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Band brings Jewish party music to Salem

The Klezmonauts performed at the World Beat Festival Saturday. (Saphara Harrell/ Salem Reporter) Visitors to Saturday’s World Beat Festival in downtown Salem were transported across the globe. African drumming filled the amphitheater at Riverside Park, while cooks made lumpia, a dish from the Philippines, and vendors sold bonsai trees, an[Read More…]


PHOTOS: World Beat Festival

Nupurum Folk Dance showcased dances from the different states of India in brightly colored saris. (Saphara Harrell/ Salem Reporter) The World Beat Festival is an annual event put on by the Salem Multicultural Institute in Riverfront Park that showcases different cultures from around the globe. On Saturday, event goers watched[Read More…]


Complaint over public funding for transgender training stalls after Marion County leaders skip meeting

A complaint stemming from two Marion County commissioners’ move to defund training for therapists who work with transgender people is no closer to a resolution one month later. Commissioner Colm Willis, the target of the complaint, wrote in emails this week to fellow board members of the Behavioral Care Network[Read More…]

Legislature starts the home-stretch run at a quick, smooth pace

Republican Senators officially return to the Senate after their walkout. (Claire Withycombe/Oregon Capital Bureau) SALEM — Twenty-seven senators gathered at 9 a.m. Saturday morning to lay to rest House Bill 2020, the 2019 Legislature’s disruptive attempt to tackle climate change. Senate Republicans had been boycotting floor proceedings since Thursday, June[Read More…]

Republican senators to provide a quorum

Senate President Peter Courtney, D-Salem, was frustrated Friday as reporters peppered him with questions about the walkout and negotiations. Courtney declined to answer them. (Claire Withycombe/Oregon Capital Bureau) Enough Oregon Republican senators will return to the Capitol for the chamber to do business Saturday. The announcement was made at a[Read More…]