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Oregon officials restrict visits to elderly in care homes, acting to prevent coronavirus from hitting 30,000

Fariborz Pakseresht, director of the Oregon Department of Human Services. (Courtesy of Oregon DHS) SALEM – State officials on Tuesday mandated a stop to visits to the 30,000 Oregonians in long-term care facilities to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus that has proven especially deadly for the elderly. That[Read More…]

Gov. Kate Brown’s executive order on climate change has similar goals as an unsuccessful bill. But its effects are uncertain

Gov. Kate Brown, flanked by students and supporters, as she prepares to sign a sweeping order on climate change. (Jake Thomas/Salem Reporter) Gov. Kate Brown Tuesday directed state agencies to reduce Oregon’s greenhouse gas emissions through more stringent standards for fuels, new buildings and consumer appliances, imposing by order what[Read More…]

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We answered your questions about COVID-19 in the Salem area

The Marion County Health and Human Services headquarters in Salem (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter) As Oregon has confirmed more cases of the novel coronavirus, readers have lots of questions about the state and local response, how the virus is spread and why certain health measures are or aren’t being taken. This[Read More…]

City to erect 7,000-square foot covering in Marion Square Park after sit-lie ban goes into effect

The boulevard pictured along Commercial Street Northeast where tents had been staked in December.(Troy Brynelson/Salem Reporter) Salem city councilors on Monday voted to erect a canopy and install portable restrooms in Marion Square Park as a ban on sitting or lying on sidewalks during the day takes effect. The 7,000-square-foot[Read More…]

After two failed legislative attempts, Gov. Kate Brown signs an expansive order targeting climate change

Students joined Gov. Kate Brown at the Oregon Capitol for the signing of a climate change executive order on March 10, 2020 (Jake Thomas/Salem Reporter) Gov. Kate Brown signed a sweeping executive order on Tuesday that directs state government to significantly cut greenhouse emissions in Oregon. The governor’s move in[Read More…]

Oregon’s supply of coronavirus tests could run out Wednesday without infusion of kits from feds

Dr. Dean Sidelinger, state public health officer, addresses the media last week during a tour of the Oregon Health Authority’s operation center . (Jonathan House/Pamplin Media Group) The Oregon Health Authority will run out of coronavirus tests by Wednesday without an infusion of kits from the federal government, officials acknowledged in response to questions[Read More…]

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Salem-Keizer board to vote on transportation package, Rosedale school sale

The 2019-20 Salem-Keizer School Board (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter) Salem-Keizer school board members will vote on a $60 million transportation spending package and several property transactions at a meeting Tuesday night. District leaders want to buy 195 new school buses and build a new transportation facility on Gaffin Road in south[Read More…]

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As filing deadline nears, ten candidates are chasing city council seats and five are running for commission seats in Marion and Polk Counties

Five of nine seats on the Salem City Council are up for grabs in the May election as the filing deadline approaches. Candidates must file by 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 10. Three Marion County jobs are open, with incumbents seeking re-election as county clerk and sheriff while a county commission[Read More…]