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Oct 25 2021 thru Oct 31 2021

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FreeAROUND OREGON Oct. 30
Historic landmarks meeting in Oregon stopped by racist, homophobic slurs
The recording of the Zoom session, which was stopped, was turned over to Oregon State Police for investigation.
Oct. 29
Share your thoughts about rising prescription drug prices
Oct. 29
Salem man pleads guilty to felony hit-and-run charge after fleeing pedestrian crash
FreeAROUND OREGON Oct. 29
Calvin Mukumoto selected as new state forester
He would lead the department following the departure of the former state forester over reports of mismanagement.
LOCAL COLUMN Oct. 29
COLUMN: What to know about Medigap plans
Jim Sellers, former Oregon journalist and state agency employee, writes a regular column to help thousands in Salem deal with the confusing world of Medicare and federal benefits. He's available to answer your questions.
Oct. 29
Federal grant will give Marion County Fire District #1 much-needed staff boost
FreeAROUND OREGON Oct. 29
Oregon’s emergency management director testifies to Congress about wildfire issues
Wildfire responders urge Congress to improve disaster aid process for at-risk communities.
Oct. 29
Expect delays on Southeast Reed Road starting Nov. 1
COLLEGES Oct. 29
A new website helps Chemeketa Press spread the word on cheap textbooks
For six years, Chemeketa Press has helped local college students save millions on costly textbooks with more affordable texts written by faculty. Now, they’re hoping to get the word out to colleges across the U.S.
Oct. 28
Salem daycare operator arrested after child critically injured in her care
Oct. 28
Salem-based trucking company wins national award for pollution reduction, energy-efficiency
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT Oct. 28
Long-planned affordable housing project could break ground early next year
Yaquina Hall has been in the works for years but stalled due to needed street improvements and lot subdivisions. Now, the Salem Housing Authority is expected to close on the property by next month.
Oct. 28
Law enforcement agencies arrest eight people wanted for domestic violence charges, search for 68 more across county
Oct. 28
Salem wants to know how your business is doing
FreeYOUR GOVERNMENT Oct. 28
Salem sobering center stalled by lack of funding
A space in the ARCHES Project building downtown is all but ready to operate as a sobering center for intoxicated people as an alternative to jail or the hospital. Besides the center’s construction, the project hasn’t moved since it was nearly half a million short of its budget projections in January 2019.
FreeON THE AIR Oct. 28
ON THE AIR: Salem Reporter's Rachel Alexander discusses state hospital's response to critics
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. 28
Oregon officials plan for the administration of Covid-19 vaccine to children 5-11
The state plans to distribute shots to a range of clinics and community health centers in hopes of reaching everyone.
Oct. 27
Construction finished on new wing at Auburn Elementary
FreeSALEM CITY GOVERNMENT Oct. 27
Weigh in on future skate park in Geer Park
The city is planning for another skate park in Geer Park, with plans to build in 2024. It would be the city's second after Marion Square's skate park.
Oct. 27
Salem residents to pay 13% more for monthly natural gas bills
HEALTH CARE Oct. 27
As Delta surge wanes, Salem Hospital is busier than ever
The number of Covid patients at Salem Hospital has fallen by half from an early September peak, but the hospital has been over its licensed bed capacity for much of the past week thanks to people seeking care for other issues and ongoing challenges discharging patients to skilled nursing facilities.
FreeAROUND OREGON Oct. 27
Governor's race gets more crowded as New York Times columnist jumps in
NIck Kristof, a native of Oregon who long worked as a columnist, on Wednesday made formal what was expected - he's running as a Democrat for Oregon governor.
FreeAROUND OREGON Oct. 27
Oregon senators want closer scrutiny of Chemawa Indian School
Merkley and Wyden have asked Department of the Interior to investigate student achievement, finances at the Bureau of Indian Education-run school in Salem.
Oct. 27
Cherriots seeks two members for its budget committee
ON THE AIR Oct. 27
ON THE AIR: Salem Reporter's Ardeshir Tabrizian on property values - and taxes
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."
FreeSALEM CRIME Oct. 27
Salem police reported more murders, weapon offenses since last year as most other crimes are down
State data showed Salem police reported a substantial decline in drug related crimes following the passage of Measure 110, which decriminalized possession of small amounts of drugs. Meanwhile, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office’s delay in updating its reporting system to current standards leaves an incomplete picture of crime data countywide.
FreeSALEM COMMUNITY Oct. 26
A place to buy a guitar since 1964, ABC Music Company closes
The downtown Salem music store has been family run for decades, but the owner decided to sell as he reaches retirement age, and the city redevelops that downtown block.
Oct. 26
AGENDA: Marion County commissioners consider wildfire housing, contracts for storm debris removal
SALEM PEOPLE Oct. 26
Celebrity llama Caesar stars in new children’s book about finding community
The seven-year-old therapy llama, a fixture at events in the Salem area, will sign copies of his eponymous book, "Caesar the No Drama Llama," via a hoof print stamp, owner Larry McCool said.
Oct. 26
UPDATE: Power restored at library, City Hall
Oct. 26
Oregonians who buy their own health insurance can start shopping for 2022
Oct. 26
Gray-Belle Building wins Oregon Main Street award
ON THE AIR Oct. 26
ON THE AIR: Salem Reporter's Saphara Harrell discusses 60,000 new residents for 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."
SALEM PEOPLE AND PLACES Oct. 26
Boo Bash shares happy tails of pet adoption
Canine greeters, kittens and plenty of volunteers helped raise money for the Willamette Humane Society's annual auction.
FreeAROUND OREGON Oct. 26
Two lawsuits challenge Oregon’s new legislative boundaries
One suit asks the Supreme Court to get rid of the Legislature’s plan entirely, while the other alleges Democrats punished one of their own.
Oct. 25
School board to discuss suicide prevention, staff retention in work session
Oct. 25
Willamette University hosts international violinist for Wednesday concert
SALEM AREA EVENTS Oct. 25
Where to celebrate Halloween in Salem
Whether you're looking for sweets or scares, the Salem area has plenty to do for Halloween weekend.
LOCAL SCHOOLS Oct. 25
Supply challenges delay HVAC improvements at Salem schools
As the Covid pandemic took hold, the Salem-Keizer School District expanded some HVAC improvements that had already been planned for local schools. But the district has yet to conduct a comprehensive assessment of its ventilation systems, and has earmarked most of its federal relief money for other priorities like additional school nurses and teachers.
Oct. 25
Salem organizations invited to apply for federal funding for affordable housing, public service
Oct. 25
Trial set for Nov. 12 in Salem bias crime murder case; judge drops weapon charge
SALEM HISTORY Oct. 25
Book revisits 12 of Salem’s most sensational murder cases
Salem-based author Jan McComb in her first book details a dozen murder cases that took place in the city over more than eight decades.
FreeAROUND OREGON Oct. 25
Ethics complaint against former Oregon State president will be dismissed
A 3-2 commission vote to dismiss an ethics complaint against F. King Alexander was moot because the commission needed five votes.

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