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Apr 25 2022 thru May 1 2022

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MARION COUNTY CRIME Apr. 30
Man accused of stealing ambulance, ramming patrol vehicle after chase
Noor Mohammad Baheej, of California, faces charges alleging he stole an ambulance from the scene of a crash on Interstate 5 on Friday.
Free2022 PRIMARY Apr. 29
VOTE 2022: Salem Reporter's local guide to the 2022 election
Here are all of our Q&As with city candidates and stories about other local races in one place to help as you fill out your ballot.
Apr. 29
Beach Boys, Nelly part of State Fair's seven-concert lineup this summer
2022 PRIMARY Apr. 29
Commissioner Pope, former Dallas Councilor Garus contend for Polk County Board seat
Craig Pope believes his decade-plus experience and relationships developed as a Polk County commissioner warrant his re-election to Position 2. Four years after resigning from the Dallas City Council, Micky Garus said he filed for the seat because the county is in need of better service from its elected officials.
Apr. 29
Salem weekly Covid report for April 29: Hospitalizations flat, cases increase
FreeOREGON ENVIRONMENT Apr. 29
Oregon Appeals Court reverses $1.1 billion verdict over state forest management
Linn County plans to appeal the decision to the Oregon Supreme Court.
Apr. 29
Free concerts by local bands added to Salem's First Fridays
LOCAL COLUMN Apr. 29
SALEM HISTORY: The volunteer fire crews who (sometimes) kept downtown from burning
Salem’s first decades as a city included plenty of wooden buildings and only volunteer fire crews to respond when they inevitably went up in flames. The late Sue Bell, former editor of the Willamette Valley Genealogical Society’s Beaver Briefs, recounts the history of Salem on fire.
ON THE AIR Apr. 29
ON THE AIR: How to get ready to vote in the May 17 primary
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."
Apr. 28
Man arrested after shooting son in southeast Salem Wednesday, police say
Apr. 28
Willamette Master Chorus performance to benefit Ukraine
Apr. 28
Salem Poetry Project Thursday features award-winning writer, open mic
STATE GOVERNMENT Apr. 28
Man convicted in 1994 murder of foster teen granted early release to Salem
Gov. Kate Brown’s recent decision to grant clemency to Kyle Hedquist drew national coverage and public criticism from local and federal officials.
SALEM GOVERNMENT Apr. 28
Committee floats Salem street repairs, land for libraries and fire stations in infrastructure bond
City leaders are planning to go to voters in November with a $300 million, 10-year infrastructure proposal that wouldn’t raise taxes. A draft plan calls for spending about half the money on street and sidewalk repairs, with more for seismic upgrades, new fire trucks and parks projects.
FreeOREGON POLITICS Apr. 28
Candidates for Oregon governor tackle state issues in unique Q&A
Issues from crime and safety to climate change to education were put to every candidate running for governor in Oregon. Here's how they responded in a statewide media collaboration in which Salem Reporter participated.
Apr. 28
South's 1991 baseball state champions to reunite Saturday
FreeOREGON POLITICS Apr. 28
Oregon state senator’s ‘heightened rhetoric’ will get another federal court review
Sen. Brian Boquist gets to pursue claims that Oregon Senate President Peter Courtney and others punished him for free speech, court rules.
FreeOREGON UTILITIES Apr. 28
Citizens’ Utility Board opposes higher rates from state’s largest natural gas company
NW Natural says it needs to raise rates to invest in technology, safety and projects. The citizens’ board proposed cutting shareholder profits $2 million per year instead.
Apr. 27
State Capitol Foundation visitor service work honored for preserving Oregon's stories
Apr. 27
Detectives find over 2,000 marijuana plants, $17,000 cash in illegal grow operation near Dallas
2022 PRIMARY Apr. 27
Incumbent Clarkson, public defender Todd vie for Marion County district attorney seat in May election
A court-appointed lawyer in Marion County, Spencer Todd seeks to unseat sitting District Attorney Paige Clarkson, motivated by frustrations with the office's work under her leadership. Clarkson, seeking a second term, believes her two decades of experience as a prosecutor makes her the more qualified candidate.
Apr. 27
Salem Hospital opens new emergency room drop-off with clearer signage
2022 PRIMARY Apr. 27
VOTE 2022: Q&A with mayoral candidates Chris Hoy, Chane Griggs
Hoy is the current city council president, state representative and a former law enforcement officer. Griggs is chair of the city's planning commission and a former assistant director of the Oregon Department of Corrections. Here's where they stand on major city issues.
2022 PRIMARY Apr. 27
Salem gets a true mayor’s race involving two civic veterans
An expensive race for Salem mayor has drawn candidates positioning themselves as qualified to tackle homelessness, livability and the development of affordable housing in Salem: Chris Hoy, Salem City Council president, and Chane Griggs, Salem Planning Commission chair.
LOCAL COLUMN Apr. 27
COLUMN: Watch a flicker build a nesting hole in south Salem park
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.
Apr. 26
AGENDA: Marion County commissioners consider removing funds for "active monitoring" of Covid patients
PHOTO GALLERY Apr. 26
PHOTOS: Spring blooms in Salem
Following a more than 50 year tradition, photographer Ron Cooper grabbed his camera bag and did what he’s always done on the first sunny weekend after Easter: headed for Salem’s parks and the numerous photo opportunities he finds everywhere.
SALEM PEOPLE Apr. 26
Salem former Olympian to be recognized for promoting literacy
Dave Johnson's life changed because of two teachers who pushed him to achieve. He's speaking April 29 at the annual gala for Salem's Mid-Valley Literacy Center, which helps adults learn to read and write English and earn GEDs.
FreeHIGHER EDUCATION Apr. 26
Despite enrollment losses, inflation, community colleges propose little to no tuition increases
Several of the state’s 17 community colleges won’t raise tuition, while others will do so by a few dollars per credit hour or a couple hundred dollars each year.
Apr. 26
Salem Councilor Jackie Leung ends House campaign
LOCAL COLUMN Apr. 26
COLUMN: Medicare eligibility can mean losing employer-provided health coverage
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.
Apr. 26
SWAT negotiates for hours before suspect killed in shooting, police report
2022 PRIMARY Apr. 25
VOTE 2022: Q&A with ward 8 candidates Chris Cummings, Micki Varney
Cummings, an IT business owner; and Varney, a salmon biologist and current city councilor, are running for the west Salem seat. Here's where they stand on major city issues, and who's backing their campaigns.
Apr. 25
Polk County to be designated as Purple Heart county at Tuesday ceremony
HOUSING Apr. 25
Salem needs tax breaks to provide affordable housing, smoother approval process, developers say
A city of Salem work session last week featured presentations from developers, intended to help local leaders better understand how affordable housing is financed, drivers of the current housing crisis and what's needed to fill the gap.
Apr. 25
Person dies, officer injured in shooting after Marion County SWAT team called to Aurora truck stop
Apr. 25
Salem's Queen of Peace school wins federal recognition for environmental efforts
SALEM PEOPLE AND PLACES Apr. 25
Salem takes time to honor its leading citizens
The Salem Area Chamber of Commerce held its annual First Citizens Banquet recently at the Salem Convention Center.
FreeHEALTH CARE Apr. 25
Oregon needs more financial aid for nursing students and more educators, experts say
Deans of nursing schools and nursing students discussed barriers they face with U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici, D-Oregon.

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