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Jan 17 2022 thru Jan 23 2022

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FreeOREGON POLITICS Jan. 22
Rep. Christine Drazan will resign from Oregon House to run for governor
Drazan is the third candidate to leave the Legislature to focus on a gubernatorial campaign.
ON THE AIR Jan. 22
ON THE AIR: Salem Reporter's Ardeshir Tabrizian on shifts in Salem efforts to corral Covid
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. 21
Salem police looking for man linked to two robberies in late 2021
FreeCOVID IN OREGON Jan. 21
Oregon soon could be on the mend from the pandemic with an expected drop in cases, officials say
Infections and hospitalizations are surging and are expected to rise higher but after that the state’s epidemiologist sees a “light at the end of the tunnel”
Jan. 21
Data digest: Covid by the numbers for Jan. 21, 2022
HIGHER EDUCATION Jan. 21
Why Willamette’s law school dean wants alternatives to the bar exam
Brian Gallini has been part of a statewide effort to develop more ways for law school graduates to become lawyers, like an assessment of practical skills or an apprenticeship under an experienced attorney. The Oregon Supreme Court recently greenlighted two possible options, though the bar exam isn't going anywhere.
SALEM COMMUNITY Jan. 21
Salem councilor pushes for street art program to brighten neighborhood asphalt
On Monday night, the Salem City Council will vote on a city street mural program. The program could help brighten neighborhood streets if approved.
Jan. 21
Salem police claim no involvement in developing, presenting meme promoting violence against protesters
SALEM EVENTS Jan. 21
Far-right “Reawaken America Tour” will bring former Trump officials to Salem
The tour, which bills guest speakers who have spread false conspiracy theories about the 2020 election, is scheduled for April 1-2 at Salem’s River Church. Organizers initially planned an event in Redmond.
Jan. 21
Oregon unemployment rate drops slightly
FreeOREGON NEWS Jan. 21
State attorneys urge Oregon Supreme Court to keep Kristof off ballot
As he awaits court decision, Nick Kristof continues campaigning and raising money in his bid for the Democratic nomination for Oregon governor.
COVID IN SALEM Jan. 21
Oregon DOJ investigating Covid testing center with locations in Salem
The Center for Covid Control, which ran two testing sites in Salem, is currently being investigated by the Oregon Department of Justice. The testing company operates over 300 test sites across the U.S. and is being investigated in multiple states after it was discovered that thousands of their tests may be invalid.
Jan. 20
Data digest: Covid by the numbers for Jan. 20, 2022
Jan. 20
Police, FBI looking for man they say robbed a Salem bank
ON THE AIR Jan. 20
ON THE AIR: Rachel Alexander on how local schools are dealing with Covid tracing, notifications
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."
Jan. 20
National Guard returns to Salem Hospital
SALEM COMMUNITY Jan. 20
Salem Symphonic Winds postpones Sunday show to May
The board of directors for the nonprofit concert band called off the Sunday performance to protect their players and audience from the omicron surge.
OREGON GOVERNMENT Jan. 20
Oregon Capitol beefs up security, expects to spend $500K on security guards
New screening will begin Jan. 27, four days before the legislative session starts.
HOMELESSNESS Jan. 20
Help count the number of people experiencing homelessness in Salem area
Volunteers are needed for the annual point in time count, intended to serve as a snapshot of the number of homeless people on a given night.
LOCAL SCHOOLS Jan. 20
With pandemic challenges, 81% of Salem seniors graduated in 2021
After years of steady increases in the district, new state data shows Salem-Keizer’s graduation rate was about the same as in 2020, and remains far higher than five years ago. Gaps along racial and income lines persisted, but generally didn’t worsen.
Jan. 19
Data digest: Covid by the numbers for Jan. 19, 2022
Jan. 19
Man arrested in stabbing at Marion Square Park Monday night
BIRDS IN SALEM Jan. 19
COLUMN: Birds begin their shift to spring clothes
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.
