Data digest: Covid by the numbers for Feb. 18, 2022
Former DHS worker indicted on federal charges of sexual misconduct, kidnapping disabled woman
New gallery at Salem Convention Center will showcase regional artists
FreeCOVID IN OREGON Feb. 18
Hospitalizations from omicron decline faster than expected, OHSU forecast says
Covid-related hospitalizations in Oregon should fall to about 400 people by March 20, 10 days earlier than originally expected.
LOCAL HISTORY Feb. 18
Mystery passport in state hospital archive tells of laborer who slipped across border, found love
Century-old Oregon State Hospital records, turned up as part of a state archivist's project to index patient files, included a 1927 Norwegian passport, mailed to Salem years after the man was discharged. Through some crowd-sourced research, a clearer picture of Johannes Blankrud's life emerged.
ON THE AIR Feb. 18
ON THE AIR: Salem Reporter's Ardeshir Tabrizian on stories from the streets of Salem as homeless get care
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."
FreeOREGON NEWS Feb. 18
Kristof’s exit leaves two-way race in Democratic primary for Oregon governor
What Nick Kristof will do with campaign cash of about $1.6 million remains a question now that he is shutting down his run.
PUBLIC SAFETY Feb. 17
Grand jury rules Salem police justified in fatally shooting man at Northgate Park
Three Salem police officers fired at Richard Meyers the night of Feb. 7 after Meyers pointed a pellet gun at an officer attempting to stop his car, the Marion County District Attorney's Office said. Meyers relatives said he was homeless, living in his car and that they'd been unable to get him mental health treatment he desperately needed.
Data digest: Covid by the numbers for Feb. 17, 2022
Former Detroit Dam operator receives Medal of Valor for wildfire actions
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT Feb. 17
Salem lists sidewalk on Southeast Commercial Street as priority for federal funding
The city had a list of five transportation projects they’re hoping to get funded out of a $10 million federal pot. Most of the asks are seeking additional funding for planned projects as costs have escalated.
LOCAL EVENTS Feb. 17
Constellations features a unique love story through the eyes of the multiverse
With the popularity of stories about the multiverse increasing in pop culture (such as Spider-Man: No Way Home), the latest offering from Keizer Homegrown Theater explores a romantic story that spans different realities in the show Constellations. Shows run Thursday through Sunday this week.
STATE HOSPITAL Feb. 17
Most activities resuming at Oregon State Hospital as Covid numbers fall
The Salem hospital has gone five days without any new patients testing positive for the virus, triggering the lifting of some restrictions that had paused recreational activities and limited some treatment.
Sewer overflows into Pringle Creek
FreeOREGON POLITICS Feb. 17
Oregon Supreme Court upholds decision to keep Kristof from running for governor
Kristof didn’t prove that he lived in Oregon by November 2019, court said.
SALEM ECONOMY Feb. 17
COLUMN: A diverse workforce mix helps Salem bounce back from recessions
The higher share of government workers in Salem relative to other Oregon cities has provided a stabilizing effect during recessions, as has the relative diversity of industry in the state's capital.
Data digest: Covid by the numbers for Feb. 16, 2022
MARION COUNTY ROADS Feb. 16
Lancaster Drive reconstruction to level out street, reducing crashes and congestion
Construction will begin after Marion County advertises bids this spring, and it’s expected to be complete in spring 2023.
Salem-Keizer to spend $17.7 million on employee retention bonuses
SALEM NONPROFITS Feb. 16
With whirlwind 90-day effort, YMCA inks victory in capital campaign
Despite a pandemic, rising construction costs and initial struggles to raise funds, Salem’s YMCA on Feb. 8 completed a challenge to raise the last millions needed for their new building, scheduled to open this summer.
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT Feb. 16
Salem could have new flag to represent the city following a council decision
The Salem City Council will need to vote on adopting a new flag out of four options they were given at a Monday meeting.
ON THE AIR Feb. 16
ON THE AIR: Salem Reporter's Saphara Harrell analyzes Salem mayor's State of the City speech
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."
Man walks away from corrections laundry sorting building Wednesday
Virtual series highlights local history, from Oregon Trail to Chinese Americans in Salem
OREGON NEWS Feb. 16
Republican legislators serving vast area of Oregon have tough time advancing their agenda
If Republicans were at the controls, Oregon's short legislative session would be dominated by talk of tax cuts, school choice and clipping Gov. Kate Brown’s wings.
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT Feb. 15
West Salem Councilor Jim Lewis resigns to spend more time with friends, family
With the opportunity to spend time with friends and an upcoming wedding and family reunion Lewis said he wouldn’t be able to fulfill his council responsibilities.
Data digest: Covid by the numbers for Feb. 15, 2022
AGENDA: Marion County commissioners consider contracts to expand vaccine access
SALEM COMMUNITY Feb. 15
Coffee grounds get a second life at Chemeketa’s startup farm
Three years ago, Salem Dutch Bros. barista Amanda Roberts wondered whether her coffee stand could do something with used grounds besides throwing them away. Now, she’s delivering hundreds of pounds weekly to local farms for compost.
FreeOREGON NEWS Feb. 15
Proposal to pay farmworkers overtime clears first hurdle in Legislature
The first vote on the plan, which would establish a 40-hour workweek, is partisan, with Democrats in favor and Republicans opposed.
Salem councilor Jim Lewis resigns, triggering need for replacement
ON THE AIR Feb. 15
ON THE AIR: Rachel Alexander on the housing news (not rosy) from a recent Salem economic summit
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."
SALEM COMMUNITY Feb. 15
Salem Art Department hosts tiny art show full of miniatures
The art show runs until Feb. 26, and you can grab a magnifying glass to get a closer look at the pieces.
Astoria man takes plea deal, three years probation for macing police at state Capitol protest
Data digest: Covid by the numbers for Feb. 14, 2022
Engleberg Antiks' new owners celebrate with Tuesday sale
SALEM PUBLIC SAFETY Feb. 14
Man who died after confrontation with Salem police was homeless, had lifelong mental illness, family says
Relatives of Richard Meyers say police and prosecutors have so far provided them no answers about how he died, and what prompted three Salem officers to open fire.
FreeOREGON SCHOOLS Feb. 14
Legislators considering steps to tackle Oregon’s shortage of teachers
Retention and recruitment bonuses, allowing teachers with out-of-state licenses to work in Oregon and paring back teacher requirements expected to relieve shortages.
AGENDA: Salem City Council meets Monday to consider new city flag
SALEM PEOPLE AND PLACES Feb. 14
South Salem student mentors send some love to city dispatchers
Students from the school's LINK leadership program delivered valentines to the downtown Salem Fire Department station.
LOCAL SCHOOLS Feb. 14
Fourth graders render Salem-Keizer school board in colorful portraits
For the second year, the district observed School Board Appreciation Month by inviting elementary school students to draw their elected leaders.
COLUMN Feb. 14
SALEM HISTORY: A pioneer marriage, and extravagant Valentine's Day celebrations
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, highlights a local marriage and some off-the-wall Salem celebrations of romance.