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STATE GOVERNMENT Oct. 23
Dozens convicted in Marion, Polk counties for crimes committed as minors may soon be out of prison
A commutation plan by Gov. Kate Brown will allow some people convicted of crimes they committed as minors, including murder and assault, to be eligible for early release or be granted parole hearings. It follows the passage of a 2019 Oregon law intended to keep minors in the juvenile justice system.
Oct. 22
Data digest: Covid by the numbers for Oct. 22, 2021
Oct. 22
Grant funding available for organizations serving underrepresented businesses
COVID IN SALEM Oct. 22
Public health leaders say better translation, quick staffing increases were key lessons in Covid response
Marion County has spent $30 million to date responding to the Covid pandemic, county public health director Katrina Rothenberger said, as other public health efforts have fallen by the wayside. She spoke with other health leaders at a Salem City Club meeting Friday.
Oct. 22
Co-pays resume for some Oregon families getting state subsidies for child care
HOMELESSNESS Oct. 22
A Willamette intern faced pushback trying to find places for homeless people to park overnight
Salem has a Safe Parking Network which aims to give people living in their vehicles a safe, consistent place to sleep each night through host sites. Councilor Chris Hoy got an intern to try to find new locations, so far to no avail.
FreeAROUND OREGON Oct. 22
Future of clean trucks, buses facing key agency vote in November
If adopted, new clean trucks rules could cut in half the greenhouse gas emissions from big vehicles sold in Oregon.
FreeAROUND OREGON Oct. 22
Auditors find that Oregon state agency handled wildfire cleanup well despite complaints
Report says Oregon Transportation Department could improve communication, training
SALEM HISTORY Oct. 22
COLUMN: Downtown Salem's final alley: Antsit'ak Alley
As part of Salem Reporter’s local history series, Jacqueline Heavey, chair of the design committee for the Salem Main Street Association, spoke with Chris Bailey, the Cultural Protection Specialist for the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde, about the tribe-named alleyway, which bears the Kalapuya name for a woven basket.
Oct. 21
Data digest: Covid by the numbers for Oct. 21, 2021
BOARDING SCHOOLS Oct. 21
Details surrounding deaths at Chemawa brought to light by local researchers
For over 25 years, SuAnn Reddick has been compiling information surrounding the deaths of over 300 Chemawa Indian School students from 1880 to 1945. In collaboration with Eva Guggemos and Pacific University, she shared that information on a public website for the first time earlier this month.
Oct. 21
Two armed women still at large after walking away from corrections department warehouse in Salem
LOCAL SCHOOLS Oct. 21
PHOTOS: Check out the new addition at South Salem High School
Students, teachers and South Salem High School supporters on Thursday celebrated the completion of an $84 million renovation adding more classrooms and specialized space for arts and technology programs.
LOCAL SCHOOLS Oct. 21
Rebuilt 900 seat Rose Auditorium anchors South Salem High School expansion
An $84 million renovation at South Salem High School is now complete, with a dozen new classrooms and more space for performing arts and career programs. It's the most substantial and expensive project to date in a districtwide construction package voters approved in 2018.
LOCAL GOVERNMENT Oct. 21
Marion, Polk county homeowners see steady rise in property tax as values hit historic high
Most homeowners in Marion and Polk counties will see a consistent 3% increase in their property taxes this year. Meanwhile, property values across both counties are the highest they've ever been.
FreeSALEM CITY GOVERNMENT Oct. 21
Downtown parking fees, support for energy efficiency among possible Salem climate strategies
Under a draft climate action plan released this week, the city would have to halt gas-fueled trucks and planes from entering the city, have a renewables-only electricity grid and divert nearly all of its waste from landfills to reach its stated climate goals.
Oct. 21
MAPS wants to give local teachers $1,000 for classroom projects
SALEM BIRDS Oct. 21
COLUMN: Wild turkeys, introduced as prey, settled in Oregon towns and thrived
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. In this special edition, he traces the roots of wild turkeys, a ubiquitous bird species not native to Oregon.
SALEM PEOPLE AND PLACES Oct. 20
Farmers, business leaders celebrate Oregon agriculture
The Harvest Festival returned to Salem Convention Center this week, featuring a talk about in-vitro dairy cow fertilization and more.
