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UPDATES: State library named to National Register of Historic Places

June 21, 2022 at 3:48pm

Maps seeking local difference-makers for $1,000 grants

Know someone making a difference in the Salem area?

Maps Credit Union's community foundation is seeking 15 do-gooders for their annual Maps Community Award.

Nominations are open through June 30 for people who are improving the community and inspiring others to do the same.

"They might be helping family, neighbors, friends, or community members via volunteering or through their business or employment," the nomination form reads. Preference will be given to Maps members.

Winners will be selected in July. Each winner will choose a nonprofit in Marion or Polk county to receive $1,000 from the MAPS Community Foundation. Winners will also get a basket of local goods that "celebrate our region and support our area businesses," the form says.

To nominate someone or learn more, visits the Maps Community Foundation website.

-Rachel Alexander

June 21, 2022 at 2:39pm

Man who shot at Salem home charged with attempted murder Tuesday, police say

(Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

A man was charged Tuesday with attempted murder after police say he shot at a southeast Salem home on June 16.

Matthew L. Gauntt, 18, was charged with second-degree attempted murder, unlawful use of a weapon and two counts of recklessly endangering another person in Marion County Circuit Court, court records showed.

Salem police responded just after 11 p.m. on June 16 to a call from someone reporting gunfire at their home on the 200 block of Southeast Kashmir Court, according to a news release.

Nobody was injured in the incident. Multiple rounds struck the outside and interior of the home, and one round was found in a bedroom where a child was sleeping, police said in the release.

Salem detectives determined Gauntt had a disagreement with a person who lives in the home.

Police said a few hours after the shooting, officers found Gauntt, who was with a boy at the time.

"Although both initially fled on foot as officers approached, Gauntt was arrested without further incident," the release said.

Gauntt was in custody at the Marion County Jail as of Tuesday afternoon. His arraignment was scheduled for 2:30 p.m., according to court records.

-Ardeshir Tabrizian

June 21, 2022 at 12:25pm

State library named to National Register of Historic Places

The Oregon State Library as seen from the Capitol Mall (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter)

Oregon's state library is the latest Salem building to earn a spot on the National Register of Historic Places.

In addition to the building's design significance, the listing is a recognition of the role the library played during the end of the Great Depression as a source of employment for Oregonians during construction and early years of operation.

The building was constructed with funding provided by the Public Works Administration and Works Progress Administration, two New Deal programs intended to provide employment during the Great Depression, according to the state's nomination letter.

"The State Library was significant during the WPA era for being the only library that served all Oregonians and contributed greatly to education in the state. The library distributed WPA funds to employ somewhere between 120-135 workers to drive bookmobiles, clean and repair books, staff service desks, and do outreach to community organizations. The project lasted through the end of the WPA funding in 1943," said a Tuesday news release from the state library.

The 1939 building with a white marble exterior is the second on the Capitol Mall to be recognized for its historical significance, following the Capitol itself, the release said. The National Park Service, which maintains the registry, added the library April 21 following a December nomination by the Oregon’s State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation.

"The building has a rich history dating back to 1938. The land had formerly been used for houses, one of which was the Cooke-Patton House, built by Edwin N. Cooke, Oregon’s first State Treasurer. The house was demolished, and construction began in 1938," the release said.

The final cost of construction totaled $825,000. Before getting its own building, the state library had been housed with the Supreme Court.

"The library served as a reference library for state officials, legislators and boards. In addition, its traveling libraries provided fifteen remote locations with education and entertainment. When the new library building opened, it was the only library available to 284,000 of Oregon’s approximately one million residents," the nomination said.

Properties listed on the national registry are recognized for their significance to the nation, state or local community and may be eligible for tax benefits and grant funds.

-Rachel Alexander