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SALEM COMMUNITY Nov. 20
Veterans share stories from Afghanistan tours with city club
The Salem City Club on Friday was joined by two veterans, Kevin Dial and Jerry Glesmann, who shared their experiences serving separate, one-year tours in Afghanistan.
FreeOREGON NEWS Nov. 20
Oregon to get more than $400 million to rebuild from 2020 wildfires
Federal money continues to flow into the state to help homeowners, businesses recover from wildfires that tore through Oregon in 2020.
Nov. 19
Free turkey giveaway Monday for families in need
Nov. 19
Police looking for man who walked away from corrections warehouse Friday
Nov. 19
Oregon unemployment fell in October as private sector gains outpaced public sector losses
SALEM COMMUNITY Nov. 19
Meet the guitar shop owner who got Salem millions to help with housing and homelessness
Justin Martin has been a lobbyist for Salem in the last five years, but had worked in the Capitol since 1995. In 2021, he helped the city secure $13 million in state money for homelessness and policing.
Nov. 19
Two people found dead during fire investigation Friday morning
ON THE AIR Nov. 19
ON THE AIR: Salem Reporter's Ardeshir Tabrizian tells about Salem's plan for body cameras
LISTEN IN: Catch the insights 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."
COLUMN Nov. 19
SALEM HISTORY: Can you help identify these teachers from local schools?
As part of Salem Reporter's local history series, Willamette Heritage Center curator Kylie Pine finds historic photos from around Salem and asks readers to share what they may know. This month's selection is a collection of teacher photos from the 1968-69 school year.
WILDFIRES Nov. 18
California nonprofit brings wildfire recovery experience to Santiam Canyon
Leaders from After the Fire, a nonprofit based in California, took a trip Tuesday to the Santiam Canyon, where they hope to connect city and county officials with funding for wildfire recovery.
Nov. 18
Oregon State Penitentiary superintendent still on paid leave 3 months after HR investigation opened
Nov. 18
Salem Health now offering appointments for kids' Covid vaccines
FreeOREGON NEWS Nov. 18
Environment Commission issues historic mandate for cleaner trucks on Oregon roads
Truck manufacturers, who had opposed the rules, will need to begin to manufacture more electric vehicles and cleaner diesel trucks by 2025.
OREGON NEWS Nov. 18
How a small rural school district tangled with Oregon officials, netting huge fine
Records obtained by the Malheur Enterprise show events leading up to the state's decision to fine the Adrian School District over Oregon's mask mandate. School officials say they are ready to move on - and comply. They are contesting a $10,500 fine.
Nov. 18
Silver Falls, Champoeg state parks to get new campsites
PHOTO GALLERY Nov. 18
PHOTOS: An evening in the life of an emergency vet
When the Salem Veterinary Emergency Clinic opens its doors at 5 p.m., there's often a line of anxious pet owners waiting outside. As Salem and the U.S. have seen shortages of vet appointments and a growing demand for care, emergency clinics are increasingly dealing with non-emergency issues that owners can't get treated anywhere else.
FreeSALEM VET CARE Nov. 18
Shortage of vet care means long waits for owners, burnout for workers
Salem-area pet owners often face long waits to get pets in for routine appointments as a combination of increased demand for care and worker shortages have made vet care harder to come by. The crunch is taking a particular toll on emergency clinics, who now field patients from the coast and cities as far away as Ashland and Seattle.
ON THE AIR Nov. 18
ON THE AIR: Salem Reporter's Rachel Alexander discusses getting from here to there in the future
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."
FreeOREGON NEWS Nov. 18
Oregon economic forecast: Higher wages drive state revenue, workers feel inflation
Portland is lagging the rest of the state in economic recovery as the Covid pandemic’s effects linger.
FreeOREGON NEWS Nov. 17
Oregon aims to bolster mobile mental health crisis units
State agency will use $1 million federal grant to help Oregon expand units responding to mental health crises.
Nov. 17
Empty Bowls benefit sale will help feed the hungry through Salem-area pantry
MARION COUNTY CRIME Nov. 17
Man cited and released, marijuana seized from reported burglary site
A burglary investigation led Marion County Sheriff's Office deputies to find what they described as an illegal marijuana operation north of Salem. It's the second large marijuana seizure in Marion County this month.
