Rachel Alexander


UPDATED: Police arrest armed felon near Four Corners

Robert Dailey (Courtesy/Marion County Sheriff’s Office) Police arrested a man they said fled into a southeast Salem neighborhood with a gun after several hours of searching Thrusday afternoon. Lockdowns at four Salem-Keizer Schools were lifted before the man’s arrest. All sports and other after-school activities at Houck Middle School are[Read More…]


Flood warning in effect after thunderstorm Tuesday afternoon

Cars drive through water along Commercial Street Southeast around 4:45 p.m. Tuesday. (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter) A flood advisory is in effect for the Salem area following heavy rain, thunder and lightning Tuesday afternoon. The National Weather Service said thunderstorms could produce rainfall “in excess of one inch per hour, causing[Read More…]

Public schools aren’t discriminating by doing business with churches opposed to same-sex relationships, state says

State officials ruled this week that Salem-Keizer School District isn’t discriminating against LGBTQ employees by holding meetings at a community center owned by a church which opposes same-sex relationships. The Oregon Department of Education’s decision comes after a Salem-Keizer employee filed a complaint through the Salem-Keizer Education Association about staff[Read More…]


AGENDA: Salem-Keizer board meets Tuesday

The 2019 Salem-Keizer School Board at a July 2019 meeting. (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter) Tuesday night will likely be a short meeting for the Salem-Keizer School Board, with just a handful of items on the agenda. Board members will meet in executive session at 5 p.m. to discuss real estate transactions[Read More…]

Agriscience program teaches urban farming, plant biotechnology to high schoolers

Agriscience teacher Luis Valenzuela shows the aeroponic towers where students will grow plants at Salem-Keizer’s Career Technical Education Center. (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter) Running an agriculture program with no soil is a challenge, but Luis Valenzuela is up to the task. Valenzuela teaches agriscience at Salem-Keizer’s Career Technical Education Center, a[Read More…]


PHOTOS: Middle and high school students start a new year

Alicia Kruska, Judson Middle School principal, guides students in a temporary lunch line. (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter) It’s a year of transition for many Salem-Keizer: Four schools are navigating around construction and campus expansions, and many have new principals. At Judson Middle School, cafeteria expansions have students temporarily eating lunch in[Read More…]


Morning coffee service aims to reduce tensions between downtown homeless, business owners

Ken Houghton, homeless outreach coordinator for ARCHES, serves coffee to Joe Lopez on Sept. 4, 2019 in downtown Salem. (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter) “Joe! You want some coffee?” Ken Houghton spoke to a carefully constructed cardboard fort covering a bench on the corner of Commercial Street and Court Street in downtown[Read More…]


PHOTOS: Salem-Keizer students head back to school

A student at Bush Elementary School finds a seat for breakfast on the first day of class. (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter) Mary Eyre Elementary School teacher Genesis Melendez gets to know her student, Guadalupe Gonzalez, at a before school event on Sept. 3, 2019 (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter) A Costco employee passes[Read More…]