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Salem’s Value Village is closing. Here’s why its parking lot will stay busy

Salem’s Value Village is closing this Saturday. (Courtesy/Wikimedia Commons) Salem’s Value Village is closing its doors this Saturday, and a Salem Health employee parking lot will take its place. Sara Gaugl –– a spokesperson with Value Village’s parent company, Savers­ –– said the lease was expiring at the for-profit secondhand[Read More…]

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AGENDA: Salem-Keizer board will appoint budget committee members

The 2019-20 Salem-Keizer School Board (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter) Salem-Keizer school board members will fill two vacancies on the district’s budget committee at their meeting Tuesday night, picking from among 15 people who have applied for the volunteer role. Committee members serve three year terms and review the superintendent’s proposed budget[Read More…]

Two of Oregon’s largest unions see decline in state workers paying dues, but claim they’re bouncing back

(Courtesy SEUI Local 503) SALEM — Oregon’s largest public employee unions have seen double-digit declines in the number of state workers paying dues, state data show. Together, SEIU 503 and AFSCME Council 75 represent about 29,000 workers employed by state agencies. A shrinking share of those workers have chosen to[Read More…]

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Thousands more Oregon kids can attend free preschool next fall

Preschool students play in a Salem-Keizer classroom at the East Salem Community Center on Oct. 22, 2019 (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter) Oregon will spend millions of dollars to allow thousands more kids to attend preschool next fall, including tripling the size of a free program for middle-income families. The money could[Read More…]