Rachel Alexander


PHOTOS: YMCA demolition and Salem Peace Mosaic preservation

Staton demolition workers bring down the remaining pieces of the Salem YMCA on Dec. 11, 2019 (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter) Field superintendent Jayson Valech paused as a piece of concrete crashed down, the force of the impact reverberating down Northeast Court Street. “It never gets old,” he said. Valech is with[Read More…]


AGENDA: Salem-Keizer School Board considering superintendent contract change, property tax exemption

The 2019-20 Salem-Keizer School Board (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter) Salem-Keizer school board members will consider changing Superintendent Christy Perry’s contract at a Tuesday night meeting to reflect legislative changes to retirement benefits for public employees. If the contract change is approved, Perry would have the option to retire and be immediately[Read More…]

Caesar the Llama promoting blood drives in memory of teenage friend who died of cancer

AvaLynn Hosmer, left, and Caesar, meet at an October 2019 event for Hosmer’s homecoming. (Courtesy/Kimberly Hosmer) Salem’s celebrity llama wants your blood. Caesar, the four-year-old therapy llama who regularly makes public appearances at events around western Oregon, is expanding his community service efforts into local blood drives in honor of[Read More…]

Parents point to class size, accessibility, better training to improve Salem-Keizer schools

Hallman Elementary students gather during the school’s morning assembly. (Fred Joe/Special to Salem Reporter) Thousands of students facing challenges to succeed in school could be helped with changes proposed by parents and others in recent sessions held by the Salem-Keizer School District. Hundreds packed into school libraries and conference rooms[Read More…]