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STATE POLITICS Jan. 29
What Salem's legislators want from the 2022 session
Several new representatives will join the region's delegation at the Capitol for the session, which kicks off Feb. 1.
Free Jan. 29
Omicron cases appear to flatten, with demand for hospital beds rising
The state’s epidemiologist said Friday that the state will be filing permanent mask and vaccination rules in the next few weeks.
Jan. 28
Data digest: Covid by the numbers for Jan. 28, 2022
Jan. 28
Willamette Valley air stagnation advisory extended to Saturday
Jan. 28
Man pleads guilty to hiding dead body in suitcase, sentenced to six months in prison
COLUMN Jan. 28
SALEM HISTORY: When Salem's Sen. Charles McNary ran for vice president
It's political campaign season in Oregon. This week in our local history series, Kylie Pine, Willamette Heritage Center curator, takes a look back at a much older campaign by a local politician.
Jan. 28
Help keep Salem's free fridges stocked with silent auction donations
OREGON HISTORY Jan. 28
Capitol visitors can explore Oregon virtually with new interactive screen
Touch screens on the wall of the welcome center, which opened recently at the Oregon State Capitol, provide a snapshot of the state’s history as well as the tribes and cultural communities that call it home.
OREGON SCHOOLS Jan. 28
Alsea superintendent, board will defy mask mandate, forgo school funding
Superintendent Marc Thielman, who is also a Republican gubernatorial candidate, acted after the school board voted to make masks optional. The district of about 800 students in Benton County may face state fines.
OREGON POLITICS Jan. 28
PHOTOS: How Oregon representatives decorate their desks
The 2022 legislative session kicks off Feb. 1. While desks are identical, legislators have personalized their workspaces with everything from Baby Yoda to a giant bottle of ibuprofen.
Jan. 27
Data digest: Covid by the numbers for Jan. 27, 2022
Jan. 27
Local teachers get help to buy books, ukeleles and more from MAPS
ON THE AIR Jan. 27
ON THE AIR: Salem Reporter's Ardeshir Tabrizian about the robber who twice hit the same local business
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."
OREGON LABOR Jan. 27
Farm bureau-sponsored study predicts proposed agricultural overtime would be detrimental to industry
As Oregon legislators again consider mandating overtime for farmworkers, the report found most employers wouldn’t be able to absorb the costs. A University of Oregon political economist said similarly dire predictions weren’t borne out in other states that have recently mandated agricultural overtime pay.
LOCAL SCHOOLS Jan. 27
Substitute needs more than double as Salem-Keizer struggles to fill teacher, bus driver absences
Keeping local schools open in-person has been a daily struggle in January, with everyone from top-level administrators to clerical employees taking turns in classrooms. District leaders have canceled classes Feb. 18 and May 20 to help educators catch up on work, but Superintendent Christy Perry told the school board Tuesday keeping school in-person remains a priority.
Jan. 27
Salem under air stagnation advisory until Friday afternoon, may lead to poor air quality
HOMELESSNESS Jan. 27
Outreach workers head to tucked away corners of Salem for annual homeless count
The annual point in time count is required by the federal government to collect data on homelessness. This year’s count required volunteers and outreach workers to head into harder-to-reach places as large encampments in city parks and under the overpass were cleared out in the last year.
Jan. 26
Data digest: Covid by the numbers for Jan. 26, 2022
HOUSING Jan. 26
County commissioners consider spending $3 million on navigation center
The funds could help close a significant gap in a long-awaited city project to give homeless people a place to find help moving into permanent housing, but nearly $2 million more remains to be funded.
Jan. 26
Salem Polar Plunge slated for Feb. 5
SALEM EVENTS Jan. 26
“The Little Mermaid,” awash with melody and heart, opening at North
After delaying the show’s opening due to the omicron surge, tickets for the North Salem High School production are on sale, with shows starting Feb. 3.
Jan. 26
Look at Oregon historical photographs, object through new portal
HIGHER EDUCATION Jan. 26
Chemeketa again seeks tuition increase as enrollment continues to fall
If the college’s board approves the 4.6% increase, a full-time Chemeketa student would pay about $270 more for a year of classes starting in the fall of 2022.
ON THE AIR Jan. 26
ON THE AIR: Salem Reporter's Saphara Harrell on why Salem could look a little dressier soon
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 LEGISLATURE Jan. 25
Brown, Democrats outline big spending plans as GOP calls for limited action in short session
The governor wants legislative leaders to approve hundreds of millions in one-time investments, but Republican leaders said the 35-day session should be more restrained.
Jan. 25
School bus rear-ends SUV Tuesday morning, no children injured
Jan. 25
Data digest: Covid by the numbers for Jan. 25, 2022
HOMELESSNESS Jan. 25
Salem council approves funding, potential locations for new micro shelter village
The new location would likely replace an existing shelter village that needs to clear out by May, keeping the city’s shelter capacity at a status quo.
Jan. 25
Rotary Club donation will help add outdoor play space at Gilbert House
Jan. 25
AGENDA: Marion County commissioners consider grant for programs that reduce imprisonment
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT Jan. 25
Salem, Grand Ronde seek delay as feds weigh moving Siletz casino forward
The Bureau of Indian Affairs is taking public comment on a Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians plan to establish a 20-acre casino in north Salem following an environmental assessment. The project still requires federal and state approval.
ON THE AIR Jan. 25
ON THE AIR: Rachel Alexander shares another surprising impact for kids of remote learning
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. 25
EDGE cancels live classes Wednesday following agreement to address teacher burnout
After months of bargaining, an agreement with Salem-Keizer’s teacher union will give middle and high school teachers in the online program more prep time and back pay. The union said teachers were routinely working an average of 20 unpaid hours per week to keep up with lesson planning and other responsibilities.
FreeOREGON NEWS Jan. 25
Two House Democrats urge Oregon Supreme Court to keep Kristof out of governor’s race
Reps. Andrea Valderrama, Wlnsvey Campos and four other women of color say Kristof’s presence on the ballot would reverse progress toward equity.
Jan. 24
Data digest: Covid by the numbers for Jan. 24, 2022
SALEM COMMUNITY Jan. 24
Local production helped Salem businesses supply protective equipment
Despite an early pandemic shortage, Russ Monk was able to continue supplying medical gowns to local hospitals by producing it where it was needed. He addressed the work during a recent Salem City Club meeting.
LOCAL COLUMN Jan. 24
COLUMN: What Medicare covers if you're sick or injured on a cruise
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.
Jan. 24
Driver crashes into Keizer home, killing one person
Jan. 24
Police looking for man who robbed Dude Donut City twice in one week
SALEM SPORTS Jan. 24
Capital Pioneers offer tackle football to women from "all walks of life"
After finishing their inaugural 2021 campaign with an unbeaten record in the regular season, the Capital Pioneers — an all women's tackle football team that is a part of the Women's Football Alliance — have begun preparations for the 2022 season.
LOCAL SCHOOLS Jan. 24
Salem’s 2021 grad rates mostly flat, but 2 schools had a different path
McNary High School soared to a 96% graduation rate for the class of 2021, one of the highest in Oregon. At North Salem High School, graduation rates fell to 78%, but far more students are finishing high school in five years instead of dropping out.

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