SALEM PEOPLE AND PLACES Oct. 14
Disco guests silently raise money for breast cancer research
Kelli Jaecks, a Salem breast cancer survivor, used her birthday as an opportunity to raise money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
Don a costume and bid on animal-themed gifts at Bowser's Boo Bash
SALEM EVENTS Oct. 12
PHOTOS: Dance and celebration mark Indigenous Peoples' Day in Salem
Gathering under an amphitheater designed to resemble a Kalapuya woven basket, dancers from several tribes celebrated Oregon's first recognized Indigenous Peoples' Day Monday.
Jewish jazz compositions highlighted in virtual Salem concert series
Pentacle Theatre returns to the stage with murder mystery "The Mousetrap"
Colorful dances, music featured at Oregon Capitol's Hispanic Heritage Month event Saturday
Adopt one cat, get a second one free in Salem Saturday
SALEM EVENTS Sep. 13
PHOTOS: Cornholers gather at Capitol to benefit Shangri-La
Experienced competitors and novices took to the grass Saturday for the Capital City Cornhole Classic. It was the fifth year for the competition and fundraiser.
SALEM PEOPLE AND PLACES Sep. 7
Benefit raises more than $500,000 to support Santiam Canyon relief
An historic farm was the setting for robust bidding at oral and live auctions on Saturday, Aug. 28, to support two groups helping the communities and people of the Santiam Canyon continue recovery from last year's wildfires.
SALEM EVENTS Sep. 6
Return of the Monster Cookie Ride
The Monster Cookie Ride was on Sunday, Aug. 29. With good weather, riders had options for several routes to get to their cookies.
SALEM EVENTS Aug. 30
PHOTOS: West Salem marching band performs at Premier Night
Following two weeks of band camp, high school marching band students at West enjoyed a barbecue with their parents, then performed at the school's football stadium.
STATE FAIR Aug. 29
PHOTOS: From rides to animal competitions, Oregon State Fair brings smiles
Several new thrill rides are the among the attractions at this year's state fair, which runs through Sept. 6.
Free summer fun at Northgate Park wraps up Friday with bike repairs and more
SALEM EVENTS Aug. 26
Fun makes a comeback at the Oregon State Fair
The fair kicks off Friday and runs through Sept. 6, with carnival rides, animal shows and live music. Two special fundraising events will support Santiam Canyon wildfire recovery efforts.
SALEM COMMUNITY Aug. 23
Voices of Pride: Attendees and participants express delight at the 2021 Salem event
About 1,000 people turned out on Saturday, August 21 to celebrate both inclusion and individuality at Riverfront Park. The 2021 Capitol Pride in the Park festival was the event and, behind the mandatory masks - there were all smiles.
SALEM EVENTS Aug. 18
Pride returns to Salem Saturday with fun run, drag and comedy performances
Salem has traditionally held its LGBTQ Pride event in August, rather than June - both to avoid competing with bigger cities and to drive home the message that pride can be year-round. A new Capital Pride board hopes the event will facilitate social connections between LGBTQ Salemites.
SALEM AREA EVENTS Aug. 16
Monster Cookie Ride returns for 45th year
The beginner-friendly bike ride through the Willamette Valley will be held Aug. 29, with a new start and end point in Keizer Rapids Park.
Englewood Forest Festival canceled due to Covid
Catch country music for a good cause at fairgrounds Aug. 5
SALEM EVENTS Aug. 4
Salem police, firefighters rush to collect blood
Salem's first "Battle of the Badges" Red Cross blood drive pits the Salem Police Department and Salem Fire Department against one another to see which group of first responders can deliver the most donors. If you sign up, you get to pick which agency gets credit for your donation - and take home a T-shirt.
SALEM EVENTS Aug. 2
Catch renowned glass art by Dale Chihuly in Salem
The whimsical glass sculptures by the world famous Tacoma artist have attracted more than 100 people per day to the Hallie Ford Museum of Art - a “blockbuster” exhibit, according to museum director John Olbrantz. The exhibit is open until August 28.
Ike Box to host block party to thank community for saving historic building
SALEM CULTURE Jul. 27
“Lorelei” set to showcase Salem on the big screen
Filmmaker Sabrina Doyle debuts a “blue collar fable” shot in Marion County and other parts of Oregon at Salem Cinema on July 31.
