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FreeOREGON NEWS Jan. 7
Oregon reaches dire stage in pandemic as state issues guidelines for rationing care
State health officials warn that infections will be so widespread that they’ll affect everyone’s life. On Friday, more than 10,000 cases were reported - for one day.
FreeCOVID IN OREGON Jan. 7
Oregon reaches dire stage in pandemic as state issues guidelines for rationing care
State health officials warn that infections will be so widespread that they’ll affect everyone’s life.
Jan. 7
Protest planned Saturday at state capitol, police say
FreeOREGON POLITICS Jan. 7
Kristof appeals residency decision to Oregon Supreme Court
The lawsuit argues his disqualification puts a fair election at risk.
Jan. 7
AGENDA: Salem City Council to appoint interim city manager, explore changing human rights code
COVID IN SALEM Jan. 7
With Covid cases again climbing, Salem Hospital over 100% capacity every day so far this year
Hospital officials canceled about 20 scheduled surgeries this week to free up beds as they anticipate Covid hospitalizations will continue to rise due to the statewide omicron surge. Illness has so far been milder, with fewer hospitalized Covid patients needing ICU care.
Jan. 7
Oregon will again deploy National Guard to aid overwhelmed hospitals
Jan. 7
Salem police investigating death after finding body at Wallace Marine Park
SALEM COMMUNITY Jan. 7
Carol Adelman awarded for lifelong commitment to peonies
The Brooks woman, of Adelman Peony Gardens, was recently awarded a lifetime achievement award for her efforts teaching others about the flower and growing beautiful and rare blooms.
SALEM WILDLIFE Jan. 7
PHOTOS: Bald eagles battle over goose
Local wildlife photographer John Svendsen captured a breathtaking scene Sunday at Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge as a seemingly surefire meal for one eagle escaped after other eagles joined the fray.
Jan. 6
Learn how to adapt your garden to climate change during Friday talk
SALEM POLICE Jan. 6
Review found details lacking in Salem police reports for suicide calls; crisis response program most effective
The assessment, conducted by a Missouri-based team of former law enforcement, was required as part of a settlement between Salem police and the estate of a man reported to be in crisis when police shot and killed him in 2012.
FreeOREGON POLITICS Jan. 6
House Speaker Tina Kotek to step down, focus on bid for governor
Her announcement comes the day after Senate President Peter Courtney told colleagues he will retire at the end of his term, and means a shakeup in leadership for the Legislature.
Jan. 6
OHA reports no new cases of drug-resistant infection following outbreak at Salem Hospital
Jan. 6
UPDATED: Power restored in NE Salem; classes canceled at Chemeketa, Hayesville, McKay
FreeOREGON POLITICS Jan. 6
Oregon elections officials: Kristof ineligible to run for governor
The former New York Times columnist doesn’t meet constitutional residency requirements, election officials determined.
Jan. 6
Salem-Keizer won't pause sports, extracurriculars despite state warnings
FreeOREGON NEWS Jan. 6
With Oregon residency in question, Kristof won’t share documents
Democratic candidate Nick Kristof claims tax records, other documents will establish his qualifications to run for governor in Oregon.
SALEM COMMUNITY Jan. 6
Thousands sign petition to save Salem mural as city leaders say they’re not trying to remove it
Salem in early December issued a notice to Valley Roofing and Exteriors that it would need to get approval from the Public Arts Commission after an artist painted a large mural depicting the raising of the U.S. flag on Iwo Jima. A code officer citation said the business could be fined, but no fines have yet been issued.
Jan. 5
City Club meeting Friday will cover energy-saving work, resources in the future
Jan. 5
Salem-area high school girls can earn cash through speech contest
LOCAL COLUMN Jan. 5
COLUMN: Breeding season begins, with owls, hawks leading the way
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.
FreeOREGON EDUCATION Jan. 5
Oregon’s state education director a quiet, collaborative force in the turbulence of pandemic
Colt Gill’s voice quivered when he talked of teachers and other school employees who died from Covid, or who lost family members.
STATE HOSPITAL Jan. 5
State hospital pauses admissions as Covid outbreak spreads
Twenty-nine state hospital patients on three units and 32 employees have tested positive for Covid since Dec. 27. The outbreak has resulted in the lockdown of three affected units and a temporary halt to taking in new patients court-ordered to get treatment at the hospital.
Jan. 5
Annual native plant sale starts today, will be held online
SALEM COMMUNITY Jan. 5
Salem residents raised enough money to fund 125 micro shelters. The city needs to find a place to put them.
After volunteers helped raise $625,000 to fund new micro shelters to help homeless people, the city has put forth five ideas of where they could go.
FreeCOVID IN OREGON Jan. 4
‘We’re definitely into the omicron wave,’ says Oregon’s top health care official
On Tuesday, the state reports a new high surpassing more than 4,500 cases and nearly 20% of tests reported to the state being positive.
HOUSING Jan. 4
Foreclosure moratorium ends statewide as nearly 3,000 in Marion County are behind on mortgages
Foreclosure proceedings could pile on en masse in Marion and Polk counties as the moratorium pausing them ended Dec. 31.
Jan. 4
Salem reports 3,100 gallon overflow of raw sewage into Little Pudding River
SALEM PEOPLE Jan. 4
Pre-party checkup turns into surprise New Year’s Day delivery for local couple
James Wayne Dimick was born at 12:21 a.m. on New Year’s Day at Salem Health’s Family Birth Center, making him the first baby of 2022 at the hospital.
Jan. 4
AGENDA: Marion County commissioners to consider extending quarantine leave for county employees to July
SALEM ORGANIZATIONS Jan. 4
Back on stage, Theatre 33 sets sights on growth
The formerly independent play development company is now part of Willamette University, allowing for easier access to grants. Executive director Thomas Nabhan hopes to grow the company's summer season into a festival to attract people from out of town.
Jan. 4
Driver hit pedestrian before fleeing Monday in northeast Salem, police say
FreeOREGON AGRICULTURE Jan. 4
Women food entrepreneurs in Oregon get state help to develop business
The state Agriculture Department has picked the winners of an online program that will teach them how to get their food products to market.
Jan. 3
Salem man killed while trying to break into house, sheriff's office says
STATE HOSPITAL Jan. 3
Oregon State Hospital shuts down two units following patient Covid outbreak
Details about the outbreak were scarce Monday, with hospital officials saying they don’t yet have a count of the number of patients infected. Patients on the two affected units are expected to remain in their rooms, while employees must wear additional personal protective equipment.
PEOPLE AND PLACES Jan. 3
Keizer man makes it to final round on The Price is Right
Dusty Bowers was on CBS-TV’s The Price is Right and made it to the final round. He came home with numerous prizes and shared his experience of being on the show.
Jan. 3
Willamette will require booster Covid vaccines for employees, students
MENTAL HEALTH Jan. 3
South students create suicide prevention guide to aid struggling teens
A student-created guide to mental health resources is part of a larger effort from South Salem High School students to keep mental health and suicide prevention visible topics of discussion as many teens have struggled with pandemic isolation and the return to school.
Jan. 3
Salem proposes five new micro shelter sites, asks for feedback during forums
Jan. 3
UPDATED: Flood watch ends for Salem, much of western Oregon
SALEM COMMUNITY Jan. 3
Invasive plant specialist helps Marion County residents find what they should grow in their backyards
Jenny Meisel helps identify invasive plants on people’s property in Marion County and advises property owners on better species to cultivate.

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