Data digest: Covid by the numbers for Oct. 15, 2021
Highway cleanup event set for Saturday in memory of three teens killed by drunk driver
HOUSING Oct. 15
Eviction moratoriums and rent assistance kept Oregonians housed, but many face barriers to entry as funding runs out
Local service providers say the various moratoriums banning evictions during the pandemic successfully kept many Oregon families in their homes. Otherwise, they say the need for assistance may soon outweigh available resources as tenants facing eviction deal with barriers to getting rental assistance and slow payments by the state.
VACCINATION Oct. 15
As Oct. 18 vaccination deadline looms, Salem employers report high vaccination rates
Nearly all employees of the Salem-Keizer School District and Salem's largest medical providers have been fully vaccinated against Covid or had an exception approved three days out from Gov. Kate Brown’s mandated deadline.
FreeSALEM COMMUNITY Oct. 15
Despite spending increase, survey finds Salem residents less satisfied with city street, sidewalk maintenance
In an annual survey this year, residents reported the lowest satisfaction in recent years with how the city is maintaining its streets, sidewalks and bridges. Theories point to pandemic negativity, more time at home to look at cracks in the sidewalk or the lack of a third bridge across the Willamette River.
Salem plans to redraw wards next month
COLUMN Oct. 15
SALEM HISTORY: Do you know who's in this mystery photo?
As part of Salem Reporter's local history series, Willamette Heritage Center curator Kylie Pine regularly shares historic photos from around Salem. This month's selection is a group photo from outside the Elsinore Theatre.
FreeAROUND OREGON Oct. 15
Oregon state Sen. Betsy Johnson to launch independent campaign for governor
Johnson will leave the Democratic Party by next spring, she told supporters, as she prepares to run for governor outside Oregon's two major political parties.
Salem man hospitalized after being struck by vehicle Thursday morning
Data digest: Covid by the numbers for Oct. 14, 2021
FreeSALEM ECONOMY Oct. 14
As Roth’s Fresh Markets goes corporate, leaders say focus will remain on customer service
The Salem-based grocery chain announced the sale on Wednesday to a Canadian grocery company, ending decades of family ownership. Roth’s stores, which have served as a first workplace for generations of young Salemites, will retain their branding.
Oregon hospitals, outpatient care gain workers; nursing homes see decline
SALEM PEOPLE AND PLACES Oct. 14
Disco guests silently raise money for breast cancer research
Kelli Jaecks, a Salem breast cancer survivor, used her birthday as an opportunity to raise money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
FreeAROUND OREGON Oct. 14
Facing threats, superintendents and school boards turn to legislature, law enforcement
Growing concerns around job and personal safety are behind new contract rights legislation and FBI intervention.
New agreement gives Chemeketa students easier pathway to 4-year art degree
LOCAL SCHOOLS Oct. 14
At McKay, orchestra will no longer be held in the closet
Larger science labs, more space for special education students and a building dedicated to career programs are among the improvements from a recently completed $64 million renovation of McKay High School.
ON THE AIR Oct. 14
ON THE AIR: Salem Reporter's Ardeshir Tabrizian on the fate of Oregon's death penalty
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."
Roth's Fresh Markets sells to Canadian food company
Data digest: Covid by the numbers for Oct. 13, 2021
Public defender Spencer Todd announces bid for Marion County DA
FreePUBLIC SAFETY Oct. 13
County officials point to crisis response services, crisis center as city tables plans for non-police program
Marion County officials have been hesitant to pursue a crisis response program separate from police, despite broad community support for one, saying they prefer to focus on services already in place through law enforcement. The county runs two crisis response programs – one for de-escalation and another for future follow-up.
FreeLOCAL SCHOOLS Oct. 13
Split Salem-Keizer school board commits to antiracism in 4-2 vote
Following a contentious meeting Tuesday night, Superintendent Christy Perry said her school board's public commitment to antiracism and equity reflects the goals she's advanced for years and gives the district's elected leaders better tools to hold her accountable for outcomes.
SALEM COMMUNITY Oct. 13
After 20 years at the job, Salem’s volunteer coordinator retires
From attack owls to rhododendrons, Tibby Larson said her time coordinating volunteers has been fun. In retirement she plans to travel, do yoga and spend time with grandkids.
