Chemeketa plans to resume classes in the fall, anxious if students will return

Chemeketa Community College on Thursday, April 16, 2020. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter) One year ago, Chemeketa Community College instructors and staff moved more than 1,600 scheduled courses online with just two weeks’ notice. But about 2,000 students opted not to follow. So far, they haven’t come back. College President Jessica Howard[Read More…]

Neighborhood by neighborhood, a new project wants to change the odds for Salem’s kids

Hallman Elementary students gather during the school’s morning assembly in March 2019. (Fred Joe/Special to Salem Reporter) In the decades he led Salem’s Catholic Community Services, Jim Seymour’s job was to help kids and families with health care, housing and other needs in the city’s poorest neighborhoods. Some lessons stuck[Read More…]

Hot potato: How a Salem woman came up with an idea to keep unsheltered people warm and full

From left, Donna Barcus, Hailyn Ayers, Mariah Butts and Aaliyah Tucker at the Fairgrounds Pavilion making Valentine’s Day bags with flowers for unsheltered women. (Courtesy/ Lisa Letney) When high water flooded Wallace Marine Park and Cascades Gateway Park this winter, Lisa Letney laid awake hearing the sounds of a storm[Read More…]

Calls to community resource line show how the pandemic has fallen unevenly on women in Marion County

Volunteer Yoni Giron takes a load of food boxes to his car at the Marion County food pantry on Friday, April 10. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter) Women, who have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic, are the main driver behind calls to a social services hotline locally that connects people to[Read More…]

“You can do more damage than the storm.” Foresters urge caution when assessing tree damage

Downed trees at Wallace Marine Park on Feb. 15, 2021. (Saphara Harrell/Salem Reporter) As Salem residents look to repair damaged trees on their property, Oregon State University’s extension office and the Oregon Department of Forestry have some advice. The extension office said doing things properly after trees have been damaged[Read More…]

After stolen yurts upended its expansion plans, a Salem school gets some unexpected good news

Kaleidoscope Community School Director Molly Brown (left) and Ashley Acers, the school’s owner, stand outside of a yurt assembled at the school. The school had ordered four yurts to help it expand. But thieves had other plans. (Jake Thomas/Salem Reporter) Kaleidoscope Community School is still missing the coverings for the[Read More…]