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Salem puts roof over chronically homeless, then adds care

Tommy Green, 52, was homeless in Salem for 21 years before getting an apartment through the homeless rental assistance program. (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter) Last winter, Tommy Green was trapped in a cycle. Years of methamphetamine use and living on the streets had weakened his heart. “Black mold got in my[Read More…]

Students give Oregon legislators tips on fixing schools

Jenessa Teachout, a junior at Gresham’s Sam Barlow High School, and Meagan Graves, senior at Portland’s Madison High School, chat with Rep. Barbara Smith Warner, D-Portland, at a legislative committee session Thursday. (Jonathan House/Portland Tribune) If given a choice for one reform at his high school, Des’smen Pooler would add a mandatory class on[Read More…]

Buehler, Brown weigh in on Kavanaugh hearing

Gov. Kate Brown and House Majority Leader Jennifer Williamson stand in solidarity with victims of sexual assault on the Capitol steps on Monday, Sept. 24. (Salem Reporter/Aubrey Wieber) State Rep. Knute Buehler joined Gov. Kate Brown Thursday in calling for a halt to the U.S. Supreme Court nominating process for Brett[Read More…]

In a move affecting thousands, Salem-Keizer schools crafting new boundaries

Mike Wolfe, chief operations officer for Salem-Keizer Public Schools, explains how boundary review will address overcrowding at McKay High School during a meeting on Sept. 20, 2018. (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter) It’s no secret that Salem-Keizer schools are educating far more students than they were originally built to hold. Addressing crowding[Read More…]