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Wash your hands! Flu season has officially hit Salem.

Salem Hospital (Caleb Wolf/Special to Salem Reporter) Flu cases are on the rise in the Salem area, and health officials are urging people who haven’t gotten a flu vaccine this season to do so. About 145 Willamette Valley residents tested positive for the flu the week of Dec. 8, the[Read More…]


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…]