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PEOPLE AND PLACES Dec. 18
Keizer man to be featured on The Price is Right
On Monday, Dec. 20, Dusty Bowers will appear as a contestant on The Price is Right. It will air at 10 a.m. on KOIN-TV channel 6.
FreeOREGON NEWS Dec. 17
Governor, health experts brace Oregonians for a serious impact from Omicron by February
In a surprising development, state officials said Friday that hospitalizations for Omicron could soon end up dwarfing cases from earlier Covid variants.
SALEM CRIME Dec. 17
Police trace Salem drug case to supplier in Mexico
Federal court records showed an informant orchestrated a drug deal that led Salem police to 25,000 fake pills made with fentanyl, 28 pounds of meth and 6 pounds of heroin.
Dec. 17
Salem Harvest hits goal to get second truck
FreeHEALTH CARE Dec. 17
Oregon health officials urge boosters, say Omicron surge will see thousands hospitalized by February
Despite a decline in Covid patients over the fall, Salem Hospital has remained near or over its licensed bed capacity for weeks. Now, health officials say the state will see 3,000 Oregonians hospitalized by February - more than double the peak during the Delta surge.
Dec. 17
Watch lights synchronized to music, donate to Center for Hope and Safety
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT Dec. 17
Changes to Salem’s code would allow for managed camping, more duplexes and more chickens
The Salem City Council will vote on the proposed changes toward the end of January.
Dec. 17
Thousands of fake pills, 28 pounds of meth seized by Salem police
COLUMN Dec. 17
SALEM HISTORY: Two Oregon governors and a mystery man ring the bell for Salvation Army
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.
NORTHWEST NEWS Dec. 17
A prominent treaty rights organization welcomes its first woman executive director
Aja DeCoteau becomes the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission’s leader at a pivotal time for the future of the river and salmon.
FreeOREGON NEWS Dec. 17
Oregon adopts new carbon emission caps on fuel suppliers, major polluters
The new regulations will help the state meet state and international targets for curbing the worst effects of climate change, regulators say.
Dec. 16
Albany man takes plea deal, sentenced to 30 days in jail for role in violent Oregon Capitol protest
OREGON LABOR Dec. 16
Long hours without overtime pay for farmworkers lead to health problems, less family time, OHSU report says
The report came after Woodburn-based farmworker union PCUN asked OHSU researchers to gather existing data and research on occupational health conditions for farmworkers.
Dec. 16
Salem high school athletes won't compete in Bend starting in 2022-23 school year
Dec. 16
SEDCOR celebrates local businesses in annual awards ceremony
LOCAL SCHOOLS Dec. 16
Following Michigan school shooting, hoax threats in local schools on the rise
District officials said they've worked to educate students about the seriousness of threats, which disrupt classes and cause fear in classmates and school staff.
ON THE AIR Dec. 16
ON THE AIR: Salem Reporter's Ardeshir Tabrizian discusses the back story on Salem's expanding mayor's race
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."
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT Dec. 16
Legislature earmarks $1 million for Salem housing and homeless services, distribution plans unclear
Salem city officials say the money could help pay for operating micro shelter sites, building or operating a planned navigation center, or for a Salem Housing Authority project.
FreeOREGON ECONOMY Dec. 16
Record employment posted in Oregon sectors, but recovery remains uneven
Some sectors of the state economy are recovering pandemic labor losses fast, reporting all time employment highs. Private health care, education continue to suffer.
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT Dec. 15
Salem plans to construct new $39 million public works building
Construction starts next month on a new building for Salem’s Public Works Department, replacing a more than 60-year-old building currently in use. Funding will come from the utility fund, general fund and the city’s portion of state highway funds.
Dec. 15
National Guard wraps up at Salem Hospital following three months of service
Dec. 15
Salem needs volunteers for its advisory board, committee openings
Dec. 15
Islamic center, Black Pioneers, LGBT chorus win arts and culture grants
FreeHEALTH CARE Dec. 15
State audit finds $1.6 million in likely inappropriate Medicaid payments related to hospital stays
The payments were for transportation, personal nursing services and in-home health care while the patients was in the hospital and wouldn’t have received those services.
