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Salem-Keizer graduation rate hits high of 79%

Ruth Langmoir, an August 2019 McKay High School graduate, gets a hug from graduation coach Ken Ramirez after earning her diploma. (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter) The percentage of Salem-Keizer students earning a high school diploma climbed again last year, marking a steady increase from five years ago. More than 2,400 students[Read More…]

Why Salem leaders, weeks into a search for homeless shelters, walked away from new beds

Councilor Tom Andersen responds to questions from the a crowd of neighbors at Pringle Community Hall. Salem City Council on Tuesday walked away from plans to turn the hall into an emergency homeless shelter. (Saphara Harrell/Salem Reporter) For the past six weeks, Salem officials and nonprofit leaders have had one[Read More…]


Three men shot in east Salem Tuesday night, one still in critical condition, sheriff’s office says

(Courtesy/ Marion County Sheriff’s Office) Three men were shot in east Salem Tuesday night, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office said. Deputies arrived at Northeast Snoopy Lane and Linus Court around 11 p.m. to find a man driving a Chrysler 300 had crashed into a parked car. The driver had an[Read More…]


From guns to wildfires, legislators heading to Salem soon to push changes

Oregon State Capitol (Caleb Wolf/Special to Salem Reporter) SALEM — Legislators will roll up their sleeves for some speedy politicking in February, tackling some of Oregon’s thorniest problems. When they gather for the month-long legislative session, legislators want to improve the state’s care for people with mental illness and its[Read More…]


AGENDA: Marion County to discuss second mobile crisis unit for mental health

Marion County building in downtown Salem (Caleb Wolf/Special to Salem Reporter) Marion County added a second mobile crisis team to its ranks last summer and, on Wednesday, will discuss retroactively approving the contract. Crisis units take calls from 9-1-1 dispatch that involve mental health components, according to the Marion County[Read More…]