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FreeOREGON NEWS Mar. 19
Bentz presses agencies to act on wildfire commission – after voting against legislation
Oregon’s lone Republican in the Congressional delegation wants action report on commission not yet formed.
PUBLIC SAFETY Mar. 18
One boy injured in shooting at Salem Center mall Friday, police say
The Salem Police Department said late Friday afternoon that no arrests had been made in a shooting near the mall around 2:15 p.m. The boy shot had non-life-threatening injuries, police said.
Mar. 18
Witnesses describe shooting at Salem Center mall as police clear area
Mar. 18
Salem weekly Covid report for March 18: cases, hospitalizations continue falling
SALEM PEOPLE AND PLACES Mar. 18
Sustainers honored at Family Building Blocks event
The family support nonprofit highlighted its relief nursery in the Santiam Canyon and other services provided for family therapy.
ON THE AIR Mar. 18
ON THE AIR: Marion County commissioners give themselves a review
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."
Mar. 18
Dallas man found guilty of robbing west Salem Plaid Pantry
Mar. 18
UPDATED: Trucker convoy gathers at Oregon Capitol
FreeECONOMY Mar. 18
Skyrocketing food prices are pinching budgets of Oregon individuals and agencies
Though the federal government has increased some subsidies, they’ve not been enough to keep up with the pace of inflation.
LOCAL COLUMN Mar. 18
COLUMN: Get to know local birds - the bushtit and wrentit
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.
Mar. 17
Salem-based Clearwater Irrigation Supply sells to Orchard & Vineyard Supply
CRIME Mar. 17
Salem man charged in state's largest "ghost gun" manufacturing workshop, feds say
The U.S. Attorney's Office said Thursday that Tyler Ray Harnden paid people with substance abuse disorders in oxycodone pills laced with fentanyl to illegally buy firearms for him.
Mar. 17
Stock up on plants at Deepwood's weekend plant sale
LOCAL SCHOOLS Mar. 17
Enthusiasm, teamwork shine in Swegle soccer club
A trio of Blanchet seniors is putting on a free soccer club for neighboring Swegle elementary students as their senior community service project. Swegle parents and families filled the high school stadium in support during their inaugural game last week.
Mar. 17
Salem City Council to interview candidates for Ward 8 vacancy Monday
ON THE AIR Mar. 17
ON THE AIR: High school students in Salem-Keizer still struggling to adjust to being back in class
LISTEN IN: 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."
CRIME Mar. 17
Police reports provide insight into investigation of body found in suitcase, trunk
Nobody else was supposed to be staying at the apartment where the Salem Housing Authority placed Richard Flennory. Salem officers conducting a welfare check found two men in the apartment, one of whom later pleaded guilty to putting Flennory’s body in a car.
OREGON ECONOMY Mar. 17
COLUMN: Lower wages, higher barriers to entry among reasons fewer Oregon teens work
The share of Oregon teens and young adults working has declined over the past two decades, thanks to a mix of social and economic factors.
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT Mar. 16
Salem Civic Center nominated for National Register of Historic Places
The center celebrated its opening in 1972 with a New Brutalist style of architecture built with 24,000 cubic yards of concrete.
Mar. 16
Hoopla expands to 6-day event for 2022
FreeOREGON GOVERNMENT Mar. 16
Audit: Mortgage tax break costs Oregon $500 million annually, mostly helps wealthy white homeowners
Secretary of State Shemia Fagan said she hopes the report will spur legislators to change tax policy.
Mar. 16
Oregonians can now get help finding jobs in 12 languages through WorkSource Oregon
SALEM PEOPLE Mar. 16
Willamette law professor appointed to lead federal environmental justice efforts
Robin Morris Collin is the first-ever advisor to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency focused on environmental justice, a movement that seeks to identify and address the ways pollution and environmental hazards disproportionately impact people along race and income lines.
ON THE AIR Mar. 16
ON THE AIR: A look at who wants to be mayor or sit on the council in Salem
LISTEN IN: 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."
Mar. 16
Learn about defusing heated rhetoric at League of Women Voters event Wednesday
FreeOREGON NEWS Mar. 16
No suspension of state gas taxes for now in Oregon
While other states and federal authorities consider suspending gas tax collections, Gov. Kate Brown has no plan to do so.
AROUND OREGON Mar. 16
Advocates propose dark sky designation for swath of SE Oregon
Advocates hope to gain recognition for a vast Oregon Outback Dark Sky Sanctuary, celebrating the region's scant light pollution and thus, dark night sky. The effort comes as such dark sky becomes harder to find across the globe.
Mar. 15
Explore Salem during spring break with "passport to fun"
HOMELESSNESS Mar. 15
Salem City Council approves nearly $500k to clean up homeless camps
The council unanimously approved money that would pay for a seven-person team to do cleanups and for a new nonprofit program over the next three months.
OREGON NEWS Mar. 15
Bentz compares Ukraine war to Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962
U.S. Rep. Cliff Bentz, R-Oregon, said developments in Ukraine show the importance of proper funding of U.S. military sources. He addressed the war in a speech on Monday, March 14, in Ontario.
Mar. 15
AGENDA: Marion County commissioners consider funds for Santiam Canyon road projects
HOUSING Mar. 15
Oregon extends rental assistance deadline to March 21
State officials previously said they would stop accepting new applications for rental assistance on Monday, but announced the one-week extension after learning they will get additional federal funds.
Mar. 15
Participate in interviews with finalists for Salem's librarian Thursday
LOCAL SCHOOLS Mar. 15
High schoolers are failing fewer classes this year, but still struggle adjusting from online school
Data from the first semester of the school year shows Salem high schoolers are failing about 15% of their classes. Educators say the sophomore class, who experienced their first year of high school almost entirely online, are in particular having trouble with routines like regular attendance.
FreeOREGON POLITICS Mar. 15
Oregon state House and Senate primaries are set. Here’s what you need to know
Nearly 200 people are vying for legislative seats, but only a handful have contested primaries.
Mar. 14
Donate shoes at Salem schools by Friday to aid local youth shelters
HOMELESSNESS Mar. 14
In hopes of getting people out of the ER and into housing, ARCHES joins new health initiative
Kaiser Permanente granted the Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency $1.5 million to help frequent ER users experiencing homelessness into housing. The ARCHES Project, part of community action, will hire four new staff to help 100 people with housing.
Mar. 14
Queen of Peace students place in national science competition
SALEM PEOPLE AND PLACES Mar. 14
A big night for Salem's YMCA brings in more than $100,000
After completing a capital campaign for their new building, YMCA leaders are focusing fundraising efforts on their ongoing operations and programs that will be housed in the facility when it opens this summer.
Mar. 14
People gather to show support for Salem City Council denial of Meyer Farm subdivision
FreeOREGON NEWS Mar. 14
State agencies in Oregon begin to grapple with hidden costs of high fuel prices
The Departments of Transportation, Fish and Wildlife, State Patrol could cut projects or seek emergency funding
SALEM COMMUNITY Mar. 14
Salem’s Public Art Commission adds World War II mural into public collection
A mural on the side of the Valley Roofing and Exteriors building ignited controversy in the past couple months after the city told the owner they needed to approval from the commission. On Wednesday, the commission unanimously voted to add it.

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