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Oregon residents, local officials say highway tolling policy should include transit

A travel time sign on Interstate 205 in the Portland area (Oregon Department of Transportation) Residents of Portland suburbs and local elected leaders on Wednesday urged state transportation officials to think about transit and potentially stranded drivers as they move toward installing tolls on some highways. Oregon Transportation Department officials[Read More…]

A new way to treat addiction in Salem

Josh Lair is the Oregon community outreach coordinator for Ideal Option, a network of medication-assisted addiction treatment clinics that expanded to Salem in 2020 (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter) Josh Lair knows how difficult it is to detox from drugs. After becoming sober over a decade ago from methamphetamine and alcohol, Lair[Read More…]

Magic returning to Enchanted Forest

The witch’s head at Enchanted Forest on Tuesday, October 27. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter) Last summer, where there were once teenaged screams at the height of rollercoasters and toddler giggles on wooded paths, there was silence as Enchanted Forest – the theme park nestled between Salem and Albany – struggled to[Read More…]

Long Covid continues to keep Oregonians out of workforce as state rebounds from job losses

Oregon is nearing a full recovery of jobs lost during the pandemic according to the Oregon Department of Employment. But the gains are uneven, and for some industries, and hundreds of thousands of Oregonians experiencing long Covid, the road ahead is still uncertain. Oregon has regained 94% of jobs lost[Read More…]