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Audit finds Oregon keeps vital opioid information under wraps

SALEM — Oregon is collecting valuable information about opioid prescribers and their patients but state law hamstrings using the system to confront drug abuse, state auditors said Tuesday. Oregon, like all other states, collects information on prescriptions for controlled substances like Oxycodone and Percocet. But Oregon’s program has little teeth,[Read More…]


Neighbors prevail over Costco after years-long push for south Salem project

City planner Aaron Panko speaks at Salem City Council Monday night. Public testimony lasted nearly three hours in the debate over whether to approve a shopping center in South Salem. (Troy Brynelson/Salem Reporter) Determined Salem neighbors fought the $100 billion company Costco to a standstill Monday night, convincing the Salem[Read More…]

Salem-Keizer nearing final school boundaries for 2019-20

Proposed elementary school boundaries under the most recent Salem-Keizer School District proposal. (Courtesy/Salem-Keizer School District) After months of discussion, the Salem-Keizer School District is nearing a final plan to shift the boundaries of dozens of local schools. That plan would leave schools in Keizer and West Salem largely untouched and[Read More…]

Column: Salem Reporter journalists do our best work by partnering with you

Education reporter Rachel Alexander (Moriah Ratner/Special to Salem Reporter) Editor’s note: This is the second of a continuing series of personal columns from the staff of Salem Reporter to the community explaining how we perform our journalism. When I introduce myself to Salem-Keizer parents, there’s sometimes a moment of surprise.[Read More…]

Parents concerned about racial discrimination, transportation in Salem-Keizer boundary shifts

Olga Cobb, Salem-Keizer director of elementary education, explains proposed boundary changes to parents at Four Corners Elementary School on Dec. 4, 2018. (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter) Parents are concerned a Salem-Keizer School District proposal to ease high school overcrowding by shifting some students to different schools would lead to more bullying[Read More…]