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Ex-Dallas councilor known for intolerant statements now a finalist for Polk commissioner

The Polk County Courthouse. (Courtesy of Janet Guzman/Polk County Itemizer-Observer) UPDATE 10:50 a.m. Dec. 5: Micky Garus was not appointed Polk County Commissioner. Commissioners unanimously chose Lyle Mordhorst, a manager at Les Schwab and former president of the West Salem High School Education Foundation. As a Dallas city councilor, Micky[Read More…]

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Leaving office, Janet Carlson hopes to see continued push to help Marion County homeless

Outgoing county commissioner Janet Carlson has spent 16 years in office focused on helping people get a second change after coming out of jail. (Troy Brynelson/Salem Reporter) Janet Carlson’s office is lined with a stack of plastic tubs, carefully labeled by topic. The outgoing Marion County commissioner describes it as[Read More…]

Leaving office, Janet Carlson hopes to see continued push to help Marion County homeless

Outgoing county commissioner Janet Carlson has spent 16 years in office focused on helping people get a second change after coming out of jail. (Troy Brynelson/Salem Reporter) Janet Carlson’s office is lined with a stack of plastic tubs, carefully labeled by topic. The outgoing Marion County commissioner describes it as[Read More…]

Thousands of Salem residents could see insurance cuts at Salem Hospital

Salem’s only hospital would be out-of-network for thousands of residents if a contract dispute with Regence isn’t resolved. (Courtesy/Salem Health) Thousands of Salem residents may be left with reduced insurance for local hospital visits if a contract dispute between Salem Hospital and a major insurer isn’t resolved. The hospital has[Read More…]