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FreeOREGON NEWS Mar. 5
Oregon Legislature ends 2022 session with big spending, policy changes, little political rancor
Money will move to just about every part of life in Oregon to aid individuals, families and communities
Mar. 4
Salem-Keizer won’t require masks after March 12, superintendent says
Mar. 4
Salem weekly Covid report for March 4: cases, hospitalizations continue falling
Mar. 4
Salem man charged with shooting, killing girlfriend Thursday night
COLUMN Mar. 4
LOCAL HISTORY: Rachel Brooks, Black Pioneer of 1843
Rachel Brooks was a member of the “Great Migration” of 1843. She was one of the first individuals from that wagon train to settle in Marion County and sued her former owner after his death for wages for work she'd performed while enslaved.
Mar. 4
Sunday rally will support end of fighting in Ukraine
OREGON AGRICULTURE Mar. 4
Nursery, labor contractor fined $6,300 in Marion County farmworker’s heat death
Oregon’s workplace safety agency determined Ernst Nursery and Farms and Brother Farm Labor Contractor failed to train workers about heat-related hazards. That was the finding of an investigation into the June 2021 death of Sebastian Francisco-Perez on a day when temperatures soared to 104 degrees.
FreeOREGON POLITICS Mar. 4
Oregon Legislature passes bill mandating overtime pay for farmworkers
The proposal, which will affect the state’s 86,000 farmworkers and the 10,000 farms in the state, heads to Gov. Kate Brown.
ON THE AIR Mar. 4
ON THE AIR: Couple from Salem describes life under Russian attack in Ukraine
LISTEN IN: 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 PEOPLE AND PLACES Mar. 4
World Beat Gallery opens "Impressions of China" exhibit
The gallery is run by the Salem Multicultural Institute, which will also bring back the World Beat Festival at Riverfront Park this summer.
Mar. 3
Salem Leadership Foundation raises record-setting amount in annual fundraiser
Mar. 3
Pandemic back rent is due, but help’s available for Oregon tenants
STATE GOVERNMENT Mar. 3
Judge bars parole board from reconsidering sentences for youth offenders under governor’s plan
Gov. Kate Brown last fall commuted the sentences of over 70 Oregonians for crimes they committed as minors, granting them parole hearings to decide whether they’re released early. On Tuesday, a Marion County judge ruled that the parole board doesn’t have that authority.
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT Mar. 3
PHOTOS: City of Salem clears out homeless camp at Marion Square Park
City workers and police were at the park at 8 a.m. and people packed up throughout the morning as workers hauled away bags of trash and belongings.
Mar. 3
Quarantine rules ease for Oregon child care providers
SALEM PEOPLE AND PLACES Mar. 3
Saturday market opens March 5 for longer season
Salem’s largest farmers market has had two years of steady growth during Covid as people looked for outdoor activities and ways to avoid the grocery store. This season, organizers hope to launch an emerging farmer program for kids to sell produce.
FreeOREGON POLITICS Mar. 3
Budget plan would aid low-income Oregonians and help with housing, child care, job training
The budget, which most Republicans oppose, is up for a vote in the House after being endorsed by the Joint Ways and Means Committee
Mar. 2
OHA survey finds interest in psilocybin treatment strongest for "general well-being"
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT Mar. 2
Salem City Council denies proposed subdivision on historic farm citing concerns about tree removal
In a 5-2 vote, the council chose to deny the planning administrator’s approval, asking the developer to preserve more trees.
Mar. 2
Help design Salem's newest skate park
COVID IN SCHOOLS Mar. 2
UPDATED: Oregon will drop Covid quarantines, contact tracing in schools March 12
Students who are sick or test positive for Covid will still be expected to stay home, but the state is dropping many of its other Covid-related guidelines along with the mask mandate, health and education officials said Wednesday. Salem-Keizer Public Schools will announce a plan by the end of the week, Superintendent Christy Perry said.
Mar. 2
Get up to speed on Ukraine with panel of Willamette experts
SALEM COMMUNITY Mar. 2
Salem family in Ukraine takes in dozens as refugees flee from Russian invasion
Up to 60 people at once have stayed at Jed and Kim Johnson's homes for people with disabilities in Ukraine in the past week as aircrafts and missiles fly overhead.
ON THE AIR Mar. 2
ON THE AIR: Derelict RVs prove to be a costly nuisance for city
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."
HIGHER EDUCATION Mar. 2
Deal with WOU makes 4-year degree easier for Chemeketa students
Starting in the fall of 2023, Chemeketa students who complete a two-year degree with a minimum GPA will have guaranteed admission to Western Oregon University, and more advising to help them graduate.
HOMELESSNESS Mar. 1
Salem to evict homeless camp at Marion Square Park Thursday
Dozens of people have filled into the park in recent months, spurred by city efforts to shut down encampments in other parks and hard-to-find affordable housing.
OREGON POLITICS Mar. 1
Farmworker overtime bill passes Oregon House
After a party-line vote Tuesday, the proposal now heads to the Senate.
Mar. 1
Marion County distributing free at-home Covid tests Thursday
Mar. 1
AGENDA: Marion County commissioners consider buying a new $320,000 street sweeper
SALEM PEOPLE AND PLACES Mar. 1
Corban leaders highlight donations for agriculture program, athletic facility at scholarship fundraiser
Dr. Sheldon Nord, Corban University's president, announced he'd be stepping down from the job following this year's graduation ceremony in early May.
Mar. 1
Salem man found in car Friday died by shooting, autopsy finds
FreeOREGON SCHOOLS Mar. 1
Legislators push for money to train Oregon teachers in the science of reading
A majority of the state’s 4th and 8th graders are not proficient in reading, according to national data on student progress.
ON THE AIR Mar. 1
ON THE AIR: Here's why Salem Hospital was in the red last year
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. 28
South Salem student journalists win press freedom award
SALEM COMMUNITY Feb. 28
Once at risk of fading away, Salem’s oldest neighborhood association celebrates 50th birthday
The Northgate Neighborhood Association in northeast Salem met for the first time 50 years ago, with residents then being concerned about Salem Speedway noise, storm drains and sidewalks.
Feb. 28
AGENDA: Salem City Council meets to consider approving subdivision on Meyer Farm property
SALEM COMMUNITY Feb. 28
Salem restaurant owner semifinalist for James Beard “Best Chef: Northwest” award
Jonathan Jones, co-owner of Epilogue Kitchen & Cocktails, is one of ten people named as semifinalists for the James Beard Foundation's 2022 award for Best Chef: Northwest and Pacific.
COVID IN OREGON Feb. 28
Oregon will now drop indoor mask requirement March 12
In a joint Monday announcement with other West Coast governors, Gov. Kate Brown moved Oregon’s timeline for lifting mask rules up by one week. The change also applies to K-12 schools.
Feb. 28
Reported crash in east Salem leads homicide investigation
FreeOREGON NEWS Feb. 28
STATUS CHECK: Where key legislative bills are on week 4
Track nearly 30 bills on education, homelessness, crime, health care, justice, the environment and other issues to see where they are as the Oregon Legislature enters its final week of the 2022 session.

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