Salem weekly Covid report for April 1: Hospitalizations hit pandemic lowpoint
Pedestrian killed in east Salem crash Thursday, deputies say
SALEM ART AND CULTURE Apr. 1
Salem artist fashions colorful clothes from whiskey packaging
Artist Carlee Wright's exhibit of fashion made from repurposed trash will be on display through April at the downtown Salem on the Edge gallery.
City to start excavation at historic sites of former Indian Mission Manual Labor School
SALEM HISTORY Apr. 1
COLUMN: Salem's Qing Ming celebration returns to honor local Chinese history
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, explains how Salem brought back its Qing Ming celebration at Pioneer Cemetery.
SALEM EVENTS Apr. 1
Get a piece of South, Leslie history at Saturday gala
The Saxon Success Fund, a parent-led nonprofit to support longer-term projects benefiting South Salem High School students, is hosting its first fundraiser over the weekend as leaders plan to relocate and expand the school’s college and career center.
Man drove with blood-alcohol over three times legal limit during fatal crash at tent camp, affidavit says
HOMELESSNESS IN SALEM Mar. 31
PHOTOS: City clears homeless camp at Wallace Marine Park
Homeless people camping at Wallace Marine Park had to pack up and leave as the city of Salem swept a tent encampment at the park Thursday.
HOMELESSNESS Mar. 31
Once again, crews clear homeless camp at Wallace Marine Park, residents dispersed
Homeless people for much of the pandemic were allowed to camp at Wallace Marine Park. Now, some say they have no place to go after crews swept the camp Thursday morning.
Legislative fix will give low-income students more scholarship money for community college
SALEM BUSINESS Mar. 31
Office rental space scarce in Salem, but that could shift as some state workers stay remote
State government leases more private office space in Salem than any other business. While government offices reopen to the public May 1, many of the 11,000 Salem-based state employees will likely shift to permanent remote or hybrid work.
Oregon students can share pandemic experiences for state archives contest
HOUSING Mar. 31
Salem area gets federal housing funds for homeless, domestic violence victims
A boost in federal dollars will allow domestic violence service agencies to help more survivors quickly find housing as they rebuild their lives.
SALEM PEOPLE AND PLACES Mar. 31
Therapy and assistance dogs graduate at Keizer event
Joys of Living Assistance Dogs celebrated the training of 32 skilled dogs to aid people with post-traumatic stress disorder and mobility challenges.
Benches in Englewood Park defaced with racist, homophobic graffiti
FreeOREGON POLITICS Mar. 30
Auditors: Oregon ranks high for domestic terrorism, Legislature should do more
Oregon is one of 16 states that doesn’t define domestic terrorism in criminal law.
Salem homeowners can get wildfire advice during Thursday webinar
Man who walked away from corrections laundry sorting building arrested in Vancouver
FreeOREGON WILDFIRES Mar. 30
Fire-detecting cameras to be installed across state with $4.5 million investment
Oregon legislators in February approved funds to double the number of wildfire cameras across the state, with 29 to be installed over the next year.
Illahe Hills earns national environmental designation
SALEM INFRASTRUCTURE Mar. 30
Councilor floats a “bike vision” for Salem streets
As Salem leaders plan for a major infrastructure bond on the November ballot, a trio of cycling advocates, including city councilor Virginia Stapleton, are proposing a network of protected bike lanes and cycling infrastructure along major roadways to improve safety and make biking more accessible to all.
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT Mar. 29
Salem City Council approves new subdivision proposal on historic Meyer Farm
The council voted 4-3 Monday for a scaled-back development plan after the developer modified the proposal to remove fewer than half the number of trees initially planned and build around a dozen fewer lots.
FreeHEALTH Mar. 29
Oregon pays record settlement of nearly $23 million in lawsuit filed by former Medicaid insurer
With the case due to go to trial next month, the Oregon Health Authority agreed with FamilyCare to the four-year settlement.
Judson Middle School teacher under investigation following report of "inappropriate image"
AGENDA: Marion County commissioners consider new Health and Human Services building
SALEM PARKS Mar. 29
Volunteers bring native plants to Englewood Park
Since 2017, Northeast Neighbors and groups of volunteers have worked to transform the park by creating a Pollinator Garden to attract native bees. A recent work party focused on removing invasive growth and replacing it with native species.
Merkley schedules remote Marion County town hall for Thursday, March 31
FreeENVIRONMENT Mar. 29
Groups say BLM ignoring environmental concerns when issuing grazing permits
Two environmental groups say inadequate reviews in Oregon and the West allow livestock onto overgrazed land.
Hundreds in Salem area apply for rental assistance during 1-week extension, state says
HOMELESSNESS Mar. 28
Homeless encampment crash could be “turning point” in Salem’s response to homelessness, advocates say
Charges filed Monday in Marion County Circuit Court allege the driver who crashed into the camp along Front Street, killing four, had a blood-alcohol level nearly twice the legal limit. City and state officials said Monday they will continue planned camp sweeps in the area and at Wallace Marine Park this week.
Police identify four killed in homeless encampment crash Sunday
SALEM EVENTS Mar. 28
PHOTOS: Equestrians compete at state fairgrounds
The Oregon Paint Horse Club Spring Fling brought dozens of competitors to the Historic Horse Stadium in Salem.
Weigh in on skate park design for Geer Park
FreeOREGON POLITICS Mar. 28
Wyden says he will press for even more economic sanctions against Russia
Merkley says Oregonians “overwhelmingly” support sanctions already imposed over Ukraine war.
SALEM NONPROFITS Mar. 28
Salem expands its welcome - and housing - for refugees
A “Welcome Home” campaign seeks to give the Salem for Refugees resettlement agency a larger home as it expands rapidly, and eventually fund a new affordable housing project in the Grant neighborhood.