FreeSTATE POLITICS Oct. 13
OREGON NEWS: Oregon Republicans sue over new congressional districts
Former Secretary of State Bev Clarno and three others allege maps are a Democratic gerrymander.
Don a costume and bid on animal-themed gifts at Bowser's Boo Bash
ON THE AIR Oct. 13
ON THE AIR: Salem Reporter's Rachel Alexander untangles state's latest student data
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."
Data digest: Covid by the numbers for Oct. 12, 2021
Calculate your 2021 Oregon tax "kicker"
FreeWATCHDOG Oct. 12
Staffers at Oregon State Hospital endure violence, long hours despite promises of improvements
A Salem Reporter investigation found hospital administrators' response to the Covid pandemic included moving some of the institution's least stable patients to units ill-equipped to care for them. Now, the hospital is seeing more violence between patients, more staff quitting and continues to rely on soldiers with no medical expertise to care for patients.
Salem seeks feedback on trees through community survey
OREGON NEWS Oct. 12
Oregon tenants at risk in expiration of eviction safe harbor
Legislators and tenant advocates are calling for special session to extend protections, as renters run out of time to get help
HOMELESSNESS Oct. 12
Council rejects project reconsideration, moves forward with Wallace Road managed homeless camp
Councilor Jim Lewis, who represents west Salem, brought forward a motion asking council to reconsider its earlier approval of a managed camp along Wallace Road following a tense meeting at a senior living community last week. In a 5-3 vote, councilors shot down the motion.
Gov. Brown announces two Marion County Circuit Court vacancies, judges set to retire
SALEM EVENTS Oct. 12
PHOTOS: Dance and celebration mark Indigenous Peoples' Day in Salem
Gathering under an amphitheater designed to resemble a Kalapuya woven basket, dancers from several tribes celebrated Oregon's first recognized Indigenous Peoples' Day Monday.
ON THE AIR Oct. 12
ON THE AIR: Salem Reporter's Saphara Harrell discusses a heated west Salem community meeting
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."
OREGON POLITICS Oct. 12
State Rep. Bill Post to resign at the end of November
With 15 months left in his current term, District 25 Rep. Bill Post announced Monday night that he would be resigning from his position effective Nov. 30 after moving to Nevada in late September.
Data digest: Covid by the numbers for Oct. 11, 2021
Two armed women walk away from corrections department building in Salem
SALEM LAW ENFORCEMENT Oct. 11
Salem police drafting strategic plan as local civil rights leaders say public trust is low
The Salem Police Department is seeking the community’s feedback to help inform its three-year strategic plan toward smarter, evidence-based and transparent policing. Meanwhile, local civil rights leaders say the community’s trust in the agency has dwindled.
LOCAL SCHOOLS Oct. 11
Salem-Keizer may soon own the career center hundreds of its students attend
The district is poised to accept a donation of the land and building where its Career Technical Education Center has operated since 2015. Soil contamination at the former manufacturing facility was a concern for some school board members, but Oregon’s Department of Environmental Quality said no further action is needed at the site provided groundwater isn’t used and crops aren’t grown in the soil.
FreeAROUND OREGON Oct. 11
OREGON NEWS: Report shows parts of Oregon spent months last year with elevated air pollution levels
OREGON NEWS: Air quality monitors show some communities in Oregon had pollution as worse as some of the country's largest cities.
Jewish jazz compositions highlighted in virtual Salem concert series
FreeAROUND OREGON Oct. 11
OREGON NEWS: Oregon nursing group, resigned to mandate, wants ‘bold’ action to address staffing shortages
OREGON NEWS: The Oregon Nursing Association blasted hospital executives, saying they were more concerned about profits than their nursing staff.
Northeast Front Street closed for railroad repairs
SALEM ENVIRONMENT Oct. 11
Willamette students seek to regenerate native oaks in the Salem area
After seeing native Oregon white oaks fall during the 2021 ice storm, a group of environmental science and biology students started a project to collect acorns and grow saplings on campus. Eventually, they plan to restore native oak habitat.