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.