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LOCAL SCHOOLS Nov. 5
Time capsule opening recalls life at Leslie Junior High 50 years ago
Alumni travelled hundreds of miles for a Friday afternoon ceremony where artifacts from 1971 were unearthed from the wall of Leslie Middle School. This year’s seventh grade class will now make their own capsule, to be opened in 2071.
Nov. 5
Teen arrested after shooting Thursday night, no injuries reported
Nov. 5
Pringle Elementary tagged with graffiti opposing vaccines, critical race theory
Nov. 5
AGENDA: Salem-Keizer School Board will review math, reading performance; grant spending
SALEM AREA NONPROFITS Nov. 5
Center for Hope and Safety plans to open doors to motel shelter later this month
The shelter, which serves survivors of domestic violence and assault, is doubling its capacity with a new motel turned shelter with Legislative funding.
ON THE AIR Nov. 5
ON THE AIR: Salem Reporter's Rachel Alexander discusses declining Covid 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."
Nov. 5
State offers free well water testing for 2020 wildfire victims
SALEM AREA EVENTS Nov. 5
Salem Peace lecture to focus on Indigenous strategies to fight climate change
Winona LaDuke, a longtime Indigenous activist and two-time Green Party vice presidential candidate, presents the 2021 Salem Peace Lecture on Wednesday, Nov. 10
Nov. 4
Following federal announcement, Oregon has 30 days to issue vaccine mandate rules for private businesses
FreeOREGON NEWS Nov. 4
Part 4: CHILDREN IN CRISIS: Improvement is slow for distressed Oregon families
New beds for psychiatric residential treatment and intensive therapy will help, Oregon state officials say.
KEIZER CITY HALL Nov. 4
Keizer councilor Ross Day resigns following outburst at Nov. 1 council meeting
Following an outburst at the Nov. 1 Keizer City Council meeting that left Council President Elizabeth Smith "shocked and speechless," and Keizer Mayor Cathy Clark publicly condemning his behavior, Councilor Ross Day announced Wednesday that he was resigning effective immediately.
Nov. 4
Polk County Fairgrounds to host holiday fair Friday, Saturday
FreeSALEM CITY GOVERNMENT Nov. 4
A former property manager now helps low-income Salem families find rentals
Low-income renters in Salem are often unable to find an apartment they can afford before the timing on a federal rental voucher runs out. A new Salem Housing Authority position aims to help people get housing faster.
FreeCOMMUNITY COLLEGE Nov. 4
With new ag complex, Chemeketa sets sights recruiting high school agriculture students
Chemeketa Community College will soon have a working farm onsite. The college is using a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture aimed at enrolling more Hispanic students in agriculture programs to mentor high schoolers in Gervais and Woodburn, and support college interns.
Nov. 4
Oregon jobs projected to grow 16% from 2020 to 2030
COLUMN Nov. 4
SALEM HISTORY: The downtown building where Herbert Hoover once worked
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, takes us through the history of an insurance building constructed by a U.S. President’s uncle which also housed the city’s first swimming pool.
Nov. 3
Salem unemployment rate again dropped in September, preliminary data shows
FreeCOVID VACCINATION Nov. 3
What to know about Covid vaccines for kids in Salem
A handful of local pharmacies and pediatrician’s offices, including Salem Pediatric Clinic, are already booking appointments. More will do so after an expected shipment of pediatric Covid vaccines arrives in Salem Friday.
FreeOREGON NEWS Nov. 3
CHILDREN IN CRISIS: Pandemic sparked exodus of employees in children’s mental health system
Specialists say their employees aren’t coming back to work at facilities that treat chlildren because the pay is poor and the job is difficult.
FreeHOMELESSNESS Nov. 3
As homeless micro-shelter camp falters due to flooding, Salem looks for alternate locations
The city of Salem on Tuesday announced a controversial managed micro-shelter camp proposed along Wallace Road in west Salem wouldn’t move forward. Now, the city is looking at another city-owned parking lot for shelter.
FreeHOUSING Nov. 3
Thousands face eviction as local share of state rental assistance runs out
Marion County has money left to distribute to distressed renters and encouraged people waiting on state aid to apply. Oregon plans to issue a second round of federal rental assistance funding to be run through its private contractor. But when that money will come is unclear as some Oregon counties are behind on distributing the funds they already have.
