HOMELESSNESS Feb. 11
PHOTOS: Union Gospel Mission's men's shelter nearing completion
The Union Gospel Mission has a goal of opening its new three-story, 55,000-square-foot facility by late June. Salem Reporter took a look at the construction site Wednesday.
HOMELESSNESS Feb. 10
Salem’s largest homeless shelter plans to open by summer
The Union Gospel Mission’s new men’s shelter across the street from the new Salem police station is doubling the number of beds the mission offers, adding a clinic and expanding education programs. The mission has a goal of opening by late June.
STATE POLITICS Feb. 9
Following 2020 elections, voters walk away from GOP
Voter registration numbers show that there are fewer people in the Republican Party in Marion County and at the state level. The registration drops as the state party faces divisions over its direction.
Zoom panel Wednesday to discuss ways Salem is addressing homelessness
City is accepting applications for federal urban development projects
LOCAL GOVERNMENT Feb. 8
Report finds that prisoners are dying in jails ill-equipped for people with mental illness or other disabilities
A new report from Disability Rights Oregon found deaths in local jails, including in Marion and Polk counties, have increased despite fewer people behind bars because of the pandemic. The report looked at 10 deaths in eight jails, finding that a lack of standards around prisoner health care, restraints, suicide protocols and other factors played a role.
Salem City Council considers traffic study at Monday meeting
Salem asking for donations for managed camp at the state fairgrounds
Wildfires, vaccines, cybersecurity and more is on state's auditing agenda
Vision for Salem's future growth available online
Oregon prisoners now prioritized for Covid vaccine following judge's ruling
Marion County dog licenses now available online
AGENDA: Marion County commissioners to consider safety corridor for crash-prone stretch of road outside Newberg
Need health insurance? Special enrollment period coming up
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.