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July 22, 2021 at 2:01pm

WOU students get smoother pathway to Willamette Law

The Western Oregon University campus in Monmouth (Courtesy/Diane Stevenson/WOU)

Western Oregon University undergraduates can now earn admission to Willamette University's law school - and a $10,000 annual scholarship - under a new agreement between the two schools.

WOU students seeking a law degree must meet academic requirements, including completing a bachelor's degree with a minimum 3.2 grade point average at the university and a Law School Admissions Test score at or above the 50th percentile for Willamette's most recent class of law students.

Students who meet the criteria will gain admission to Willamette and be eligible to renew their scholarship for each year of law school.

The universities inked the agreement July 20.

“We are so pleased to partner with WOU and give its talented students and alumni a transparent path to law school admission,” Willamette Law Dean Brian Gallini said in a prepared statement. “WOU graduates have always had great success at Willamette, and we hope this partnership will provide future WOU graduates with enhanced access to a legal education.”

-Rachel Alexander

July 22, 2021 at 12:28pm

Barn destroyed, but firefighters contain brush fire on 63rd Ave NE

Firefighters on scene at a structure and brush fire off 63rd Ave NE outside of Salem on July 22, 2021 (Courtesy/Marion County Fire District #1)

Firefighters contained a two-alarm structure and brush fire that destroyed a barn on the outskirts of Salem Thursday morning.

Firefighters with Marion County Fire District #1 were called at 11:14 a.m. to a property in the 500 block of 63rd Avenue Northeast, Chief Kyle McMann said.

They found a barn and surrounding brush and grass on fire. McMann said firefighters were able to contain the blaze to one acre, but the barn was a total loss.

Nobody was injured in the fire, McMann said. The cause is unknown and under investigation.

The agency posted photos on Facebook showing a large plume of smoke over the site.

Marion County was assisted by firefighters from Keizer, Silverton, Aumsville and Turner.

A plume of smoke from a barn and grass fire on 63rd Avenue Northeast rises on Thursday, July 22 (Courtesy/Marion County Fire District #1)

-Rachel Alexander

July 22, 2021 at 10:17am

Like funnel cakes, rides and working outside? The Oregon State Fair is hiring.

A couple rides the fair lift across the grounds. (Anna CK Smith/ special to the Salem Reporter)

If you're looking to sling funnel cakes or direct traffic, the Oregon State Fair might have a job for you.

The fair is holding a hiring event Saturday, July 24 starting at 9 a.m. to fill jobs in concessions, administration, parking and admissions. Hundreds of temporary jobs are available, according to a press statement.

Teens 16 and older can work food and games positions. Other jobs are for those 18 and older.

Those seeking a job should come to the Oregon State Fairgrounds' pavilion off the Sunnyview Avenue entrance. Applicants should bring a photo ID, passport or social security card. Interviews will be conducted on the spot.

A map and more details are available on the fair website. The state fair will be held in Salem from Friday, Aug. 27 through Monday, Sept. 6.

-Rachel Alexander