Small businesses featured at Equity in Action bazaar Saturday
SALEM CRIME Dec. 3
Police say no foul play in death after finding body in suitcase at northeast Salem apartment complex
Linson Lavell Johnson, 51, faces charges of abuse of a corpse after police say he loaded an apartment resident's body into a suitcase and put it in the trunk of the dead man's car. An autopsy found no signs of foul play in the death.
SALEM AREA EVENTS Dec. 3
Comedy trio brings standup, parenting stories to Salem’s Elsinore Saturday
Salem parents looking to take a night off and have a laugh can find both in a one-night-only show this weekend.
Salem man dies after Thursday crash
Deepwood hosts free Holiday Open House Saturday
LOCAL SCHOOLS Dec. 3
S-K school board director, county commissioner considers removing children from district
Danielle Bethell, a Salem-Keizer School Board director, took to Facebook on Nov. 23 to ask followers for any "middle school/high school homeschool pods in Keizer area." She said the district's "the lack of real education and safety being provided in our schools today," has led her and her family to look at other options for education.
COVID VACCINATION Dec. 3
New Marshallese nonprofit aims to bolster community health through Covid vaccine clinics
The President of the Marshall Islands and Salem Mayor Chuck Bennett are among the featured speakers at a Saturday Covid vaccination clinic put on by the Marshallese American Network for Interacting Together, a recently formed nonprofit based in Keizer.
FreeOREGON NEWS Dec. 3
Oregon health officials work on voluntary digital vaccine card
Oregon officials say a digital vaccine card could be available next spring. It would be a free, optional resource for Oregonians – and they stress that it would not be a "passport," as rumors have suggested.
LOCAL EVENTS Dec. 3
The Gubser Miracle of Lights tradition continues in Keizer
This year’s display will begin on Friday, Dec. 3 and continue every night from 6-10 p.m. until Saturday, Dec. 26. The route is approximately 3.5 miles and runs through the Gubser neighborhood beginning at 14th Avenue NE and Lockhaven Drive.
Six-year-old hospitalized after six-car crash on Kuebler Boulevard Wednesday
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT Dec. 2
Salem’s economic development plan aims to help businesses recover from the pandemic
Through efforts like improving the Urban Development Department’s website and auditing its programs, the city is hoping to boost local businesses who are still feeling the impacts from Covid shortages.
FreeOREGON PEOPLE Dec. 2
After more than three decades, U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio is done with Congress
DeFazio said he’s ready to throttle back and hike in Oregon, but other leaders say the state will feel his loss in the House.
Salem's October unemployment rate saw biggest decline in months, preliminary data shows
Handmade, vintage gifts on tap at fairgrounds Saturday from over 100 vendors
SALEM AGRICULTURE Dec. 2
Small farms near Salem find a steady customer: the local food bank
In recent years, Marion Polk Food Share has dedicated a growing portion of its food purchasing budget to local farms. Minto Island Growers co-owner Elizabeth Miller said it’s been a significant boost to their business, allowing them to plan for expansion.
FreeOREGON SCHOOLS Dec. 2
Despite closing decades-long funding gaps, Oregon schools say they need more money
A new state report credits the state for boosting local school funding – but school leaders say new stresses add costs.
HOUSING Dec. 1
Marion County still taking rental aid applications as state program winds down
The county has so far been the slowest in Oregon to distribute the federal funds it received, saying the delay was due to having to find a software company to track applications.
Shangri-La Salem will get $15,000 donation from OnPoint Community Credit Union
OREGON LABOR Dec. 1
Salem nonprofit challenges farmworker exclusion from Oregon overtime rules
Two Oregon farmworkers and Mano a Mano Family Center have filed a petition with the Oregon Court of Appeals challenging state labor regulations which leave most agricultural workers out of overtime pay.
Salem man serving rape sentence arrested after accidental release from custody
Large employer vaccine mandate on pause in Oregon as federal lawsuits play out
SALEM COMMUNITY Dec. 1
Willamette professor honored with scientific research award
After more than a decade of teaching biology at Willamette University and investigating the relationship between moths and Joshua trees, Christopher Irwin Smith is being recognized for his work through a research award from the M.J. Murdock Trust.
SALEM THEATER Dec. 1
Beloved musical "Annie" gearing up for Salem audiences
Enlightened Theatrics' production of the Broadway classic opens Dec. 3 at Salem's Historic Grand Theatre.
Free Nov. 30
Oregon House Republicans pick Vikki Breese-Iverson as new caucus leader
Breese-Iverson said she was proud of the work the caucus has done over the past few years to stand up to Democrats’ one-party control over state government. The Prineville Republican has been been one of a small group of Oregon legislators raising doubt about the outcome of the 2020 presidential election.
Two injured in rollover crash on Liberty Street
COLLEGES Nov. 30
Chemeketa grant writer seeks funding to recruit and retain students as enrollment keeps falling
Chemeketa Community College’s grant writer has helped the college bring in millions of dollars in recent years for programs intended to recruit and support new students. It's key to the college's plan to focus more on vocational programs, non-traditional students and accessibility.
Gov. Brown to call special session, proposes extending eviction protections and more rent assistance
SAIF will require Covid vaccines for all employees, including remote workers
Holiday decorations, musical exhibits on display at Capitol in December
FreeAROUND OREGON Nov. 30
Medical professionals want mental health program extended to Oregon nurses
The Oregon Wellness Program now offers free and confidential therapy sessions to doctors, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, podiatrists and dentists.
SALEM AREA EVENTS Nov. 30
Pentacle presents “It’s a Wonderful Life” through radio broadcast
The show runs from Dec. 3 to 18 at Pentacle Theatre and follows the Christmas classic tale of George Bailey as he learns how he's touched the lives around him.
FreeOREGON NEWS Nov. 30
Oregon officials watching for Omicron, urge vaccinations, boosters ‘soon as possible’
No cases of the latest variation of Covid-19 have been reported in the U.S. – but they are expected.
AGENDA: Marion County commissioners to consider compensation for losses during wildfires, funding to help keep sentenced offenders and their children together
SALEM CRIME Nov. 29
Indigenous woman seeks public’s help in finding stolen tribal regalia
Auburn Logan, a member of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, got her car back after it was reported stolen in Salem on Nov. 20, only to find her traditional regalia pieces were missing. Now, she’s asking for the community’s help in finding them.
STATE HOSPITAL Nov. 29
State hospital leaders float plan to hire hundreds of nursing workers, despite workforce shortages
Employee unions and patient advocates say the plan, which would increase hiring starting in March, will help address persistent staff burnout and safety concerns at the state’s psychiatric hospital. But it hinges on the hospital finding workers willing to fill jobs, something that’s been a challenge in 2021.
Families have until Tuesday to seek compensation for school meals lost during online school
ON THE AIR Nov. 29
ON THE AIR: Salem Reporter's Ardeshir Tabrizian provides background on gun at local school
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."
Santa photos at Riverfront Carousel sold out for the season
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT Nov. 29
Salem to ask voters to approve $300 million infrastructure bond next November
The bond would seek to raise money for the city’s streets, bridges and sidewalks, as well as fire equipment and parks improvements.