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Salem-Keizer School Board to hear boundary change plan

The Salem-Keizer School Board will hear Tuesday the district’s plan to shift school boundaries starting next year to relieve overcrowding at many school in northeast Salem. The board isn’t scheduled to vote on the plan until Feb. 12 and have asked people with comments on the changes to wait until[Read More…]

Oregon legislative leaders, regulators to meet behind closed doors to settle harassment claims

SALEM — The Oregon Legislature wants to settle a complaint accusing legislative leaders and administrators of creating a hostile work environment at the Capitol. In so doing, the Legislature will enter into confidential negotiations with the state’s Bureau of Labor and Industries, which brought the complaint. A neutral, third party[Read More…]


With eviction looming for homeless camp, its residents and city leaders left with questions

Scattered trash and belongings at an encampment near Marion Square Park. The city announced this week it plans to evict the camp Tuesday. Concerns arose afterward about a program that provides free meals. (Troy Brynelson/Salem Reporter) After word spread the city of Salem would cancel a program that helped feed[Read More…]


Salem to talk committees, aid for vulnerable populations and a 111-unit apartment complex

Salem City Hall (Salem Reporter files) Salem City Council’s first meeting of 2019 will include two agenda items that will address the city’s role in helping vulnerable populations in the region and an information report on a 111-unit apartment complex proposed in the South Gateway Neighborhood. The mayor will also[Read More…]


Disgraced former city manager tapped to help lead Marion County Public Works

Courthouse Square, where the Marion County Board of Commissioners offices are located, pictured in December. (Caleb Wolf/Special to Salem Reporter) A former government executive whose dishonesty over an affair with an employee cost him his job running the city of Newberg has been tapped to help lead Marion County’s troubled[Read More…]

2018 law lacks teeth for overprescribing doctors

(Caleb Wolf/Special to Salem Reporter) SALEM — State officials know of 160 doctors with suspicious prescribing patterns but Oregon law shields those doctors from further scrutiny. Legislators put little teeth into a 2018 law that requires doctors to register for a program that monitors drug prescriptions. Doctors, for instance, face[Read More…]