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Nov 8 2021 thru Nov 14 2021

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SALEM CRIME Nov. 12
Reported attack on sleeping homeless man in Salem under police investigation
A homeless man was seriously injured after a group of teens and young adults attacked him in front of a homeless service provider building, according to the Salem Police Department.
SALEM ART AND CULTURE Nov. 12
New exhibit tells Kalapuyan story through colonization and persistence
The “Native Salem” exhibit, opening Friday at the Bush Barn Art Center, weaves together baskets, photos, text and maps curated by David Lewis, an anthropologist and Grand Ronde tribal member.
Nov. 12
Union representing homecare workers inks deal for raise, hazard pay with state
Nov. 12
Warming shelter opens as rain continues to pour
Nov. 12
Masks still needed in schools, OHA health advisors say
LABOR Nov. 12
Kaiser Permanente strike to begin Monday, expected to impact four facilities in Salem area
3,400 Kaiser Permanente nurses and other workers in Oregon and southwest Washington are set to begin an indefinite strike Monday, Nov. 15. The strike is expected to include 35,000 Kaiser workers across five states but could be avoided if Kaiser and labor unions can come to an agreement before Monday.
ON THE AIR Nov. 12
ON THE AIR: Salem Reporter's Rachel Alexander discusses where kids can get a Covid vaccine
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."
MARION COUNTY COMMUNITY Nov. 11
Woman rescued after getting caught in Santiam River current
The Marion County Sheriff's Office said the woman, 32, had been living in a nearby camp and became trapped after trying to leave due to rising water levels.
FreeAGRICULTURE Nov. 11
Grants in Oregon to tackle smoke threat to grapes, wild carrots invading fields, and more
The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced $2 million in grants to bolster food producers and educate the public about Oregon crops.
SALEM PEOPLE Nov. 11
Philanthropist’s gift will boost field trips, clubs at McKay
Lester Green married into the McKay family decades before Douglas McKay High School was built. Following his death in July, the school is receiving a $360,000 bequest from his estate.
SALEM COMMUNITY Nov. 11
Saffron Supply Co. moves business after century downtown
The hardware store has been a stalwart in downtown Salem, for decades serving customers looking for the right pipe fitting or faucet. Now, a new owner plans to open at its new location on 1450 Front St. N.E. by the end of the month.
SALEM EVENTS Nov. 11
PHOTOS: Oregon veterans recognized at Capitol
The Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs held a Wednesday ceremony honoring members of the U.S. Armed Forces.
MARION COUNTY CRIME Nov. 10
Two arrested, marijuana and cash seized from grow operation in Marion County
As large, illegal marijuana grow operations are appearing in southern Oregon, Polk County’s sheriff says ones almost identical have more commonly started popping up further north. Marion County typically doesn’t have the resources to investigate illegal grows, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Nov. 10
Flood watch for Salem, much of northwest Oregon, begins Thursday night
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT Nov. 10
Safer roads for Marion County, more sidewalks in the city possible with new federal cash
Salem can expect a yearly $1.6 million in federal funding through an infrastructure plan Marion County officials hope will pay for more permanent road improvements.
Nov. 10
New map shows Salem street sweeper schedule
Nov. 10
Detroit, Idanha get wildfire relief grants to help build fire station, water storage
FreeOREGON ENVIRONMENT Nov. 10
State renews septic tank fix funding – but thousands will continue leaking without repair
$2 million will help restart a program offering hundreds of loans to residents, businesses, while an estimated 45,000 or more systems fail each year.
SALEM COMMUNITY Nov. 10
Nonprofit providing Christmas gifts to Salem families in need gets $1,500 donation from local union
For nearly 20 years, the Christmas Family Adoption Center has connected Oregonians with low-income families to bring them gifts during the holidays. With a donation from the Marion-Polk-Yamhill Central Labor Chapter, the foundation will buy gifts before Christmas for families who haven’t been “adopted.”
Nov. 9
Veterans to be honored at Oregon Capitol
SALEM TRANSIT Nov. 9
Shorter bus rides for Salem residents, less pollution among transit plans for infrastructure dollars
The federal infrastructure bill approved last week will send Cherriots millions more over the next five years. The money will aid in long-delayed plans for a south Salem transit center, which would mean easier connections to destinations like the Amazon warehouse southeast of the city.
FreeOREGON NEWS Nov. 9
A year after the 2020 election, Oregon county clerks still fighting back fraud allegations
Several legislators have added their voices to the chorus calling to investigate the 2020 election.
Nov. 9
See an alligator before Jurassic Park showing at the Elsinore Theatre Wednesday
Nov. 9
AGENDA: Marion County commissioners to consider a $1 million public relations contract for environmental work
ON THE AIR Nov. 9
ON THE AIR: Salem Reporter's Saphara Harrell probes the dilemma of placing Salem's homeless base
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."
LOCAL SCHOOLS Nov. 9
Juan Fernandez wants to make sure every Sprague student feels welcome at school
Salem schools began adding community outreach coordinators at some schools decades ago, aiming to help families in neighborhoods where a high share of kids were living in poverty. Sprague doesn't fit that bill demographically, but the school's new outreach worker said there's still plenty of need for a caring adult at school.
Nov. 8
Judge reduces sentences for brothers convicted as teenagers in 1993 Salem killing
SALEM COMMUNITY Nov. 8
UPDATED: City council votes to accept body-worn camera funding for Salem police
The Salem Police Department will get over $800,000 to equip officers with body-worn cameras after Salem city councilors approved a state grant for the program. The vote came after previous efforts were stalled by costs.
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT Nov. 8
Here’s how Salem’s wards would change under proposed new maps
Following the 2020 Census, the Salem City Council is considering three alternatives to the current ward boundaries that are meant to more equitably distribute the population represented in each part of the city. Salem Reporter broke down how that will shape the demographics of each area.
Nov. 8
Educators highlight tribal government in new Salem community learning series
Nov. 8
AGENDA: Salem City Council meets Monday to consider new ward boundaries, body camera funding
FreeIN OREGON Nov. 8
Oregon transportation officials already at work planning to spend new billions
Oregon will have about 30% more for its bridge work because of the federal infrastructure bill. Potholes, too, will get more attention.
OREGON NEWS Nov. 8
The Lewis and Clark expedition from an Indian Country perspective
A new federal-tribal partnership will deepen the Corps of Discovery journey with stories from the many tribes who helped the explorers find their way.

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