter's Rachel Alexander on the retirement of a veteran Salem legislator
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 IN OREGON Oct. 5
Cost of Covid: Hospital stays longer, more costly for difficult treatment
Insurers and taxpayer-funded programs like Medicare and Medicaid face 6-figure bills for the most severely ill Covid patients, who require extended stays in intensive care units.
SALEM EVENTS Oct. 5
A Disney-themed surprise lifts spirits for June
June, a Mill City two-year-old with cancer got her wish for a play structure and Disney-themed party granted at Salem's Capitol Subaru last week, with help from the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
LOCAL SCHOOLS Oct. 4
One month into school, few Covid outbreaks among kids in Salem
The start of in-person school in Oregon so far hasn't led to a spike in Covid cases in kids or hospitalizations. While many schools have recorded cases of Covid, local and state data shows in general, those infections aren't spreading in classrooms.
Oct. 4
Data digest: Covid by the numbers for Oct. 4, 2021
Oct. 4
Grab a pumpkin for a good cause at Sprague on Saturday
SALEM COMMUNITY Oct. 4
The Reed renovation brings new eateries, shops and flair to downtown Salem
The newly renovated Reed Opera House building is close to complete with restaurants, stores and a more organized space for Salemites to enjoy.
LOCAL COLUMN Oct. 4
COLUMN: Birds, our fellow bipeds
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.
Oct. 4
Man cited for DUI, hit-and-run after power pole crash that shut off power for around 800 residences
PHOTOS Oct. 4
PHOTOS: October brings pumpkin patches, mazes and cider
The start of fall means farms around Salem are again offering pumpkin patches, games and sweet treats.
SALEM PEOPLE AND PLACES Oct. 4
Catholic Community Services raises funds for families
The annual "Building Resilience through Hope and Healing" lunch on Sept. 29 highlighted the organization's work supporting children and people with disabilities.

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