Saphara Harrell - Salem Reporter

In final address, Mayor Chuck Bennett urges residents to pass infrastructure bond, consider public safety needs

Salem Mayor Chuck Bennett films a video acceptance for a literacy award in April 2020. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter) Mayor Chuck Bennett beseeched Salem residents to vote for an upcoming infrastructure bond, highlighted the Salem Fire Department’s record call volume and said the city will do everything it can to address[Read More…]

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Santiam Canyon wildfire survivors face chronic stress, trauma amid uncertainty about future

Two burned homes on each side of the North Santiam River at Gates show the potential for household and agricultural pollutants to flow into the river, a major source of Salem’s drinking water. (Ron Cooper/Salem Reporter) Over a year after the Beachie Creek and Lionshead fires burned through the Santiam[Read More…]

Local climate group says city is “slow walking” approval of Climate Action Plan

Solar panels on the Library roof will be generating energy in the renovated building. (Courtesy/City of Salem) An effort from city leaders to implement Salem’s Climate Action Plan in phases is causing consternation from climate activists on and off the Salem City Council. Dozens of community and city leaders spent[Read More…]

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Salem council approves funding, potential locations for new micro shelter village

Volunteers walk along a row of pallet shelters under construction on Tuesday, April 13, 2021. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter) Salem is one step closer to having another micro shelter village that would keep the city’s current sheltering capacity flat. On Monday night, the Salem City Council unanimously approved funding for a[Read More…]