At Salem’s Death Cafes, participants gather to talk about something everyone has in common: they’ll die someday. The group aims to break taboos around discussions of death and dying, and to celebrate being alive.
City Council President Virginia Stapleton and volunteer policymakers have formed the “Save Salem Campaign.” An opposition effort has already raised $134,000.
With the referendum for payroll tax heading to the November ballot, Salem Reporter sent additional questions to the councilors who voted against the tax about how the city should address a budget shortfall and potential cuts that would occur if the tax was voted down.
The Salem City Council meets Monday, Aug. 14, at 6 p.m. to consider a motion to host discussions with constituents, plans for a west Salem apartment complex and to hear an update about ongoing infrastructure bond-funded projects.
An excessive heat warning is in effect through Sunday in the Salem area. Here’s where you can access some air conditioning and hydration.
County officials confirmed Friday that the petition to put the Salem Payroll tax on the November ballot reached the required 3,986 verified signatures to qualify for the election.
Organizers say they have submitted nearly 13,000 signatures in an attempt to refer the planned Salem payroll tax to voters in November. County and city officials say the petition will likely meet the required threshold of 3,986 verified Salem voters in the next few days.
The Pentacle Theatre’s performance of “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” starts Friday, and runs through Sept. 2. In the play, a teenager investigates the unexpected death of his neighbor’s dog.
Salem has been selected for the University of Oregon’s Sustainable City Year Program, which will have students of architecture, planning, public administration, journalism and geography bring their thoughts and skills to real city projects.
Gov. Tina Kotek on Friday said she would follow through on planned vetoes announced last week for several budget items allocated by the legislature, including two Salem projects.