SALEM PEOPLE AND PLACES May. 5
During a difficult year, Assistance League expands help for Salem students
Volunteers like Jeanette George have helped pick out clothing and assemble kits with basic hygiene items for thousands of students in Salem-Keizer schools this year through their Operation School Bell program.
SALEM COMMUNITY May. 4
After losing everything in Santiam Canyon wildfire, couple returns home thanks to a turn in fortune
Be Bold Street Ministries gave a couple who had been living in hotels for the past seven months an RV and more recently a car that was donated to the Salem nonprofit.
"Feed the Tuba" campaign launches to benefit wind ensemble, Salem food banks
Salem Cinema offers private theater rentals as restrictions take hold
SALEM HISTORY Apr. 30
COLUMN: Former Salem restaurant used to feed inmates at the courthouse
A new Salem Reporter feature highlights local history. The curator at the Willamette Heritage Center explains tough working conditions in a Salem restaurant that fed inmates and patrons of the red light district alike.
Race around Salem to benefit local refugees
SALEM COMMUNITY Apr. 27
Hoping to break ground on “more than a field,” Capital Fútbol Club raises money for expansion
The Salem-based soccer club has operated an increasingly in-demand playing field. Now, it hopes to add two turf fields that’ll serve as a regional sports hub and community center. The club hopes to foster more connections formed through the world’s most popular sport.
Confluence LGBT Chorus seeks new board members
AROUND OREGON Apr. 27
AROUND OREGON: Oscar winner ‘Nomadland’ based on book by former Oregon journalist
Jessica Bruder, an Oregonian/OregonLive reporter from 2006 to 2008, traveled for several years throughout the West and worked alongside her subjects at low-wage jobs to research the 2017 book.
Capitol hosts virtual event honoring Asian Pacific Americans
SALEM PEOPLE AND PLACES Apr. 22
Salem Elks celebrate 125th anniversary
Civic, social and fraternal organizations throughout the country have seen membership declines in recent years, but Salem Elks was growing before the pandemic and has about 500 members who work on volunteer projects to aid homeless veterans and local students.
Learn about Salem's former Chinatown during online event Saturday
Virtual chamber music concert to benefit programs in local schools
SALEM HISTORY Apr. 20
COLUMN: Search for Salem's Chinatown unearths cemetery shrine
A new Salem Reporter feature highlights local history. In our first installment, Salem's historic preservation manager explains how a collaborative archaeology project led to the rediscovery a Chinese funerary table and an annual celebration of the Qing Ming festival.
SALEM COMMUNITY Apr. 19
Salem woman honored for her role preserving legacy of trailblazing women landscape architects
Bobbie Dolp has spent more than 16 years trying to preserve the legacy of Elizabeth Lord and Edith Schryver, the first women to own a landscape architecture firm in the Pacific Northwest. The avid gardener was drawn to the women’s story and helped acquire the Salem property where they did their work.
Pet-loving artists wanted for Willamette Humane t-shirt contest
Salem for Refugees asks for volunteers to help with garden prep
SALEM COMMUNITY Apr. 12
Car choir performs for retirement home in first show off campus
The Chemeketa Car Choir started earlier this year as a way to have student singers perform safely. On Sunday, they performed for hundreds of residents at Capital Manor in a welcome respite following a year of isolation at the retirement home.
SALEM PEOPLE AND PLACES Apr. 12
Sprague seniors join storm cleanup effort at Pioneer Cemetery
The cemetery has been closed to the public since the February ice storm brought branches and several trees down across the 17-acre site. With volunteers and contracted crews, the city hopes to reopen the site by Memorial Day.
Conflict resolution speaker coming to Salem April 14
Draw, garden or get a leg up at work with free Chemeketa workshops
LIFE IN MARION COUNTY Apr. 6
PHOTOS: Tulip Fest showcases the Willamette Valley's springtime color
Peak blooming season is just ahead for the Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival, which draws visitors to Woodburn to appreciate the spring flowers. After a 2020 cancellation, the farm is back open and will honor passes from last year.
