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FreeOREGON NEWS Dec. 31
Omicron variant spreading faster than expected in Oregon, hospitals face surge of patients
A new forecast from Oregon Health & Science University projects more people hospitalized than ever in Oregon for Covid, as the omicron variant moves in.
2021 ROUNDUP Dec. 31
TOP STORIES: Crisis response, rental assistance and state hospital in contempt
Reporter Ardeshir Tabrizian, who covers criminal justice and housing, recalls his most memorable stories of 2021.
FreeOREGON NEWS Dec. 31
Slowing effects of climate change among priorities for Oregon’s new watersheds director
Lisa Charpilloz-Hanson will oversee more than $170 million to pay for projects enhancing state waterways and protecting critical species.
2021 ROUNDUP Dec. 31
PHOTOS: Amphitheater opening, Dream Flight and more 2021 highlights
Photojournalist Ron Cooper selects his favorite scenes from a year that included an Ironman triathlon, the opening of a long-awaited park structure and more.
FreeOREGON NEWS Dec. 31
Oregon buys 6 million at-home test kits to give away free through community outlets
The Oregon Health Authority acts in anticipation of a surge in coronavirus cases tied to the omicron variant.
SALEM CRIME Dec. 30
Two men charged with armed robbery of west Salem Plaid Pantry
Two employees told police one man held them at gunpoint while another stole items from the store on Dec. 21.
SALEM CRIME Dec. 30
Man injured in Thursday morning shooting in Highland area
A Salem police spokesperson said Thursday afternoon that they hadn't identified a suspect and nobody had been arrested.
HEALTH CARE Dec. 30
Patients responding well to treatment following first cases of drug-resistant yeast in Oregon
Three Salem Hospital patients have tested positive for Candida auris, a strain of yeast that’s typically harmless in healthy people, but can cause serious infection in people who are immunocompromised or have long hospital stays. Only one of the three has an active infection, and that person is responding well to available drugs, doctors said.
2021 ROUNDUP Dec. 30
PHOTOS: Colorful dancers, the county fair and other favorite 2021 scenes
Photojournalist Amanda Loman shares her top pictures of 2021 for Salem Reporter.
FreeOREGON NEWS Dec. 30
OHSU’s Covid hotline helps to save lives
Nurses who answer the phones at the free services respond to hundreds of calls a day.
SCIENCE Dec. 30
Willamette researchers find 350-year-old white oak among ice storm casualties
A Willamette University project to catalog and study cores from Oregon white oaks that fell during the 2021 ice storm has found a few surprises while studying samples from Bush’s Pasture Park.
STATE HOSPITAL Dec. 29
State hospital gets outside help for admitting mentally ill people under judges’ orders
A temporary settlement between the state, Disability Rights Oregon and Metropolitan Public Defender is intended to get court-ordered patients admitted in a timely fashion. Meanwhile, the state hospital remains embroiled in ten open contempt proceedings filed since October in state courts.
2021 ROUNDUP Dec. 29
TOP STORIES: Deadly heat wave, hot potatoes for homeless and a changing downtown
Reporter Saphara Harrell, who covers local government, recalls her most memorable stories of 2021.
FreeOREGON NEWS Dec. 29
OSU horticulturist helps Oregonians fortify lawns, landscapes for climate change
Weston Miller teaches people to turn their lawns into carbon sinks and to use plants to protect buildings from fire, wind.
SALEM WILDLIFE Dec. 29
Biologist spots river otter enjoying large fish in Salem Civic Center pond
River otters are native to the Willamette River and are occasionally spotted upstream in Salem, but David Craig, who teaches biology at Willamette University, said it’s the first time in 20 years he’s spotted the mammal in the pond.
HEALTH CARE IN SALEM Dec. 28
Health officials investigate first-ever Oregon outbreak of fungal infection at Salem Hospital
Three Salem Hospital patients are the first ever recorded cases in Oregon of Candida auris, a serious fungal infection that can be resistant to multiple drugs. Health authorities said Tuesday the first patient was exposed while abroad, and the other two caught the fungus at the hospital.
SALEM STREETS Dec. 28
River Road reopens following landslide
The six-day closure ended Tuesday afternoon after engineers determined the roadway was again safe to use. City officials said heavy rains contributed to the slide.
HOMELESSNESS Dec. 28
New warming shelter opens as snow falls in Salem
A new shelter on 22nd Street opened on Monday and helped keep 30 homeless people out of the cold. More people are expected to use the shelter on Tuesday night, when temperatures drop into the low 20s.
SALEM CRIME Dec. 28
Man injured in northeast Salem shooting Monday, police say
The Salem Police Department said officers responded to the shooting at Orchard Park Apartments, and the victim was transported to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT Dec. 28
Chris Hoy enters Salem mayor’s race
The Salem city councilor and recently appointed state representative is entering the race for mayor with a focus on homelessness, climate action and downtown revitalization.
PHOTO GALLERY Dec. 28
PHOTOS: Snow blankets the Willamette Valley
The dusting of snow Monday made for picturesque scenes in fields and parks around Salem.
SALEM COMMUNITY Dec. 28
County's waste reduction coordinator offers training in what to do with your stuff
Dakota Tangredi wears several hats in his environmental work for Marion County. Chief among them is teaching a course on waste reduction and recycling that prepares those who complete it for community volunteering.
SALEM WEATHER Dec. 28
Temperature easing in Salem but some organizations modify operations for Tuesday
The National Weather Service said Salem could see snow through mid-morning, but at 5 a.m. the temperature was sitting at 34.
MARION COUNTY CRIME Dec. 27
UPDATED: Body found inside Salem man's car was 16-year-old, sheriff's office says
Armando Rodarte Jr. was arraigned Tuesday on charges alleging he hit and killed them with his car and left the scene.
2021 ROUNDUP Dec. 27
TOP STORIES: In-person school returns, the delta surge and a clown
Managing editor Rachel Alexander, who covers schools, nonprofits and Covid, recalls her most memorable stories of 2021.
SALEM COMMUNITY Dec. 27
Middle school students will spend semester creating art for micro shelter residents
Howard Street Charter School will spend the next few months creating art that can hang inside micro shelters in an effort to give the middle schoolers a better understanding of homelessness.
OREGON HISTORY Dec. 27
Grant will help tell story of Black Oregon homesteader who sued to keep her land, livestock
Letitia Carson was born a slave and settled in Oregon in 1845 with her husband, an Irish immigrant. A new grant to Salem-based Oregon Black Pioneers will help preserve Carson's homestead and document her successful legal effort to keep her property following her husband's death.
FreeSALEM WEATHER Dec. 27
Salem could see another inch of snow by Tuesday morning
The National Weather Service is forecasting more snow in the coming days with lows in the 20s. Here's an updated list of closures and snow-related impacts.

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