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October 13, 2021 at 5:00pm

Roth's Fresh Markets sells to Canadian food company

Roth’s Fresh Markets has a new owner.

Pattison Food Group, a Canadian company which owns Save-On Foods among other grocers, will add the Salem-based grocery store chain to its roster on Oct. 26 pending regulatory approval.

A news release from Pattison Food Group, which is part of Canadian conglomerate Jim Pattison Group, said Roth’s will maintain its name. The grocery store was founded in 1962 and has several locations in the Mid-Willamette Valley.

“The Pattison Food Group will support the future of Roth’s Fresh Market, building on its best practices in operations, marketing, purchasing and people services once the acquisition is complete, subject to regulatory approval,” the release said.

President Michael Roth, who is the son of founder Orville Roth, will retire on Oct. 26.

Tim Jennings, a long-serving member of Roth’s senior leadership team, will take over. Jennings will report to Ben Harrack, a senior vice president at the Pattison Food Group.

“This is a very exciting time for our company. Having built a relationship with this group over the past several months, I am confident the values and culture at the Pattison Food Group are well aligned to ours at Roth’s,” said Roth in the release.

 Jennings said he was humbled to accept the role of president.

“We are like a family at Roth’s, and now as part of the Pattison Food Group, we have more opportunities than ever to take Roth’s to the next level while maintaining the culture, services and of course the amazing teams that make Roth’s the grocer of choice for so many Oregonians,” he said. 

-Saphara Harrell

October 13, 2021 at 4:51pm

Data digest: Covid by the numbers for Oct. 13, 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 Wednesday, Oct. 13.

New Covid cases reported in Marion County: 139

New Covid cases reported in Polk County: 30

Total Salem Hospital patients with Covid: 64 as of Wednesday morning, a decrease of six from Tuesday. Of those, 10 are in the intensive care unit, and five are on ventilators. 

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

Total Salem Hospital bed occupancy: 463 of 494 licensed beds in use

Total people hospitalized with Covid in Region 2 (Marion, Polk, Yamhill, Linn, Benton, Lincoln counties): 104, a decrease of four from Tuesday. Of those, 20 are in the intensive care unit and nine are on ventilators.

Total Region 2 hospital bed occupancy: 75 of 83 staffed ICU beds and 566 of 584 non-ICU beds in use. 

New Covid deaths reported: 33

The weekend’s reported deaths included four Marion County residents. They are: 

A 75-year-old man who tested positive on Sept. 28 and died on Oct. 2 at Legacy Silverton Medical Center. 

A 79-year-old woman who tested positive on Sept. 24 and died on Oct. 8 at Salem Hospital. 

A 52-year-old man who tested positive on Sept. 13 and died on Oct. 4 at Salem Hospital. He had underlying conditions.

A 70-year-old woman who tested positive on Sept. 7 and died on Oct. 6 at Salem Hospital. 

All had underlying conditions. 

Four Polk County residents died. They are: 

A 74-year-old woman who tested positive on Sept. 19 and died on Oct. 4 at Salem Hospital. She had underlying conditions.

A 67-year-old man who tested positive on Sept. 15 and died on Oct. 8 at Salem Hospital. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

A 52-year-old woman who tested positive on Sept. 14 and died on Oct. 9 at Salem Hospital. She had no underlying conditions.

New Covid vaccines in Oregon: 6,401 new Covid doses on Oct. 12, including 1,110 first doses, 1,150 second doses and 4,104 third doses. 

Source: Oregon Health Authority, Salem Health

-Saphara Harrell

October 13, 2021 at 4:45pm

Public defender Spencer Todd announces bid for Marion County DA

(Courtesy/Spencer Todd)

Spencer Todd, a public defense attorney in Marion and Polk counties, announced his candidacy for Marion County District Attorney Tuesday.

Todd's bid makes him the first candidate to challenge the incumbent district attorney, Paige Clarkson, since Gov. Kate Brown appointed her in 2018.

Todd said he decided six months ago to start preparing to run for the seat. The race will be decided after the May 17, 2022 primary election.

"The criminal justice system; it's symptoms-focused, it's 'What's the aftermath of the crime, we need to punish that,' instead of, 'Hey, how can we make this maybe not happen as often systemically," he said.

Todd's priorities, according to a Tuesday press release, include providing more support to crime victims, working with social service agencies to address drug addiction and mental health issues, and pursuing rehabilitation for non-violent offenders instead of costly incarceration to help save tax dollars.

"If what we're doing worked, incarcerating people to as much extent as possible, America would be the safest country in the world, because we do it more than anybody else. But it doesn't work," Todd said.

Todd was born and raised in Salem and Turner, according to a Tuesday press release. He graduated from Salem High School, got his bachelor of arts from Willamette University and earned his law degree from Willamette's School of Law.

He has worked as a public defense attorney in Marion and Polk counties for the past eight years.

“Law enforcement is unable to solve so many of the root causes of crime, including drug addiction, mental illness, and homelessness," Dr. Megan McNeal, a forensic psychologist in the Portland area who is endorsing Todd, wrote in the press release.

"These concerns cannot be adequately resolved with prosecution and incarceration. Spencer really understands the complexities of these issues and will work with community groups and social service agencies to make our streets truly safer," McNeal said.

Correction: This article was updated to correct Spencer Todd's name in the headline. Salem Reporter apologizes for the error.

-Ardeshir Tabrizian

October 13, 2021 at 9:31am

Don a costume and bid on animal-themed gifts at Bowser's Boo Bash

Vickie Clark-Ellis of Salem cuddles Neptune and Saturn, two of the 11-day old kittens she fostered for the Willamette Valley Humane Society. (Ron Cooper/Salem Reporter)

Whether you'd like to show off your Halloween costume or bid on wine from the comfort of your home, Willamette Humane Society has an event for you.

The animal shelter is holding its annual Bowser's Boo Bash Oct. 23 at Willamette Heritage Center, 1313 Mill St S.E., from 6-9 p.m. The fundraiser helps support the shelter's operations.

Tickets are $150 and include dinner, wine, beer and non-alcoholic beverages.

“People that come to this event are dedicated to making a real difference for pets and the people who love them. The fundraising goal is serious, but the night is so much fun. We can’t wait to see everyone in costume," said Erin Weldon, development and community engagement director, in a prepared statement.

For the first time this year, an online silent auction will also be open to anyone who wants to bid. Items available include gift cards to local businesses, local wine, a quilt and animal-themed decor.

Bidding opened Oct. 9 and closes Oct. 23.

To buy tickets for the live event or register for the auction, go here.

-Rachel Alexander