Oct. 20
Data digest: Covid by the numbers for Oct. 20, 2021
ON THE AIR Oct. 20
ON THE AIR: Salem Reporter's Saphara Harrell discusses Salem's decision to proceed with west Salem camp
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. 20
Covid vaccines, boosters available starting Thursday at Salem Center
FreeSALEM CITY GOVERNMENT Oct. 20
Salem would open more business areas to housing development under draft zoning plan
The Salem City Council and Planning Commission were presented with the latest draft comprehensive plan Monday night, which will help guide land development in the future as Salem is expected to see 60,000 new residents in the next 14 years.
Oct. 20
Oregon State Police retains most employees after vaccine mandate deadline
FreeAROUND OREGON Oct. 20
National parks nominee from Oregon pledges to ramp up workforce, improve staff morale
Charles F. Sams III, of Oregon, would be the first enrolled tribal member to lead the National Park Service.
FreeSALEM HISTORY Oct. 20
SALEM HISTORY: Readers quickly identify Salemites in "mystery" Elsinore photo
The photo, likely taken in 1992, shows Frances “Frankie” Bell, Marian Milligan and Janet and Gordon McGilchrist outside the historic theater, though the occasion of the photograph remains unclear.
Oct. 19
Data digest: Covid by the numbers for Oct. 19, 2021
FreeCOVID IN SALEM Oct. 19
Salem’s biggest employers retained most staff after statewide Covid vaccine mandate took effect
The largest Salem-area employers covered under the governor’s Covid vaccine mandate say they don’t expect delays or loss of services as a result of the mandate, with most staff getting the vaccine or an exception by the Monday deadline.
STATE HOSPITAL Oct. 19
State hospital superintendent defends pandemic record in response to outside complaints
In a letter to Disability Rights Oregon, Dolly Matteucci acknowledged efforts to prevent the spread of Covid among the hospital’s 500 Salem patients have put more stress on staff and meant fewer treatment options for patients, but said the decisions were necessary to prevent outbreaks.
Oct. 19
AGENDA: Marion County commissioners vote on juvenile justice prevention funding, three construction projects
SALEM EVENTS Oct. 19
PHOTOS: Behind the scenes of "The Mousetrap" as live theater returns to Salem
The murder mystery show, which runs through Oct. 23, is the Pentacle Theatre's first in-person performance since the Covid pandemic began.
FreeAROUND OREGON Oct. 19
Urban hospitals in Oregon lose hundreds of employees over mandate but largely adjust
In rural areas, it’s business as usual with health care facilities largely accepting most exemption requests.
Oct. 19
Reported Covid cases in Salem schools decline
ON THE AIR Oct. 19
ON THE AIR: Salem Reporter's Rachel Alexander discusses her investigative report on the state hospital
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."
FreeAROUND OREGON Oct. 19
Federal judge rejects last-ditch effort to block Oregon Covid vaccine mandate
Vaccination requirement for state employees, teachers, health care workers was left to take effect.
Oct. 18
Data digest: Covid by the numbers for Oct. 18, 2021
FreeCOVID TREATMENT Oct. 18
Antibody therapy helps keep Salem's vulnerable Covid patients out of hospital
Salem-area medical providers say monoclonal antibody therapy has been successful in stopping Covid cases from becoming severe among people at risk of serious illness.
FreeAROUND OREGON Oct. 18
Shortage of bus drivers the latest staffing challenge for Oregon schools
In some districts in Oregon, routes are being combined, cut and parents are being paid to figure out alternatives.
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT Oct. 18
Salem’s Public Works Department wins award for wetland work
The two wetland projects at the Mill Creek Corporate Center have been years in the making, with the most recent wetland completed this year. It’s unique for the city to have a project solely focused on creating a wetland, which covers 42 of the 100 acres of open space.
Oct. 18
Catch a pandemic debrief Friday at Salem City Club
Oct. 18
Bicyclist struck, killed by semi-truck Friday night in Salem
FreeOREGON AGRICULTURE Oct. 18
2020 was a banner year for Oregon nurseries but the value of wine grapes plummeted
Cherry and hazelnut growers also enjoyed banner years but the smoke from fires hammered the wine industry.

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