By Rachel Alexander and Saphara Harrell – Salem Reporter

As Roth’s Fresh Markets goes corporate, leaders say focus will remain on customer service

Roth’s Fresh Markets on Wallace Road Northwest in Salem. (Ardeshir Tabrizian/Salem Reporter) Mitch Teal has one piece of advice for the new owners of Roth’s Fresh Markets: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Teal, a Salem commercial real estate broker who has worked with the Roth family since the[Read More…]

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City of Salem, other public employers will likely fall under Biden’s vaccine mandate

Four of Salem’s 10 largest employers are local government agencies, rather than private businesses – but they’ll still likely fall under the vaccination mandate President Joe Biden announced last week. That means most workers for the city of Salem, Marion County, Polk County and Chemeketa Community College would need to[Read More…]

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EXCLUSIVE: “There’s no cavalry to come save us”: Salem-area hospital workers exhausted as Covid patients fill beds

Sam Bereny, an EMT at Metro West Ambulance, administers a second dose of the Moderna vaccine at a drive-thru COVID-19 vaccination clinic at Centennial Park in Woodburn, Ore. on Thursday, April 1, 2021. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter) On Friday morning, Salem Hospital passed a grim threshold. Eighty-one people were in hospital[Read More…]

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Early results show progressive candidates sweeping Salem-Keizer school board, fire district to hire new staff

(Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter) Progressive candidates led in all four Salem-Keizer School District board races following early results Tuesday, with the sole incumbent seeking re-election easily defeated. An initial ballot count at 8 p.m. Tuesday showed Osvaldo Avila, Ashley Carson-Cottingham, Karina Guzmán Ortiz and María Hinojos Pressey in the lead. All[Read More…]

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In Salem, Chauvin verdict “a small step in the right direction”

Protesters by the thousands gathered at the Capitol for the March for Floyd on Saturday, June 6. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter) Salem residents who have pushed for police reform and racial justice said they were relieved after a Minneapolis jury found former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin guilty of the murder[Read More…]

State to pour millions more into addiction treatment despite little proof it works

A hallway leads to patient bedrooms for the medically managed withdrawal program at Bridgeway, where patients can detox from drugs and alcohol, on Thursday, Jan. 28. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter) Oregon is poised to dramatically expand an addiction treatment system that already consumes millions of dollars each year with no clear[Read More…]

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Marion County ordered to cut restaurant capacity, halt long-term care visits in effort to slow Covid spread

Libby Anderson serves coffee at Archive with a mask and safe distancing on June 17, 2020. (Cathy Cheney/Salem Reporter) This story was updated at 4:50 p.m. to include a statement from Marion County. Marion County restaurants, gyms and museums will have to halve the number of people who can be[Read More…]

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Fleeing by the thousands, Santiam Canyon families seek refuge in Salem

A volunteer directs traffic at the Oregon State Fairgrounds on Tuesday, September 8. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter) Allison Hargett was on a family camping trip at Detroit State Park over the Labor Day weekend when friends, anxious about increasing winds and smoke, decided to head home. Not long afterward, just before[Read More…]

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Five more coronavirus deaths reported at south Salem assisted living facility

An image of the coronavirus from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Long-term care facilities continue to drive new deaths from the coronavirus, and two new Marion County workplaces, including Oregon State Hospital, now have active outbreaks. Five residents at Farmington Square Assisted Living, 960 Boone Rd SE,[Read More…]

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For 50 years, police have patrolled schools in Salem. Now, some say it’s time for a new approach.

Protestors rallied outside of the Salem-Keizer school district offices on Thursday, June 18 to urge the district to cancel their contract for police officers in schools. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)   A 50-year-old program of police in Salem-Keizer schools has become a flashpoint in local discussions about racial justice as activists[Read More…]