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After struggling with a stubborn homelessness problem, Salem sees relief in housing legislation

Tents line the boulevard next to The ARCHES Project in downtown, where homeless residents have congregated before the city’s camping ban. SOURCE: (Troy Brynelson/Salem Reporter) House Speaker Tina Kotek wants to ease the state’s housing and homelessness problems with $120 million to enforce fair housing laws, build affordable housing and[Read More…]

Elections division says Oregon’s electoral process is secure

U.S. Attorney Billy Williams addresses the media regarding cyber and disinformation threats to the security of Oregon’s electoral process during a press conference at the Oregon Capitol Tuesday, Feb. 4. (Sam Stites/Oregon Capital Bureau) The state’s top elections official wants voters to know Oregon is doing everything possible to ensure[Read More…]

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Inspired by nature, composer’s work debuts at Oregon Symphony in Salem

Gabriella Smith’s new composition will debut in Salem on Friday. (Courtesy/ Gabriella Smith) Gabriella Smith likes to make recordings of the natural world. The 28-year-old composer will listen to early morning bird songs or dip a hydrophone into the water to record shrimp crackling or fish grunting. “The underwater ones[Read More…]