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UPDATES: Salem Etsy Team's Handmade Market returns to fairgrounds

December 2, 2021 at 2:39pm

Six-year-old hospitalized after six-car crash on Kuebler Boulevard Wednesday

Salem police are investigating a crash involving six vehicles Wednesday afternoon that left a child hospitalized with life-threatening injuries.

Salem Police Department officers responded around 3:56 p.m. to a "serious injury collision" near the intersection of Kuebler Boulevard Southeast and 36th Avenue Southeast, according to a Thursday news release.

Witnesses said they saw a 1-ton truck pulling a loaded dump trailer traveling east on Kuebler Boulevard near 36th Avenue. They said it struck a Kia Soul also moving eastbound on Kuebler, "which was stopped in heavy traffic," the news release said.

The truck pushed the Kia Soul forward into a Dodge Ram truck, and the chain reaction hit two other vehicles ahead of the truck.

Several of the drivers reported minor injuries but didn't need to be transported to hospital, according to the news release. A six-year-old child riding in the rear passenger seat of the Kia Soul was taken in an ambulance to Salem Health with life-threatening injuries, and was later transported by Life Flight helicopter to a hospital in the Portland area for additional treatment.

"Due to the serious nature of the incident, the Salem Police Department Traffic Team responded to conduct a crash reconstruction and investigation," the news release said.

All of the drivers stayed on scene and are cooperating with the investigation, and no arrests or citations have been made, the news release said. The department said no additional information about the crash was available.

-Ardeshir Tabrizian

December 2, 2021 at 1:00pm

Salem's October unemployment rate saw biggest decline in months, preliminary data shows

Early figures show Salem's unemployment rate saw its biggest decline in months, having steadily fallen for almost a year.

The city's unemployment rate dropped from 4.1% in September to 3.4% in October, according to preliminary Bureau of Labor Statistics data published Wednesday.

The unemployment rate has steadily declined each month since it was 6.7% in January. The drop from September to October was the biggest decline the bureau recorded during that time.

The number of unemployed people fell from 8,588 in September to 7,053 in October. That's down more than 41% from 12,078 people unemployed in October 2020, when the unemployment rate was 5.8%.

Oregon Employment Department data showed Salem's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate, which doesn't include impacts from seasonal patterns, has steadily declined from 5.8% in May to 4.4% in September.

The seasonally adjusted number of unemployed people in Salem has steadily fallen from 12,244 in April to 9,227 in October, according to state data. During the same month last year, 12,806 Salem residents were unemployed.

-Ardeshir Tabrizian

December 2, 2021 at 11:41am

Handmade, vintage gifts on tap at fairgrounds Saturday from over 100 vendors

Salem residents in search of holiday gifts can find handmade and vintage items Saturday at the Oregon State Fairgrounds.

From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Salem Etsy Team’s Handmade Market will have more than 100 vendor booths up and running in the Jackman-Long Building, 2330 17th St N.E., according to the event listing on Facebook.

The event showcases local vendors and craft makers who sell their products on Etsy.

Vendors will have gifts including jewelry, bath and body products, holiday and home decorations, art, paper crafts, hand-knitted crocheted pieces, and hand-sewn bags and purses, the event listing said.

Admission and parking at the event will be free.

-Ardeshir Tabrizian