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FreeSTATE NEWS Jun. 17
Areas affected by 2020 Labor Day fires will get 625 affordable homes
Grants announced this month will bring affordable homes and apartments to Oregon communities devastated by the wildfires in 2020.
Jun. 17
Driving in Salem to get more challenging as road construction starts
BEHIND THE STORY Jun. 17
LISTEN IN: Inflation is hitting local residents in very personal ways, reporting finds
THE CONVERSATION: Managing Editor Rachel Alexander shares details about stories making headlines in Salem and how the story came to be with host Wendy Brokaw of Capital Community Media on “Behind The Story.” The program airs weekday mornings on 98.3 FM.
Jun. 17
Elsinore mural is aging and fund drive aims for restoration
SALEM CRIME Jun. 17
Michael Wolfe admits he killed Karissa Fretwell and their son
Wolfe’s plea comes just over three years after searchers discovered the Fretwells’ bodies in a remote wooded area in Yamhill County.
Jun. 17
Salem weekly Covid report for June 17: Local hospitalizations, cases falling
HISTORY COLUMN Jun. 17
LOCAL HISTORY: A chronicle of Oregon’s famous strawberries
Strawberries have long grown wild in Oregon, but their commercial cultivation started in the late 1800s near Hood River, and soon spread to other areas of the state, including the Willamette Valley.
CLASS OF 2022 Jun. 17
South senior known for uplifting student voices seeks to be role model
With a smile that teachers said lights up the halls, Dara Elkanah hopes to inspire young students of color and pursue a career in education.
Jun. 16
Salem man indicted for transporting explosive
FreeAROUND OREGON Jun. 16
Five Oregon men awaiting trials for involvement in Jan. 6 attack at US Capitol
Four of the five made it inside the closed Capitol, according to court records
CLASS OF 2022 Jun. 16
McNary senior went from fighting to being an anchor for classmates
RonniLynn Anderson struggled to adjust to a large high school after spending several years at Salem’s alternative school. While at McNary, she turned around her behavior and became a leader among classmates in the school’s emotional growth center.
Jun. 16
Public Works Day returns Friday at Riverfront Park
CRIMINAL JUSTICE Jun. 16
Marion County’s top judge presses lawyers to take up public defense work
Presiding Judge Tracy Prall said in her letter Monday that if no private attorneys are available to take cases needing representation, the state Office of Public Defense Services will have until the next court date to appoint a lawyer. The court, she said, will bring contempt proceedings against the agency if it fails to do so.
Jun. 16
Man in custody walks away from van Wednesday on drive back to prison, agency says
CLASS OF 2022 Jun. 16
A go-getter at North helped other students find their passions
Paul Quach will be the first in his family to attend college, earning a full ride to Wesleyan University. He’s known around school for his energy and involvement in nearly everything.
Jun. 15
Employees in Marion County District Attorney's Office file to form union
Jun. 15
Three finalists for next city manager answer questions at virtual forum Wednesday night
FreeAROUND OREGON Jun. 15
Oregon’s prison director a finalist to lead federal prison system
Colette Peters would take over a federal agency with 35,000 employees and a $7.8 billion budget
SALEM BUSINESS Jun. 15
Chamber names Rich Duncan Construction as 'Business of the Year'
The Salem Area Chamber of Commerce on Monday, June 13, announced its annual business awards. Firms large and small were cited for their business success and community involvement.
FreeENVIRONMENT Jun. 15
Oregon teens reporting ‘eco-anxiety’ from climate challenges, report finds
A study finds teens are frustrated with government inaction and the impact future generations will face as a result of climate change
Behind the Story Jun. 15
LISTEN IN: Deciding how to key in on local coverage following the tragic Texas school shooting
THE CONVERSATION: Managing Editor Rachel Alexander shares details about stories making headlines in Salem and how the story came to be with host Wendy Brokaw of Capital Community Media on “Behind The Story.” The program airs weekday mornings on 98.3 FM.
CLASS OF 2022 Jun. 15
After an injury, McKay’s goalie bounced back to graduate on time
Andy Canchola’s favorite part of school was playing soccer, but when he lost his hand in an accident, his motivation to do schoolwork suffered.
Jun. 14
Central Point man indicted in three Salem shootings
SALEM ECONOMY Jun. 14
Rising costs, supply chain problems plague construction projects in Salem
Delays in getting supplies have left Salem contractors falling behind on construction and struggling to cover rising costs. Meanwhile, city, county and school officials say they are also seeing bid prices climb on their building projects.
FreeSTATE NEWS Jun. 14
Wyden raises concerns over shortage of firefighters, federal spending on fire prevention
U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden says agencies, facing a shortage of wildland firefighters and inadequate funding, aren't prepared for another challenging fire season this year.
Jun. 14
Affordable housing project for veterans to break ground Wednesday in northeast Salem
PHOTO GALLERY Jun. 14
PHOTOS: Diverse crowd finds entertaining time in Salem Pride celebration
A block of State Street turned into a festival of diversity on Saturday, June 11. The Salem Pride event brought people downtown for outdoor yoga, a parade and street entertainment by drag performers who kept the crowd enthralled.
Jun. 14
AGENDA: Marion County commissioners consider federal funds for emergency services, street improvements in Santiam Canyon
ECONOMY Jun. 14
COLUMN: Low-wage workers who kept society running during pandemic reaped few rewards
The Covid pandemic put a spotlight on "essential workers," but it's still not clear that a tight labor market will result in material benefits for those workers, writes Pamela Ferrara of Willamette Workforce Partnership.
FreeSTATE NEWS Jun. 14
Oregon records dispute plays out against backdrop of election fraud ‘big lie’
Washington County is seeking a court order to block the release of a file related to the May 2021 election.
CLASS OF 2022 Jun. 14
Construction student inspired classmates to enter the field
Kylie Lundy was a leader among her classmates as they built a home as part of the residential construction program at the Career Technical Education Center in Salem.
CRIME Jun. 13
UPDATE: Two boys arrested, man in "critical condition" after shooting downtown Monday, police say
The Salem Police Department said Monday that an argument between several people at the Cherriots Transit Mall led to a shooting in a parking lot by Columbia Bank downtown.
Jun. 13
Salem-Keizer School Board considers next budget, recognizing June as Pride Month
Jun. 13
Salem City Council will discuss upcoming budget, dropping library fines
BEHIND THE STORY Jun. 13
LISTEN IN: Behind a local jury's decision to acquit a man of bias crime charge in Salem murder
THE CONVERSATION: Reporter Ardeshir Tabrizian of Salem Reporter shares details about stories making headlines in Salem and how the story came to be with host Wendy Brokaw of Capital Community Media on “Behind The Story.” The program airs weekday mornings on 98.3 FM.
CLASS OF 2022 Jun. 13
A viola standout at South hopes for a career performing music
The lone musician in her family, Sofiya Zavydovska said music has helped her cope with the challenges of high school and been an avenue for making friends and expressing emotion.
PHOTO GALLERY Jun. 13
PHOTO GALLERY: Royal Scots, Vikings celebrate graduation
The last official act as a high school student is the commencement ceremony, and graduates at McKay and North Salem High Schools held the event Friday, June 10.
SALEM ART AND CULTURE Jun. 13
Tour Egyptian landmarks, 200-year-old cities in new Hallie Ford art exhibit
The new exhibit displays the sketches of Scottish artist David Roberts from an 1838-39 trip to Egypt and the Middle East. His work, the first detailed architectural drawings of many ancient landmarks, helped spark interest in Egyptology.

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