Salem-Keizer says uptick in hoax threats, false information disrupting local schools
Holiday market offers handmade gifts all weekend
OREGON POLITICS Dec. 10
Commissioners choose St. Paul resident Jessica George to fill House District 25 vacancy
Republican Jessica George was chosen Friday, Dec. 10 during a joint session of commissioners from Marion, Yamhill and Washington counties. George will replace Bill Post, who resigned on Nov. 30, and will serve until January 2023.
Jared Miller, Marion County Sheriff's Office sergeant, dies at 41 from Covid complications
SALEM AREA EVENTS Dec. 10
Where to find holiday lights in Salem
Holiday lights will be shining throughout the Salem area in the coming weeks. Readers and Reddit users recommended their favorite places to find them.
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT Dec. 10
NW Natural opposes Salem’s proposed ban on new natural gas hookups
Salem’s Climate Action Plan recommends banning new natural gas hookups over the next three to five years in an effort to reduce the city’s greenhouse gas emissions. In a letter from its attorneys, NW Natural said it wants more opportunities to share its views before the council adopts the plan.
City ceremony will light up Riverfront Park Friday night
AGENDA: Salem City Council meets Monday to continue public hearing on code changes
FreeHEALTH CARE Dec. 10
Oregonians faced dozens of price increases for drugs last year
Drugs for cancer or other diseases that are difficult to treat accounted for many of the high-priced drugs introduced last year.
COLUMN Dec. 10
SALEM HISTORY: The life of Chief Quinaby
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, combs through local news accounts about Chief Quinaby, a Kalapuya Indian who lived during the first period of white settlement in the area.
MARION COUNTY CRIME Dec. 9
State worker indicted, accused of raping disabled Oregon resident living in state care
Zakary Glover is on administrative leave and faces multiple charges in Marion County Circuit Court alleging he raped a resident of the state Stabilization and Crisis Unit, where he is an employee.
Salem hosts statewide virtual teen leadership summit Saturday
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT Dec. 9
Chopped trees on south Salem property trigger review, possible fines by city
A property in south Salem cleared a field of trees without a permit, which prompted a visit from the city’s urban forester. The forester concluded some of the cut trees were significant, which include rare, threatened or endangered species of trees and Oregon white oaks of a certain size.
FreeOREGON ENVIRONMENT Dec. 9
DEQ staff drops carbon sequestration plan recommended by state advisory groups
Investing in agricultural and forest land was going to be a way companies could offset emissions under new rules. State agency officials removed it.
UPDATED: Salem bomb squad determines suspicious bag contained sleeping bag
ON THE AIR Dec. 9
ON THE AIR: Salem Reporter's Saphara Harrell on the latest efforts to care for Salem homeless
INSIDE SCOOP: Catch the back story on the latest local news with reporter Saphara Harrell on community radio station KMWV (98.3 FM) with "In Case You Missed It - With Salem Reporter."
Police toy drive needs donations for kids up to 14, wrapping supplies
SALEM ECONOMY Dec. 9
City grant aims to help Salem child care providers stay in business
Small child care providers enter the field because they have a passion for the work, but often lack experience running a small business. A new program aims to address Salem’s child care shortage by funding free business management classes for child care providers at Chemeketa’s Small Business Development Center.
SALEM POLITICS Dec. 8
Salem councilor Chris Hoy appointed to vacant Oregon House seat
The Marion County Board of Commissioners selected Hoy Wednesday afternoon from among four nominees to replace Rep. Brian Clem. Hoy said he intends to keep his seat on the city council while serving out the final year of Clem's term in the legislature.
SALEM COMMUNITY Dec. 8
To restore Eco Earth to its former glory, Salem Parks Foundation seeks to raise $300,000
The Eco Earth, unveiled in Riverfront Park in 2003, has had pieces of its mosaic break off as the artwork ages. The nonprofit wants to hire a restoration company to restore the globe.
Catch a Christmas play starting Friday at Willamette
"True red" art on display through December at downtown gallery
FreeOREGON AGRICULTURE Dec. 8
Christmas tree growers adapt to Oregon’s destructive heat wave
The damage to Noble firs, especially seedlings, was widespread but there are still plenty of trees available this season.
