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UPDATES: Live comedy returns to the Salem area this weekend

2 months ago

City warns of recent cougar sighting at Minto-Brown Island Park

A tree in Minto-Brown Island Park. (Saphara Harrell/Salem Reporter)

A man walking his dog spotted what he believed was a cougar at Minto-Brown Island Park on the orange turtle loop Sunday, May 23.

Trevor Smith, Salem’s public works information officer, said the city had the spotting referred to them by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

He said the park patron saw the cougar 15 yards away and ran. The man said the cougar was spooked by another group of hikers on the same trail.

If you encounter a cougar or bobcat, don’t approach it and don’t run, ODFW advises. Instead, back away slowly while maintaining eye contact and appearing larger.

Smith said there have been cougar sightings at Minto over the years.

Oregon is home to more than 6,000 cougars who maintain ranges of up to 100 miles. ODFW said while cougar sightings have increased, coyotes, bobcats and dogs are often mistaken for the big cats.

The city is encouraging people to go in groups when walking the park, make plenty of noise and make sure children are within sight. 

-Saphara Harrell

2 months ago

Live comedy returns to the Salem area this weekend

A poster for a comedy show at Keizer Cultural Center hosted by PNW Comedy (Courtesy/ PNW Comedy)

As the pandemic wanes, live comedy is returning to the Salem area with PNW Comedy hosting two shows this weekend. Both shows will be held at the Keizer Cultural Center at 980 Chemawa Rd N.E. 

Friday’s show will be at 8 p.m. and will feature Tyler Boeh (as seen on Dry Bar Comedy, Laughs TV) and Shain Brenden (NBC Sports Northwest, Assville Podcast). The show will also feature Seth Allen and will be hosted by Tina Hogstrom.

Saturday’s show will feature Marc Yaffee (as seen on Showtime, Dry Bar Comedy and PBS) along with Sam Miller and Amanda Lynn Deal. The show will be hosted by Salem’s own Dash Thompson.

Masks are required for the indoor shows that have limited seating. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. both nights and are restricted to people 18 and up. 

Tickets for the Friday, May 28, show can be found here. Tickets for the Saturday, May 29, show can be found here

-Jake Thomas 

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