SALEM EVENTS Jul. 23
Ironman racers will take to streets, Willamette River Sunday
More than 2,300 athletes, plus their family and friends, are in Salem for a 70.3 mile triathlon on July 25 centered around Riverfront Park.
SALEM EVENTS Jul. 23
Nashville act to bring James Taylor tribute to Salem
Bill Griese will perform his acoustic, one-man James Taylor tribute act at the Grand Theatre July 30.
Like funnel cakes, rides and working outside? The Oregon State Fair is hiring.
SALEM EVENTS Jul. 21
Big machines stir to life at Great Oregon Steam-Up
Heavy metal had a different meaning decades ago when farmers and loggers turned to huge steam-powered tractors to do their work. The Great Oregon Steam-Up gives you a chance to see these machines in motion the next two weekends.
SALEM EVENTS Jul. 20
PHOTOS: Rust-O-Rama returns with celebration of classic American cars
The Cherry City Bombers Car Club brought their annual classic car show back to the Oregon State Fairgrounds in Salem July 17.
SALEM EVENTS Jul. 19
PHOTOS: Ska, punk fans gather for first Minto Island Growers music festival
MIG Fest brought four bands to the stage on the south Salem farm for a day of sun and music.
Ska music festival planned at organic farm in Salem Saturday
Catch an original play premiering at Theatre 33 in Salem
Plant sale starts Friday in Bush's Pasture Park
SALEM AREA EVENTS Jul. 14
Hundreds flock to Northgate Park for family council’s first community event
The new Hallman Neighborhood Family Council kicked off its “Fun Fridays in the Park” July 9 with a colorful event focused on health and early learning. It’s part of an effort led by local parents to help families feel safe in the area following an uptick in shootings, and give parents the tools they need to prepare kids for success in school.
SALEM AREA EVENTS Jul. 13
VIDEO: The return of the Marion County Fair
If you didn't quite get your fill of friendly critters or rides over the weekend, let us take you back to the fairgrounds with a short video.
SALEM AREA EVENTS Jul. 10
PHOTOS: Carnival rides, shave ice return to the fairgrounds
The Marion County Fair is in full swing, with animal shows, live music and games for kids. Salem Reporter takes you inside the fairgrounds.
SALEM AREA EVENTS Jul. 9
PHOTOS: Start your weekend with animals, kids at the Marion County Fair
Students with 4-H and FFA groups from around the county showed goats, rabbits and more at the Marion County Fair on Friday. We've got a photos of smiling kids and pigs enjoying the fair's return.
SALEM AREA EVENTS Jul. 9
Broadway Dreams to hit the stage Saturday
About 30 Salem students ranging from age seven to 62 spent the week rehearsing a show with Broadway theater professionals. They'll showcase their work this weekend at Salem's Grand Theatre.
SALEM EVENTS Jul. 6
Marion County Fair gearing up for (mostly) normal year
Live music, carnival rides and 4-H shows are returning to the fairgrounds July 9-11. Marion County Fair organizers made some modifications to animal events, but expect the weekend to give local kids a chance to show off their hard work.
COVID IN OREGON Jun. 25
Salem, you're going to be free - Oregon pandemic limits going away
Gov. Kate Brown on Friday said the state would fully reopen by the end of the month. That means an end to capacity limits and early closing times for restaurants, bars, gyms and other businesses. The state's mask mandate will go away, and decisions about school health guidelines would be in the hands of local authorities.
