AGENDA: Salem City Council meets Monday to consider raising deputy chief pay, proposed Meyer Farm subdivision
2022 PRIMARY Apr. 22
VOTE 2022: Q&A with ward 6 candidates Julie Hoy, Stacey Vieyra-Braendle
Hoy, a singer and restaurant owner; and Vieyra-Braendle, an occupational therapist, are running the east Salem seat on the city council. Here's where they stand on homelessness, public safety, affordable housing and more.
Colin Mochrie coming to Elsinore with hynosis-improv act "Hyprov"
Salem weekly Covid report for April 22: Regional hospitalizations, cases rising
SALEM RESTAURANTS Apr. 22
New Word of Mouth owners plan to preserve menu
Mychal Arredondo and Nicole Murphy met working at the popular Salem brunch restaurant and got engaged last year. Now, they’re buying the restaurant after the original owners announced their retirement.
SALEM AREA EVENTS Apr. 22
Gender-bending “Twelfth Night” adaptation opening Friday at Pentacle dives into identity
Based on the classic Shakespeare play, performances of “Twelfth Night” are scheduled at the northwest Salem theater until May 14.
FreeSTATE NEWS Apr. 21
Biden drops into Portland, reels off benefits of infrastructure money for Oregon
President Joe Biden and Oregon's top Democrats shared how billions will flow to Oregon for jobs and projects in an event in Portland.
City will revise skate park design plans after early feedback
Salem leaders celebrate groundbreaking for domestic violence housing complex Hope Plaza
2022 PRIMARY Apr. 21
VOTE 2022: Q&A with ward 4 candidates Dynee Medlock, Deanna Gwyn
Gwyn, a real estate broker, and Medlock, a network specialist, are running for an open seat representing south central Salem on the city council. Here's where they stand on homelessness, public safety, affordable housing and more.
Oregon Ag Fest returns Saturday and Sunday in Salem
FreeHEALTH CARE Apr. 21
Oregon medical providers rely on diminishing number of out-of-state nurses, study finds
Rural communities that are especially dependent on bringing in nurses are at risk of facing severe shortages, the research says.
PUBLIC SAFETY Apr. 21
Grand jury rules Salem officer justified in shooting, killing man after fight with police
An autopsy found Tayler Osborne was shot two times, in the left shoulder and chest.
SALEM NONPROFITS Apr. 21
Foundation honored for support of Salem's library renovation
The Salem Public Library Foundation contributed $620,000 to the recent seismic overhaul of the city's main library, allowing for aesthetic upgrades like additional windows and a new staircase.
FreeSTATE NEWS Apr. 20
Former Oregon Health Authority worker charged with embezzling $1.5 million in Covid scheme
An investigator's affidavit obtained by the Oregon Capital Chronicle describes an elaborate scheme involving bank accounts set up in the names of unwitting state employees, invoices for services never provided and made-up email traffic.
HOMELESSNESS Apr. 20
Portland Road micro shelter site to double capacity months ahead of deadline to clear
Homeless service provider Church at the Park said Wednesday that the Village of Hope site will have beds for 80 people by the first week of May. The announcement comes a week after a Marion County Circuit Court judge greenlighted development on Center Street for another proposed micro shelter location, where he’d previously ordered the city to halt plans.
SALEM POLITICS Apr. 20
Salem council candidate Deanna Gwyn has rarely voted, records show
The south Salem real estate broker, one of two candidates for Ward 4, has voted just twice in the past decade, missing the 2016 and 2018 general elections along with primaries and special votes. Her voting record is unique among the nine candidates running for city offices.
Free Apr. 20
Director of state agency overseeing police and fire licensing resigns on Sunday
Beaver spotted girdling cottonwood trees at Riverfront Park
Salem dog shelter offering adoptions at reduced fees May 2-8
2022 PRIMARY Apr. 20
VOTE 2022: Q&A with city council candidate Linda Nishioka
Linda Nishioka is running unopposed to represent south central Salem, Ward 2, on the Salem City Council. We asked for her views on homelessness, affordable housing, bringing jobs to Salem and more.
FreeOREGON ECONOMY Apr. 20
Dozens of companies that defied Covid mandates are fighting nearly $1 million in fines
Over the past two years, Oregon workplace safety officials were deluged with complaints, and they cited an unprecedented number of violators.
STATE HOSPITAL Apr. 19
Contracted state hospital worker punches patient following racist slurs, hospital reports say
Jogan Health, a Colorado health care staffing firm contracting with Oregon State Hospital, said Tuesday that the mental health technician was no longer employed at the company following the incident on March 23.
SALEM BUSINESS Apr. 19
Botaneity offers, wine, eggs in revitalized west Salem farmstand
The Lindbeck farm, once a U-Pick orchard in west Salem, is getting a new life as a farmstand after Kayla Borgen and Robert Lauer purchased and restored the home over the past year. They will hold a grand opening April 23.
Cherriots lifting mask mandate following federal ruling
FreeOREGON POLITICS Apr. 19
Oregon man facing charges for Jan. 6 ends campaign for governor
Reed Christensen said his health prevents him from continuing to run.
AGENDA: Marion County commissioners consider funds for hazardous tree removal, trauma counseling for children
ON THE AIR Apr. 19
ON THE AIR: New school policy on trans students is stirring controversy in Salem
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."
Celebrate Earth Day with Friday nature walks, ice cream
Free2022 PRIMARY Apr. 19
VOTE 2022: What to know about the May 17 primary election in Salem
Even though it’s a primary, several local races, including the city’s next mayor, will likely be settled in May. Here’s Salem Reporter’s guide to what’s on your ballot and how to check or change your voter registration.
Salem-area businesses can get grants for hiring teens
SALEM COMMUNITY Apr. 18
Transitional living program for fathers with addictions expected to open end of summer, county officials say
A new Marion County-run program serving fathers with substance abuse disorders will mirror the existing Salem-based Her Place, which helps mothers with long-term recovery and reuniting with their children.
Salem Convention Center hosts exhibition celebrating new artwork
LOCAL SCHOOLS Apr. 18
Children’s book on racism to remain in Salem-Keizer libraries following parent challenge
“Stamped (For Kids)” will remain in elementary school libraries following an 8-1 vote by a special district committee convened to review the book. SK We Stand Together, the group that brought the challenge, intends to push for changes to the district’s review process.
AGENDA: Salem City Council hosts work session Monday on Salem's housing needs
LIBRARY SERVICES Apr. 18
Keizer Community Library seeking full public library status
KCL board members and Chemeketa Community College representatives attended a recent city council meeting to request funding which would allow the library to join the regional public library system.
AROUND OREGON Apr. 18
‘Total chaos’: Delays dog Oregon’s drug decriminalization law
Nearly $300 million in state funding intended to pay for new treatment beds remains unspent.