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Map shows trail, recreation closures from wildfires

March 19, 2021 at 4:15pm

A fast move by a Cherriots bus driver prevents potential tragedy

Dan Parker, a Cherriots transit operator, maneuvered a bus to block traffic in Mission Street to protect a distraught person on Wednesday night. (Courtesy/Cherriots) 

A quick-acting Cherriots bus driver may have saved someone’s life. 

On Wednesday night a distraught person walked out into Mission Street and lay down on the busy street, according to Cherriots spokeswoman Patricia Feeny.

Dan Parker, a transit operator, saw the person lying in the street as he was driving Route 7 and maneuvered the bus, blocking two lanes of traffic and preventing the person from being run over. 

The unidentified person was later assisted by police and moved away from the scene. 

Parker declined an interview. 

-Jake Thomas

March 18, 2021 at 4:50pm

Deadline approaching for Chemeketa Foundation scholarships

Chemeketa Community College on Thursday, April 16. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

Students attending Chemeketa Community College in the fall have until March 31 to apply for scholarships from the college's foundation.

Applications are now open. Completing one application allows students to be considered for more than 140 scholarships and assistance funds the college foundation offers. Some scholarships are open to students in specific academic programs, while others have more general requirements.

Students must have completed either a federal or Oregon student aid application to apply, but some scholarships are available to students who are not eligible for financial aid. Students do not need a Social Security number to apply.

Students can either be currently enrolled at Chemeketa or prospective students who plan to begin classes in the fall. Awards are announced starting in April through July. More information and application instructions are available on the college's website.

-Rachel Alexander

March 18, 2021 at 1:44pm

Oregonians will have more time to get their state and federal tax returns in

Ranch Records in downtown Salem held a going out of business sale in July after 38 years in business. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

The Oregon Department of Revenue has moved the deadline to file state income taxes to Monday, May 17, giving Oregonians an additional month. The Internal Revenue Service earlier extended its deadline to file federal taxes to the same date. 

The most recent federal stimulus package made changes to the tax code, and the pandemic continues to disrupt economic life. The extension is automatic and applies to individual taxpayers, including self-employed people. Penalties and interest won’t accrue on unpaid balances until May 18. 

Both the IRS and the Oregon Department of Revenue will be providing formal guidance, according to a department press release. 

To get tax forms, check the status of your refund, or make tax payments, visit www.oregon.gov/dor or email [email protected] 

-Jake Thomas

March 18, 2021 at 1:14pm

Map shows trail, recreation closures from wildfires

Fishermen's Bend Recreation Site on Oregon Highway 22 west of Mill City was heavily damaged by the Beachie Creek Fire. (Pool photo by Rob Schumacher/Statesman Journal)

Oregon Wildfire Response launched a map Wednesday that shows which trailheads and recreation sites are closed following last year’s wildfires.


“There was a need for a 'one-stop-shop' map for the public to be able to understand where these closures are to help the public plan ahead, avoid closed areas, and recreate safely outdoors,” the website reads.

Some closed recreation areas are unsafe to enter because of the danger of slides or damaged trails while others have ongoing recovery activities, according to the state Office of Emergency Management. 

Most of the recreation sites in the Santiam Canyon are closed following the Beachie Creek Fire in September. However, Silver Falls State Park to the west and the Mongold Day Use area in Detroit are listed as open.

More details about local closures are available on the Marion County website.

-Saphara Harrell