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UPDATES: With proof of vaccination, Willamette will allow students, visitors to drop masks on campus

4 months ago

Record-breaking heat expected this weekend

Children play in the splash pad at Riverfront Park in Salem on June 9, 2019 (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter)

A record-breaking heat wave is expected to roll through the Willamette Valley this weekend, with temperatures expected to soar up to 108 degrees by Sunday.

Northwest Oregon is under an excessive heat watch, with high temperatures running 20 to 30 degrees above normal for this time of year, according to the National Weather Service in Portland.  

David Bishop, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Portland, said people should check in on elderly and young people because they’re more susceptible to extreme heat.

“If you can, check up on your friends, family, your neighbors,” he said. “The guy down the block that might steal your newspaper.”

Bishop said if Salem reaches 108 on Sunday it will be tied for the record warmest day ever in Salem.

The city reached 108 degrees three other times: Aug. 9, 1981, July 15, 1942, and July 23, 1927. 

Overnight temperatures are expected to stay high, limiting the amount of relief from the heat. This increases the risk of heat-related illnesses.

"Be prepared to drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors," the weather service said in the heat advisory.

As the Earth warms due to climate change, heat waves are expected to become more frequent and intense.

The weather is expected to stay hot into Monday and then gradually trend down toward the middle of next week, the weather service said. 

-Saphara Harrell

4 months ago

Marion County Fair seeks volunteers as the event returns July 9-11

Petrina Buchheit from Silverton FFA milks her dairy goat during the 2019 Marion County Fair. (Anna CK Smith/ Special to Salem Reporter)

The Marion County Fair will be back this year and is looking for volunteers to help staff information booths, assist with public competitions and more.

From July 9 to 11 the fair, held at the Oregon State Fairgrounds, will showcase local 4-H and FFA programs, public competitions, music, carnival rides and others.

“Whatever your interests are, no matter your ability, or how much time you can give there is a way for everyone to make a difference at the fair,” said Tamra Goettsch, Marion County Community Services director, in a statement.

Volunteer shifts available each day from morning through evening hours. To sign-up for specific days and shifts visit bit.ly/3vX4zyI.

All volunteers will receive a parking pass, a volunteer t-shirt, admission to the fair for the day they volunteer, and an additional ticket so they can enjoy the fair another day as a visitor.

-Saphara Harrell

4 months ago

With proof of vaccination, Willamette will allow students, visitors to drop masks on campus

Willamette University on May 15. 2020. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

Students, employees and visitors no longer need to wear masks indoors on the Willamette University campus - provided they show proof of vaccination against Covid.

The university announced the policy change Tuesday in a letter from Provost Carol Long and Dan Valles, chief operating officer. Those fully vaccinated against Covid no longer need to socially distance on campus, the letter said.

Visitors to campus should report to the Service Center at 750 Ferry St. S. to show proof of vaccination, the letter said. Once university employees verify vaccination status, visitors will receive a wristband to wear while on campus. Those who have not yet been fully vaccinated or who can't provide proof should continue to wear face coverings while indoors at Willamette.

Students and employees must provide vaccination information to the university for the policy to apply. Willamette leaders said in April the university would require proof of vaccination for all students and employees who will be on campus in the fall of 2021, making it one of the first Oregon universities to do so.

Employees have until July 19 and students until July 22 to provide proof of vaccination to Willamette or request an exemption on medical, religious or other grounds.

Correction: This article originally listed the mailing address for the Service Center rather than its physical address. Salem Reporter regrets the error.

-Rachel Alexander