Eliandra Yatilman, a fourth grader at Auburn Elementary School, and Dale Dela Cruz, a North Salem High School senior, sing "Lava" at the Auburn Islander Club's first family night on Feb. 6, 2020 (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter)

Good Sunday morning. Here's a sampling of stories produced in recent days by your local news team at Salem Reporter. You can find all our coverage at salemreporter.com.

Speakers tell Salem crowd of work bringing Oregon's black history out of shadows

Too much of the history of blacks in Oregon has been lost or disregarded, according to leaders of Oregon Black Pioneers. They made their case to the Salem City Club Friday.

After months of planning, Salem library move is in the home stretch

Library staff have two weeks to get a collection of 300,000 items moved or stored before the temporary location on Northeast Broadway Street opens on Feb. 18.

After struggling with a stubborn homelessness problem, Salem sees relief in housing legislation

House Speaker Tina Kotek has introduced legislation aimed at Oregon’s housing crunch with money for cities ready to add shelters. Salem is ready.

Rotary Club of Salem celebrates 100th birthday with ambitious park project

Gerry Frank has been a member of the Rotary Club of Salem for 65 years. As the club celebrates its centennial this year, they'll break ground on a new amphitheater at Riverfront Park bearing his name.

After a facelift, Oregon's 1857 constitution on display at Capitol

Former state archivist Mary Beth Herkert walks the 1857 Oregon Constitution to the Capitol each morning to put it on display through Feb. 15. Eventually, she wants to bring the document to every county in the state.

Pacific Islander high schoolers mentor Auburn Elementary students with ukelele and dance

Auburn staff say a new Islander Club, led by local high schoolers, has improved attendance and helped them build connections with families.

Impassioned testimony highlights Oregon hearing on gun storage bill

Citizens made good use of their allotted two minutes to tell lawmakers why House Bill 4005 is or isn’t a good idea. Another hearing to allow testimony is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 12.

Timber Unity sits down with governor with its own plan to reduce Oregon emissions

Opponents of the greenhouse gas reduction plan presented Gov. Kate Brown, Senate with alternative solutions to shrinking carbon emissions.

Hoping to keep his place in Oregon, a trucker heads to Salem

Thursday’s Timber Unity really drew over a thousand truckers to Salem. Here’s what one had to say.

With air horn blasts, over a thousand big rigs and lots of camo hats, rural Oregon makes its voice heard

For the second year, Timber Unity holds a large rally on the Capitol steps in hopes of defeating climate legislation.


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