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FreeSALEM WEATHER Dec. 25
Watch out Salem - winter storm coming later Christmas Day
The National Weather Service on Christmas morning issued a winter storm warning with up to 8 inches of snow in the coming days in the Willamette Valley.
SALEM EVENTS Dec. 24
PHOTOS: Tuba performers make merry at Salem Tuba Holiday
The annual tradition returned to the stage Friday at the Elsinore Theatre.
SALEM PEOPLE Dec. 24
Salem cellist returns to “Nutcracker” shows after 2020 hiatus
Andrea Chandler moved to Salem with her family in 2009, but kept her job in the Pacific Northwest Ballet’s orchestra in Seattle. Though it’s an unusual commute, Chandler said it’s worth it to keep performing with friends she’s had for decades.
FreeOREGON NEWS Dec. 24
New Oregon forecast dials back hospitalizations for Covid – but still an omicron surge
OHSU cut nearly in half its projected hospitalizations after an alarming forecast last week prompted the governor to act.
LOCAL COLUMN Dec. 24
SALEM HISTORY: The first outdoor Christmas tree in Oregon
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, dives into the story behind Salem's outdoor Christmas tree, first decorated in 1913.
Free Dec. 23
Volunteers needed at warming centers ahead of expected Salem cold snap
Dec. 23
Snow forecasted Sunday in Salem, icy roads likely next week
FreeOREGON NEWS Dec. 23
Oregon election officials want Kristof to prove residency for governor's race
Kristof campaign says he considered Oregon home even when he lived in New York. The Oregon secretary of state wants to know more about that.
ON THE AIR Dec. 23
ON THE AIR: Salem Reporter's Ardeshir Tabrizian discusses how a local winery dished up OT
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."
Dec. 23
Oregonians can directly question state government about omicron in Thursday event
Dec. 23
UPDATED: Part of River Road South closed due to landslide
SALEM EVENTS Dec. 23
Salem's Christmas Eve tuba tradition is back
The show begins at noon Friday at the Elsinore Theatre and will feature about 35 tuba and baritone players from around the region playing Christmas classics, with some new arrangements.
COLUMN Dec. 23
COLUMN: Counselors can help with supplemental Medicare premiums
Jim Sellers, former Oregon journalist and state agency employee, writes a regular column to help thousands in Salem deal with the confusing world of Medicare and federal benefits. He's available to answer your questions.
Dec. 22
Sprague team wins county contest for video spotlighting problem gambling
TRAVEL Dec. 22
Salem’s economy in 2020 drew half of prior year’s travel revenue, industry report says
In its 2020-21 tourism industry report, the nonprofit Travel Salem said the local economy was hit hard by the pandemic, wildfires and the February ice storm, but they are optimistic that future data will reflect the heightened travel to the Salem area in 2021.
FreeOREGON NEWS Dec. 22
Oregon faces short staffing and not enough customers to inject 1 million booster shots
The Oregon Health Authority made vaccination boosters a high priority but it is still trying to tie pieces together to guard against omicron.
LOCAL SCHOOLS Dec. 22
Celia Hyman Baculi, parent volunteer and South Salem High fixture, honored
Celia Hyman Baculi spent years helping improve the lives of Salem-area students of all ages. Now, a local nonprofit is fundraising to renovate South Salem High School’s College and Career Center, which will be renamed after her when complete.
SALEM COMMUNITY Dec. 22
Salem volunteer has helped pick up 9 tons of trash in the city
Dave Newman, 75, was acknowledged for his contributions to make Salem a little cleaner during a city volunteer recognition in December.
Dec. 22
Red Cross reports two catalytic converters stolen from response trucks, police say
Dec. 22
Speed limits slow on sections of 17th Street, 45th Avenue
ON THE AIR Dec. 22
ON THE AIR: Salem Reporter's Rachel Alexander goes in depth on hoax threats to local schools
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."
Dec. 21
Detectives looking for 17-year-old boy missing since Oct. 15
FreeCOVID IN SALEM Dec. 21
As state booster push begins, vaccine appointments in Salem area going unfilled
A state plan to get 1 million more Oregonians boosted as the omicron variant is expected to sweep through the state means local vaccinators must nearly triple the number of shots they’re delivering daily through the end of January.
Dec. 21
Salem unemployment falls slightly in November with gains in transportation, hospitality
FreeOREGON SCHOOLS Dec. 21
Oregon schools face few limits on how to use millions in unexpected federal money
Oregon school districts have received millions in federal pandemic aid to get reopened and catch students up on lost learning. But millions remain unclaimed.
Dec. 21
Cherriots asks for community's help developing 20-year plan through survey, open house
SALEM HOUSING Dec. 21
Salem Housing Authority distributed 24 emergency housing vouchers, but just two have found a rental
Six months after receiving extra federal money to help homeless and low-income renters, the city's housing authority has few clients who have found a place to rent with the funds.
Dec. 21
Sheriff’s office investigating crash that left one dead, another hospitalized
ON THE AIR Dec. 21
ON THE AIR: Salem Reporter's Saphara Harrell shares how housing means more than a roof for some Salemites
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."
Dec. 20
Showers drag sewage into Willamette, Little Pudding rivers
LOCAL SCHOOLS Dec. 20
Sprague students spread holiday cheer at Hoover Elementary
On the Friday before winter break, high school students visit Hoover Elementary to make crafts, read books and pass out gifts to every student. “Sprague Day” has been an annual tradition for so long that the teachers now leading it remember delivering their own gifts when they attended Sprague.
Dec. 20
Salem saw most rain in almost a year Sunday
LOCAL COLUMN Dec. 20
COLUMN: Feathery togetherness helps birds survive winter
Local birder and natural history author Harry Fuller shares what birds are up to in the Salem area in his "Some Fascinating Things About Birds" column.
Dec. 20
Find elves hidden in Riverfront Park
Free Dec. 20
Free lunch available at 11 Salem-Keizer schools during winter break
COVID IN SALEM Dec. 20
In response to Omicron, Willamette University moves large classes online for start of spring semester
A two-week “quiet period” at the university will begin Jan. 10, with large classes and lectures held online and students encouraged to limit in-person interactions. University President Steve Thorsett said the changes will help the university identify and contain Covid cases acquired during winter break travel as the Omicron variant is expected to become dominant in the U.S.
PHOTOS Dec. 20
PHOTOS: Children gather to meet Santa, make cookies
About 130 kids attended a holiday party hosted by YMCA and Mid Valley Realtor's Association where each kid got a personalized bag of gifts given to them by Santa. There was also Christmas spirit found at the Riverfront Carousel and The Reed.

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