To alleviate loneliness, Salem’s senior center offers monthly activity boxes with a little whimsy

Center 50+, a city-run senior center, closed on Monday, March 16 and starting offering drive-up meals for seniors. (Saphara Harrell/Salem Reporter) In the spring, Heidi Miller had an idea percolating in her mind as seniors living in care facilities were cut off from visitors. Miller is the program coordinator for[Read More…]

Refrigerators to be posted around Salem to feed the hungry without question

James, a homeless man living around Lancaster Drive, adds mayonnaise to a sack lunch sandwich after answering questions for Salem’s 2019 point-in-time count. (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter) Most families keep refrigerators tucked away in kitchen corners. Two Salem-area women hope to soon see these appliances in driveways, parking lots, and other[Read More…]

PHOTOS: Salem kids take to the streets as dinosaurs, clowns and skeletons

Libby Tuitt, 7, left, and Addie Casebeer, 6, walk in costume in the Fairmount Hill Neighborhood Parade on Saturday, October 31. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter) Valeria Flores, 6, collects candy sent by zipline ghost during the Gizmo Trick-or-Treat at Gilbert House Children’s Museum on Saturday, October 31. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter) Atticus[Read More…]

Chemeketa loses contract for inmate GED classes as state moves teaching in-house

Oregon State Correctional Institution. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter) Chemeketa Community College will soon be out of the business of helping inmates in local prisons finish high school. The Oregon Corrections Department on Friday turned down an offer from Chemeketa and five other community colleges to reshape in-prison schooling to cut costs.[Read More…]

Fire updates: ‘We think we’ve turned the corner’ on Beachie Creek Fire; FBI discounts arson rumors

A view looking down over Silverton on Thursday, September 10. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter) Update, 11:15 a.m. The Portland office of the FBI on Friday addressed the persistence rumors and claims on social media that Oregon wildfires are the result of a coordinated arson ring: FBI Portland and local law enforcement agencies have[Read More…]

Marion County opens sign-ups for volunteers to help wildfire evacuees, plus more ways to help

Nicole Vanleerdam, right, and Hecto Martinez, of Marion Estates Independent Living, set up cots for their residents to use overnight after evacuating from Sublimity at the Oregon State Fairgrounds on Tuesday, September 8. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter) Update, Sept. 14: The sign up link below is no longer current. Volunteers can[Read More…]