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UPDATES: Oregon Farm Bureau rolls out new guide to state's agricultural bounty

about 1 month ago

Weigh in on Salem-Keizer School District's proposed budget

The Salem-Keizer School District's budget committee wants to hear from you during the first of two scheduled meetings to discuss a budget for next school year.

The budget committee will meet Tuesday, May 18 at 6 p.m. to deliberate over the district's $1.5 billion proposed budget. It would add social workers to district high schools and some middle schools, and calls for hiring more speech language pathologists.

The committee includes all seven members of the school board and seven appointed community volunteers. Committee members will consider public comment live during the meeting and in written form.

The budget committee will next meet May 24, and could vote to recommend the budget to the school board at that meeting.

To participate: The meeting will be held in-person with some committee members attending via Zoom, but the public cannot be in the meeting room due to Covid precautions. To submit a comment or sign up to call into the meeting, fill out this form before noon Monday, May 17.

You can view the meeting on livestream on CC:Media, channel 21, or using the links below.

English: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l19Gobz7Bvg

Spanish: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AjKxlO5j4LA

-Rachel Alexander

about 1 month ago

Salem Multicultural Institute receives $10,000 national arts grant

Nupurum Folk Dance showcased dances from the different states of India in brightly colored saris during the World Beat Festival in June, 2019. (Saphara Harrell/ Salem Reporter)

The Salem Multicultural Institute, which runs the World Beat Festival, was awarded a $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

World Beat announced early this year that the annual festival would be canceled for the second year in a row because of the uncertainty around Covid restrictions.

“The past 15 months have been exceptionally challenging. This grant will help us to navigate the coming year financially,” said executive director Kathleen Fish.

The World Beat Gallery is preparing for its next exhibit to open in mid-June. The gallery is partnering with Gilbert House Children’s Museum for “Play! Toys and Games Around the World.”

-Saphara Harrell

about 1 month ago

Oregon Farm Bureau rolls out new guide to state's agricultural bounty

Hermiston melons. (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter)

Farmers' market season is here. But what if there is a specific vegetable, flower, basket or other item you’re after? What about undiscovered roadside farms stand or u-pick?

The Oregon Farm Bureau has rolled out a searchable online directory of 260 family farms and ranches that sell their products directly to the public. Oregon’s Bounty allows users to search for specific products or look for farms within a specific region of the state. 

A free printed copy of the Oregon’s Bounty Farm Stand Guide can be obtained by emailing the Oregon Farm Bureau’s Anne Marie Moss at [email protected].

Some farms may have specific pandemic safety precautions, and the Oregon Farm Bureau advises visitors to check their website or social media before visiting. 

-Jake Thomas 

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