City News

Unpermitted Oregon white oak cutting cost owners, developer $2,000 per tree in fines, city documents show

Trees cut down on a property in south Salem that led to an investigation by the city of Salem. (Saphara Harrell/Salem Reporter) An out-of-state property owner, Salem developer and local tree service were fined $2,000 a pop for Oregon white oaks that were cut down on southeast Salem properties in[Read More…]

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…]

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…]