Jan. 19
Salem schools cap audience at 50% capacity for music, theater events
SALEM COMMUNITY Jan. 19
Salem woman and dog offer comfort to people on hospice as therapy team
Rhonda Herbert and her sheepadoodle, Daphne, meet with people in hospice care weekly to provide them a source of joy, be it from petting Daphne or receiving her gentle kisses.
ON THE AIR Jan. 19
ON THE AIR: Salem Reporter's Saphara Harrell on how to avoid getting scammed with Covid tests
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."
FreeOREGON COLLEGES Jan. 19
Oregon scholarship for community college disproportionately going to wealthier students
The Oregon Promise grant is supposed to help high school seniors with the costs of community college, but 80% of the money is going to students with the least need.
SALEM AREA EVENTS Jan. 19
PHOTOS: Volunteers help build trails in Silver Falls State Park
The day of service, held on Martin Luther King Day, was the inaugural project in the 100 Volunteer Projects for 100 Years event undertaken by Oregon State Parks this year, along with another simultaneous volunteer event at Harris Beach State Park.
LOCAL GOVERNMENT Jan. 18
National opioid settlement could bring millions to Salem area for reducing substance abuse
As of Jan. 11, all Oregon jurisdictions eligible for the cut of the settlement have signed on.
Jan. 18
Data digest: Covid by the numbers for Jan. 18, 2022
CHILDREN'S HEALTH Jan. 18
As kids come back for screenings, dentists seeing more tooth decay
When Salem schools moved online, thousands of kids went without the dental screenings the district has offered in many elementary schools for years. Now, hygienists are finding about one in three kids have decay, up from 22% pre-pandemic.
Free Jan. 18
You can now order free at-home Covid tests from USPS
Jan. 18
AGENDA: Marion County commissioners consider emergency management grant, adding to OHA contract
LOCAL COLUMN Jan. 18
COLUMN: Hospitality industry lags as Salem employment recovers to pre-pandemic levels
Pandemic layoffs in the spring of 2020 created an unusual recession disproportionately felt in service industries. The recovery, too, has been faster than typical.
FreeOREGON NEWS Jan. 18
Oregonians invited to ‘Let’s Talk’ session to share what they want from an Oregon governor
Oregon Capital Chronicle, Rural Development Initiatives and the Agora Journalism Center are leading regional virtual sessions to hear from Oregonians.
Jan. 17
Data digest: Covid by the numbers for Jan. 17, 2022
SALEM PEOPLE AND PLACES Jan. 17
Volunteers transform muddy trails, celebrate community at Orchard Heights Park
Salem's parks department is planning improvements at parks around the city in 2022 with a schedule of monthly volunteer work crews. Saturday's work party drew about 20 volunteers to shovel wood chips at the west Salem park.
ROADS Jan. 17
Improvements to Hayesville Drive will make it easier for kids to get to school
Marion County is working on road improvements to both Northeast Hayesville Drive and Center Street that will add sidewalks and bike lanes in the coming years.
Jan. 17
State to accept rental assistance applications for up to five weeks starting Jan. 26
COVID IN MARION COUNTY Jan. 17
County health officials limiting Covid investigations after cases spike
Even after a dip in the initial omicron surge, Marion County’s daily Covid case count on Friday was more than six times higher than the December peak. With that has come a testing shortage so significant that county health officials are asking employers not to require Covid tests to return to work as long as they first quarantine, are fever-free for a day and show improved symptoms.
Jan. 17
Minor shoots at car, house in east Salem Sunday morning, sheriff’s office says
SALEM HISTORY Jan. 17
LOCAL HISTORY: The Salem couple who filed Oregon's first civil rights suit - and won
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, walks through the history of civil rights law in Oregon and local cases.
FreeOREGON NEWS Jan. 17
Running for governor, Kristof defends residency claim to Oregon Supreme Court
Gubernatorial candidate Nick Kristof submitted a filing Friday to the Oregon Supreme Court, reasserting his contention that Oregon has been his home for the required time. State attorneys this week are expected to present Secretary of State Shemia Fagan’s case to bar him from the ballot.

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