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UPDATES: Two dogs die in east Salem shooting

May 11, 2021 at 4:37pm

One week left to drop off ballots for May 18 school board, fire district election

Steve Bauman, right, and Paul Butler, elections workers, collect ballots from a drop box in Keizer on Thursday, October 23, 2020. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

Voters in Marion and Polk counties have one week to get ballots in for the May 18 election which will decide a majority of seats on the Salem-Keizer School Board and whether the Marion County Fire District 1 can hire additional help.

Ballots must be received by 8 p.m. Election Day to count, so election officials recommend using a free ballot drop box rather than dropping ballots in the mail.

If you need a refresher on the issues affecting Salem-area voters, check out Salem Reporter's guide to the school board races and our coverage of the fire district levy..

A list of ballot drop boxes is available on page 5 of the Marion County voter's pamphlet and on the Polk County elections website. Ballot envelopes must be signed to be counted.

Salem drop box locations are listed below.

Marion County Clerk, 555 Court St. N.E., Ste 2130, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays

Marion County Health, 3180 Center St. N.E. - Curbside (24 hours)

Roth’s Fresh Market, 3045 Commercial St. S.E. -6 a.m.-9 p.m. daily

Roth’s Fresh Market, 4555 Liberty Rd. S. - 6 a.m.-9 p.m. daily

Roth’s Fresh Market, 4746 Portland Rd. N.E. - 6 a.m.-9 p.m. daily

Roth's Fresh Market, 1130 Wallace Rd N.W. - 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily

Marion County Public Works, 5155 Silverton Rd. N.E. - 8 a.m.-5 p.m. daily

-Rachel Alexander

May 11, 2021 at 4:17pm

AGENDA: Marion County commissioners meet to approve contracts, extend east Salem patrols

The Marion County Board of Commissioners meets Wednesday to consider extending sheriff’s office patrols in east Salem for another three years and approving several contracts related to debris cleanup, asphalt resurfacing and radio improvements at the Marion County Jail.


Commissioners will consider extending the terms of the East Salem Service District intergovernmental agreement to provide Marion County Sheriff’s Office patrols in east Salem until June 2024 with an additional $4.9 million.

Since 2019, property owners in the East Salem Service District, which includes Hayesville and Four Corners, have paid a $10 per month fee for 10 deputies to patrol the area. If the county extends the agreement, the fee will remain in place.

Commissioners will consider approving an additional $17,974 toward a project aimed at improving radio communications at the jail. The total contract would cost $294,247.

Commissioners will consider approving a $250,000 contract with Mountain View Tree Service, LLC to do debris cleanup from the winter storm in February and provide on-call tree trimming and removal services until April 2023.

The board will also consider two agreements with pavers. A $981,806 contract with Santiam Paving Co. and $1.8 million contract with Roy Houck Construction, LLC for asphalt resurfacing on county roads.

They will also consider approving $11.9 million in Oregon Health Authority funds to pay for community mental health, addiction treatment, recovery, prevention, and problem gambling from to January 1, 2021, through December 31, 2021.

How to watch: The meeting starts at 9 a.m. in the Senator Hearing Room at 555 Court Street N.E. People can view the meeting on YouTube.

-Saphara Harrell

May 11, 2021 at 3:52pm

Salem's emergency manager helps residents prepare for disaster in virtual talks

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)

Salem’s emergency preparedness manager, Greg Walsh, is having free virtual talks about preparing for disasters in the next couple months.

The bi-weekly 30-minute talks will touch on power outages, emergency food supply, wildfires and water storage.

The first talk is on Thursday, May 13 at noon and will go over what the city learned from the February ice storm.

Additional talks are scheduled for May 27, June 10, June 24 and July 8.

The series is on Zoom and will also be streamed live on YouTube.

-Saphara Harrell

May 11, 2021 at 10:55am

Two dogs killed in east Salem shooting

Two dogs were killed in a shooting in east Salem Monday night in which several cars in a gas station parking lot near Northeast Clay and Cypress Streets were hit by bullets, Salem police said in a news release Tuesday.

Salem officers responded to a report of shots fired just after midnight and arrived to find a car speeding away.

The occupants of the car drove into a field in the 2800 block of Howell Prairie Road N.E. and fled on foot, police said.

Police didn’t find them after several hours of searching. Salem police had help from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, Keizer Police Department and Oregon State Police.

Five dogs in the back of one car were hit by bullets and were taken to an emergency veterinary clinic. Two died, according to police.

Police said none of the people inside the cars at the gas station were shot.

People with information should call the Salem Police Department tips line at 588-8477.

-Saphara Harrell