Nov. 3
Downtown art gallery features Salem artist that experiments with color, layering and texture
Nov. 3
Oregon health providers get green light to vaccinate kids against Covid
FreeSTATE POLITICS Nov. 3
Restaurant tax coming to Cannon Beach, southern Oregon dam gets repair money in Tuesday’s vote
Most school, fire districts with taxing measures on Tuesday’s ballot won approval in the special election. One county considers a move to Idaho.
ON THE AIR Nov. 3
ON THE AIR: Salem Reporter's Saphara Harrell discusses how citizens can shape the future of Cherriots
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."
Nov. 2
Scholarship raffle on offer at Salem student college and career fair
Nov. 2
Marion County deputies arrest teens after finding stolen guns, methamphetamine
FreeMARION COUNTY Nov. 2
Union representing Marion County workers prevails in labor complaint against county
Marion County required all of its employees to return to in-person work in July. The union that represents those employees prevailed in a complaint that found the county violated the law when doing so.
FreeOREGON NEWS Nov. 2
CHILDREN IN CRISIS: ‘Bottlenecked’ mental health system leaves kids untreated
Providers say they’re seeing an increasing number of children with severe mental health issues.
ON THE AIR Nov. 2
ON THE AIR: Salem Reporter's Ardeshir Tabrizian on Salem's crime rate
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."
Nov. 2
West Salem homeless microshelter proposal dies due to wetland issues
Nov. 2
AGENDA: Marion County commissioners meet Wednesday to consider federal funding for homeless services
SALEM PEOPLE Nov. 2
Terrence Green’s immigration journey inspired his law practice. Now, he’s teaching immigration law.
Salem immigration attorney Terrence Green became a U.S. citizen while attending law school at Willamette University in 2009. A decade after graduating, he’s bringing a mix of personal stories and expertise from hundreds of local immigration cases back to the classroom.
HOMELESSNESS Nov. 2
Homeless people escaping the cold weather this winter can expect a welcome addition: a ride
The ARCHES Project will be offering transportation to warming shelters this winter to help people get out of the elements. Some locations are still being figured out but expect stalwarts Salem First Presbyterian Church and South Salem Friends Church to host.
FreeOREGON NEWS Nov. 2
Salem Democrat Brian Clem becomes latest Oregon representative to resign
Clem announced Friday evening that he would leave the Legislature to care for his elderly mother.
Nov. 1
Salem's city librarian resigns
FreeOREGON NEWS Nov. 1
CHILDREN IN CRISIS: Mental health, addiction care falling short for distressed children
Mental health providers and insurers who administer Medicaid warned the state this summer that something needs to be done immediately to keep the system from collapse.
Nov. 1
Salem-Keizer cancels school on Nov. 12
HOUSING Nov. 1
Salem’s wait list for housing vouchers dwindles, but years-long pause on new applications still stands
The Salem Housing Authority says it could be two to five years or longer before it opens its waiting list for subsidized housing vouchers as more than 7,500 people on the list are still waiting for theirs.
SALEM ORGANIZATIONS Nov. 1
East Salem Rotary Club sends lifesaving gear to Mexico for local firefighters
Fire gear that is past its legally useful life in the U.S. is bundled and shipped to Mexican firefighters, sparing them expensive purchases.
HALLOWEEN IN SALEM Nov. 1
PHOTOS: Salem celebrates Halloween 2021
There was plenty of fun to be had at the annual Fairmount neighborhood Halloween parade, as well as trick-or-treating events at Gilbert House Children's Museum and Willamette Heritage Center.
Nov. 1
Oregon to get $422 million in federal funding to recover from 2020 wildfires
Nov. 1
Library, Chemeketa offer free classes on job skills, mental health
SALEM PEOPLE AND PLACES Nov. 1
The Yard hosts ghouls and more in Halloween event
JFK, a Salem classic rock band, got costumed Salemites dancing Saturday night at a party at The Yard on State Street.
FreeGOVERNMENT Nov. 1
IN D.C.: Biden pitches new $1.75 trillion spending blueprint to Dems that drops paid family leave
Funding for children, climate change and a new conservation corps are part of the package.
PHOTO GALLERY Nov. 1
Mild days, fall colors add vibrancy to Riverfront Park but rain on the way
The National Weather Service is forecasting some chance of rain every day in the next week following a glorious fall weekend. Salem hit a high of 65 on Saturday and 66 on Sunday.

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