Troy Brynelson - Salem Reporter


Lawmakers to give Marion County trash burner another chance to be ‘renewable’

Covanta Marion, a trash incinerator in Brooks, burns roughly 170,000 tons of garbage every year. (Troy Brynelson/Salem Reporter) Clarification, Jan. 14: The House Committee on Agriculture and Land Use will reintroduce the proposal “at the request of the Marion County Board of Commissioners.” Rep. Brian Clem said his support only[Read More…]


Officials say ‘NIMBYism’, zoning and unwilling landlords sink search for Salem emergency shelter

People camp downtown, along the former home of Nordstrom. (Troy Brynelson/Salem Reporter) Attempts to establish new emergency shelter for homeless Salem residents fell short again and again in recent weeks and the search party says the outcome’s not likely to change. “It’s been one strikeout after another,” said Jimmy Jones,[Read More…]


AGENDA: Marion County to discuss church’s plan to turn land into housing

The Marion County’s Courthouse Square Building in downtown Salem. (Caleb Wolf/Special to Salem Reporter) Whether a piece of church-owned property in the Four Corners neighborhood can become housing will be the subject of a public hearing Wednesday. Christ the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church wants to turn nearly two acres south[Read More…]