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With food pantry shut down, Chemeketa gives out $10,000 in grocery store gift cards

Chemeketa Community College on Thursday, April 16. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter) Within the first hour of accepting submissions, the Grocery Grant received 201 applications – enough to eat up the grant’s entire $10,000 budget.  After that hour, Grecia Garcia Perez, Chemeketa Community College’s student services coordinator, had to shut down the[Read More…]

Salem church joins legal effort to overturn governor’s COVID-19 orders

(Courtesy/Wikimedia Commons) Salem-based Peoples Church and nine other churches across Oregon have sued Gov. Kate Brown to force her to remove state restrictions on religious services and other activities. The complaint was filed in Baker County Circuit Court on Wednesday by the Pacific Justice Institute, a California-based legal group focused[Read More…]

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COUNTY ELECTIONS: Polk County commissioner candidates list rural broadband and safer roads as priorities

Polk County Courthouse (Courtesy of Jolene Guzman/Polk Itemizer-Observer) Salem Reporter wanted to know what issues were top of mind for the candidates seeking a position as Polk County commissioner. We provided each candidate written questions intended to elicit their understanding of challenges the county faces and how they would overcome[Read More…]