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PUBLIC SAFETY Feb. 5
Police find multimillion-dollar marijuana operation tucked into Salem, Keizer neighborhoods
A task force of law enforcement officers led by the Keizer Police Department searched six homes in Salem and Keizer, discovering large indoor grow operations. Seven people were cited for marijuana crimes.
ON THE AIR Feb. 5
ON THE AIR: Salem Reporter's Ardeshir Tabrizian with background on two new local judges
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."
Feb. 4
Data digest: Covid by the numbers for Feb. 4, 2022
Feb. 4
Sheriff's office looking for witnesses to Wednesday night shooting in Salem
FreeOREGON NEWS Feb. 4
Luxury sales tax proposed for Oregon to help low-income parents, former foster youth
An Oregon legislator is proposing a 3% sales tax on certain goods to fund help for Oregonians in need. Voters have consistently rejected a state sales tax.
WILDFIRES Feb. 4
Santiam Canyon wildfire survivors face chronic stress, trauma amid uncertainty about future
Hundreds of people displaced by the Beachie Creek and Lionshead fires are still struggling to find a permanent place to live more than 16 months after losing their homes. The assessment said people displaced by the wildfires are stressed and concerned about air quality and water supply.
Feb. 4
Salem man found guilty of raping child, sentenced to more than eight years in prison
Feb. 4
Proposed Oregon rules would protect outdoor workers from extreme heat, wildfire smoke
CRIMINAL JUSTICE Feb. 4
Marion County gets state grant funds to help keep people out of prisons
The county has gotten funding from the Justice Reinvestment Grant Program for nearly a decade. County officials say it’s one reason the rate of repeat offenses have declined to historic levels locally.
COLUMN Feb. 4
LOCAL HISTORY: The abolitionist's son who made a home in Salem
Salmon Brown, the son of Harper's Ferry raid leader John Brown, settled in Salem shortly after the Civil War, running a meat market and farm with his sons. Researchers with the Willamette Valley Genealogical Society dove into the local connection.
COVID IN SALEM Feb. 4
National Guard back at Salem Hospital, with less stress than fall deployment
The hospital is seeing more Covid patients now than ever before, but far fewer are seriously ill, which means soldiers and health care workers aren't coping with the same daily death toll as during the delta surge.
Feb. 3
Data digest: Covid by the numbers for Feb. 3, 2022
FreeOREGON NEWS Feb. 3
In final State of the State address, Brown touts victories, pushes spending plan
Brown urged the Legislature to approve about $700 million for job training, housing and child care during a speech from her office.
FreeCOVID IN OREGON Feb. 3
Oregon Health Authority has stockpiled more than 2 million rapid antigen tests
The state health authority is waiting on requests for the tests from community organizations, health departments and other entities, but doesn't have plans to distribute them to the general public.
Feb. 3
A new micro shelter village is coming to Northeast Center Street
ON THE AIR Feb. 3
ON THE AIR: Salem Reporter's Saphara Harrell on the latest count of homeless people in Salem
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."
Feb. 3
UPDATE: St. Paul firefighter dies after Thursday explosion, sheriff's office says
Feb. 3
Salem’s December unemployment rate sees first increase in almost a year, preliminary data shows
SALEM COMMUNITY Feb. 3
Ankeny Hill Nature Center offers opportunity to learn through guided walks, activities
The new nature center, located in an area just south of Salem with an abundance of birds, opens on Feb. 5 with special activities that can appeal to both kids and adults.
LOCAL SCHOOLS Feb. 3
As Salem schools seek emergency subs, some experienced teachers struggle to get into classroom
A state emergency license created in the fall of 2021 to help districts hire more substitute teachers isn’t open to people with college degrees or teaching experience. That means teachers with experience must pay more out-of-pocket for a substitute license, even if they only want to help with the current shortage.
Feb. 2
Data digest: Covid by the numbers for Feb. 2, 2022
MARION COUNTY ROADS Feb. 2
ODOT to start rebuilding Aurora-Donald Interchange this month
The reconstruction project is intended to reduce traffic buildup and crashes on the interchange.
