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FreeOREGON NEWS Feb. 12
Corrections Department adjusts hiring process to draw more applicants
Prisons from Portland to Lakeview have jobs – correctional officer, nurse and in trades – but tight labor market is a challenge.
Feb. 11
Data digest: Covid by the numbers for Feb. 11, 2022
Feb. 11
Salem company awarded $60 million wildland firefighting contract
SALEM COMMUNITY Feb. 11
Salem church hosts couple living in their RV to help them transition out of homelessness
Westminster Presbyterian Church is the latest to agree to host people who live in their vehicles or in a camper as part of the city’s Safe Parking Network.
SALEM AREA EVENTS Feb. 11
COLUMN: Community leaders gather, applaud mayor’s final State of the City
Mayor Chuck Bennett delivered his final address to a room full of the city’s electeds and department heads, including commissioners, the district attorney, fire chief and former mayor.
Feb. 11
Property owner fined $138,000 for cutting Oregon white oaks without permit
FreeHEALTH CARE Feb. 11
Lawmakers propose plan to expand access to primary health care, including visits to therapists
House Bill 4083 would require insurers to offer three free visits a year and assign primary health care providers for those who lack one.
BIRDS IN SALEM Feb. 11
COLUMN: How woodpeckers drum to send messages
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.
Feb. 10
Data digest: Covid by the numbers for Feb. 10, 2022
Feb. 10
Keizer attorney, civic leader Richard Walsh announces run for Senate District 11
Feb. 10
Public comment on proposed Meyer Farm subdivision closes Monday
ON THE AIR Feb. 10
ON THE AIR: Salem Reporter's Ardeshir Tabrizian on Marion County's dropping recidivism rates
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."
SALEM HOUSING Feb. 10
High housing costs, low rental inventory are making Salem less affordable
Data presented at SVN Commercial Advisors' annual economic forum showed Salem was one of the most affordable housing markets a decade ago. Now, it’s ranked worse than Portland because it has a lower median income and rising home and apartment costs.
Feb. 10
Black Joy Oregon founder Julianne Jackson performing Friday at Salem concert
SALEM COMMUNITY Feb. 10
Street outreach team delivers medical care, social services at Salem homeless camps
The team, run by Northwest Human Services, also gives bus rides from shelters to a clinic for medical, dental or mental health care three times a week.
FreeOREGON NEWS Feb. 10
Oregon economic forecast: More money for lawmakers to spend, tax credits likely in two years
State government now expects to receive $1.5 billion more by the end of the budget period in 2023.
SALEM POLICE Feb. 9
Salem police will have body cameras by summer, publish more crime data and policies
The department also intends to provide more in-depth training to help officers build trust with people they interact with as part of their three-year strategic plan, released this week.
Feb. 9
Data digest: Covid by the numbers for Feb. 9, 2022
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT Feb. 9
In final address, Mayor Chuck Bennett urges residents to pass infrastructure bond, consider public safety needs
The mayor’s speech touched on efforts the city is making to address homelessness and increasing needs of the city’s fire department.
Feb. 9
Health insurance coverage in Oregon increases slightly during pandemic
LOCAL SCHOOLS Feb. 9
Volunteers help Salem educators de-stress with personal pies
Thousands of fresh cherry and apple pies are on their way to local schools after a staff appreciation request from a Swegle Elementary worker snowballed into a community-wide effort. Salem Leadership Foundation workers hope the effort encourages others to show appreciation for educators.
Feb. 9
Foster families needed for Salem cats and dogs
FreeOREGON POLITICS Feb. 9
Oregon lawmakers looking to make child care more affordable, available
Spending $100 million won’t help all families find and afford care, lawmakers acknowledged.
ON THE AIR Feb. 9
ON THE AIR: Salem Reporter's Saphara Harrell interviews Salem's departing city manager
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. 8
Data digest: Covid by the numbers for Feb. 8, 2022
Feb. 8
Salem man sentenced for ramming police car before being shot by detective
LOCAL SCHOOLS Feb. 8
As Oregon moves to local control on school masks, Salem parents and educators rally against mandates
Educators who have resigned from the Salem-Keizer School District over mask and vaccination mandates were among hundreds protesting outside the district office Tuesday morning. Superintendent Christy Perry said she’ll seek public input before district leaders or the school board decide on whether to keep masks in place locally past March 31.
SALEM COMMUNITY Feb. 8
Capital FC offers new soccer program for kids, young adults with disabilities
The new program, part of TOPSoccer, will start on April 9 to offer kids who use wheelchairs, have intellectual disabilities or other support needs, the opportunity to play soccer.
PEOPLE AND PLACES Feb. 8
Sobriety at Simonka: The redemption story of Laura Hammack
After two decades of alcoholism and failed attempts at sobriety, Laura Hammack had accepted her fate after another trip to the hospital in the summer of 2020. Days later, she received a call from the Simonka Place asking her to come stay at the women's shelter. In little over a month, Hammack will leave Simonka Place after a year and a half of sobriety.
Feb. 8
Marion County will stop notifying people who test positive for Covid in schools, care homes
Feb. 8
AGENDA: Marion County commissioners consider donation for treatment-based transitional housing
FreeOREGON POLITICS Feb. 8
Push to pay overtime to Oregon’s farmworkers up against strong industry opposition
A legislative hearing is scheduled for Tuesday evening on a plan to phase in extra pay for the 86,000 farmworkers in Oregon.
ON THE AIR Feb. 8
ON THE AIR: Rachel Alexander on how hard it can be to get substitute teachers
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."
Feb. 7
Data digest: Covid by the numbers for Feb. 7, 2022
FreeOREGON NEWS Feb. 7
Anti-tax activist Bill Sizemore seeks GOP nod for Oregon governor
Republican Bill Sizemore said he didn’t see any Republicans with a shot at winning the governor's race in the fall so he's now in the running.
Feb. 7
California man arrested in Marion County after police find nearly 10 pounds of meth in car
Feb. 7
Oregon will lift mask requirements in schools, indoor public places by March 31
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT Feb. 7
Salem Elks Lodge wants the city's help paying for a fence following camping in Cascades
Lodge leaders said theft shot up following the city’s decision to allow camping in adjacent Cascades Gateway Park last summer. But the city said it doesn’t have programs available to serve that purpose.
Feb. 7
AGENDA: School board considers apartment tax exemptions
SALEM EVENTS Feb. 7
PHOTOS: An icy swim raises funds for Special Olympics
Two dozen teams braved an ice-cold pool in Salem Saturday, with some Polar Plunge participants donning costumes or wearing their police uniforms. The event was one of several Special Olympics of Oregon fundraisers around the state, and raised close to $44,000.
SALEM PUBLIC SAFETY Feb. 7
UPDATE: Shooting details remain slim as police identify man who died, four officers on leave
Four Salem officers were placed on paid administrative leave after a use of deadly force investigation found three of them fired their guns during a "confrontation" with a driver at Northgate Park. Statements from the Salem Police Department and Oregon State Police Monday didn't make clear who shot the driver and provided few other details.
Feb. 7
UPDATE: Owens Street reopened after seven-car crash
LOCAL SCHOOLS Feb. 7
Salem students are glad to be back in school. That doesn't mean it's easy.
Salem Reporter interviewed seven local high school student body presidents and leaders about what they’re seeing as they work to graduate during a year that’s nowhere near as “normal” as they’d hoped.

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