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UPDATES: West Salem High School to get new principal

April 29, 2021 at 5:55pm

Salem police advise public of gun rights rally planned for Saturday at Riverfront Park

People enjoy the nice weather while keeping their distance in Riverfront Park on Thursday, April 9. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

Gun rights activists will hold a Second Amendment rally beginning noon in Salem’s Riverfront Park on Saturday, May 1. 

According to a flier for the event circulating online, the event’s speakers include state Rep. Mike Nearman, a Polk County Republican who has come under scrutiny for letting a group of violent extremists into the Oregon Capitol in December. Also included is Jo Rae Perkins, a supporter of the QAnon conspiracy theory who was the GOP’s U.S. Senate candidate for Oregon last year. 

A flier for the rally circulating online.

Last year, Salem saw violent clashes between right-wing and left-wing demonstrators. The Salem Police Department issued a statement in anticipation of the rally indicating that it would seek to prevent a similar clash from taking place. 

“Our approach to protests and rallies has remained consistent,” reads the statement. “Regardless of anyone’s political affiliation or ideology, we make enforcement decisions based upon the neutral interests of public safety.”

-Jake Thomas

April 29, 2021 at 2:04pm

Carlos Ruiz named West Salem High School principal

Carlos Ruiz (Courtesy/Salem-Keizer School District)

Carlos Ruiz, currently an assistant principal at North Salem High School, will lead West Salem High School starting July 1.

The school announced Ruiz's new role Tuesday.

Ruiz taught at West for eight years before taking the administrator job at North, according to a district announcement. He has worked on efforts to boost North's attendance and graduation rates and redesign the school's special education and English Language Development programs.

Ruiz replaces former principal Jim Miller, who left West near the beginning of the school year to take a job with the district's online program, EDGE. Bill Wittman has served as West's interim principal since.

-Rachel Alexander

April 29, 2021 at 1:04pm

Willamette Valley Hospice hosts jewelry sale to benefit music program

On Saturday, Willamette Valley Hospice is hosting a jewelry sale to benefit its music therapy program.

The sale is on May 1 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and will include opportunities to win gift baskets, enjoy live music, and games. Covid precautions will be followed, and masks will be required.

The free event takes place in garden with music therapists sharing songs and stories hourly.

A variety of new and used jewelry will be available for sale. Registration and more information can be found at https://wvh.ejoinme.org/Registration.

Contact [email protected] or 503.588.3600 with any questions.

-Saphara Harrell