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Micro-apartment complex Nishioka Building will break ground Monday

Construction workers prepare to break ground at the Nishioka Building, offering around 150 micro-apartments, at the corner of State and Commercial streets. (Troy Brynelson/Salem Reporter) The Nishioka Building, a mixed-use project that could fuel more change in downtown Salem, will break ground on Monday, developers say. “We’re excited. This has[Read More…]

Agriscience program teaches urban farming, plant biotechnology to high schoolers

Agriscience teacher Luis Valenzuela shows the aeroponic towers where students will grow plants at Salem-Keizer’s Career Technical Education Center. (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter) Running an agriculture program with no soil is a challenge, but Luis Valenzuela is up to the task. Valenzuela teaches agriscience at Salem-Keizer’s Career Technical Education Center, a[Read More…]

First forum for Salem’s proposed “sit-lie” ordinance leaves residents, officials wanting more discussion

Kelly Teves, 48, voices her opposition to an idea to ban sitting or lying on city public rights-of-way for most hours of the day. Teves spoke during the first community forum held to discuss the proposal. (Troy Brynelson/Salem Reporter) The first public talks about a divisive proposal to ban sitting[Read More…]

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PHOTOS: Middle and high school students start a new year

Alicia Kruska, Judson Middle School principal, guides students in a temporary lunch line. (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter) It’s a year of transition for many Salem-Keizer: Four schools are navigating around construction and campus expansions, and many have new principals. At Judson Middle School, cafeteria expansions have students temporarily eating lunch in[Read More…]

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Morning coffee service aims to reduce tensions between downtown homeless, business owners

Ken Houghton, homeless outreach coordinator for ARCHES, serves coffee to Joe Lopez on Sept. 4, 2019 in downtown Salem. (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter) “Joe! You want some coffee?” Ken Houghton spoke to a carefully constructed cardboard fort covering a bench on the corner of Commercial Street and Court Street in downtown[Read More…]

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Neighbors of proposed Costco, shopping center file with Oregon Court of Appeals

The site of the proposed Kuebler Gateway Shopping Center in South Salem pictured September 2018. (Troy Brynelson/Salem Reporter) The fate of a proposed Costco-anchored shopping center in south Salem will be decided a little bit later than previously thought. Three neighbors in the South Gateway Neighborhood Association announced Wednesday they[Read More…]

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PHOTOS: Salem-Keizer students head back to school

A student at Bush Elementary School finds a seat for breakfast on the first day of class. (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter) Mary Eyre Elementary School teacher Genesis Melendez gets to know her student, Guadalupe Gonzalez, at a before school event on Sept. 3, 2019 (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter) A Costco employee passes[Read More…]