2022 PRIMARY May. 21
Marion, Polk counties see highest voter turnout in 10 years for non-presidential primary
Marion County's voter turnout ballooned last minute after Clerk Bill Burgess said his office received about 26,000 ballots on election day.
Salem man charged with beheading cat, two birds
FreeOREGON POLITICS May. 20
Drazan wins Oregon governor primary with about a quarter of Republican voters
Democrat Tina Kotek and nonaffiliated candidate Betsy Johnson announced high-profile endorsements Thursday.
Catch a flamenco-inspired saxophone performance in Sunday concert
SALEM COMMUNITY May. 20
“I didn't expect the spirit to go out of people”: Salem nurse manager recalls Ukrainian relief trip
Marty Crittenden, a nurse manager at Willamette Vital Health, spent two weeks in Warsaw treating Ukrainian refugees, contending with medication shortages, trauma and joy in the midst of heartbreak.
Salem weekly Covid report for May 20: Cases, hospitalizations still climbing
COLUMN May. 20
SALEM HISTORY: The city's Civic Center turns 50
Kimberli Fitzgerald, Salem's historic preservation officer, recounts how Salem upgraded its City Hall 50 years ago from a building designed for a much smaller city to the Brutalist concrete structure in the city's center that's still in use today.
2022 PRIMARY May. 19
Hoy declares victory in mayor's race as Griggs concedes
An updated ballot count Thursday showed Hoy with 55% of the vote.
Homeless outreach project in "dire need" of hygiene supplies following flooding at Wallace Marine
SALEM PEOPLE May. 19
Hundreds honor Gerry Frank, “Oregon’s Premier Citizen"
A public memorial to honor the Salem citizen and Oregon cheerleader drew a former governor, the retired CEO of Macy’s and other dignitaries to share stories of Frank’s life and service to Oregon over decades in business, politics and civic life. Frank died March 13 at age 98.
FreeOREGON POLITICS May. 19
One congressional race in Oregon remains close, most incumbents advance easily
U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader, a seven-term incumbent, trails attorney Jamie McLeod-Skinner in the 5th Congressional District.
Man hospitalized after southeast Salem shooting Wednesday night, police say
Rifle, other SWAT Team equipment stolen from vehicle, sheriff's office says
FreeSTATE GOVERNMENT May. 19
Oregon still collecting more tax revenue than economists anticipated
More money will go back to taxpayers in rebates, and legislators will have more to spend.
SALEM NONPROFITS May. 19
Nonprofits blend art, history to rethink the Bush legacy in Salem
Asahel Bush, one of Salem’s early founders, was a driver of the campaign to bar Black settlement in Oregon. A diverse group of Salemites are now helping the Salem Art Association and Bush House Museum chart a path forward to better reckon with his legacy.
2022 PRIMARY May. 18
Hoy still ahead in mayor’s race as Marion, Polk count most ballots
With the majority of local ballots now counted, Tuesday night trends held in city races, with progressive candidates ahead in two of three contested council seats and the mayor’s race. Thousands of ballots are still uncounted, with next results expected Thursday evening.
South honors thespian legend in black box theater dedication
PUBLIC SAFETY May. 18
Lawsuit alleges Salem officer used excessive force during unnecessary arrest
Christopher Garza, a 47-year-old Native American man, said in a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday that Salem police officer David Baker pulled up to a tire shop where Garza was working on a car last fall, shoved him onto the hood of his police car and threw him inside.
Marion County about halfway through ballots, with majority to be tallied by end of day Wednesday
Oregon's April unemployment rate inches down to 3.7%, state data shows
LOCAL COLUMN May. 18
COLUMN: Droughts in much of Oregon mean grim forecast for birds
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.
FreeOREGON FIRES May. 18
Oregon Gov. Brown, fire officials warn of challenging 2022 wildfire season
Late spring storms delayed the start of fire season, but much of the state is in drought.
FreeELECTION 2022 May. 18
Oregon primary election: Progressive women win big, Republican races remain tight
Incumbent Congressman Kurt Schrader could be on his way out, but Clackamas County results were slow because of ballot issues. Tina Kotek and Christine Drazan appear to have won party nominations for governor.
2022 PRIMARY May. 17
ELECTION RESULTS: Todd concedes Marion County district attorney race to Clarkson
Paige Clarkson is winning re-election as Marion County's District Attorney according to the latest ballot counts Wednesday. Her opponent Spencer Todd, a Salem-based public defender, conceded the race Wednesday afternoon.
2022 PRIMARY May. 17
ELECTION UPDATE: Hoy up over Griggs in mayor's race with thousands of ballots left to count
LATEST RESULTS: Salem City Council President Chris Hoy was ahead with about 55% of the vote following initial counts Tuesday night over planning commission chair Chane Griggs. Thousands of ballots remain to be counted in Marion County, with the next update expected around 5 p.m. Wednesday.
2022 PRIMARY May. 17
ELECTION RESULTS: View the 2022 primary election results in local races
First ballot returns Tuesday showed Chris Hoy ahead of Chane Griggs in the Salem mayor's race and progressive candidates winning two of three contested council seats, but a substantial number of ballots remain to be counted.
CRIME May. 17
Man steals Salem police car, leads officers on chase Monday afternoon
A Salem police officer wrote in an affidavit that David Miles, 35, fought with him before stealing his patrol car. He was eventually arrested after a pursuit along Wallace Road Northwest.
Salem Chamber offering small grants to businesses impacted by pandemic
FreeOREGON POLITICS May. 17
Many Oregon candidates breeze to victory with no primary opponents
Six legislators will take their seats in January without worrying about the general or primary election, and nearly 100 more have no primary opponents.
ON THE AIR May. 17
ON THE AIR: Why a mother is taking on Salem police over the death of her son
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."
FreeCRIMINAL JUSTICE May. 17
Oregonians deprived of court-appointed lawyers sue state over their constitutional rights
The class action lawsuit comes as the state tries to tackle persistent shortages of public defenders.
Celebrate Gerry Frank's life Thursday at Salem Convention Center
Reward offered for helping solve April 2021 homicide in Marion County
SALEM PARKS May. 17
Bike repair station coming to Minto Brown Park
A stationary set of bike tools requested by the downtown neighborhood association is one of several park improvements being funded through the city’s Parks Improvement Fund, which allows neighborhoods to request money for projects they’d like to see in local parks.
FreeVOTE 2022 May. 17
Questions about Oregon-Idaho boundary, taxes, tobacco and guns on local ballots
Voters won’t just choose candidates, but weigh in on taxes and local laws.
Fewer than 20% of eligible Marion County voters cast ballots a day out from primary
USPS reopens orders for free at-home Covid tests
2022 PRIMARY May. 16
Defense attorney nonprofit asks state leaders to condemn Clarkson’s political mailer
In a letter Saturday, 23 previous presidents of the Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association said recent political mailers promoting Marion County District Attorney Paige Clarkson’s re-election unfairly disparaged criminal defense attorneys.
Let city councilors hear your thoughts on Salem infrastructure bond
SALEM EVENTS May. 16
PHOTOS: Kids explore trains, tractors and old-fashioned laundry
Powerland Heritage Park's annual S.T.E.A.M.'d Up for Kids event drew curious people of all ages to the collection of antique museums for a day of discovery and building.
ON THE AIR May. 16
ON THE AIR: Flights may return to Salem, plus city budget woes
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."