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May 9 2022 thru May 15 2022

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May. 13
Fewer than 15% of eligible Marion County voters cast ballots ahead of May 17 primary
May. 13
Governor declares market disruption, allowing state regulators to investigate baby formula price gouging
May. 13
Learn about local Pacific Islanders through school district event
May. 13
Salem weekly Covid report for May 13: Local hospitalizations, cases continue to rise
CRIME May. 13
DEA finds 2,000 fentanyl-laced pills in Salem drug trafficking investigation
A federal grand jury in Portland recently indicted Jose Chavez Jr., David Delgado-Gonzalez and Jonathan Mendoza-Escobedo on charges including conspiracy to distribute fentanyl and methamphetamine.
LOCAL SCHOOLS May. 13
Hundreds more Salem kids to get a chance for bilingual Spanish-English classes in fall
District leaders are more than doubling the number of elementary schools offering dual language classes, where native Spanish and English speakers are mixed starting in kindergarten and students work to learn both languages fluently. It’s the first step in a substantial expansion of the program planned for the coming years.
HISTORY COLUMN May. 13
LOCAL HISTORY: The roadside farm and floral shop that became a tourist attraction
For decades, Eola Acres Floral Shop operated on the side of Highway 22 between Salem and Independence, offering produce, cut flowers, plants and more to visitors from near and far.
2022 PRIMARY May. 12
Public defense leaders ask Oregon’s attorney general to withdraw Clarkson endorsement
In a letter Thursday, leaders of public defense offices around Oregon requested Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum to double back her endorsement of Clarkson for Marion County district attorney. The ask comes after a political mailer promoting her re-election drew the ire of civil rights activists, the state’s chief justice and nearly a dozen attorneys who said the flier defamed them.
May. 12
Learn about one of Oregon's first Black residents at Sunday lecture
FreePUBLIC SAFETY May. 12
Oregon inmates released early mirror recidivism of those serving full sentences
Gov. Kate Brown points to study to show her decisions didn’t increase public safety risks.
May. 12
City seeks help Saturday to prepare Pioneer Cemetery for Memorial Day
SALEM THEATER May. 12
Young performers bring on a rainbow of fun
A one-weekend-only performance of Enlightened Theatrics’ “The Rainbow Fish Musical” brings the talents of local elementary and middle school students to the stage.
May. 12
Rally in support of trans kids planned Friday at Oregon Capitol
LOCAL COLUMN May. 12
COLUMN: A backyard chickadee photoshoot
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.
SALEM COMMUNITY May. 12
Middle schoolers create art for micro shelter residents in months-long project
Salem residents until June 5 can find artwork on display at the Bush Barn Art Center which Howard Street Charter School students spent months creating to better understand homelessness. Following the exhibit, the art will go to local micro shelters to help make them feel like home for residents.
FreeOREGON AGRICULTURE May. 11
Oregon adopting rules to protect workers from excessive heat and wildfire smoke
The rules are the most comprehensive in the nation and are welcomed by environmental groups and farmworker advocates.
May. 11
Salem teacher union wants input from parents
May. 11
Annual S.T.E.A.M.’d Up for Kids returns to Powerland Saturday
SALEM PEOPLE AND PLACES May. 11
Union Gospel Mission event shines a light on Simonka Place for Women
The "Renew" event raised funds for the women's shelter as one graduate shared her story of addiction and recovery.
2022 PRIMARY May. 11
Oregon chief justice “disturbed” by Clarkson’s political mailer targeting defense attorneys
Bobbin Singh, executive director of the Oregon Justice Resource Center, asked Chief Justice Martha Walters Friday to remove Paige Clarkson from her Criminal Justice Advisory Committee over concerns about a recent campaign mailer that 11 defense attorneys said defamed them.
FreeENVIRONMENT May. 11
Climate change is pushing toxic chemicals into drinking wells
Drought can increase the concentration of pathogens and other contaminants in well water.
May. 11
Help name the truck that will haul fruit for Salem families
SALEM BUSINESS May. 11
Salem’s plans for commercial air travel in coming year hinge on federal grant
Los Angeles and Las Vegas would likely be destinations for the budget airlines interested in flying out of Salem Municipal Airport, according to Salem city records. Fly Salem leaders expect an initial airline to set up shop in the next year.
PUBLIC SAFETY May. 10
Alleging excessive force, mother sues city, Salem officer who killed son
In a federal wrongful death lawsuit filed Tuesday, Misty Castillo argued Salem officer Nathan Bush failed to await cover officers' arrival, contact officers with more mental health response training and use crisis intervention tactics before shooting and killing her son, Arcadio Castillo III, in July 2021.
May. 10
Chemeketa offers tractor safety training, certification for teens 14-17
May. 10
With federal investment, seven Oregon highways to get charging stations every 50 miles
FreeSTATE HOSPITAL May. 10
Feds threaten to pull certification from Oregon State Hospital’s Junction City campus
The hospital has less than a week to submit a corrective plan and until August to make fixes or lose funding.
May. 10
Salem-Keizer School Board considers new student rep, support for dual language expansion
2022 PRIMARY May. 10
District Attorney Clarkson “defamed” defense attorneys in political mailer, attorneys’ letter says
A recent mailer promoting Clarkson’s re-election raised tensions in the race for Marion County district attorney in the May 17 primary. Nearly a dozen Salem-based criminal defense attorneys said in a letter that the campaign piece demonized them and their profession.
OREGON NEWS May. 10
State opens investigation into Nyssa's Migrant Education Program
The Oregon Department of Education is reviewing a Nyssa School District program that serves 500 migrant families. Agency officials met with parents in a community meeting in Nyssa on Thursday, May 5, to explain developments.
CITY GOVERNMENT May. 10
Salem can cover costs for now, but gaps are coming
One-time Covid relief payments and grants set to expire in 2024 are currently funding many city programs to address homelessness, and the city’s general fund continues to collect less in taxes than it costs to provide status quo services like police, fire and parks.
May. 9
Pedestrian killed in crash in northeast Salem Friday night, sheriff's office says
May. 9
City council will consider final approval for two subdivisions Monday
CRIME May. 9
UPDATE: Police investigating after Molotov cocktails thrown at Oregon Right to Life office
Keizer police said a suspect threw two Molotov cocktails at the brick building in Keizer Sunday night. A heating unit outside the building was damaged, but the fire was quickly contained. No one was in the building at the time.
SALEM ECONOMY May. 9
COLUMN: Health care, manufacturing jobs targeted in new workforce training plan
The job-training budget for the Willamette Workforce Partnership is doubling in the next few months, part of a statewide effort to train more workers for high-demand jobs requiring specialized skills.
May. 9
Library book sale returns to Salem this weekend
SALEM PHOTO GALLERY May. 9
Sheep, kids and and tunes enliven Salem's Willamette Heritage Center
The 36th annual "Sheep To Shawl” event returned to the Willamette Heritage Center Saturday with live animals, lawn games, entertainment, live music, and heritage craft demonstrations.
SALEM PEOPLE May. 9
Meet the woman working to bring concerts to Salem’s new amphitheater
Kathleen Swarm had a career in event planning before losing her job during the pandemic. She moved back to Salem in 2021 and is the first manager for the Gerry Frank | Salem Rotary Amphitheater, which she hopes to grow into a destination for larger events.

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