Rachel Alexander

PHOTOS: Here’s what it takes to feed 15,000 elementary school kids every day

Food service workers prepare wrapped turkey dogs to serve in Salem-Keizer elementary schools (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter) In Salem-Keizer School District’s central food production kitchen, servings are often measured by the thousands. The industrial kitchen in a nondescript building in southeast Salem cooks up chili, burritos, hamburgers and more for every[Read More…]


Seeking more Oregon students, Willamette University will match Oregon college savings accounts

Willamette University President Steve Thorsett speaks at the kick-off for a university match program for Oregon College Savings Plan account holders. (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter) Oregon students who enroll at Willamette University can get up to $40,000 towards tuition and school expenses under a new program available to incoming freshmen next[Read More…]


Urban Art Fest brings color, culture and resistance through art

A graffitied car on display at a prior Urban Arts Fest (Courtesy/Latinos Unidos Siempre) If you’ve ever wanted to see graffiti artists paint a 30-foot wall, Salem’s Urban Art Fest is the place for you. The free, all-ages event this Saturday celebrates graffiti art, rapping, beatboxing, breakdancing and show cars[Read More…]


More college options coming to downtown Salem with WOU expansion

The Vick building in downtown Salem will become a new Western Oregon University campus over the next year. (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter) A now-empty building on the edge of downtown Salem will be transformed into a new Western Oregon University campus over the next year. The Monmouth-based university bought the Vick[Read More…]


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…]