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UPDATES: Draw, garden or get a leg up at work with free Chemeketa workshops

April 9, 2021 at 5:21pm

Conflict resolution speaker coming to Salem April 14

Author, mediator and university professor Chad Ford will speak in Salem April 14 about transforming conflict with love.

Ford is the author of "Dangerous Love: Transforming Fear and Conflict at Home, at Work, and in the World.” His work focuses on teaching people to move past fear when differences arise, and draws on his experience mediating international conflicts over decades.

His talk is sponsored by the Community Business and Education Leaders, a group formed in 2019 by Mountain West Investment Corporation president Larry Tokarski to improve community health and education in Salem.

The talk is on Wednesday, April 14 from 3:30-5 p.m. Limited seats are available in-person at the Seymour Center, 3737 Portland Road NE, on a first-come, first-serve basis. Anyone may register to watch the talk as a webinar. Registration is open here.

Disclosure: Larry Tokarski, president of Mountain West Investment Company, is also a co-founder of Salem Reporter.

-Rachel Alexander

April 9, 2021 at 3:26pm

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: House passes bill to give more flexibility with hunting and fishing fees

Chris Brauhn and Kacie Gordon, of Salem, take a break from quarantining to fish for rainbow trout at Cascades Gateway Park. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

The Oregon House passed a bill on Wednesday intended to lower fees on fishing and crabbing. 

THE ISSUE: The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife wants to encourage people to take up hunting, fishing or harvesting shellfish. But the current fee schedule doesn’t give the department much flexibility. 

THE BILL: House Bill 2067

WHAT IT DOES: Allows the department to set fees that are lower under the current schedule. 

WHY IT WAS PROPOSED: The bill is particularly targeted at allowing the department to reduce the one-day angling and shellfish license fee from $32.50 to $23, according to legislative documents. The change will allow coastal charter and guide operations to market trips to customers who just want a one-day license. 


State Rep. Brian Clem, D-Salem: Excused

State Rep. Paul Evans, D-Monmouth: Yes 

State Rep. Raquel Moore-Green, R-Salem: Yes 

State Rep. Mike Nearman, R-Independence:  No

Sate Rep. Bill Post, R-Keizer: Yes 

State Rep. Teresa Alonso León, D-Woodburn: Yes

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT: The bill moves to the Senate for consideration. 

-Jake Thomas

April 9, 2021 at 11:11am

Draw, garden or get a leg up at work with free Chemeketa workshops

A garden plot at Salem Community Sun Gardens on March 24, 2021. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

If you've been itching to change your workout routine, start a container garden or prep for a job interview, there's a local class to help out.

Chemeketa Cooperative Regional Library Service and Chemeketa Community College on Thursday announced their spring schedule for a series of free workshops related to community wellness.

There are more than a dozen options in April and May, including stress management, family fitness, drawing and managing online teams.

Workshops are taught by Chemeketa instructors. They run an hour and take place on Zoom, typically in the evening or over the lunch hour. To see a schedule or register for a workshop, visit the library website.

-Rachel Alexander