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UPDATES: Art exhibit goes deeper on Salem's "Felony Flats"

January 14, 2022 at 4:12pm

Salem-Keizer NAACP holding virtual Martin Luther King, Jr. day program Monday

Children march along Lancaster Drive during Salem's Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration in 2020 (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter)

The Salem-Keizer NAACP will hold a televised and virtual event Monday to recognize Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Reginald Richardson, president of the organization, will introduce the program and keynote speaker Irvin Brown, chair of Salem-Keizer NAACP's Education Committee, a Facebook post said.

The annual program in previous years has featured a civil rights march, but the 2022 event is all virtual.

The theme for this year's program is "Urgency of Creating the Beloved Community," a concept King emphasized in his Birth of a Nation speech in 1957. "The beloved community is a community in which everyone is cared for absent of poverty, hunger, and hate," the post said.

The event will air on CCTV at various times through the end of February, starting Monday at 7:30 a.m. on Channel 22. It will also be streamed at noon Monday on YouTube.

-Ardeshir Tabrizian

January 14, 2022 at 2:55pm

Data digest: Covid by the numbers for Jan. 14, 2022

Salem Health's laboratory site on State Street on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

As Covid hospitalizations continue to rise again due to the omicron variant, Salem Reporter will begin publishing case and hospitalization information daily. Here’s our report for Friday, Jan. 14. 

Total Salem Hospital patients with Covid: 82 as of Friday morning, six more than Thursday.   

Of those, seven are in the intensive care unit, and four are on ventilators. 

Forty-three of those in the hospital are not vaccinated against Covid.

Total Salem Hospital bed occupancy: 509 patients; the hospital is licensed for 494 beds

Salem Hospital is able to expand care beyond licensed bed capacity through waivers tied to the federal emergency declaration. 

Total people hospitalized with Covid in Region 2 (Marion, Polk, Yamhill, Linn, Benton, Lincoln counties): 125. Of those, 18 are in the intensive care unit and five are on ventilators.

Total Region 2 hospital bed occupancy: 81 of 83 staffed ICU beds and 539 of 557 non-ICU beds in use. 

New Covid cases reported in Marion County: 787

New Covid cases reported in Polk County: 202

New Covid deaths reported: 13 in Oregon

-Saphara Harrell

January 14, 2022 at 10:49am

Intimate exhibit sheds light on seldom-seen Salem

"Felony Flats: Changing the Focus" hangs at the Art Department in downtown Salem in January 2022 (Helen Caswell/Special to Salem Reporter)

“Felony Flats” is a derogatory phrase used casually in Salem to refer to the lower-income residential area between State Street and Cross Street Southeast, 14th Street Southeast and 25th Street Southeast. The area has a reputation for danger, assaults, shootings and drugs. 

But several years ago, local photographer Diane Beals decided to document the people of the area, and asked friends Gil Nicholson-Nelson and Beverly Kanewske to join her in the project.

The result is “Felony Flats: Changing the Focus,” a small exhibit showing through Saturday, Jan. 28 in the back “exhibit” room of The Art Department, Salem’s downtown art supply store.

Each photographer shows nine images of folks in the yard, children in the street, gardens and families. “The most wonderful surprise for me was that so many folks allowed us into their space to catch glimpses of so much more than a pose,” wrote Nicholson-Nelson on his artist card. “They shared a moment of their lives with us!”

Felony Flats: Changing the Focus

Back room of The Art Department art supply store

254 Commercial St. N.E.

10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesday – Sunday, closed Monday

-Helen Caswell