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April 15, 2021 at 2:57pm

Salem-Keizer assistant superintendent Kraig Sproles takes job in Eugene

Kraig Sproles, assistant superintendent of Salem-Keizer School District. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

Assistant superintendent Kraig Sproles is leaving the Salem-Keizer School District for a job running the Bethel School District in Eugene.

Sproles came to Salem in 2018 after working as principal of an Albany elementary school. He was hired as a district administrator overseeing academic achievement and promoted to the assistant superintendent job in 2019, overseeing district elementary schools.

“It’s definitely bittersweet. I’m excited to take this step and I’m excited to work in Bethel and all of the opportunity that represents and also incredibly sad to be leaving our family here and our community here," Sproles said.

Sproles said he was proud to be part of the work the district has done to address racial equity in the classroom through reconsidering school discipline and academics, both ongoing projects. He said he was also proud of Salem-Keizer's pandemic response, including bringing students back to in-person classes earlier than many other large Oregon districts.

“I’m proud of our teachers and our relationship with our bargaining unit which allowed us to be the first large school district to welcome kids back to school," Sproles said.

Sproles, who lives in Corvallis, said he intends to move his family to the Eugene area after his youngest daughter finishes high school this year. He will leave Salem-Keizer at the end of June and start his new job July 1.

-Rachel Alexander

April 15, 2021 at 1:12pm

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: Bill making telehealth permanent passes House

The pandemic has changed much of daily life. The Oregon House voted to make one of those changes permanent. 

THE ISSUE: Residents of rural areas and marginalized communities face challenges in accessing healthcare. 

THE BILL: House Bill 2508 

WHAT IT DOES: Codifies administrative rules enacted earlier in the pandemic that requires insurers to cover reimbursements for telehealth services for physical health care, behavioral health and dental care.

WHY IT WAS PROPOSED: Telehealth or telemedicine visits became a routine part of how healthcare was delivered during the pandemic. Proponents of the bill say making it permanent could increase access


State Rep. Brian Clem, D-Salem: Yes

State Rep. Paul Evans, D-Monmouth: Excused 

State Rep. Raquel Moore-Green, R-Salem: Yes 

State Rep. Mike Nearman, R-Independence:  No

Sate Rep. Bill Post, R-Keizer: Yes 

State Rep. Teresa Alonso León, D-Woodburn: Yes

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT: The bill moves to the Senate for consideration. 

-Jake Thomas

April 15, 2021 at 12:06pm

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: Oregon Senate passes bill extending eviction moratorium

The Oregon Senate on Wednesday passed a bill aimed at one of the lingering issues created by the pandemic: tenants behind on rent. 

THE ISSUE: Thousands of Oregonians are behind on rent because of the economic disruption caused by the pandemic. 

THE BILL: Senate Bill 282

WHAT IT DOES: Extends the state’s pandemic eviction moratorium, which will expire June 30, to Feb. 28, 2022.

WHY IT WAS PROPOSED: State agencies and social service providers are trying to push out money aimed at keeping renters in their homes. But they’re worried there will be a wave of evictions before they can get the money out. 


Sen. Brian Boquist, I-Dallas: Yes

Sen. Peter Courtney, D-Salem: Yes

Sen. Fred Girod, R-Lyons: No

Sen. Deb Patterson, D-Salem: Yes

Sen. Kim Thatcher, R-Keizer: No

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT: It heads to the House for consideration. 

-Jake Thomas

April 15, 2021 at 11:10am

Campers can reserve sites at Detroit Lake starting next week

An empty Kane's Marina in Detroit on Saturday, Sept. 27. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

Campers will be able to begin reserving camping spots at Detroit Lake State Recreation Area on April 19 at 6 a.m.

Reservations can be made online at oregonstateparks.reserveamerica.com, or by calling 800-452-5687.

The campground has been closed since the Santiam Canyon wildfires in September and will reopen on April 20.

Visitors will be able to reserve spaces up to six months in advance. Some sites are still closed to public use. 

Loops F and G will open on April 20. Loops A,B and parts of C and D will open May 28. Loops E, H and the rest of Loop C will open on June 18.

-Saphara Harrell

April 15, 2021 at 9:48am

Pet-loving artists wanted for Willamette Humane t-shirt contest

Vickie Clark-Ellis of Salem cuddles Neptune and Saturn, two of the 11-day old kittens she is fostering for the Willamette Valley Humane Society. (Ron Cooper/Salem Reporter)

The Willamette Humane Society wants your best pet-themed artwork.

The shelter is holding a t-shirt design contest ahead of its annual WillaMutt Strut fun run and fundraiser, scheduled to take place on June 6, according to a news release.

Through May 5, artists can submit digital artwork for the shirt to [email protected] with the subject line “WillaMutt Strut T-shirt Contest Entry.” Entries should be a high-resolution (300 dpi) PDF, JPEG or Adobe Illustrator file. Hand-drawn entries are not accepted.

The winning design will be printed on t-shirts given to all ticketed participants in the Strut. A winner will be announced May 10, and receives five shirts, plus bragging rights.

The WillaMutt Strut will be a virtual 5K this year, with games and contests entrants can participate in from home. To register or get more information, visit the Willamette Humane Society website.

-Rachel Alexander