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UPDATES: Liberty Road closed due to crash

March 21, 2022 at 1:09pm

Your empty Oregon bottles and cans can benefit Ukraine

Oregon bottles and can deposits can be redeemed to support Mercy Corps' Ukrainian relief efforts through April 10, 2022 (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter)

Oregonians redeeming bottle deposits can now donate their earnings toward Ukranian relief efforts.

The Oregon Beverage Recycling Corporation is partnering with Portland-based Mercy Corps and will match up to $25,000 in donations from bottle redemptions through April 10, according to a Monday morning news release.

Anyone redeeming bottle and can deposits can let employees at a BottleDrop location know they'd like to donate their funds to Mercy Corps' Ukrainian relief efforts, which include cash assistance for refugees and information for those fleeing from the war.

Those with Green Bag accounts can make a donation from their BottleDrop account online by going to BottleDropCenters.com/Ukraine and logging in.

Since Russia invaded Ukraine in late February, more than three million people have fled their homes, with millions more expected to become refugees.

“A devastating catastrophe is unfolding in Ukraine and in the region, costing and threatening lives and livelihoods, driving families apart and causing mass displacement. We are grateful for the immense generosity we’re seeing from people globally and here in our hometown community and across the State of Oregon to support our efforts to help Ukrainians in urgent need of assistance,” said Lynn Hector, director of communications at Mercy Corps, in a statement.

-Rachel Alexander

March 21, 2022 at 12:35pm

Hollie Oakes-Miller drops out of mayor's race, leaving two candidates

Hollie Oakes-Miller dropped out of the mayor's race.

Hollie Oakes-Miller has dropped out of the race for Salem’s mayor, leaving two candidates vying for the spot.  

She told Salem Reporter she didn't’ have the capacity to run a large campaign.  

"Over the last few weeks it became clear that we just weren't where we needed to be with building the capacity and support to run that big of a campaign yet,” she said in a Facebook message.  

Oakes-Miller, adjunct faculty at Portland Community College, was the first to file to run for the mayor position, submitting paperwork in October.  

She previously unsuccessfully ran for city council in 2020, losing the race to Councilor Jose Gonzalez. 

Chris Hoy, a councilor who is currently serving as state representative for House District 21, is running against Chane Griggs, president of the Rotary Club of Salem and the city’s planning commission, for the mayor seat in the May election.  

Previous coverage: Salem City Council to see fresh faces as newcomers run for four seats, three vie for mayor

-Saphara Harrell

March 21, 2022 at 11:19am

UPDATED: South Liberty Road reopened after Monday morning crash

(Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

UPDATE: The Salem Police Department announced around 12:45 p.m. Monday that South Liberty Road was reopened to traffic in all directions.

Original story below:

Salem police said Monday morning to avoid South Liberty Road after a crash that left four people hospitalized.

The crash was reported to police at 9:42 a.m. Monday and involved a silver Subaru and a Red Jeep, according to Lt. Debbie Aguilar, Salem police spokeswoman.

The crash occurred near near the intersection of South Liberty Road and Ewald Avenue, the Salem Police Department announced around 10 a.m.

Aguilar later said neither car rolled, as the department initially reported.

Four people who were in the Subaru were transported to Salem Hospital, at least one serious, potentially life-threatening injuries. She did not have information about any passengers in the Jeep but said no occupant was transported to the hospital.

Liberty Road traffic is being redirected both Madrona Avenue and Browning Avenue.

Police said to avoid the area for the next few hours as the Traffic Control Unit is investigating the cause of the crash.

-Ardeshir Tabrizian