Oregon Department of Justice settles with Salem hotel over wildfire price gouging
"High risk" counties will have more time to bring Covid cases down before seeing more restrictions
Help available for Oregon businesses and commercial landlords
SALEM ECONOMY Mar. 2
The pandemic exposed shortcomings in Oregon’s labor laws. A bill would let workers take matters into their own hands
A bill currently in the Legislature would allow workers and their allies to enforce labor laws against employers who rip off their employees or expose them to unsafe conditions. Businesses in Salem and elsewhere worry they’ll be buried under litigation.
SALEM ECONOMY Feb. 25
With airlines scrambled by the pandemic, Salem could have a shot at landing commercial flights
Before the pandemic, Fly Salem was formed by local business groups to bring a commercial airline back to Oregon’s capital city. With airline companies rethinking routes, their goal could be within reach in 2022.
Ferry tolls to increase in Marion County
Oregon's economy is rebounding faster than expected, according to forecast
SALEM ECONOMY Feb. 24
Salem restaurants prepare to welcome customers back in from the cold
Indoor dining has been banned in Marion and Polk counties since November as a precaution against the spread of Covid. The area’s beleaguered restaurants are eager to welcome customers back beginning Friday. But not all are ready.
SALEM ECONOMY Feb. 24
Grocery store workers demand their turn for Covid vaccinations
In Salem, a video of maskless shoppers confronting grocery store workers has gone viral, and workers report they’re exposed to hundreds of people daily. As the state rolls out vaccines, grocery workers are still waiting to find out when they’ll be eligible.
SALEM ECONOMY Feb. 22
With small businesses in mind, federal dollars again flow to Salem businesses
Late last year, Congress renewed the Paycheck Protection Program. This time, the popular program has safeguards directing money to smaller companies. While Salem companies say they are benefitting, the program hasn’t solved all their problems.
Keizer Chamber seeks new executive director
COVID IN OREGON Feb. 17
As harvest season looms, agriculture and farmworker groups clash over Covid regulations
The Oregon Farm Bureau is arguing that a state rule aimed at preventing the spread of Covid in farmworker housing has made workers less safe. But Marion County farmworker advocates say the pandemic has made long-standing issues around farmworker housing worse and the rule has kept workers from getting sick.
AROUND OREGON Feb. 17
AROUND OREGON: Holey war: Klamath Falls donut shop sued by restaurant with similar name
The family-owned operation, known until last week as the Holey Donut, will no longer go by that moniker after its owners were sued by The Holy Donut, a Maine bakery located 3,100 miles away.
Help available for low-income Oregonians who've had to toss food because of storm
WEATHER Feb. 16
Despite damage caused by snow storm, Enchanted Forest still aims to open March 19
The iconic park located south of Salem saw many of its rides and attractions tattered or outright crushed by the storm. But much of the park remains unscathed and the money it raised last year means it has a shot at reopening after it removes all the fallen trees.
SALEM BUSINESS Feb. 10
The former location of the oldest European house in the Pacific Northwest will again be housing
A new apartment development at 990 Broadway N.E. is the former location of the Jason Lee Mission house, which served as a base for the Methodist minister. The development required a historical and archeological review, which produced rare finds.
The new year brings more of the same to Oregon businesses, survey finds
SALEM GOVERNMENT Feb. 8
Demand is high for rent help as service agency prepares to hand out second round of funding
The Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency is seeing nearly 2,000 households that say they need help paying rent. That’s after the agency already distributed $6.6 million to 1,400 households in the last round of funding.
OREGON DEMOGRAPHICS Feb. 5
AROUND OREGON: Oregon deaths outnumbered births last year, for the first time ever
Oregon's birth rate had been falling before the pandemic, but an increase in Covid-related deaths finally flipped the state trend.
CHERRIOTS Feb. 4
Cherriots failed to meet minority contracting goals for years
The Salem transit agency has unsuccessfully sought to attract minority and women-owned businesses to share millions in contract work. Now, the agency's leadership is embarking on a sweeping review that’s an early step in making its operations more equitable.
SALEM ECONOMY Feb. 2
COLUMN: National business survey spells good news and bad for Salem's economy
Numbers from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics show that grant and loan programs have helped businesses that needed it. But workers in some job losses have seen hefty job losses.
Extended unemployment benefits will be cut, but the state will extend another lifeline to those out of work
COVID IN OREGON Jan. 29
A Salem gym openly violated state Covid regulations. Now it's getting a check from the county
Marion County has faced delays in issuing grants intended to help businesses struggling under pandemic restrictions. Among those that qualified for a grant is Courthouse Club Fitness, which has publicly defied pandemic restrictions.
Salem residents can go to the gym and resume other indoor activities beginning Friday
Salem area unemployment rate increased in December