LOCAL SCHOOLS Dec. 15
Split school board adopts redistricting map with minor tweaks
Board members adopted a new school board redistricting map Tuesday night on a 4-3 vote, with a majority of the board and public commenters supporting a map which made fewer changes to existing zones. The newly adopted map leaves a small portion of south Salem in west Salem's zone.
LOCAL COLUMN Dec. 15
COLUMN: Salem has recovered jobs faster than Oregon, U.S.
The city's leisure and hospitality industry employment remains below pre-pandemic levels, but retail and trade jobs have more than recovered, and transportation and warehousing employment has grown significantly.
Dec. 14
Icy Salem-area roads lead to multiple crashes
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT Dec. 14
Funding shortfall to construct navigation center will be Salem’s priority for 2022 short session
The Salem City Council on Monday voted to approve four legislative priorities for the upcoming 35-day session. Chief among them was money to cover additional costs to build a navigation center that would help people transition out of homelessness.
LOCAL SCHOOLS Dec. 14
Salem-Keizer sues construction firm over fire damages at Waldo Middle School
The district is seeking $81,588 in damages from Woodburn-based Triplett Wellman, a construction contractor. Their lawsuit alleges the firm failed to secure a school construction site in April 2020, allowing an arsonist to set a fire.
Dec. 14
AGENDA: Marion County commissioners consider new public health medical director, grant for substance abuse services
OREGON LABOR Dec. 14
Turner-based wine producer offers overtime pay to agricultural workers as most are excluded from state rules
Willamette Valley Vineyards is following the overtime pay regulations recently adopted by the state of Washington for agricultural employees who work 55 hours per week. Currently, Oregon has no such rule for agricultural workers.
Dec. 14
Help name a character for an upcoming Cherriots video
Free Dec. 14
UPDATED: Late decision to delay school frustrates Salem parents
ON THE AIR Dec. 14
ON THE AIR: Salem Reporter's Rachel Alexander on delays in Covid boosters at state hospital
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."
FreeOREGON NEWS Dec. 14
As health officials expected, Omicron detected in Oregon but few details available
The three people are in their 20s and 30s and live in Washington and Multnomah counties. No details were released about their symptoms.
FreeOREGON NEWS Dec. 14
Oregon legislators extend eviction protection, approve $400 million for landlords, farmers
Oregon tenants waiting for state aid with past-due rent will remain safe from eviction until Sept. 30. Legislators also sent relief to rural Oregon for farmers, ranchers, water users.
LOCAL SCHOOLS Dec. 13
Salem-Keizer board set to vote on redistricting maps
One of the two proposed maps for school board elections would displace board Vice Chair Ashley Carson Cottingham outside the zone she represents. In a district survey, those who responded mostly favored the other map, which has boundaries most similar the current ones.
HOMELESSNESS Dec. 13
Northwest Human Services restructures building to better serve homeless young people
The HOST program serves young people experiencing homelessness ages 18 to 24. Staff hope to do that work more efficiently with the drop-in center and transitional living program separated into two buildings.
Dec. 13
ARCHES hosts 12 days of warming to get people inside for the holidays
FreeOREGON NEWS Dec. 13
Legislators on Monday will decide millions to help Afghans resettle in Oregon
An $18 million package waiting for emergency legislative approval has been pushed to the front of the special session agenda that had been focused on rental assistance.
Dec. 13
Sheriff's Office investigating Saturday morning crash that killed Salem man
Dec. 13
Salem holds open house on proposed Union Street bike lane project
SALEM EVENTS Dec. 13
PHOTOS: Titans put on a show for the holidays in music concert
West Salem High School's music groups staged a holiday concert on Thursday, Dec. 9. Protocols for the pandemic were observed but still the joy of the season came through.
FreeOREGON NEWS Dec. 13
With thousands facing eviction from their homes, Oregon Legislature coming to the rescue
In a special session Monday, the Oregon Legislature will consider providing $100 million to landlords for tenants’ back rent.
LOCAL SCHOOLS Dec. 13
Salem-Keizer pilots Covid surveillance testing at 8 elementary schools
Testing is free, and families who opt in will be mailed saliva test kits that can be dropped off at school weekly. Tests are processed at a Santiam Hospital lab.

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