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August 11, 2021 at 4:24pm

Salem police arrest one man at Planned Parenthood protest

A 35-year old Salem man was arrested during a protest at Planned Parenthood on Aug. 10. 

Clifford Philip Eiffler Rodriquez was arrested on charges of second-degree disorderly conduct, interfering with a police officer and harassment, Salem police said in a news release.

The protest included a group called the Church at Planned Parenthood, which has held regular Tuesday evening services outside the health clinic for months protesting abortion. 

A counter demonstration was planned for Tuesday evening to “support accessible reproductive healthcare and counter reactionary extremism,” according to a post Rodriguez shared on Facebook.

Salem police released an advisory ahead of the planned event, noting that a similar protest had turned violent in July, with multiple Proud Boys attacking a counter demonstrator.

According to a police department press release and video posted on social media, two groups on opposite sides of the issue attended Tuesday’s event with some wearing gas masks and carrying shields, paintball guns and firearms. 

The event, police say, remained peaceful for approximately two hours before a verbal altercation between two individuals broke out around 8:15 p.m. That altercation, police say, turned violent with both sides using chemical irritants and smoke fireworks against the other. 

The Salem Police Department Mobile Response Team was deployed in response to disperse the crowd. According to police, Rodriquez allegedly shoved an officer. Rodriquez was transported to the hospital for medical evaluation before being lodged at the Marion County Correctional Facility.

“As with every incident of this type,” a statement from Salem Police said, “the Salem Police Department will be conducting follow-up on incidents of criminal behavior not previously reported or investigated.” 

Any individuals present who was a victim of or witness to a crime is asked to file a report with the department.

-Caitlyn May

August 11, 2021 at 4:08pm

Data digest: Covid by the numbers for Aug. 11, 2021

Oregon Health Authority's graph showing people hospitalized with Covid in Marion, Polk, Yamhill, Linn, Benton and Lincoln counties as of Aug. 11, 2021. The number has climbed steadily since the state dropped most Covid restrictions July 1.

With Covid cases and hospitalizations climbing in Oregon, Salem Reporter is keeping you informed of the latest numbers. Here’s our daily report for Wednesday, Aug. 11. 

New Covid cases reported in Marion County: 116

New Covid cases reported in Polk County: 48

Total Salem Hospital patients with Covid: 65, an increase of four from Tuesday. Of those, 11 are in the intensive care unit, and seven are on ventilators.

Total Salem Hospital bed occupancy: 454 of 494 licensed beds in use

Total people hospitalized with Covid in Region 2 (Marion, Polk, Yamhill, Linn, Benton, Lincoln counties): 98, an increase of six from Tuesday. Of those, 18 are in the intensive care unit and 10 are on ventilators.

New Covid deaths reported: 8 in Oregon, none in Marion or Polk counties.

New Covid vaccines in Oregon: 5,936 new doses administered, including 2,312 first doses of vaccine. Most Covid vaccines require two doses.

Source: Oregon Health Authority, Salem Health.

-Rachel Alexander

August 11, 2021 at 3:21pm

Englewood Forest Festival canceled due to Covid

Englewood Park is located in northeast Salem. (Saphara Harrell/Salem Reporter)

A community event in Englewood Park scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 14 has been canceled for the second year in a row due to climbing Covid cases.

The Englewood Forest Festival board decided on Friday to cancel the annual event, President Alan Scott said. The festival brings artists, musicians and local vendors to Englewood Park in northeast Salem. It's sponsored in part by the NorthEast Neighborhood Association.

Following a 2020 pandemic cancellation, board members had hoped to revive the event for 2021.

"The board believes that with the rights to share joy and celebrate community in our public spaces, comes the responsibility to that same community to recognize and promote health and wellness safety. While we are deeply saddened by this decision, the board unanimously believes it to be the right thing to do at this time," board members said in a statement.

-Rachel Alexander

August 11, 2021 at 9:28am

List of Marion, Polk cooling centers open during the heat wave starting Wednesday

A list of Salem-area cooling centers published by ARCHES.

There’s an excessive heat warning in effect from noon Wednesday until 10 p.m. Saturday as temperatures are expected to climb into triple digits in the next few days.

The National Weather Service in Portland issued the warning because of dangerously hot conditions with temperatures of up to 105 degrees. Overnight lows are expected to be near 70 degrees.

It’s important to stay cool, hydrated and out of the sun to avoid heat-related illnesses.

Here are the cooling centers open Wednesday through Friday in Marion and Polk counties:

The ARCHES Project

615 Commercial St. N.E.

9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Home youth Services

625 Union St. N.E.

12 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Ages 11 to 17

Church at the Park

2410 Turner Road S.E.

9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Union Gospel Mission

885 Commercial St. N.E.

9 .am. to 5 p.m.


2555 Silverton Rd. N.E.

12 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Woodburn Library

280 Garfield St.

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sheltering Silverton

421 Water St.

2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Polk County

Dallas Public Library

950 Main Street

Wednesday and Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Thursday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  

Dallas Senior Center

817 SW Church St.

10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Independence Public Library

175 Monmouth St.

11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Monmouth Public Library

168 Ecols St.

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  

Monmouth Praise Assembly

189 Monmouth Ave. S

4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

 -Saphara Harrell

August 11, 2021 at 8:30am

Salem-Keizer cancels full-day summer programs through Aug. 13 due to heat wave

Salvador Luna, 13, scrapes batter off of a mixer as Stella Pedersen, 12, washes her hands while the two work on a cast-iron dessert during the Farm to Fork enrichment camp at McNary High School on Wednesday, July 14. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

Camps, summer school and pre-kindergarten programs run by the Salem-Keizer School District are canceled Wednesday, Aug. 11 through Friday, Aug. 13 due to forecasted triple-digit temperatures.

The cancellation applies to any full-day program and any program scheduled to end after 12:15 p.m., the district said Tuesday.

Sports practices and events follow heat guidelines from the Oregon School Activities Association, which call for practices to be modified or canceled if the heat index is above 95 degrees. The heat index is a calculation of how hot outside conditions feel based on actual temperature and relative humidity.

At heat indexes above 105 degrees, all outside practices and activities should stop, OSAA says.

As of Wednesday morning, Salem's forecasted high is 102 degrees, and the forecasted heat index high is 121 degrees, according to the OSAA website. Coaches will update students and families if practice schedules change, the district said.

-Rachel Alexander