Nov. 17
UPDATED: No gun or weapons found following report of armed person at McKay High School
FreeOREGON NEWS Nov. 17
Community college enrollments in Oregon begin to stabilize, but decade of decline worrying
Oregon community colleges will need to make steep enrollment gains to meet state workforce needs.
Nov. 17
Tell the Salem-Keizer School Board which election map you prefer
FreeHOMELESSNESS Nov. 17
Counter to state and national trends, Salem's homeless women outnumber men
In Marion and Polk counties more than half of the people experiencing homelessness are women, which is far higher than state and national averages. With about 1,300 homeless women, the region has fewer than 100 woman-specific shelter beds.
SALEM PEOPLE AND PLACES Nov. 17
Salem Dream Center makes Christmas dreams come true
Supporters gathered Sunday to raise money for the Dream Center's family support programs. The west Salem Ace Hardware has a giving tree available for people who want to sponsor a child in need for the holidays.
FreeSALEM NONPROFITS Nov. 16
Salem's YMCA launches final push to raise $3 million in 90 days
A whirlwind fundraising campaign with a Feb. 8 deadline will allow the Family YMCA of Marion and Polk Counties to open its new building debt-free in 2022, CEO Tim Sinatra said. It’s the final phase of a project that’s now expected to cost nearly $30 million, with more than half coming from state funds.
FreeOREGON NEWS Nov. 16
School staffing issues in Oregon called ‘real, emergency situation’
Legislators hear how school districts across the state are scrambling to fill vacancies in a time when the labor market is tight.
Nov. 16
Salem man arrested after police say he broke doors, windows at former police headquarters
EDUCATION Nov. 16
Corban adds ag science program for fall 2022
The Salem-based university says it's offering is the first ag program at a Christian school west of the Rockies.
Nov. 16
State Capitol Foundation sponsoring exhibits by local museums, organizations
FreeSALEM CITY GOVERNMENT Nov. 16
Mayor Chuck Bennett doesn’t plan to seek fourth term
The 73-year-old is about to enter his sixth year as mayor but said it’s time to step away. In his last year he hopes to push for a bond measure, more police officers and a better relationship with Cherriots leaders.
Nov. 16
Donate clothing, blankets to those in need
LOCAL COLUMN Nov. 16
COLUMN: Workforce training can help, but labor market challenges run deeper
Though Salem's unemployment rate has continued to decline, about 8,000 residents were still looking for work in September.
FreeOREGON NEWS Nov. 16
‘Sense of urgency’ in Oregon should follow passage of infrastructure bill, DeFazio says
The Oregon congressman expects the $1.2 trillion package to help drive up wages for American workers.
PUBLIC SAFETY Nov. 15
Stephens Middle School student arrested for bringing gun in backpack, police say
Classmates spotted the gun and notified staff immediately, Principal David Wood told parents. An investigation is ongoing, but school officials and police don't believe there was a plan to attack the school.
Nov. 15
Semi-truck crashes into Santiam River; Salem says drinking water remains safe
FreeWATCHDOG Nov. 15
State hospital embroiled in contempt proceedings for not admitting mentally ill people court-ordered to get treatment
Contempt of court proceedings continue to pile on for Oregon State Hospital, which has argued in court that it has been stretched thin by a lack of resources. Circuit court judges have said that is no excuse, but in some cases dropped contempt proceedings after the hospital eventually took in those ordered by judges to get treatment.
LOCAL SCHOOLS Nov. 15
School board weighs new zones to balance population
A new election map for the Salem-Keizer School District won’t spell immediate changes for voters. But it could be significant in 2023 if the school board switches from at-large to zoned elections.
ON THE AIR Nov. 15
ON THE AIR: Salem Reporter's Saphara Harrell on expansion of winter shelters in 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."
Nov. 15
Kaiser Permanente reaches agreement with workers to avoid strike
Nov. 15
Salem City Council meets to consider progress on goals including homelessness, climate change
FreeOREGON NEWS Nov. 15
Oregon tenants urged to get bid in for state rent help before Dec. 1 cutoff
Gov. Kate Brown said she’s working with legislators on plans for a future special session.

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