Free Jun. 24
Salem-area vaccine clinics will go on as scheduled despite heat wave
With proof of vaccination, Willamette will allow students, visitors to drop masks on campus
Marion, Polk counties moving to lower Covid risk levels
About half of employees, 87% of residents vaccinated at mid-Willamette long-term care facilities
Free Jun. 17
OHA offers $100 grocery gift cards at upcoming Covid vaccine events in Marion, Polk counties
Free Jun. 16
Santiam Hospital sweetens Covid vaccine deal with $500 Visa gift card sweepstakes
Polk County just 500 Covid vaccines shy of moving to "low risk" restrictions
Salem Health will shift how it offers Covid vaccinations
Masks and social distancing may soon no longer be required in Oregon workplaces
Cherriots will resume collecting fares next month
Polk County will move to "moderate risk" following drop in new Covid cases
Marion, Polk counties remain thousands of vaccines shy of state targets to loosen restrictions
Free May. 21
Getting a Covid vaccine in Oregon could make you a millionaire
Salem Health will scale down mass vaccination sites, distribute Covid vaccine to clinics and smaller events
COVID VACCINATION May. 19
Covid vaccines are now widespread in Oregon, but not everyone wants one
Weeks ago, appointments for Covid vaccines were scarce as many adults waited their turn to become eligible. Now, in Oregon and the Salem area, vaccination rates are starting to slow. Here's what some Salem residents say about why they're not getting a shot, and what public health agencies are doing to persuade people to change their minds.
COVID IN OREGON May. 18
Oregonians can ditch masks while inside businesses — as long as they bring their vaccination papers
The Oregon Health Authority released new guidelines on Tuesday for when and how fully vaccinated people can take their masks off in businesses. Masks remain required for all in hospitals, prisons, schools and long-term care facilities. The state’s top epidemiologist said the guidelines are a step toward normalcy, but they’re trusting Oregonians not to game them.
COVID IN OREGON May. 18
Enchanted Forest delays planned reopening after pushback over mask rules
The theme park, located south of Salem, had planned to kick off its season this weekend. But with threats and possible heated disagreements over shifting guidelines on masks, Enchanted Forest says it’ll hold off on opening to the public.
COVID IN OREGON May. 17
Why a relaxed mandate could be a headache for Salem area businesses
Gov. Kate Brown said she'll update Covid restrictions to reflect new federal recommendations that say fully vaccinated people can go maskless in most settings. Public health officials have indicated that businesses will largely be responsible for enforcing the new requirements. That's sparked concerns in the business community that they'll be saddled with yet another Covid-related burden.
COVID IN SALEM May. 17
Short of details, public officials could only watch as church Covid outbreak unfolded
A month passed from the first reported case of Covid at Peoples Church in Salem before health authorities could establish that dozens of people were sick. The outbreak, publicly announced May 5 is the state’s largest workplace outbreak in 2021.
Free May. 13
Governor says vaccinated Oregonians can drop masks in most settings
Free May. 13
Oregon teens age 12-15 now eligible for Covid vaccine; Salem Health offering shots at fairgrounds
COVID IN OREGON May. 12
As vaccinations pick up, Marion County sees Covid cases again falling
It's not clear whether Marion County will hit a target of 65% of adults vaccinated against Covid before Oregon lifts most pandemic restrictions, but county health officials see an end in sight.
FreeCOVID IN OREGON May. 11
Brown sets 70% vaccination target to lift most Covid restrictions
Oregon can resume something resembling normal life once 70% of people 16 and older have received at least one dose of Covid vaccine, Gov. Kate Brown said Tuesday. Health officials expect to hit that target in June, and several counties, including Polk, are on track to see some restrictions lifted earlier based on vaccination rates.
FDA approves Pfizer vaccine for 12-15 year-olds, but Oregon teens will have to wait a few days for shots
COVID IN SALEM May. 10
A Salem community health worker quietly helps an overlooked community navigate the pandemic
Salem’s Pacific Islander community has been hard-hit by the pandemic, as well as misinformation on the virus. Kapiolani Micky has been there to help connect the community with resources and information.
COVID IN OREGON May. 7
Oregon workplace safety agency moves to make Covid regulations permanent
Earlier this week, the Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration enacted regulations that’ll continue the masking, social distancing and sanitization requirements that have become common in workplaces. While business groups say the requirements are manageable, they say there should include a sunset date. Labor groups say the pandemic is ongoing, and the regulations have kept workers safe.
FreeCOVID IN SALEM May. 6
Peoples Church in northeast Salem tied to one of Oregon’s largest Covid outbreaks
The Oregon Health Authority said Wednesday that 74 people had contracted Covid through an outbreak tied to the church after beginning an investigation in April. The church’s lead pastor, Scott Erickson, joined nine other Oregon churches in a 2020 lawsuit unsuccessfully seeking to overturn Gov. Kate Brown’s “Stay Home, Save Lives” order.
