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PHOTOS: Oregon community colleges highlight technical education programs for lawmakers

Chris Foltz, a chef instructor at the Oregon Coast Culinary Institute, carves a pelican from ice outside the Oregon Capitol on Feb. 1. (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter) With a drone, virtual welding simulations and responsive CPR dummies, Oregon’s 17 community colleges brought some hands-on learning to the Oregon Capitol Friday. The[Read More…]

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Chuck Lee seeks fourth term representing Keizer on school board

Chuck Lee is running for a fourth term on the Salem-Keizer School Board (Courtesy/Chuck Lee) Salem-Keizer’s longest-serving school board member announced Friday he intends to seek a fourth term. Chuck Lee, who has represented Keizer on the board since 2007, said he wants to continue work to improve graduation rates[Read More…]

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Transportation agencies still unsure about budget impacts if third bridge denied

The Marion and Center Street bridges pictured Summer 2018. (Salem Reporter files) Area transportation officials remain unsure how their budgets would be impacted if the Salem City Council decides against finishing early work on the Salem River Crossing. After a lengthy work session by councilors Wednesday night, representatives from state[Read More…]

Long-awaited carbon cap bill is released

SALEM — After nearly a year of work by a legislative committee, a bill released Thursday afternoon outlines how Oregon would drastically cut its greenhouse gas emissions and become the second state to implement a cap and trade system. The anticipated legislation – criticized before it even appeared – instantly[Read More…]

Oregon Supreme Court decides reduced prisons sentences legally passed

Clackamas County District John Foote challenged legislators’ ability to override a voter-enacted measure on prison sentences. (Portland Tribune/file) The Oregon Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a law to decrease sentences for repeat property thieves. In a unanimous decision handed down Jan. 31, justices agreed that the Legislature’s change to state[Read More…]