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Mar 21 2022 thru Mar 27 2022

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FreeOREGON HEALTH CARE Mar. 26
Oregon abortion providers gear up for increased demand from Idaho and elsewhere
Texas and now Idaho have passed bans on abortions essentially after 6 weeks, and observers expect the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn abortion rights.
Mar. 25
AGENDA: Salem City Council meets to consider new Meyer Farm subdivision proposal
SALEM CRIME Mar. 25
No arrests a week after Salem Center mall shooting, police say
Salem Police Department Lt. Jake Burke said Friday that the agency is pursuing tips about the shooter who wounded a teen. He declined to answer when asked what led to the shooting.
Free Mar. 25
How should Oregon spend millions on wildfire recovery? State officials want your input
Mar. 25
Salem weekly Covid report for March 25: cases, hospitalizations continue falling
SALEM COMMUNITY Mar. 25
Salem veteran housing project to break ground in May
The YMCA has been working to build 34-unit housing despite funding setbacks from the pandemic. With $2 million in federal money secured earlier this month, its construction costs are funded.
FreeOREGON WILDLIFE Mar. 25
Oregon wildlife experts step up efforts to prevent a deadly fungal disease that attacks bats
White-nose syndrome, which put one species on the endangered list, hasn’t reached Oregon yet but it’s likely to arrive.
SALEM HOUSING Mar. 24
With $2 million from feds, domestic violence housing project ready to break ground
A three-story low income apartment building and retail space downtown called Hope Plaza is set to begin construction in April and open its doors in the fall of 2023.
Mar. 24
Oregon Symphony returns to Willamette University in October
Mar. 24
Roth's Fresh Markets buys Chuck's Produce and Street Market in Vancouver
ON THE AIR Mar. 24
ON THE AIR: High fuel prices pinch school buses, public works
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."
Mar. 24
Oregonians concerned about hospital capacity, political polarization, survey says
TRAVEL Mar. 24
Early event bookings signal recovery for Salem’s tourism industry
After Salem’s local economy was hit hard by the pandemic and wildfires, the city’s tourism bureau now says the number of people stopping by their visitor center also point to more people traveling to the Salem area this year.
FreeENVIRONMENT Mar. 24
Oregon has most miles of polluted or ‘impaired’ waterways nationwide, new analysis says
An environmental group found that Oregon has the most miles of rivers and streams that do not meet water quality standards.
OREGON ENERGY Mar. 23
Expect fewer fossil fuels, more demand for power in Oregon over next decade
Likely increases in electricity demand as electric vehicles become more widespread are among the planning challenges Oregon utilities face as they decarbonize, presenters told Salem City Club during a recent event.
Mar. 23
Ontario man charged in three northeast Salem robberies, police say
Mar. 23
View the cherry blossoms illuminated by lanterns Saturday night
Mar. 23
Salem area's January unemployment rate stayed flat, state data shows
Mar. 23
Weigh in on Willamette National Forest fire plans
SALEM PEOPLE Mar. 23
Seeing the need, church joins Salem's warming network with plans for expansion
Seed of Faith started doing warming last fall as they saw the need in Salem for people to have a safe place to sleep at night and get connected with services. Now, Pastor Wade Harris is working to start a day center and offer other services.
ON THE AIR Mar. 23
ON THE AIR: New health initiative aims to get people into housing and out of the ER
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."
FreeOREGON ECONOMY Mar. 23
Land use policy, cautious investments could help Oregon weather economic uncertainty
Uncertainty abounds over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and its effects on the global economy.
OREGON LABOR Mar. 22
Judge halts farmworker overtime appeal until new state law takes effect
The state appeals court judge’s order came days after the Oregon Legislature passed a bill that would mandate overtime pay for agricultural workers.
Mar. 22
Man charged with manslaughter, DUI in fatal crash Monday
Mar. 22
AGENDA: Marion County commissioners consider funds for down payment assistance
FreeSTATE HOSPITAL Mar. 22
Oregon State Hospital on a hiring spree with $10 million appropriation
It will take months to bring more staff onboard to help relieve the stress on staff and improve treatment.
SALEM NONPROFITS Mar. 22
Better vet care, cost savings ahead as Willamette Humane Society merges
After more than 50 years serving the Salem community, Willamette Humane Society will become a branch of the Oregon Humane Society in July. Leaders from both organizations said the merger will expand animal welfare services in Salem and won’t result in any layoffs.
Mar. 22
Salem City Council chooses Micki Varney to fill west Salem vacancy
Mar. 22
Public memorial for Gerry Frank set for May 19
FreeOREGON POLITICS Mar. 22
Oregon Supreme Court won’t clear way for voters to consider campaign finance limits
A coalition of good government groups asked court to intervene after secretary of state rejected proposed ballot measures.
SALEM COMMUNITY Mar. 21
As budget season begins, high fuel costs pinch Salem agencies
From public transit to road construction and school buses, local government is also being hit by rising fuel costs. Most said they can weather a temporary surge, but plan to make cuts elsewhere if prices remain high.
LOCAL COLUMN Mar. 21
COLUMN: No-premium Medicare Advantage not always best option
Jim Sellers, former Oregon journalist and state agency employee, writes a regular column to help thousands in Salem deal with the confusing world of Medicare and federal benefits. He's available to answer your questions.
Mar. 21
Your empty Oregon bottles and cans can benefit Ukraine
Mar. 21
Hollie Oakes-Miller drops out of mayor's race, leaving two candidates
Mar. 21
UPDATED: South Liberty Road reopened after Monday morning crash
FreeOREGON HISTORY Mar. 21
Tucked into Oregon rural infrastructure package, $4 million to save a staircase
Advocates say it’s not a pork barrel project, but the result of years of fighting to save a critical piece of Eastern Oregon University and La Grande history.
HOMELESSNESS Mar. 21
Art show aims to elevate homeless voices
An art show that opens at Salem’s Infinity Room on April 1 will feature work from people experiencing homelessness.

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