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Apr 11 2022 thru Apr 17 2022

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FreeSCIENCE AND HEALTH Apr. 16
Oregon’s psilocybin program stands on thousands of years of indigenous experience
A new paper led by an Oregon State University researcher summarizes research and studies on psilocybin, including how it’s been safely used by indigenous cultures to cure a host of ills.
Apr. 15
Salem fire helps get elderly woman out of partly collapsed mobile home
Apr. 15
Salem weekly Covid report for April 15: New cases rising, hospitalizations remain low
LOCAL GOVERNMENT Apr. 15
Steele retires as treasurer, former commissioner appointed through 2022
After Marion County commissioners asked Sam Brentano if he was interested in filling the vacancy created by Laurie Steele’s retirement, he threw his name into the treasurer race in the upcoming primary, which otherwise remains uncontested about a month out.
Apr. 15
Salem police issue 18 citations in 2 and a half hours for driving while using a phone
FreeOREGON POLITICS Apr. 15
Oregon officials strive to rebuild trust in elections as 1 in 5 don’t believe 2020 results
Nearly half of the Republicans who responded to a recent survey endorsed a false claim that voter fraud changed the results of the 2020 election.
LOCAL COLUMN Apr. 15
COLUMN: An extinct woodpecker, back from the dead?
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.
HOMELESSNESS Apr. 14
Merkley meets with Salem officials, providers about local homeless services, need for federal funds
Sen. Jeff Merkley on Thursday visited Tanner Project, a Salem transitional shelter for unhoused veterans for which he recently helped secure several million dollars.
SALEM TREES Apr. 14
Despite ice storm losses, Salem on track to meet goal of increased tree cover
The city lost about 1,200 trees in 2021, mostly due to the ice storm, but new planting and growth meant the city’s tree canopy declined just 3.6% from 2020 levels, according to a new report from Salem’s Public Works Department.
Free Apr. 14
Poll: Kotek leads Read in Democratic governor primary, many voters undecided
Apr. 14
Marion County Fair announces country, hip-hop headliners for 2022
FreeOREGON PEOPLE Apr. 14
Oregon leader will use her own refugee experience to guide changes in state programs
The new director of the Office of Immigrant and Refugee Advancement wants to build bridges between state agencies and the people they are supposed to serve.
Apr. 14
City urges watering to help curb spreading birch tree beetle infestation
LOCAL EVENTS Apr. 14
Cast before the pandemic, actors take the stage in family drama "Independence"
An intimate, four actor production set entirely in a dysfunctional family's living room opens Friday at Keizer Homegrown Theatre.
Apr. 13
Man pleads guilty to unlawful use of a weapon nine months after clash outside Planned Parenthood
OREGON HEALTH CARE Apr. 13
Planned Parenthood leasing clinic space in Ontario
Portland-based Planned Parenthood didn't comment directly on its plans for clinic space in Ontario, but said everyone should be able to get health care when they need it. The possible expansion into Malheur County comes as Idaho tightens restrictions on abortion.
FreeOREGON POLITICS Apr. 13
Republicans running for Oregon governor defended the Jan. 6 Capitol attack. One was there
Video of their remarks at a private forum came to light Tuesday when a conservative group complained about being censored by YouTube.
Apr. 13
Salem's March unemployment rates lowest since pandemic began
SALEM RESTAURANTS Apr. 13
Popular Word of Mouth Bistro announces closure as owners retire
Word of Mouth owners Becky and Steve Mucha are retiring, but hope to sell the restaurant to someone who can keep the beloved brunch spot's character.
Apr. 13
Weather should warm by end of week; south, west Salem report snow
SALEM PEOPLE Apr. 13
Fines to disappear for Salem library users under new director
Raised in Molalla, Kim Carroll worked in libraries in Oregon and Arizona before she came to Salem one year ago. Recently selected for the library’s top job, she wants to expand the library’s programming to reach more people.
FreeOREGON POLITICS Apr. 13
Two state representatives create PAC to back working women running for office
Democratic Reps. Anna Williams and Rachel Prusak said they plan to work with candidates during the election and after to help them juggle responsibilities once in office.
Apr. 12
Marion, Polk counties seeking information about health care access
LOCAL GOVERNMENT Apr. 12
Salem City Council approves search for providers, cost estimates to run mobile crisis response unit
The vote Monday night comes after plans last year to create a non-police response to some mental health crises didn’t pan out following a lack of available state funding for cities.
Apr. 12
AGENDA: Marion County commissioners consider additional funds for sexual assault, domestic violence victim services
Apr. 12
AGENDA: School board reconsiders apartment tax break
SALEM CRIME Apr. 12
UPDATE: State police identify man killed by Salem officer Monday
The Oregon State Police identified the man shot by a Salem officer as 28-year-old Tayler Shannon Osborne in a news release late Tuesday afternoon.
FreeOREGON POLITICS Apr. 12
House Democrats’ PAC buys ads for Carrick Flynn in CD6, irks other candidates
It’s the second race in which Oregon Democrats say D.C. Dems are putting their thumb on the scale.
AROUND OREGON Apr. 12
AROUND OREGON: Nyssa rail project short up to $5 million as work falls behind schedule
Farmland picked to be home to the Treasure Valley Reload Center is proving so waterlogged that contractors are using four times as much rock as expected to make it buildable. That is dramatically pushing up costs and now officials are searching for money to patch the budget hole.
Apr. 11
Get your spring garden on with plants from FFA students
SALEM COMMUNITY Apr. 11
Salem nurse manager headed to eastern Europe to aid Ukrainian refugees
Marty Crittenden, a nursing manager at Salem-based Willamette Vital Health, will spend two weeks in eastern Europe helping run a clinic for refugees who fled Ukraine.
LOCAL SCHOOLS Apr. 11
Years in the making, new trans student policies for Salem schools draw backlash
A recently adopted set of Salem-Keizer School District policies intended to support transgender students codifies state requirements that trans students can use bathrooms and locker rooms that correspond with the gender they live as, and play school sports. They came after a transgender Salem high schooler pushed the district for more consistency.
Apr. 11
Man indicted on additional charges in crash that killed four in Salem homeless camp
Apr. 11
AGENDA: Salem City Council meets Monday to consider motion on request for proposal of mobile crisis unit
ON THE AIR Apr. 11
ON THE AIR: Those running for mayor back Salem's climate action plan – in phases
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."
FreeENVIRONMENT Apr. 11
Despite ambitious targets, Oregon climate policies must go further to meet global calls to action
The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said global emissions must reach net-zero by 2050. Current state goals fall short.

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