Free SCENES FROM THE AREA
And now a break from Salem's pandemic
Shoppers can still look for fresh produce or flowers at the Thursday West Salem Farmer's Market and on Saturday's at the Salem Saturday Market but expect booths to be limited to two people.
Customers browse through the Thursday West Salem Farmer's Market on Edgewater Street which runs from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. until mid-September. On Saturdays, the Salem Saturday Market runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 865 Marion St. N.E. with extra precautions because of COVID-19. (Ron Cooper/Salem Reporter)
STATE GOVERNMENT Sep. 21
State, SEIU agree on vaccine mandate for state employees with paid leave, exemptions
The state and SEIU 503 agreed Monday to offer more paid leave opportunities for state employees getting vaccinated ahead of a statewide vaccine mandate.
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT Sep. 21
More people riding the bus, all-renewable power needed for Salem to meet climate goals
The Salem City Council heard a presentation on the Salem Climate Action Plan Task Force’s efforts to make Salem greener in the future. To meet its ambitious goals, aggressive action would be needed in the next 30 years.
FreeCOVID IN OREGON Sep. 21
What we know about breakthrough Covid cases in Oregon
About 1% of fully vaccinated Marion and Polk county residents have contracted Covid to date. State data shows the number of people diagnosed with Covid after vaccination has climbed as the overall number of cases soared in July and August, but unvaccinated Oregonians remain far more likely to get sick.
GUEST COLUMN Sep. 21
COLUMN: Sometimes, where you live can impact cost of health care plans
Medicare questions or issues? Jim Sellers, former Oregon journalist and state agency employee, writes a regular column to help thousands in Salem deal with the confusing world of Medicare and federal benefits. He's available to answer your questions at no charge.
GOVERNMENT Sep. 20
Marion County employees can now get paid leave if they need to isolate because of Covid
The new policy was approved by Marion County commissioners earlier this month, but the union representing employees says a doctor’s note should suffice, instead of requiring a letter from an increasingly taxed health department.