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UPDATES: YMCA summer camps are coming back for 2021

May 12, 2021 at 4:58pm

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: Bill aimed at helping Santiam Canyon property owners clears Legislature


Nothing but ashes and metal is left of Bonnie Sullivan's home on the banks of the Santiam River just east of Mill City. She escaped the wildfire by riding in an open car trunk. (Photo courtesy of Bonnie Sullivan)

A bill intended to give property owners in the Santiam Canyon on break on rebuilding is headed to the governor for her signature. 

THE ISSUE: Property owners in the Santiam Canyon are rebuilding after last year’s historic wildfires but are running into problems with state land-use law. 

THE BILL: Senate Bill 405

WHAT IT DOES: Allows for homes and structures built under older land-use laws to be rebuilt under those regulations. Current land-use laws also require construction on these properties to begin within one year of fire damage, which is unrealistic for many property owners. The bill gives property owners five years to rebuild. 

WHY IT WAS PROPOSED: Proponents of the bill say that increasing building costs are delaying rebuilding efforts and need more time. 


The bill passed the Oregon House on May 4 on a 56-0 vote.

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

State Rep. Brian Clem, D-Salem: Yes

State Rep. Paul Evans, D-Monmouth: Yes

State Rep. Rick Lewis, R-Silverton: Yes

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

State Rep. Mike Nearman, R-Independence: Excused

Sate Rep. Bill Post, R-Keizer: Yes

The bill passed the Oregon Senate on March 31 on a 27-1 vote. 

Sen. Brian Boquist, I-Dallas: Yes

Sen. Peter Courtney, D-Salem: Yes

Sen. Fred Girod, R-Lyons: Yes

Sen. Deb Patterson, D-Salem: Yes 

Sen. Kim Thatcher, R-Keizer: Yes

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT: It heads to Gov. Kate Brown for her signature. 

-Jake Thomas

May 12, 2021 at 2:18pm

YMCA's Camp Silver Creek, Camp Greider are back for 2021

Summer camp is back for 2021.

The Family YMCA of Marion and Polk counties has opened registration for Camp Silver Creek, its overnight camp for kids and teens, as well as day camp at Camp Greider.

Camp Silver Creek has hosted kids for summer activities at Silver Falls State Park for more than 80 years, closing for the first time in 2020 because of Covid restrictions.

Now, the YMCA can host up to 120 kids per session at the camp, said camping director Jeff Dickmann. Kids will be kept in groups of 30 and some activities may need to be modified because of Covid protocols. But Dickmann said camp this summer will include the hallmarks of youth summer camp - skits, songs around the campfire, kayaking, archery, sports and more.

More information and registration is available on the YMCA website.

May 12, 2021 at 12:10pm

Dress as your favorite Schitts Creek character to support Family Building Blocks

Patrice Altenhofen and Tanya Hamilton, of Family Building Blocks, record as a child abuse prevention car parade drives past the Oregon State Capitol on April 2, 2021. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

There are three days left to participate in an auction fundraiser benefiting Family Building Blocks.

The annual fundraiser has raised more than $4 million to prevent child abuse and neglect in Marion and Polk counties.

On May 15 at 7:30 p.m., there is a livestream event titled “An Evening with the Roses,” where community members are encouraged to dress up as their favorite characters from the show Schitt’s Creek.

There will be a costume contest held on social media where everyone can participate by posting photos dressed as their favorite characters on Instagram with #uncorkedliveauction or Facebook tagging @familybuildingblockssalem. Participants will be entered to win a YETI cooler with high-end goodies, Rose Apothecary gift bags, and more. Learn more and sign up to participate at https://familybuildingblocks.org/uncorkedlive 

-Saphara Harrell