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With a $3.5 million consulting job done, state officials turn to fixing the troubled foster care system

Consultants hired to lift Oregon’s foster care system out of dysfunction were expected to close up shop Friday. All told, they are expected to walk away with $3.5 million after eight months of work. While about 60 foster children sent to facilities in other states have come back to Oregon[Read More…]


PHOTOS: Magic at the Mill

Kids danced next to a lighted tree that blinked along to Christmas music during Magic at the Mill Thursday.(Saphara Harrell/Salem Reporter) The Willamette Heritage Center was transformed Thursday as the lawns lit up for the annual Magic at the Mill event. Families wandered around the grounds and were treated to[Read More…]


Six middle schools lose after school programs as Salem-Keizer Education Foundation cuts costs

Kelly Carlisle, left, executive director of the Salem-Keizer Education Foundation, and Jeff Aeschliman, board president, talk at the foundation’s office in downtown Salem (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter) Salem-Keizer Education Foundation leaders are cutting after school programs serving 800 local middle school students and may sell their downtown building to further cut[Read More…]