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Agenda: Polk County Commission to review garbage collection rate increase

The Polk County Courthouse. (Courtesy of Janet Guzman/Polk County Itemizer-Observer) The Polk County Commission has a light agenda this week. At its Wednesday meeting, it will consider a rate increase for garbage collection from Brandt’s Sanitary Service, Inc. The commission will also vote on approval January and February business, including[Read More…]


AGENDA: Salem-Keizer School Board to review superintendent, extend contracts for district administrators

The Salem-Keizer School Board (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter) Salem-Keizer School Board members will conduct their annual evaluation of Superintendent Christy Perry at a meeting Tuesday night and consider new contracts for two high-level district administrators. Chief operations officer Mike Wolfe and human resources director John Beight would both see their contracts[Read More…]

Chemeketa board chooses Jessica Howard as college’s next president

Jessica Howard will be the 11th president of Chemeketa Community College (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter) A Portland Community College administrator will be Chemeketa Community College’s next president, the college board announced Monday. Jessica Howard, who currently serves as campus president for Portland Community College’s southeast campus, has accepted a job offer[Read More…]


Union Gospel Mission hopeful for $1.5 million in donations for new building

Union Gospel Mission Executive Director Dan Clem explains floor plans for the mission’s proposed upgrade. He told Salem Reporter he hopes to issue a site plan to the city of Salem this month. (Troy Brynelson/Salem Reporter) At an open house last Friday for Union Gospel Mission, Executive Director Dan Clem[Read More…]


Latinos Unidos Siempre teams up with Salem Art Association to spotlight, support urban art

Sandra Hernández-Lomelí, Latinos Unidos Siempre director, holds paintings made by young people at the organization’s northeast Salem office. (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter) When Sandra Hernández-Lomelí was 12, she was arrested for tagging on a Salem street. Like many of her peers, Hernández-Lomelí used graffiti to express herself. But instead of getting[Read More…]