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UPDATES: Race around Salem to benefit local refugees

April 28, 2021 at 4:27pm

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: Oregon House passes bill allowing over-the-counter sale of some cold medicines

Rep. Bill Post, R-Keizer, left, and Rep. Brian Clem, D-Salem, wait to see the outcome of a vote on House Bill 4303 during a one-day special session at the Oregon State Capitol on Monday, August 10. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)  

The Oregon House passed a bill on Wednesday that will make it easier to get medicine for a common cold. 

THE ISSUE: Getting many medicines to treat the common cold requires a prescription from a doctor. 

THE BILL: House Bill 2648

WHAT IT DOES:  Allows a pharmacist or pharmacy technician to sell a drug containing pseudoephedrine without prescription to a person who is at least 18 years of age.

WHY IT WAS PROPOSED: In 2005, Oregon began requiring a prescription to obtain drugs containing pseudoephedrine because the substance is used to make methamphetamine. 

Since then, an electronic system was set up tor track sales of pseudoephedrine. Every other state that had a similar requirement has since dropped it, according to the bill’s sponsor state Rep. Bill Post, R-Keizer. He said dropping the requirement will reduce health care costs. 


State Rep. Teresa Alonso León, D-Woodburn: No

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: Excused

Sate Rep. Bill Post, R-Keizer: Yes

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT: Heads to the Senate for consideration.

-Jake Thomas

April 28, 2021 at 3:15pm

Our Salem zoning subcommittee meets Friday

The Our Salem Zoning Subcommittee will meet virtually Friday to discuss six zoning options intended to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The subcommittee meets April 30 from noon to 2 p.m.

The city currently updating its comprehensive plan which guides development in the city, called the Our Salem process.

Some of the zoning options include increasing maximum heights for buildings, eliminating parking requirements, and increasing the minimum density.

The subcommittee, which has four city councilors and four planning commissioners, is expected to meet again on May 27 and June 21.

How to participate:

The meeting will be broadcast live on YouTube. https://bit.ly/planningpublicmeetings 

To provide oral comments, sign up by emailing [email protected] or calling 503-540-2315 by April 30, 2021 at 10 a.m. To provide written comments email Eunice Kim at [email protected] or mail them to Eunice Kim, Community Development Department, City of Salem, 555 Liberty St SE, Suite 305, Salem, OR, 97301 by 5 p.m. April 29. 

-Saphara Harrell

April 28, 2021 at 11:36am

Salem Public Library food for fines program returns next month

Salem library patrons wanting to reduce overdue library fees can donate to the Marion Polk Food Share from May 1 to 15.

For every $1 donated to the food share, the Salem Public Library will reduce library fines by $5. It applies to overdue fines only.

For every $1 donated, the food share can supply three meals to families in need. 

To have your late fees reduced, please forward the emailed donation receipt, including your library card number, to [email protected].

You can check your fine situation in advance by logging into your account online or with the help of library staff at [email protected] or 503-588-6315. All items returned through the library’s curbside service are checked in, free of overdue fines. Even if items you are returning have "overdue" or "lost" status, the charges will be eliminated when checked in through curbside service at Salem Public Library at its Broadway location.

-Saphara Harrell

April 28, 2021 at 11:24am

Race around Salem to benefit local refugees

Grab a few friends or family members for an adventure through downtown Salem on Saturday, May 15.

Salem for Refugees is hosting an Amazing Race-style fundraiser with teams of up to six people competing to follow clues and complete tasks while learning about local refugees. Start times are staggered from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Teams will need a car as they seek out clues in the downtown and central Salem areas. They can also raise money before the event by soliciting donations from friends and family for Salem for Refugees. The organization helps refugees resettled in the Salem area adjust to life here with help including transportation, child care, interpretation, English classes and more.

Registration is open through May 8 with a $50 fee per team. Teams that hit specific fundraising goals will have time taken off their final score.

For more information or to register, visit the Salem for Refugees website.

-Rachel Alexander