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UPDATES: Two dead in crash with Cherriots bus on Highway 99

February 4, 2021 at 1:00pm

Market Street ramp onto Interstate 5 reopened following crash

(Caleb Wolf/Special to Salem Reporter)

UPDATE 2 p.m. : Police said the crash scene has been cleared and the ramp has reopened.

The Market Street ramp onto Interstate 5 in Salem is closed after a car and bicycle collision.

The ramp could be closed for several hours while police investigate, the state Department of Transportation said. 

-Saphara Harrell

February 4, 2021 at 12:33pm

Salem's new community radio station, KMWV 98.3 FM, gets its first director

Lisa Walz, new station director of KMWV 98.3 FM. (Courtesy/ Capital Community Media)

Lisa M. Walz has taken over as the first radio station manager of KMWV 98.3 FM.

The station was launched in September by Capital Community Media, an organization funded by Comcast franchise fees that operates three community-focused cable channels. 

With Walz’s hire, KMWV will now begin developing programming, likely starting with a morning commute show, said Kirimi Flitter, programming and promotion coordinator at Capital Community Media. 

Walz has a background in event coordination, on-air talent, marketing, station management and community engagement. She previously managed Washington State University’s COUG radio station, where she increased programming and staffing. 

KMWV’s mission is “ to empower all people to communicate and provide community information through media,” according to a press statement. The station will share 98.3 FM with its partner, Radio Poder (KTUP), which has a focus on the area’s Spanish-speaking population. From 6 p.m. to 10 a.m., listeners will hear KMWV. From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. listeners will hear Spanish programming curated by KTUP.

Capital Community Media is currently renovating its new multimedia wing, which will house the radio station that will feature a state-of-the-art production studio. 

-Jake Thomas

February 4, 2021 at 11:56am

City of Salem offers free protective equipment to local businesses

PPE during a free drive-through testing clinic at Woodburn Ambulance Service on Tuesday, August 25. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

Salem is offering free personal protective equipment to businesses while supplies last.

The city partnered with the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce to distribute masks, gloves and wipes to for-profit and nonprofit businesses in the Salem area. Businesses must have fewer than 100 employees and have principal operations in Oregon.

Interested businesses can submit their request online.

All requested items will be available for pick up at the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce office on 1110 Commercial St. N.E. on the selected date and time referenced in the online form. The free protective gear is paid for with federal CARES Act funding.

Any questions can be emailed to [email protected].

-Saphara Harrell

February 4, 2021 at 9:31am

Two dead in crash with Cherriots bus on Highway 99

A Cherriots mini bus following a fatal crash on Highway 99 on Feb. 3 (Courtesy/Oregon State Police)

Two people were killed in a crash Wednesday night after a car driven by a Salem man struck a Cherriots bus on Highway 99E south of Woodburn.

Oregon State Police said Jordan Chandler, 26, of Salem, was driving southbound on the highway near Boones Ferry Road when his car veered into the northbound lane, colliding with a minibus around 8 p.m.

The Cherriots bus driver, Rachel Bunting, 51, of Salem, was pronounced dead at Salem Hospital, police said. Chandler died in the crash.

Three bus passengers, all Woodburn residents, were transported to Salem Hospital, police said. A passenger in Chandler's car was transported to Emmanuel Legacy Medical Center in Portland.

-Rachel Alexander