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Jun 6 2022 thru Jun 12 2022

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Jun. 10
Salem weekly Covid report for June 10: local cases falling, hospitalizations flat
Jun. 10
Bird flu detected in Polk County backyard flock
SALEM ECONOMY Jun. 10
Big jumps in food prices hit Salem restaurants, institutions
For restaurants that buy hundreds of pounds of beef or 15 dozen eggs at a time, climbing food prices are forcing price increases or other efforts to cut costs.
Jun. 10
Salem announces three finalists for next city manager
CLASS OF 2022 Jun. 10
Photos: West Salem students celebrate 2022 graduation
About 350 graduates walked across the stage Thursday evening at the Oregon State Fairgrounds pavilion.
FreeSUMMER SCHOOL Jun. 10
Several insurers will offer coverage for summer programs nearly derailed by state rules
Smaller nonprofit organizations across Oregon have struggled to meet state requirements for insurance to cover claims of sexual abuse, jeopardizing the $150 million legislators allocated for community-run summer programs.
Jun. 9
Top belly dancers converge in Salem this weekend for national competition
CRIME Jun. 9
Student pretending to be Judson teacher sent explicit photos, police say
Detectives investigating a March report of a Judson Middle School teacher sending sexually explicit images to a student determined they were instead sent by another student. The teacher remains on administrative leave pending the school district’s investigation.
Jun. 9
Ward 4 council race heading to November ballot
Jun. 9
Salem Chamber brings back annual business awards
FreeFEDERAL POLITICS Jun. 9
Oregon Rep. Kurt Schrader one of two Democrats to vote against Congressional gun control package
Schrader has not yet responded to questions or explained his vote.
STATE HOSPITAL Jun. 9
State hospital must work with counties to help patients return to communities, expert's report says
The Oregon State Hospital will also have to expand its substance abuse treatment produce data twice as frequently on admissions ordered by judges. The changes are part of a long-term agreed on by the the state, Disability Rights Oregon and Metropolitan Public Defender following a December 2021 settlement.
Jun. 8
Elementary schoolers awarded for art showing human-powered transportation
FreeOREGON POLITICS Jun. 8
Oregon groups appeal to president over concerns of white supremacist threats
The groups wrote to the Biden administration asking for a $100 million investment to combat threats in Oregon, said they hope to send an urgent signal to Washington D.C.
Free Jun. 8
Researchers find Covid associated with higher prevalence of mental health problems
Jun. 8
New minimum, maximum weekly unemployment benefits to increase 7% in Oregon
LOCAL SCHOOLS Jun. 8
Salem teachers win back pay in complaint over full-time work calculations during pandemic
A judge with Oregon’s Employment Relations Board sided with the school district’s teacher union in an unfair labor practice complaint filed in February 2021.
FreeAGRICULTURE Jun. 8
Oregon’s agriculture sector could win millions of dollars in federal funding
Loans and grants announced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture will help small and midsize operations, including for organic farming.
Jun. 7
Read books to earn rewards through Salem's Summer Reading Club
SALEM ECONOMY Jun. 7
Spiraling costs have some local families choosing between food, medical care
Local residents on fixed incomes and those who must travel long distances for groceries or medical care are being hit especially hard by the skyrocketing price of fuel and staples.
Jun. 7
AGENDA: Marion County commissioners consider funds for water system improvements, septic fee increases
SALEM EVENTS Jun. 7
Salem Pride event debuts Saturday with march, live performances downtown
The new event will give Salemites an opportunity to celebrate Pride Month in addition to the city’s longstanding late summer Capital Pride event.
FreeOREGON WILDFIRES Jun. 7
Research from Oregon State finds ways to slow wildfires in critical sagebrush rangelands
Scientists tested methods to mitigate wildfires in sagebrush territory to see which worked long term.
Jun. 7
Free Chemeketa classes available for 2022 grads, seniors
FreeOREGON POLITICS Jun. 7
Uncertainty looms over first open Oregon governor’s race in two decades
Tina Kotek, Betsy Johnson or Christine Drazan will be Oregon’s next governor.
Jun. 6
Salem-Keizer NAACP seeking student essays for Juneteenth contest
SALEM NONPROFITS Jun. 6
State insurance requirements hinder Salem nonprofits planning summer programs
Oregon legislators set aside $50 million this year for community organizations to offer summer learning programs, which often serve students with disabilities, students of color and students in rural areas. Many small organizations are now learning they won’t qualify because they’re unable to get the type of insurance the state requires.
Jun. 6
DMV temporarily closing Stayton office, 5 others
SALEM EVENTS Jun. 6
PHOTOS: Salem tests amphitheater with inaugural First Friday concert
A drizzly day meant a smaller audience as Salem singer Rich McCloud took the stage at the Gerry Frank | Salem Rotary Amphitheater in Riverfront Park.
FreeSOCIAL SERVICES Jun. 6
Parents of children with severe disabilities press Legislature for change in caregiving system
During the pandemic, the state obtained federal permission to pay parents as caregivers but that will end unless a change is adopted.
Jun. 6
Since pandemic, Salem sees big uptick in asks for help with utility bills

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