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Oregon Youth Authority tries to find the balance between safety and child welfare as it transitions from isolation

John, a youth mentor at MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility, helps 18-year-old Zack understand the various personalities of staff at the facility. John regularly works in the STEPS program, an alternative to isolation, which Zack uses several times each week. (Courtesy of Oregon Youth Authority) WOODBURN — Early on the Friday[Read More…]

Speaker Kotek vows to act following report detailing poor response to sexual abuse, but says report was rushed

In compiling a damning report airing the Oregon Capitol’s dirty laundry, investigators failed to do their due-diligence and interview key witnesses, House Speaker Tina Kotek said Friday.  The report detailed years of sexual harassment and claimed leadership failed repeatedly in addressing it. Bureau of Labor and Industries Commissioner Brad Avakian[Read More…]


State to investigate claims of sexual discrimination at Marion County

The doors outside the Senator Hearing Room, where public works employee Jamie Namitz in October publicly announced she was sexually discriminated against at work. Namitz recently complained to the state Bureau of Labor and Industries to investigate the county public works department. (Troy Brynelson/Salem Reporter) A Marion County worker is[Read More…]

State investigation determines legislative leadership ignored sexual harassment claims

SALEM — A five-month state investigation found that Democratic leaders in the Oregon Legislature knew legislative employees in the Capitol worked in a “hostile” environment amid pervasive sexual harassment but did little about it. A 52-page report released Thursday by the state Bureau of Labor and Industries’ Civil Rights Division[Read More…]


New year in Oregon: Leaders reflect on 2018, talk aspirations for 2019

Senate President Peter Courtney (Salem Reporter files) In 2018, Oregonians were blanketed by dense smoke from wildfires burning hundreds of thousands of acres. They contributed to the most expensive political race in the state’s history, ultimately won by Gov. Kate Brown.  Oregon experienced a strong economy and rising wages, while[Read More…]


Retired Salem couple fixes up homes for resettled refugees

Janet Neuberg, left, stands with friends Jim and Joan Stembridge outside the Stembridge home in south Salem. (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter) Jim and Joan Stembridge didn’t set out to spend their retirement years as landlords. But after purchasing and remodeling their third rental home this year, they concede the label fits.[Read More…]