Uncover the secrets of soil at Salem City Club
SALEM LIFESTYLE Apr. 5
PHOTOS: Drone images capture Capitol, cherry blossoms from up high
PHOTOS: Salem's cherry trees have long been a symbol of the city, and a drone photographer caught stunning images of trees in bloom during sunrise at the Capitol.
SALEM LIFESTYLE Apr. 4
PHOTOS: Adapting to restrictions, Shangri-La hosts drive-thru Easter Egg event
PHOTOS: Shangri-La of Salem once again put on its Easter event as an accessible fun time on Saturday, April 3, for those with disabilities.
Willamette Heritage Center to reopen April 6
FreeSALEM AREA EVENTS Apr. 2
PHOTOS: Car parade aims to raise awareness about child abuse
The early morning parade cruised from the Willamette Heritage Center past the Capitol as several groups "painted the town blue" in honor of child abuse prevention month.
Salem to host Ironman triathlon in July
Finish Women's History Month Wednesday with a panel of Salem women
SALEM AREA EVENTS Mar. 30
Austrian music, absurdist poetry coming to Salem as Oregon Symphony plans October return
After more than a year with no live performances, the symphony is planning a regular season of six concerts at Willamette University’s Smith Auditorium, with season tickets on sale now. Newly appointed music director David Danzmayr will make his debut.
SALEM AREA EVENTS Mar. 26
With an uncertain reopening, Salem’s events magazine ponders its future
Carlee Wright is the brains behind Press Play Salem, a bi-monthly free events magazine. She’s debating if she can put out a summer issue after a more than year-long hiatus.
World Beat cancels event that draws thousands for second year in a row
SALEM PEOPLE Mar. 25
After helping write landmark laws and keeping Salem’s nonprofits humming, Ken Sherman retires
In his 46 years practicing law in Salem, Ken Sherman Jr. left his mark on the community through decades of service to civic and nonprofit organizations, particularly Salem Health. Recently retired, he’s eager to keep learning, reading and raising his newly adopted cat.
Reservations open for "recess" at Gilbert House Children's Museum
SALEM PEOPLE AND PLACES Mar. 19
New bubble exhibit will welcome the first kids back to Gilbert House
Salem’s Gilbert House Children’s Museum kicked off a renovation in early 2020 to celebrate its 30th anniversary. Months after work finished, families can at last explore the outdoor play area and check out Bill’s Bubble House as it reopens over spring break.
Salem to celebrate its cherry blossoms on March 20
AROUND OREGON Mar. 16
AROUND OREGON: Libraries shrug off Dr. Seuss book controversy
Seuss books rarely are challenged by library patrons across the nation, she said. “Multnomah County Library Director Vailey Oehlke has affirmed our library’s commitment to dismantling systemic racism and oppression,” Cunningham said. In Washington County, Tattersall said individual branches would make decisions about whether to keep the books on their shelves.
SALEM PEOPLE AND PLACES Mar. 15
With open conversations about addiction, Bridgeway’s primary care provider tackles health and recovery
People with substance abuse and mental health problems die younger than the general population, but often from the same causes, like heart disease or diabetes. For six years, physician assistant Sarah Hadfield has been trying to change those odds in a unique setting: a primary care clinic housed inside Salem's largest addiction treatment provider.
Adult softball and kickball leagues return this spring
LOCAL NONPROFITS Mar. 11
Salem Friends of Felines has new Keizer home
After 10 years on South Commercial Street, the no-kill shelter's new location will make adoption appointments easier and provides more space for quarantining cats.
SALEM PEOPLE AND PLACES Mar. 8
PHOTOS: Salem Saturday Market kicks off a month early
The early start meant less fresh produce than usual, but locals flocked to the market for canned goods, bread, meat and crafts.