Free Feb. 2
Travel Salem buys former Chase Bank for new office
PUBLIC SAFETY Feb. 2
Second Keizer resident dies in aftermath of Jan. 22 crash
George Heitz, a 63-year-old Keizer resident, passed away Friday, Jan. 28 after an alleged drunken driver drove into his home on Jan. 22. Initial police reports said that Heitz had been paralyzed in the incident but was in stable condition at Salem Hospital.
FreeOREGON SCHOOLS Feb. 2
New study highlights why so many of Oregon’s superintendents of color are leaving
The director of the state Education Department sees a “highly concerning free-fall."
Feb. 2
Gov. Brown appoints two judges to Marion County Circuit Court
Feb. 2
Oregon cuts child care quarantine length - if kids wear masks
STATE HOSPITAL Feb. 2
State hospital must produce data on court-ordered admissions, outside expert’s report says
As part of a short-term plan agreed on by the state, Disability Rights Oregon and Metropolitan Public Defender following a December settlement, the state hospital will also have to revise its process for admitting and discharging patients to allow for more bed space.
FreeOREGON LEGISLATURE Feb. 1
Oregon legislators begin 2022 session with optimistic speeches, mask protests
Lawmakers have 35 days to pass bills and figure out how to spend $1.5 billion.
Feb. 1
Data digest: Covid by the numbers for Feb. 1, 2022
SALEM SPORTS Feb. 1
Pickleball national champion aims to grow sport in Salem
With golf's popularity on the decline, Illahe Hills Country Club is embracing pickleball, recently hiring Wes Gabrielsen as its first "head pickleball professional."
SALEM NONPROFITS Feb. 1
$100,000 donation will help Catholic Community Services get more families housing
The Salem nonprofit is putting a recent donation from Ashley HomeStores to work with direct aid to families impacted by the pandemic, inflation and a tight housing and rental market.
Feb. 1
AGENDA: Marion County commissioners consider support services, mentoring for people in criminal justice system
SALEM PEOPLE AND PLACES Feb. 1
Oregon Historical Society director shares artifacts during Ag Banquet
The annual celebration of Willamette Valley agriculture drew people to the Salem Convention Center to for food and recognition.
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT Feb. 1
A quiet force working behind the scenes, Steve Powers heads for retirement
Salem Reporter sat down with outgoing City Manager Steve Powers to hear his thoughts on six years at the City of Salem, homelessness and communication.
Feb. 1
South Salem student, McKay choir instructor recognized with leadership awards
ON THE AIR Feb. 1
ON THE AIR: Rachel Alexander explores how Salem teachers finally can get their hours under control
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. 31
Data digest: Covid by the numbers for Jan. 31, 2022
SALEM EVENTS Jan. 31
Explore taiko drumming, earthquake preparedness, history as Salem Reads 2022 kicks off
Before World War II, Japanese farmers just outside of Salem grew the vast majority of Oregon's celery. Their story is just one that will be explored during a month of Salem Reads activities themed around Ruth Ozeki's “A Tale for the Time Being," a novel about intersecting lives.
Jan. 31
UPDATE: Salem man found after being reported missing Monday
Jan. 31
March against Covid mandates planned Tuesday at Capitol
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT Jan. 31
Local climate group says city is “slow walking” approval of Climate Action Plan
The Salem City Council was presented with a final draft of a plan to curb the city’s greenhouse gas emissions in early December. But the plan has yet to have a public hearing, with City Manager Steve Powers now urging the council to adopt it in phases.
FreeOREGON NEWS Jan. 31
Oregon 2022 legislative preview: What’s ahead that could affect your life as legislators gather
Job training is top of mind for most lawmakers and Gov. Kate Brown. The session opens on Tuesday, Feb. 1, and while the Capitol is open, much of the action will remain virtual.
FreeOREGON NEWS Jan. 31
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.
PUBLIC SAFETY Jan. 30
Boring residents killed in Saturday Salem plane crash identified
An NTSB investigator Sunday said there was no clear cause to the single-engine plane crash that killed Daniel and Cynthia McKenna Saturday. Daniel McKenna had been working on takeoffs and landings when the crash occurred.

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