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July 12, 2021 at 1:18pm

AGENDA: Salem City Council to consider fireworks ban, land purchase for stream restoration

Salem City Council Chambers. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

The Salem City Council meets Monday to consider a fireworks ban, downtown parking fee and lot purchase.


Councilor Vanessa Nordyke is bringing forward a motion that would prohibit the sale and use of fireworks in the event of hazardous conditions during the Fourth of July holiday. “Hazardous conditions” would be defined in the ordinance upon staff recommendation and review by the council.

Councilors will also vote to approve a parking tax for the downtown parking district at a rate of $159 per space, unchanged from the year prior.

The budget for the downtown parking fund is $1.3 million.

The council will consider authorizing the city manager to buy a parcel of land at 5669 Commercial St. S.E. for $220,000. That’s so public works can complete stream restoration and stormwater remediation along a portion of Waln Creek in south Salem.

They will also hear about a feasibility study on temporarily closing portions of Northeast Union and Winter Streets on Saturdays between May and October for the Salem Saturday Market.

How to participate: The meeting is streamed live on YouTube or by tuning into CC:Media Channel 21. Submit comments on agenda items by 5 p.m., or earlier, on the day of the meeting at [email protected] Public comment and testimony may also be provided during the meeting via Zoom. Pre-register between 8:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on the day of the meeting.

July 12, 2021 at 1:11pm

State police release name of man shot and killed by Salem police

Oregon State Police on Monday released the name of the Salem man who was shot and killed by police Friday and the name of the officer who shot him.

Salem police officer Nathan Bush shot Arcadio Castillo III, 23, after police responded to a domestic violence call in the 3700 block of Northeast June Avenue around 11:20 p.m., according to police accounts.

In a news release Saturday, Salem police said officers responded to a call about a man with a knife.

“During the investigation the responding officer shot the suspect. The officer was not injured during the incident,” the police statement said.

Bush has been placed on administrative leave per protocol.

On June 21, Castillo III was ordered by the Marion County Circuit Court not to have contact with a victim in a domestic violence case while he was held in the Marion County Jail. He pleaded guilty to fourth-degree assault in that case. 

-Saphara Harrell

July 12, 2021 at 12:51pm

Oregon Capitol reopens to the public, with tours resuming

(Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter)

The Oregon State Capitol is again open to the public after over a year of closure, legislative leaders announced Monday.

Senate President Peter Courtney, D-Salem, and House Speaker Tina Kotek, D-Portland, said Monday in a statement that Oregonians could enter the buildings again.

The Capitol had been open only to legislators, essential employees and members of the media since March 2020, including during the 2021 session. Much of the legislature's business was conducted virtually.

Because of ongoing construction inside the Capitol, some areas will remain off-limits, the statement said. That includes the Senate and House wings, which was open only to construction workers until December 2021. The State Street entrances and front steps will be temporarily closed for construction.

Guided tours of the Capitol will resume July 19, with daily 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. offerings. In August, four tours will be offered daily. Tower tours will resume in 2022.

-Rachel Alexander

July 12, 2021 at 9:30am

Wheatland, Buena Vista ferries close for maintenance

The Wheatland ferry crosses the Willamette River on a sunny day. (Courtesy/Marion County)

Marion County's two ferries across the Willamette River will be closed for maintenance for several weeks beginning in mid-July.

The Buena Vista Ferry, which connects Marion and Polk counties south of Independence, is closing July 13 to conduct U.S. Coast Guard-required dry dock inspections and routine maintenance, according to a county news release. The work is expected to take about four weeks.

The Wheatland Ferry, located north of Keizer, will close July 19 through the end of August. The county has received federal money to install tie-off structures, a backup generator and resurface ramps, the release said.

To receive updates about ferry operating status, email [email protected] to subscribe to ferry notification lists. Include your email address in the body of your message and indicate if you would like to be added to the Buena Vista or Wheatland Ferry list.

-Rachel Alexander

July 12, 2021 at 8:38am

Police looking for driver in fatal hit and run near Aurora

Update 10:18 a.m. Police identified the cyclist as Eric Wieber, 37, of Wilsonville.

Oregon State Police are looking for a driver who hit and killed and cyclist Sunday around 1:45 a.m. near Aurora.

A preliminary investigation showed a cyclist was traveling northbound on the shoulder of Highway 551 near milepost 2 when they were hit from behind by a car, police said in a news release.

The cyclist was pronounced dead at the hospital. Police haven’t released their name.

The driver didn’t stay at the scene and police said evidence suggests the car is a 2008 to 2014 white Subaru Tribeca, with damage to the front passenger side including the headlight and side mirror.

OSP is requesting anyone with any information regarding the crash or any information regarding the suspect vehicle contact the Oregon State Police Northern Command Center at 1-800-442-0776 or *OSP and refer to case #SP21-194026.

-Saphara Harrell