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Two judges’ retirements prompt Marion County Circuit Court vacancies

9 days ago

Data digest: Covid by the numbers for Oct. 12, 2021

A screengrab of a chart showing the number of Covid-positive patients hospitalized in the region which includes Benton, Lincoln, Linn, Marion, Polk and Yamhill counties.

Salem Reporter is keeping you informed of the latest Covid numbers. Here’s our report for Tuesday, Oct. 12.

New Covid cases reported in Marion County: 112

New Covid cases reported in Polk County: 64

Total Salem Hospital patients with Covid: 70 as of Tuesday morning, a decrease of one from Monday. Of those, 11 are in the intensive care unit, and eight are on ventilators. 

Fifty-eight of those in the hospital are not vaccinated against Covid.

Total Salem Hospital bed occupancy: 488 of 494 licensed beds in use

Total people hospitalized with Covid in Region 2 (Marion, Polk, Yamhill, Linn, Benton, Lincoln counties): 108, a decrease of six from Monday. Of those, 22 are in the intensive care unit and 10 are on ventilators.

Total Region 2 hospital bed occupancy: 77 of 81 staffed ICU beds and 549 of 565 non-ICU beds in use. 

New Covid deaths reported: 82

New Covid vaccines in Oregon: 5,808 new Covid vaccine doses on Oct. 11, including 970 first doses, 1,044 second doses and 3,771 third doses. 

Source: Oregon Health Authority, Salem Health

-Saphara Harrell

9 days ago

Calculate your 2021 Oregon tax "kicker"

Oregonians will get 17% of their 2020 state income taxes back thanks to a record "kicker," the state Department of Revenue said Tuesday.

The state will issue credits totaling $1.9 billion on Oregonians' 2021 tax returns when they file next year, the department said. The state's median taxpayer will get $420.

The kicker is part of the state's unique law which returns personal income tax revenues collected in excess of the state's budget to Oregon taxpayers. All Oregonians who filed a 2020 tax return and owed income tax before credits can claim their kicker.

Oregonians can calculate how much they'll receive using the department's What's My Kicker calculator online. They can also look at their 2020 state income tax form and multiply the amount on line 22 - total tax liability before any credits - by 17.341%.

-Rachel Alexander

9 days ago

Salem seeks feedback on trees through community survey

A tree in Minto-Brown Island Park on a foggy morning. (Saphara Harrell/Salem Reporter)

The city of Salem wants to know what you think about trees.

Through an online survey the city is seeking information that will help it improve city tree programs, through questions like what would make people plant more trees on their property.

Salem has a goal of reaching 28% tree canopy, the total area in Salem shaded by trees, by 2030. In 2019, the canopy was 24%.

People who fill out the survey have a chance at winning a $50 gift card.

The survey is also available in Spanish. 

-Saphara Harrell

10 days ago

Gov. Brown announces two Marion County Circuit Court vacancies, judges set to retire

Gov. Kate Brown on Oct. 8 announced two Marion County Circuit Court judges will retire at the end of the month and she is accepting applications for both judicial vacancies.

Circuit judges Susan M. Tripp’s and Judge Cheryl A. Pellegrini’s retirements will take effect Oct. 31, the governor’s office wrote in a news release.

Tripp has served as a Marion County Circuit Court judge since 2003, and Pellegrini has served since 2014.

Brown will fill the positions by appointment. “She encourages applications from lawyers with a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences,” the news release said.

Under state law, candidates must be U.S. citizens, Oregon residents and members of the Oregon State Bar. 

The vacancies must be filled by people who are residents of or have primary offices in the county where they are appointed or in adjacent counties.

-Ardeshir Tabrizian