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UPDATES: AGENDA: Marion County commissioners meet Wednesday

July 13, 2021 at 2:04pm

Salem police identify people killed in Saturday bar shooting

The Salem Police Department on Tuesday identified the two people killed Saturday at a northeast Salem bar.

Jose Pablo Arrevalo, 27, and Erlin Adonay Rivas-Lopez, 29, both of Salem, were killed on July 10 during a shooting at Woody’s Cantina at 1486 Hawthorne Ave. N.E., south of Market Street and next to Interstate 5, police said.

Lt. Treven Upkes said police haven't identified a suspect or made any arrests related to the killings.

“When officers arrived, people were fleeing the location,” said a Salem police statement Saturday. “Officers went directly into the location, made sure there was no longer a threat and located two victims.”

That statement said police found one person dead and that a second person died after being taken to Salem Health.

-Saphara Harrell

July 13, 2021 at 1:14pm

Firefighters battling 80 acre Bruler Fire south of Detroit Lake

Firefighters attack the Bruler Fire from the air on July 12, 2021 (Courtesy/U.S. Forest Service)

Fire crews are fighting a wildfire in Willamette National Forest in the Sweet Home Ranger District about eight miles south of Detroit Lake. Officials said no people or structures were threatened as of Tuesday afternoon.

A U.S. Forest Service lookout spotted the fire Monday, according to a news release, and local fire crews battled the flames on the ground and from the air.

The Bruler Fire had grown to between 80 and 100 acres by Tuesday afternoon, said Joanie Schmidgall, a public information officer with the Forest Service.

The area burning is near the intersection of Forest Road 11 (Straight Creek Road/Quartzville Road) and Forest Road 1133, the Forest Service said. Smoke is visible in Detroit and from Santiam Pass.

A State of Oregon map shows the approximate location of the Bruler Fire on July 13, 2021.

The fire was 0% contained as of Tuesday morning. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

“This fire does have the potential to spread and the forest is very dry,” said Sweet Home District Ranger and agency administrator Nikki Swanson in a press statement. “The safety of the public and the firefighters is our first priority. We’re in the process of closing several roads and trails to ensure firefighters can work efficiently and that the public remains safe.”

Swanson said the Forest Service intends to extinguish the fire completely.

The public is asked to avoid Daly Lake, Tule Lake, the Old Cascade Crest trails, Forest Roads 11 (Straight Creek Road/Quartzville Road), Forest Road 10 leading south from Detroit Lake and Forest Roads 1161, 1133 and 1012, the release said.

-Rachel Alexander 

July 13, 2021 at 10:34am

Oregon unemployment rate falls slightly in June

A line of more than 175 people waiting to collect a one-time $500 relief payment wraps around the OnPoint Community Credit Union in West Salem on Thursday, August 20.(Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

About 7,500 Oregonians went back to work in June, dropping the state's unemployment rate slightly to 5.6%, according to the Oregon Employment Department.

The state's economy has recovered gradually since widespread layoffs caused by the pandemic in 2020. Oregon's unemployment rate was 6.3% at the end of 2020, and 5.8% in May.

The health care and social assistance industry gained about 2,400 jobs statewide. The state also saw job gains in transportation, warehousing and utilities (1,000 jobs); leisure and hospitality (1,000 jobs) and wholesale trade (800 jobs). The construction industry lost about 900 jobs in June.

To date in 2021, Oregon has averaged an increase of 10,100 people employed per month, the department said. That puts June's gains below average for the year.

The number of Oregonians who have remained unemployed for at least one year also remains far higher than before the pandemic. In June, about 40,000 Oregonians had been unemployed for at least 52 weeks, compared with an average of about 8,000 people for the three years prior to the pandemic.

Most Oregon jobs that haven't recovered from the pandemic are in the leisure and hospitality industry, the department said. Statewide, the industry is 46,800 jobs below February 2020 levels.

The state will release county and city unemployment data for June on July 20.

-Rachel Alexander

July 13, 2021 at 9:36am

AGENDA: Marion County commissioners to consider temporary gates in Santiam Canyon

The Marion County Board of Commissioners meets Wednesday to consider approving a conditional use permit and a contract for temporary gates on some Santiam Canyon roads.


Commissioners will consider approving a $205,968 contract with Outdoor Fence Company to install temporary gates and card readers on North Fork Road, Gates Hill Road, and Pioneer Road through December to restrict access to wildfire damaged areas.

The board will consider approving an ordinance establishing county survey and plat standards.

Commissioners will receive a hearings officer’s decision approving a conditional use permit for Youth with a Mission to expand an existing youth ministry campus.

They will also consider an appeal of a hearings officer’s decision denying a permit to Red Oak Farm to offer an educational farm experience program. 

Meeting details: The commissioners meet at 9 a.m. Wednesday in the Senator Hearing Room at 555 Court Street N.E. The meeting is streamed live on YouTube