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Jan 10 2022 thru Jan 16 2022

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OREGON LAW ENFORCEMENT Jan. 15
Audit: Oregon State Police should change how it determines staffing needs
Auditors say a simple ratio of troopers to residents isn’t good enough.
Jan. 14
Salem-Keizer NAACP holding virtual Martin Luther King, Jr. day program Monday
Jan. 14
Data digest: Covid by the numbers for Jan. 14, 2022
COVID IN OREGON Jan. 14
Oregon schools no longer need to notify students of Covid exposures while masked
State health officials said Friday that schools should focus their contact tracing efforts on school lunch and activities like sports and band where students don't wear masks. The change is intended to reduce the amount of work school districts need to do to keep up with surging infections.
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT Jan. 14
Forum concerns center around trash as city explains new micro shelter locations
The city has one final forum on the proposed sites on Jan. 19.
Jan. 14
Intimate exhibit sheds light on seldom-seen Salem
SALEM COMMUNITY Jan. 14
Salem faith leaders aim to lift spirits, ease omicron concerns through worship
After nearly two years of challenges for places of worship, some faith leaders in Salem are again looking for unique approaches to holding services, this time in response to omicron-induced anxiety among congregants.
FreeCOLLEGE IN OREGON Jan. 14
Oregon students to get debt canceled and a payment over deceptive loan practices
Thousands of Oregon students will see a refund of some payments or their debt canceled because of a $1.85 billion settlement with student loan servicer Navient following a lawsuit brought by Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum and 38 other states.
COVID IN OREGON Jan. 13
Oregon's Covid testing system "approaching maximum capacity" as omicron wave continues
State health officials on Thursday said they're deploying hundreds more contracted health care workers to hospitals and long-term care facilities which were already struggling with high patient loads and short staff before the omicron wave of Covid sickened people across the state.
Jan. 13
Data digest: Covid by the numbers for Jan. 13, 2022
COVID IN SALEM Jan. 13
Child care providers face temporary closures during Covid wave
Salem-area child care providers are having to close classrooms, shut down temporarily and some impose new restrictions as the latest Covid wave sickens providers and children.
Jan. 13
Oregonians can earn a little more and still qualify for food stamps, child care help
FreeOREGON SCHOOLS Jan. 13
Legislators consider shielding school superintendents from rash school board actions
Two groups are hoping the legislature will pass bills barring school boards from firing superintendents for following the law and to create greater training and oversight for school boards.
Jan. 13
State Capitol security to install metal detectors, start checking visitors for weapons
SALEM COMMUNITY Jan. 13
Salem woman who faced her own struggles with drug addiction now helps other women toward recovery
Melissa Pola provides drug and alcohol counseling at Her Place, the drug treatment home that ten years ago fostered her recovery from addiction.
ON THE AIR Jan. 13
ON THE AIR: Salem Reporter's Ardeshir Tabrizian on how local homeowners have lost mortgage timeout
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."
Jan. 12
Data digest: Covid by the numbers for Jan. 12, 2022
Jan. 12
McNary evacuated over anonymous bomb threat; no bomb found
Jan. 12
UPDATE: 69-year-old south Salem man found after being reported missing
Jan. 12
Oregon attorney general warns about fraudulent Covid testing sites, overpriced tests
Jan. 12
Woman arrested after walking away from corrections department warehouse in Salem, another still at large
Jan. 12
Forest Service withdraws logging plans in Beachie Creek Fire area after environmentalist lawsuit
FreeCOVID IN SALEM Jan. 12
What to know about Covid testing in Marion, Polk counties
At-home rapid tests are scarce, and high demand for testing often means long waits. We compiled a guide to testing sites and events in the greater Salem area.
COVID IN OREGON Jan. 12
State corrections reports spike in Covid cases among employees, people in prison over past two weeks
An increase in employees out sick has left several state prisons short-staffed, while hundreds of incarcerated people have also contracted Covid in recent weeks.
FreeOREGON NEWS Jan. 12
DEQ fines Port of Morrow $1.3 million for ‘reckless’ pumping of nitrate-laced water on farms
High levels of nitrates are particularly harmful for pregnant women and babies, causing a serious health condition caused by a lack of oxygen.
ON THE AIR Jan. 12
ON THE AIR: Rachel Alexander on new challenges at Oregon 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."
LOCAL SCHOOLS Jan. 11
Salem-Keizer cancels classes Friday due to staffing shortage
With high rates of student and staff illness and absence, Superintendent Christy Perry acted in hopes a four-day weekend would allow enough people to recover so schools could continue operating more normally next week. “It’s just knowing how long you can hang on,” she said.
Jan. 11
Data digest: Covid by the numbers for Jan. 11, 2022
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT Jan. 11
Homeless people could soon be protected class under city law
If the city law is changed, people would be prohibited from discriminating based on housing status, just like sexual orientation or race. The Human Rights Commission also wants changes to gendered language and an exception to the discrimination law.
Jan. 11
Chemeketa seeks to renew college accreditation
SALEM CRIME Jan. 11
Third man arrested for role in September northeast Salem shooting
Gabriel Herrera was arrested Jan. 5 on a warrant for a secret indictment filed in September. A deputy district attorney said Herrera drove a vehicle used in the drive-by shooting, which left a 10-year-old hospitalized and another man injured.
FreeHEALTH CARE IN OREGON Jan. 11
State issued guidelines on rationing care, but hospitals have their own standards
A state lawmaker and disability rights group oppose standards adopted by Oregon Health & Science University.
Jan. 11
AGENDA: Marion County commissioners consider selling timber recovered from wildfire
Jan. 11
Salem City Council delays vote on proposed subdivision on historic Meyer Farm
ON THE AIR Jan. 11
ON THE AIR: Salem Reporter's Saphara Harrell discusses a controversial mural, progress on tiny homes
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."
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT Jan. 10
Plan to redevelop historic Meyer Farm property draws strong opposition
A proposed subdivision at 4540 Pringle Rd. S.E. will go before the Salem City Council for a vote Monday night.
Jan. 10
Data digest: Covid by the numbers for Jan. 10, 2022
LOCAL SCHOOLS Jan. 10
Salem schools turn to superintendent, administrators to cover classes as teacher absences rise
A surge in Covid cases across the U.S. has some schools shifting online temporarily because there aren’t enough teachers to cover classes. In Salem-Keizer, a substitute teacher shortage was already straining district resources, but administrators said they’re committed to keeping schools open.
Jan. 10
Committees will be virtual for 2022 legislative session due to recent Covid surge
FreeOREGON NEWS Jan. 10
Tested by one round, Oregon National Guard deploys for second tour in hospitals
The historic mobilization last fall put Guardsmen who normally drive tanks and fix aircraft into duty with patient care.
STATE HOSPITAL Jan. 10
Seaside man sues state hospital, DHS, alleging sexual abuse by psychiatric aide in late 1990s
The plaintiff in the suit says he was abused as a teen by Frank Milligan. Milligan is currently in custody at a Salem prison for sexually abusing three other boys in Clatsop and Marion counties, one of whom he tried to kill.
Jan. 10
AGENDA: School board considers Howard Street charter renewal, parent proclamation
OREGON PEOPLE Jan. 10
Oregon’s first shrooms regulator sees promise for healing trauma through psilocybin
Angie Allbee has spent years crafting state government policy on health and social services. She’s now leading the first U.S. effort to legalize and regulate treatment with psilocybin, the active ingredient in hallucinogenic mushrooms.

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