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Hundreds of trailer loads of debris hauled out of city drop off sites

8 months ago

Seniors can sign up for free Covid vaccine drive-through clinic in Woodburn Feb. 25

Syringes of the Pfizer vaccine during a COVID-19 vaccine clinic at the Oregon State Fairgrounds on Thursday, Jan. 28. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

Seniors can sign up for a Covid vaccine at a free drive-through clinic in Woodburn on Feb. 25.

Appointments are available from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Woodburn High School, 1785 Front St. Sign up is available here using access code 1111.

Marin Arreola with the Interface Network, a local group focused on expanding access to health care, said the event is intended for people living in Woodburn and surrounding areas who are 70 or older.

No health insurance or ID is required to receive a vaccine. More information is available in the flyers below.

Salem Health on Friday opened vaccination appointments at the state fairgrounds again. That clinic will be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Feb. 23 to Feb. 27 by appointment only. More information is available on the Salem Health website.

Information about a Feb. 25 Covid vaccination event in Woodburn. (Courtesy/Interface Network)

Información sobre un evento de Covid vacunación el 25 de febrero en Woodburn. (Interface Network)

-Rachel Alexander

8 months ago

Keizer Chamber seeks new executive director

The Keizer Chamber of Commerce is looking for a new executive director after Danielle Bethell was elected to the Marion County Board of Commissioners.

The new executive director of the group will be responsible for coordinating the efforts of commerce, industry, and professionals in maintaining and strengthening a healthy business climate in Keizer.

“The executive director is responsible for ensuring an environment in which membership in the organization is sought and where members and volunteers can vest themselves with ownership of the organization through the participation of the planning, production and implementation of Chamber programs, events, initiatives, and activities,” the chamber wrote in its job posting.

The Chamber is looking for someone who has management experience, strong financial management skills, and the ability to interact with businesses, government personnel, elected officials, community groups and organizations.

The person chosen to the lead the 400-member Chamber will “serve as a spokesperson and an advocate for the business community with a strong external focus on the community and region.”

The salary is $60,000 to $65,000 depending on experience. The deadline to apply is March 19.

Submit a letter of interest and resume to include salary history, listing of computer skills, presentation skills, sales, finance, marketing and business development background, legislative/rule making experience, supervisory skills/experience, plus at least 3 business references and three community references to: Executive Director Recruitment, Keizer Chamber of Commerce, 4118 River Rd. N, Keizer, OR 97303.

Information Contact: Mark Caillier, Interim Executive Director, Email: [email protected] Cell/Text: (503) 930-7481. 

-Saphara Harrell

8 months ago

Patriot Prayer supporter involved in Capitol attack allowed to move out of state

Far-right demonstrators attack a photojournalist during a protest at the Oregon State Capitol Monday. (Saphara Harrell/Salem Reporter)

Chandler Pappas, a supporter of right-wing protest group Patriot Prayer, will be allowed to move out of state while he awaits trial on charges of assaulting police and attempting to break into the Oregon Capitol on Dec. 21.

On Thursday, Marion County Circuit Court Judge Courtland Geyer approved the conditions for the release of Pappas. Under the agreement, Pappas will be allowed to relocate to Chandler, Arizona while he awaits trial. 

On January 7, Pappas, 27, of Portland, was indicted on felony charges of unlawful use of mace, criminal trespass in possession of a firearm, burglary in the first degree and riot. 

The charges stemmed from a riot outside the Oregon Capitol during a one-day special session. During the dustup, rioters smashed windows in an attempt to break into the Capitol and assaulted journalists and police. Pappas is accused of pepper-spraying six police officers during the incident. 

Pappas has been involved with last summer’s street protests and made national news after watching Aaron “Jay” Danielson die after being shot by a self-described anti-fascist activist during a confrontation in Portland. 

While several other people face charges for their involvement in the incident, Pappas faces the most serious. 

On Feb. 5, the judge approved Pappas’ release from jail under the agreement that he not possess or consume alcohol, possess firearms or bear mace, participate in public demonstrations and must stay at least two blocks away from the Oregon Capitol. 

Pappas is represented by Salem attorney David Kuhns, who did not return a phone call seeking comment on Friday. 

-Jake Thomas

8 months ago

More Covid vaccines should arrive in Salem area next week as seniors 70 and older become eligible

Agnes Tsai draws up a dose of the Pfizer vaccine during a COVID-19 vaccine clinic at the Oregon State Fairgrounds on Thursday, Jan. 28. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

Oregonians 70 to 74 will become eligible for Covid vaccines on Monday, Feb. 22, adding to the number of people seeking a shot at the arm at a time when supplies remain scarce.

“Nothing that’s happened in the past week will slow down our schedule,” said Pat Allen, Oregon Health Authority director, during a press conference Friday.

Allen was referring to a chaotic week where multiple vaccination clinics were canceled due to icy weather and power outages and 67,000 vaccine doses the state was scheduled to receive have yet to arrive because of poor weather. That forced the cancelation of some local vaccine clinics, including scheduled doses at Salem Health’s Polk County clinic.

“There is going to be a little bit of a traffic jam,” Allen said of the vaccination effort ahead.

In the Salem area, vaccines for the week of Feb. 22 are slated for Salem Health, Santiam Hospital, local pharmacies, Woodburn Ambulance, Salud Medical Center, Lancaster Family Medical Center and county public health departments.

Marion County providers were allocated 5,850 first doses of the Pfizer vaccine, most of which are destined for Salem Health clinics, and 1,000 first doses of Moderna vaccine, according to documents from OHA.

Polk County will receive 700 first doses of the Moderna vaccine.

Marion County health officials said earlier this week they hope to reopen a drive-through vaccination clinic in Woodburn next week.

Appointments remain scarce, but those eligible can check https://www.salemhealth.org/covid-19/covid-vaccine for information about scheduling a shot through Salem Health in either Marion or Polk County and the Marion County Health Department website for a list of other providers.

Local Safeway pharmacies also expect to offer Covid vaccinations, but will not open up appointment slots until vaccines have arrived, a company spokeswoman said. More information about scheduling is on the Safeway website.

-Rachel Alexander

8 months ago

Hundreds of trailer loads of debris hauled out of Salem drop off sites

Salem area residents using trucks, car trunks, and trailers, hauled debris from a weekend ice storm to collection sites around the city Wednesday, Feb. 17 (Ron Cooper/Salem Reporter)

Two days after Salem opened four parks for debris drop off, it’s already seeing hundreds of loads of trees and branches at each site.

Woodmansee Park is by far the most utilized, receiving 505 trailer loads of debris.

Wallace Marine Park saw 270 loads, Geer Park saw 279 and McKay Park 226.

The drop off sites are open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The parks are:

Woodmansee Park – 4629 Sunnyside Rd. S.E.

Wallace Marine Park – 200 Glen Creek Rd. N.W.

Geer Park – 241 Geer Dr. N.E.

McKay Park – 2755 Hollywood Dr. N.E.

Other locations for debris drop off around Marion County are posted on the posted on the county website.

The city has 11 crews from two different tree contractors to aid city workers in cleaning up streets and fixing damage at city parks.

Minto Brown Island Park will be closed at least through the weekend because of downed power lines and extensive tree damage, said Emily DuPlessis-Enders, city spokeswoman.

“The rest of our park system is scattered with woody debris, making pathways unusable and playground equipment hard to reach,” the city wrote on its website.

City crews are also street sweeping to remove rock applied during the ice storm to keep storm drains accessible.

-Saphara Harrell