Thousands sign petition to save Salem mural as city leaders say they’re not trying to remove it

A mural on the side of the building where Valley Roofing and Exteriors is located. (Saphara Harrell/Salem Reporter) Following an indignant Facebook post and a petition that garnered thousands of signatures, city of Salem officials this week went on the offensive saying they haven’t leveraged a fine against a local[Read More…]

Salem residents raised enough money to fund 125 micro shelters. The city needs to find a place to put them.

A Pallet shelter with the door decorated. (Courtesy/Hazel Patton) When Hazel Patton and fellow volunteers Ron Steiner and Emil Graziani set out to raise money for micro shelters, they thought they’d be lucky to sponsor 25. “We almost had that many the first week,” she said. Micro shelters are 64-square-foot[Read More…]

Invasive plant specialist helps Marion County residents find what they should grow in their backyards

Jenny Meisel, native and invasive plant specialist with the Marion Soil and Water Conservation District, in eastern Washington among balsamroot and phlox. (Courtesy/ Jenny Meisel) Sometimes when Jenny Meisel drives down the highway, she’ll do a double take if she sees a plant she thinks might be invasive. The native[Read More…]

Middle school students will spend semester creating art for micro shelter residents

Students at Howard Street Charter School. (Courtesy/Robert Salberg) Students at Howard Street Charter School are embarking on an art project to make life brighter for people living in micro shelter villages in Salem that are intended to serve as a transition out of homelessness. In January, the middle school students[Read More…]