Department of Human Services reports historic drop in foster care placements
STATE GOVERNMENT Jan. 28
Why Salem's Mill Creek Correctional Facility will be shuttered by July
Oregon isn't locking up offenders like it used to. With the state looking to save money, the governor is moving forward with closing three prisons.
Oregon House Republicans push back on state party's stance on capitol violence
HOMELESSNESS Jan. 27
As homeless crisis becomes increasingly visible in Salem, volunteers head into the snow for annual count
Salem’s annual point in time count provides a snapshot into homelessness that’s tied directly to federal dollars flowing into the region. With job losses brought on by Covid, and the September wildfires that left many displaced, advocates say there are more unsheltered people than ever.
STATE GOVERNMENT Jan. 26
Here are Salem-area legislators' top priorities for the 2021 session
Lawmakers need to pass a two-year budget, and Democrats, who are in the majority, have set an ambitious agenda including health care and racial equity. Local lawmakers have an eye on issues ranging from civics education to property tax relief for people affected by wildfires.
'Down to earth' Salem agency leader honored
STATE GOVERNMENT Jan. 25
PHOTOS: With elbow bumps and lots of masks, the Oregon State Senate gets down to business
The state Capitol is closed because of pandemic restrictions. But a photographer with Salem Reporter was able to snap some shots as the Senate began its work for the session that's scheduled to last until June.
Progressive groups call for legislators to oust state Rep. Mike Nearman, R-Independence
OREGON LEGISLATURE Jan. 22
PHOTOS: With increased security and doors closed to the public, Oregon Legislature resumes its work
The Oregon Legislature resumed its 2021 session on Thursday, which is
scheduled to run through June. With concerns about repeats of unrest Salem has seen over the last month, lawmakers delayed work after the session officially began on Tuesday. Committee work will remain virtual and the building will remain closed to the public because of the pandemic.
HOMELESSNESS Jan. 22
With space for 100, temporary homeless camp to open at state fairgrounds
After nearly a year of no business, the Oregon State Fairgrounds is allowing a managed camp on its property. City leaders say it’s a step toward ending emergency camping in city parks.