ON THE AIR Dec. 8
ON THE AIR: Salem Reporter's Ardeshir Tabrizian shares how the Salem economy is affecting renters and workers
INSIDE SCOOP: Catch the back story on the latest local news with reporter Ardeshir Tabrizian on community radio station KMWV (98.3 FM) with "In Case You Missed It - With Salem Reporter."
Have your name on a piece of Gilbert House
SALEM NONPROFITS Dec. 8
A smaller truck will help Salem Harvest become a bigger organization
After wrapping up the 2021 harvest with a load of apples, Elise Bauman, Salem Harvest’s director, is raising money to buy a second vehicle to aid the group’s volunteers in the field.
SALEM PEOPLE AND PLACES Dec. 8
Family Building Blocks' Gala of Trees spreads joy throughout the community
The nonprofit's annual gala included spreading decorated trees across the city, culminating in a virtual tree auction.
SALEM GOVERNMENT Dec. 7
Chane Griggs steps into Salem mayor’s race
Griggs is president of the city’s planning commission and the Rotary Club of Salem. She’s the second candidate to publicly announce her bid for mayor of Salem after the incumbent Chuck Bennett recently announced he won’t seek a fourth term.
AGENDA: Marion County commissioners consider replacing county jail doors, other contracts
HOUSING Dec. 7
Former motel will soon provide over 70 rooms to wildfire survivors, others without housing
The new ARCHES Inn was mostly funded by state dollars intended to buy hotels and motels, and use them for short- and long-term housing.
Santiam Hospital to offer saliva Covid testing without doctor's note
FreeOREGON NEWS Dec. 7
Investments needed in higher ed, job training to recover from pandemic, Oregon leaders say
At a meeting of business leaders Monday, Gov. Kate Brown and state’s higher education director said the state needs to bolster career training.
Get a copy of the 2022 Salem Reads book at the Salem Public Library Wednesday
FreeOREGON NEWS Dec. 7
Brown calls for $200 million in workforce spending, offers few details
Gov. Kate Brown urged business leaders to push legislators to support the spending package.
SALEM COMMUNITY Dec. 7
Indigenous woman gets stolen tribal regalia back after being contacted by stranger
Auburn Logan, a member of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, recently got her car back after reporting it stolen, but her traditional regalia pieces were gone. A Facebook message led to a public meetup with a stranger who returned the items intact.
ON THE AIR Dec. 7
ON THE AIR: Salem Reporter's Rachel Alexander on the drive for farmworker overtime
INSIDE SCOOP: Catch the back story on the latest local news with Managing Editor Rachel Alexander on community radio station KMWV (98.3 FM) with "In Case You Missed It - With Salem Reporter."
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT Dec. 6
City manager Steve Powers will retire Feb. 28
In his six years at the city of Salem, Powers oversaw the hiring of a new police chief, a seismic retrofit of the library and the city's response to Covid. He is returning to Michigan to spend time with his family.
SnoBall dance returns "Together Again" for 68th year
FreeOREGON NEWS Dec. 6
Oregonians can bid for lower taxes while funding scholarships through state auction
You could shave your income tax bill and push money into Oregon scholarships with an online auction under this week.
AGENDA: Salem City Council meets Monday to consider comprehensive plan update, waiving fees to install airport charging stations
Free Dec. 6
OHA opens free drive-thru Covid vaccine clinic in south Salem
STATE HOSPITAL Dec. 6
State hospital for weeks delayed Covid vaccine boosters for patients
Oregon State Hospital only began providing booster Covid vaccines to patients on Dec. 1 - more than a month after the state Department of Corrections began vaccinating people incarcerated in state prisons. Hospital officials said they chose to prioritize employees because they most often spread the virus to patients, and were delayed by offering flu shots.
Man dies after crashing into tree in southeast Salem Sunday morning, police say
HOMELESSNESS Dec. 6
Relationship building is key to Church at the Park’s model in tackling homelessness
From a small group handing out meals in Cascades Gateway Park, the organization has grown into one of Salem’s largest agencies working with homeless people.