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UPDATES: McKay High School gets new principal

June 22, 2021 at 3:24pm

Marion, Polk counties moving to lower Covid risk levels

Larry Alexander, of Salem, places an order with server Jessica Strong at Wild Pear Restaurant on Wednesday, September 30. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

Social gatherings, restaurants and church services can soon have more people in the Salem area as both Marion and Polk counties cleared thresholds to move to looser Covid restrictions Tuesday.

In Polk County, 65% of adults have received at least one dose of Covid vaccine, Gov. Kate Brown announced Tuesday. That allows the county to immediately move to "low risk" restrictions.

Under low risk rules, restaurants and bars could remain open until midnight, one hour later than currently allowed. Gyms, theaters and many other indoor entertainment venues could operate at 50% capacity, rather than the current 20%, and faith institutions could hold services at 75% indoor capacity.

Marion County will move to "moderate risk" on Friday as the number of new Covid cases detected has fallen, Brown said. That will allow restaurants to have 50% capacity indoors, rather than the current 25%. Gyms, theaters and other indoor entertainment venues could operate at 20% capacity, rather than 10%.

The changes come as Oregon is inching toward Brown's target of vaccinating 70% of adults against Covid. At that point, Brown has said she'll drop risk levels and the state's mask mandate.

As of Monday, the state reported 68.7% of adult Oregonians have received at least one dose of Covid vaccine. Brown said Tuesday she would not move county risk levels again until Oregon reaches the 70% target.

-Rachel Alexander

June 22, 2021 at 3:10pm

Driver died after crashing into fence, truck near Brooks

UPDATE 4:04 p.m.: The driver was identified as 22-year-old Roberto Martinez, of Salem.

A driver died after crashing into an unoccupied truck on Highway 99 E near Brooks Tuesday morning, Oregon State Police said in a news release.

Police said the driver of a Ford Focus was driving southbound around 1:23 a.m. when the car left the road, crashing through a fence and into a truck.

The driver’s name and city of residence weren't immediately released. 

-Saphara Harrell

June 22, 2021 at 11:36am

Oregon State Police identify victim of Monday shooting

Oregon State Police are investigating a shooting that happened near Interstate 5 at Northeast Market Street. (Courtesy/ Nicholas Kline)

Oregon State Police have identified the victim of a Monday afternoon shooting at Northeast Market Street as 28-year-old Jerry Regis, of Salem.

Regis was transported to the hospital Monday, but Oregon State Police didn’t provide an update as to his condition in a Tuesday morning news release.

Police are searching for the man suspected in his shooting, described as a Hispanic man, approximately 5-foot-5 with a shaved or almost shaved head and mustache, wearing khaki pants and khaki shirt.

The shooting left the interstate exit for Market Street closed for several hours Monday afternoon.

OSP is requesting anyone with any information regarding yesterday's shooting to contact the Oregon State Police at 1-800-442-0776 or *OSP and leave information for Detective Yoder.

-Saphara Harrell

June 22, 2021 at 9:31am

Ranae Quiring named principal of McKay High School

Ranae Quiring, assistant principal at McKay High School, explains a board the school used to visualize schedules while planning classes on Thursday, September 3, 2020. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

Salem's largest high school will have a new leader starting next month.

Ranae Quiring, an assistant principal at McKay High School, will take over as principal July 1, the Salem-Keizer School District announced.

Quiring has worked as a classroom teacher in Arizona and southern Oregon. She came to the district in 2013 and began working as an administrator at McKay in July 2017.

She replaces Rob Schoepper, who has served as McKay's principal for four years. Schoepper oversaw a significant increase in the school's graduation rate. Schoepper was hired for a new district administrator role to oversee efforts to help meet students' academic and emotional needs after a year of disrupted schooling during the pandemic.

“Throughout my career as an educator, I have maintained that our greatest opportunity is in the collaboration and learning we do together to meet the needs of our students,” Quiring said in a statement. “I look forward to continuing this work and advancing how we, as a McKay community, can work together to support all students.”

-Rachel Alexander