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CHECK OUT: a triathlon, dog walk or wildfire talk

Friday Hear all about wildfires as speakers Jeffrey D. Johnson, CEO Western Fire Chiefs Association and Tom Fields, a fire prevention coordinator for the Oregon Department of Forestry, discuss the changing nature of fires, the causes and consequences, fire prevention and protection of both public and private lands. The program[Read More…]

Oregon reaches inside to find next leader of ODOT

SALEM – Oregon’s transportation commissioners have chosen Kris Strickler, head of the Oregon Department of Transportation’s highway division, to be the agency’s new leader. The commissioners voted on the appointment Tuesday evening, chosen after a national search to replace longtime director Matt Garrett that took six months. Before leading ODOT’s[Read More…]

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Flood warning in effect after thunderstorm Tuesday afternoon

Cars drive through water along Commercial Street Southeast around 4:45 p.m. Tuesday. (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter) A flood advisory is in effect for the Salem area following heavy rain, thunder and lightning Tuesday afternoon. The National Weather Service said thunderstorms could produce rainfall “in excess of one inch per hour, causing[Read More…]

Public schools aren’t discriminating by doing business with churches opposed to same-sex relationships, state says

State officials ruled this week that Salem-Keizer School District isn’t discriminating against LGBTQ employees by holding meetings at a community center owned by a church which opposes same-sex relationships. The Oregon Department of Education’s decision comes after a Salem-Keizer employee filed a complaint through the Salem-Keizer Education Association about staff[Read More…]

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AGENDA: Salem-Keizer board meets Tuesday

The 2019 Salem-Keizer School Board at a July 2019 meeting. (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter) Tuesday night will likely be a short meeting for the Salem-Keizer School Board, with just a handful of items on the agenda. Board members will meet in executive session at 5 p.m. to discuss real estate transactions[Read More…]

Oregon’s first public records advocate quits

Ginger McCall (Courtesy/Oregon Secretary of State) SALEM — Oregon’s first-ever public records advocate is resigning from her post on Oct. 11. Ginger McCall, appointed by Gov. Kate Brown in early 2018 to boost transparency and openness in state and local government, said she was stepping down after what she called[Read More…]