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UPDATES: Salem driver seriously injures pedestrian

3 months ago

Oregon reopens WorkSource offices as unemployment requirements change

(Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

The Oregon Employment Department announced Monday that WorkSource centers are open to the public for the first time since closing to comply with Covid regulations in April of last year.

That includes a center in Salem at 605 Cottage St N.E., as well as locations in Dallas and Woodburn.

The reopening of the WorkSource centers and the launching of a new website coincides with changes to unemployment benefits. 

As of July 25, all people receiving unemployment insurance are required to report work search activity when filing a weekly claim, OED said in a statement. Additionally, those receiving unemployment insurance and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation must register through iMatchSkills and complete a job seeker profile.

Requirements of being available for work, OED said in a statement, are being phased in through September 1 but the agency is monitoring the ongoing pandemic and its impact on individuals’ ability to meet that requirement. 

“WorkSource Oregon helps people find jobs and businesses find talent and the reopening of local WorkSource Oregon centers is a major milestone in Oregon’s recovery from the pandemic. We are very happy to be open again and helping customers find work and explore their career options in person,” said Jim Pfarrer, director of Workforce Operations for the Oregon Employment Department in a written statement released Monday. 

Job seekers can visit WorkSource offices in person from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday but must wear a mask. 

Services available at WorkSource include one-on-one help from an employment specialist, public computers, hiring events, on-the-job training, resume workshops and job matching as well as veterans’ services. 

Job seekers needing help in Marion, Polk, Linn and Yamhill counties can reach a local WorkSource Center by calling 503-378-4846.

-Caitlyn May

3 months ago

Marion County offers emergency rental assistance to low-income renters and their landlords

Low-income Marion County renters who are behind on rent and utility payments can apply for assistance through Marion County. Landlords may also apply.

The program covers up to a year of past-due rent and may pay up to three months of rent in advance.

Marion County is prioritizing families with children, seniors, those impacted by the Santiam Canyon wildfires and people referred by other Marion County departments.

To be eligible, renters must primarily live in Marion County, have one or more household members who were financially impacted by Covid and make below 80% of the area’s median income. A four-person household making less than $56,550 per year would qualify.

Tenants may also receive assistance for unpaid utility bills from April 1, 2020 to present.

Utility costs include electricity, gas, home energy services, water, sewer, trash removal and bulk fuels. 

Landlords can also apply for the fund and get can get reimbursed for 100% of a tenants' unpaid rent from April 1, 2020 to present.

People can apply online at www.co.marion.or.us/RentalAssistance or by calling the customer service line toll free 1-833-227-5161. 

-Saphara Harrell

3 months ago

Salem just finished its hottest July on record

Polk County marine patrol deputy Tommy Hutchison and reserve deputy Derrick Angelus assist two distressed kayakers on the Willamette River on Sunday, July 18. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

July 2021 wasn't just the hottest July in Salem.

It's the hottest month ever recorded in Oregon's capital since records began in the 1890s, the National Weather Service said Sunday.

The average temperature for the month was 73.3 degrees, beating the July 2015 record of 73.1 degrees, and the previous runner up, August 2017, which averaged 73 degrees.

Sixteen days in July had temperatures above 90 degrees, with a high of 100 on July 26.

Though the heat wave that hit Salem in late June sent temperatures soaring to 117 degrees, June was overall cooler than July, with just 10 days above 90 degrees. Salem recorded an average high temperature of 88.4 degrees in July, up from 83.5 degrees in June.

All told, July temperatures were four degrees above average for the month, the National Weather Service said.

Eugene and Portland recorded higher-than-average temperatures in July, but neither broke a record.

-Rachel Alexander

3 months ago

Police: Salem driver hits, seriously injures pedestrian

An 84-year-old Salem driver hit and seriously injured a pedestrian Friday afternoon, the Marion County Sheriff's Office said in a news release.

Marion County Sheriff’s Office deputies determined the driver, David Smith, was going west on Northeast Silverton Road in a 2010 Dodge Ram when a 33-year-old woman stepped into the road a few hundred feet west of Northeast Lancaster Drive. The crash happened around 1:45 p.m.

Smith remained at the scene and cooperated with police.

The woman was taken to the hospital and was in critical condition as of Saturday, July 31, the sheriff's office said in the release. Sheriff's Office spokesman Sgt. Jeremy Landers said he didn't have an update on the pedestrian's condition as of Monday morning.

Police didn’t release the name of the pedestrian. 

-Saphara Harrell

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