Oregon gardeners can get free seeds, watch educational videos through gardening challenge
SALEM COMMUNITY Mar. 4
With masks and social distancing, Salem Saturday Market returns early
The weekly market opens a month early to offer Salem fresh produce and other goods. While Covid precautions remain in effect, the market hopes to have more vendors than last year.
SALEM NONPROFITS Mar. 4
Years in the making, the foundation is being built for Salem’s new YMCA
The pandemic has delayed construction and increased costs for Salem’s downtown YMCA, which is now expected to open in April 2022. CEO Timothy Sinatra wants the three-story building to be a gathering place for families of all ages, offering everything from swim lessons to senior triathlons and school outreach events.
SALEM PEOPLE AND PLACES Mar. 2
Pioneer Cemetery surveying damage to grave markers, historic trees following ice storm
Two white oaks at Salem's Pioneer Cemetery were among the casualties during February's ice storm, and the cemetery remains closed to the public pending a debris pick-up.
Salem woman exceeds goal for hygiene products drive following Salem Reporter article
AROUND OREGON Feb. 25
AROUND OREGON: Bend proposes code changes to ease creation of homeless shelters
The city wants to remove a code that requires 1,000 feet of separation between temporary housing facilities and make transitional housing, which includes warming and permanent homeless shelters, an outright use in commercial zones and in the section of the Bend Central District that is west of Third Street.
SALEM TREES Feb. 24
Getting rid of a white oak that fell during the ice storm? Be sure to save a slice for science.
Two scientists at Willamette University say the downed trees represent a unique opportunity to study one of Salem’s most iconic native species, the Oregon white oak.
SALEM COMMUNITY Feb. 22
Hot potato: How a Salem woman came up with an idea to keep unsheltered people warm and full
Lisa Letney wanted to help when she heard about flooding in the two camps where unhoused people have been allowed to live during the pandemic. She turned to spuds because they’re cheap, hot and make it easy for people to get involved.
Hundreds of trailer loads of debris hauled out of Salem drop off sites
SALEM HISTORY Feb. 17
To honor Oregon’s birthday, Salem history groups create video on the state’s early Black settlers
The video tells the story of how Black people came to Oregon at a time when the state constitution barred them from settling or owning land. It includes the story Hiram Gorman, one of Salem’s first Black residents who operated a newspaper press and had a green thumb.
More than 48,000 in Marion and Polk counties remain without power
Keep fridge doors closed and don't taste food to find out if it's gone bad, Emergency Management advises
SALEM COMMUNITY Feb. 16
“You can do more damage than the storm.” Foresters urge caution when assessing tree damage
The Oregon Department of Forestry has two tip sheets which can help residents determine if they can salvage their trees, where to make cuts and if a professional is needed.
FreeWEATHER Feb. 15
With more outages overnight, many in Salem head into fourth day without power
Portland General Electric still has no set timeline for restoring power to the tens of thousands of Salem-area homes currently in the dark. Churches in Salem and Keizer will open as warming centers Tuesday and online school is canceled for Salem-Keizer as many students, teachers and district buildings remain without power.
SALEM COMMUNITY Feb. 15
As the lights went out, Salem adapted with camp stoves and candles
Tens of thousands of people in Marion and Polk counties were left without power after the worst ice storm in decades left the Willamette Valley a frozen mess of downed trees and power lines. Salem Reporter reached out to residents to found out how they handled a weekend of darkness.
Volunteers needed for warming shelters Friday as temperatures stay freezing
WEATHER Feb. 12
Widespread power outages, impassable roads likely as ice storm rolls into Salem Friday night
Up to three-quarters of an inch of ice could accumulate in the Salem area overnight, potentially downing tree branches and knocking out power for homes in freezing weather.
Local arts nonprofits bolstered by Oregon Arts Commission grants
SALEM COMMUNITY Feb. 11
“She just had a big heart, a heart of gold.” Colleagues and family remember bus driver killed in crash
Rachel Bunting was known for her affinity for cats and her warm presence. After being killed in a car crash in early February, a memorial will go up on the route she drove.
