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First forum for Salem’s proposed “sit-lie” ordinance leaves residents, officials wanting more discussion

Kelly Teves, 48, voices her opposition to an idea to ban sitting or lying on city public rights-of-way for most hours of the day. Teves spoke during the first community forum held to discuss the proposal. (Troy Brynelson/Salem Reporter) The first public talks about a divisive proposal to ban sitting[Read More…]

Downtown stakeholders split on ordinance to restrict sitting, lying on sidewalks

Robert Stone, of Cheyenne, Wyo., sits outside near a coffee shop in downtown Salem. The homeless Salem resident said he would “probably” be impacted by a proposed ban on sitting or lying down on public rights of way. (Troy Brynelson/Salem Reporter) Those who provide safety nets for Salem’s homeless residents are[Read More…]

Former Salem Housing Authority staffer slams “very toxic” environment in resignation

A former grant writer at Salem Housing Authority called out the agency in her resignation letter, calling it “very toxic,” at a time when the agency’s flagship homeless assistance program is in flux. Pamala Garrick wrote that the agency hired “unqualified” managers and that her supervisors lied to her in[Read More…]

City swats down rumors, says water safe to drink

Salem city officials on Friday afternoon declared as “false” social media reports circulating through the community that water supplies were tainted and unsafe, but the assurances weren’t persuasive to some. The city confirmed testing showed small amounts of cyanotoxins – – commonly known as blue-green algae – were detected in[Read More…]

After summer of algal blooms, Salem enters spring with a plan, investments

Treatment ponds at Geren Island which ultimately becomes drinking water for Salem residents. Water reaching this point will have already been treated with powdered-activated carbon. (Troy Brynelson/Salem Reporter) Following Salem’s brush with cyanotoxins, Devin Doring said everyone at the city of Salem faced the question: How can they stop this[Read More…]