City cancels First Friday amphitheater concert due to thunderstorm forecast
Word of Mouth reopening May 12 under new ownership
FreeOREGON POLITICS May. 6
Proposal to decriminalize sex work won’t appear on Oregon ballots
Supporter says he’ll continue pushing to make it legal to buy or sell sex.
Salem weekly Covid report for May 6: Local hospitalizations climb as cases rise
SALEM PEOPLE AND PLACES May. 6
Liberty House raises funds with 20s-themed mega raffle
The child abuse prevention and response nonprofit held a hybrid online and in-person raffle April 30 at the Salem Convention Center.
OREGON NEWS May. 6
Powerful port pollutes water for years with little state action
SPECIAL REPORT: Drinking water of thousands in the Boardman increasingly impaired by excessive nitrogen dumps. Oregon Capital Chronicle investigates.
HISTORY COLUMN May. 6
SALEM HISTORY: The "bicycle craze" in Oregon's capital
Within a few years in the late 1800s, bicycles went from being regulated as a potential nuisance in Salem to having a dedicated column in the newspaper. The late Sue Bell, former editor of the Willamette Valley Genealogical Society’s Beaver Briefs, recounts the two-wheel craze.
Free May. 5
Poll: Drazan leads crowded Republican field for Oregon governor
Salem man charged with discharging firearm in city limits, court records show
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT May. 5
Salem City Council slated for final approval Monday of new subdivision at Robins Lane
The council voted 8-1 on April 25 to approve the application for development of single-family lots on the south Salem property. A final written order is on Monday’s agenda.
SALEM FOOD May. 5
As prices climb, more Salem families seeking help at food pantries
Marion Polk Food Share leaders said visits rose in March, with about 13,000 local families getting food from the dozens of pantries in the region they supply. It's a rate they haven’t seen since late 2020, though it's too early to tell if it's a trend.
FreeOREGON NEWS May. 5
$15 million for expanded abortion care in Oregon will take months to distribute
The state money could fund brick-and-mortar clinics in eastern Oregon, or funds that provide financial help for patients seeking abortions.
City of Salem asks community to share experiences, opinions about discrimination in local survey
SALEM PEOPLE AND PLACES May. 5
Mid-Valley Literacy Center celebrates adult learning
The center's annual dinner raised more than $34,000 to support adult literacy programs in the Salem area.
SALEM PUBLIC SAFETY May. 4
Salem man alleges officers tear gassed, shot him with rubber bullet at 2020 protest in lawsuit
Bran Smith, 26, alleged in a complaint filed April 29 that Salem police unlawfully arrested him while he was sweeping glass from a road. The lawsuit comes nearly two years after Marion County District Attorney Paige Clarkson’s office dismissed criminal charges against Smith and 13 others arrested during protests in spring 2020.
Salem man dies after being found unresponsive in Marion County Jail cell, sheriff's office says
FreeOREGON POLITICS May. 4
THEIR WORDS: Those who want to be governor answer for rural matters
Candidates for Oregon governor were asked to describe how they specifically would deal with rural issues if elected. A statewide media collaboration, including Salem Reporter, assembled answers from most of those on the May 17 ballot.
Marion County gardeners resume annual fairgrounds plant sale Friday
UPDATE: Pedestrian hit by train in northeast Salem in "serious" condition, identified by police
LOCAL BUSINESS May. 4
Nutrition company aims to improve food at disability group homes in Salem area
Sarah Short adapted the idea of meal subscription services like Blue Apron into a company targeted at group homes. Her clients are mostly in Salem, which has an especially high concentration of care homes for people with developmental disabilities.
FreeOREGON HEALTH CARE May. 4
Abortion rights protected in Oregon regardless of Supreme Court ruling
Legislators and abortion providers say more policy fixes and money may be needed.
SALEM POLITICS May. 4
PHOTOS: Salem march for abortion rights
A crowd of hundreds gathered at Riverfront Park, then marched to the Oregon Capitol Tuesday in protest of a leaked Supreme Court opinion which suggests the nation's highest court is likely to strike down Roe v. Wade.
FreeOREGON POLITICS May. 4
Oregon Democrats lash out at Supreme Court ruling that would overturn Roe v. Wade
Democrats in Oregon's Congressional delegation reacted strongly to the draft U.S. Supreme Court opinion that would overturn Roe v. Wade on abortion.
SALEM POLITICS May. 3
Hundreds march in Salem abortion rights rally
A crowd marched from Riverfront Park to the Oregon Capitol Tuesday in protest of a leaked Supreme Court opinion which suggests the nation's highest court is likely to strike down Roe v. Wade.
LOCAL SCHOOLS May. 3
Salem-Keizer budget calls for more teachers to help students learn English, manage behavior
The number of students in the Salem-Keizer School District is expected to drop for the third year in a row, but that won’t cut into state funding for local schools because similar enrollment declines are happening across Oregon.
OREGON HEALTH CARE May. 3
Overturning Roe v. Wade would strain local abortion access, clinics with out-of-state patients, Planned Parenthood leaders say
Abortion remains legal in Oregon without restriction, with a Salem Planned Parenthood clinic providing both medication and surgical procedures.
FreeABORTION POLITICS May. 3
Next Oregon governor could change state’s approach to abortion after Supreme Court decision
Democrats, independent Betsy Johnson and Republican Jessica Gomez oppose the Supreme Court’s expected decision.
Pendleton Woolen Mills to open new Salem store Wednesday
Abortion rights rally planned for Riverfront Park Tuesday evening
AGENDA: Marion County commissioners consider hiring temporary health department staff, resurfacing two roads
FreeOREGON HEALTH CARE May. 3
Oregon abortion providers gear up for increased demand from Idaho and elsewhere
A leaked Supreme Court draft opinion Monday evening suggested a majority of the court will vote to overturn Roe v. Wade. Oregon providers were already preparing to see more patients from Idaho and other states with bans on the books.
Cherriots adds local holiday service, more trips on Polk County express line
COUNTY GOVERNMENT May. 3
Marion County spending $14.3 million to construct new Health and Human Services building
County officials say the new building, next to the existing location, will help save hundreds of thousands in annual costs by offering the county's now scattered health services on the same campus. The building will be primarily funded by a $10 million loan.
FreeOREGON POLITICS May. 2
THEIR WORDS: Candidates for Oregon governor on the housing shortage
Every candidate running for Oregon governor was asked to identify specific actions they would take if they were governor to put Oregonians into homes. The work is a collaboration of more than 60 newsrooms in Oregon, including Salem Reporter
Hear from city, county candidates at NAACP forums on Tuesday, Wednesday
ON THE AIR May. 2
ON THE AIR: The backstory on another fatal police shooting in Salem
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."
Hayesville Drive Northeast to close May 9 for construction
FreeOREGON POLITICS May. 2
How to find fundraising and spending in Oregon politics
Information is available online, but it’s not always easy to find or understand. Here's a walkthrough so you can do your own research.
Contemporary art collection on sale Tuesday to benefit Assistance League
FreeHEALTH CARE IN OREGON May. 2
Health care spending accounts for nearly one-quarter of household spending in Oregon, study says
Health insurance plans account for a big share of the costs the state hopes to control.
SALEM PEOPLE May. 2
South Salem couple says “yes, in my backyard” with microshelter
Brenda Chandler and Lisa Arana spent their 2022 tax refund to buy and retrofit a small shelter for a formerly homeless woman. They’ve found a friend and fellow gardener, while hosting Cindel Mikesell and her cat.