Salem has snow plows on standby
Hallie Ford now open to members with reservation; public visits begin Feb. 23
Snow expected in Salem starting Thursday night
SALEM NONPROFITS Feb. 9
Cloth diaper kits are ready and waiting for Salem families through the Salem Cloth Project
A Salem woman's "light bulb moment" became a nonprofit that offers cloth diaper kits to families in need. Now, the organization just needs more people to find out about their work and sign up for help.
LIFE IN SALEM Feb. 9
Wooden arches raised, bringing Riverfront Park amphitheater one step closer to completion
The $4 million project hit its fundraising goal, the Rotary Club of Salem announced Monday. When completed this summer, the Gerry Frank | Salem Rotary Amphitheater will serve as a outdoor event venue.
True North duo to perform virtual concert Sunday to benefit Salem Cinema
AROUND OREGON Feb. 8
AROUND OREGON: National Parks in Northwest post record highs, lows in visitors during 2020
Monthly visitor numbers published by the National Park Service from 2020 show an up and down year across Oregon: Crater Lake National Park in southern Oregon broke several monthly records last year, for example, while the nearby Oregon Caves National Monument & Preserve posted the lowest annual visitor total since 1945.
Salem galleries, theaters get nearly $40,000 in state operating support
SALEM AREA EVENTS Feb. 4
Salem art gallery hosts erotic art for the month of February
Gallery owner Melanie Weston wanted to do a fun show in the downtown gallery space she’s had for less than a year. So, she put a call out for erotic art pieces that are now on display until the end of the month.
Salem's new community radio station, KMWV 98.3 FM, gets its first director
SALEM AREA EVENTS Feb. 3
Hallie Ford Museum explores Great Depression through virtual exhibit
The Hallie Ford Museum of Art has been closed since November because of Covid restrictions and is reviewing guidelines in hopes of reopening soon. For now, art junkies can view the latest exhibit online.
MENTAL HEALTH Feb. 2
In a world of smartphones, new project wants to give Salem teens better tools to protect mental health
At Liberty House, Salem’s child abuse assessment center, staff are seeing families and teens more stressed and struggling with mental health. They’ve launched a website with activities and resources to help families talk about cyberbullying, device use and self-worth.
AROUND OREGON Feb. 2
AROUND OREGON: Oregon's largest tree now a magnificent stump on the Oregon Coast
Today, visitors to Klootchy Creek County Park along U.S. 26 can see the severed, sun-bleached trunk standing tall – still a giant beside its smaller neighbors after sprouting from the earth about 750 years ago.
BUSINESS Feb. 1
Alexander named managing editor of Salem Reporter
Editor Les Zaitz announced that award-winning journalist Rachel Alexander will take over day-to-day management of Salem Reporter's news content.
SALEM COMMUNITY Jan. 29
After more than a decade telling people how to throw away less, county coordinator retires
Alan Pennington once thought enthusiastic “master recyclers” were oddballs. Then he became one of them.
Museums, archeology projects can add exhibits, preserve sites through state grants
SALEM COMMUNITY Jan. 26
A Salem nonprofit that trains service dogs is asking for help — naming puppies
It takes a very particular type of canine to be a service or therapy dog. The in-demand dogs help their owner with daily tasks or even interrupt panic attacks. They also have very particular requirements around their names.
SALEM AREA EVENTS Jan. 21
Salem Reads returns, encouraging residents to pick up a book and a take a walk with a shelter dog
A month of events are scheduled virtually for this year’s Salem Reads pick, “Walking with Peety,” a memoir from a man whose life was changed after adopting a shelter dog.
SALEM BUSINESS Jul. 23
For those in Salem with depression, new clinic provides another resource for treatment
People with treatment-resistant depression have been driving from Salem to Tigard for their special therapy sessions. In August, they can skip the long trip and get the care they need in south Salem.