New lawsuit challenges Oregon's Covid restrictions
COVID IN OREGON May. 5
Salem area reacts with frustration to yo-yo shift in Covid restrictions
Gov. Kate Brown on Tuesday surprised people across the state by announcing that 15 counties, including Marion and Polk, would move from the “extreme” to “high” risk categories of Covid restrictions. Salem area businesses and elected leaders were agitated by the sudden shift in restrictions and the explanation offered by the governor for it.
Free May. 4
Gov. Brown moves Marion, Polk counties back to "high risk," clearing indoor dining to resume
COVID IN OREGON May. 4
Oregon civil rights group seeks to expand lawsuit over state’s handling of Covid in prisons
On Monday, lawyers representing people incarcerated in Oregon’s prisons filed a motion in federal court asking a judge to grant an ongoing lawsuit class-action status. Gaining the status could significantly expand the number of people who could seek compensation from the Oregon Department of Corrections for its response to the pandemic.
FreeCOVID IN SALEM Apr. 30
“Covid fatigue” among younger, unvaccinated people driving Salem-area case increases
With Covid cases and hospitalizations on the rise in Salem and across Oregon, public health workers are often unable to pinpoint where someone caught Covid. But Marion and Polk county health officials said they’re seeing a clear trend of younger people getting the virus.
COVID IN OREGON Apr. 27
For a third time, Salem braces for stringent Covid restrictions
With Covid cases increasing and Oregon’s hospital system at risk of being overwhelmed, Gov. Kate Brown is enacting regulations closing restaurants to indoor service, cutting capacity at gyms and others. Unlike other times restrictions have been heightened, rising vaccinations offer a light at the end of the tunnel.
With Covid surging, Marion and Polk counties moved back into extreme risk categories
Free Apr. 23
Indoor dining could shut down by end of April in Salem as Covid hospitalizations rise
Free Apr. 22
Health authorities investigating death of Oregon woman who developed blood clot after receiving J&J vaccine
COVID IN OREGON Apr. 20
Polk County moved into “high risk” category. But another shutdown is off the table — for now
Covid cases have been on the rise in Marion and Polk counties for weeks. Beginning Friday, Polk County will see the same restrictions on businesses and social gatherings currently in place in Marion County. Gov. Kate Brown has said no county will be placed in the “extreme risk” category, unless two statewide triggers are met.
Free Apr. 19
Covid vaccine eligibility is wide open in Oregon. Here's what you need to know for Salem.
Free Apr. 16
Covid hospitalizations, cases again on the rise as most Oregonians become eligible for shots
FreeCOVID VACCINATION IN OREGON Apr. 15
Expanded eligibility hasn’t closed Oregon’s vaccination gap for Latinos
Marion County has vaccinated a larger share of Latinos than Oregon as a whole thanks to a large outreach push from community organizations and the county health department. But in Salem, the community hardest hit by the pandemic still lags behind, and Latino groups across the state say the health system needs to do more.
AROUND OREGON Apr. 15
AROUND OREGON: A financial lifeline during Covid
The economic downturn caused by the pandemic has hit Indian Country particularly hard. Entrepreneurs are turning to small, local lending institutions in a region that’s often outside the reach of traditional banks.
COVID VACCINATION Apr. 13
Despite J&J pause, Covid vaccine clinics targeting farm workers, rural areas will go on as scheduled in Salem area
Some individual Covid vaccine appointments with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine will be rescheduled in Salem, but local vaccine providers said they’re substituting Pfizer and Moderna doses for planned clinics rather than cancel events.
Free Apr. 13
Oregon pauses J&J vaccine as medical issue investigated
COVID IN OREGON Apr. 8
Oregon won't approve Covid exposure app, citing limited resources
In a news release Tuesday, the health authority said it “decided to pause the ongoing planning” for the application to “focus on vaccinations and other priority efforts to end the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Commissioner, farmworker organizer get Covid vaccines during Marion County meeting
Polk County has two weeks to bring Covid cases down before businesses must reduce capacity
Free Apr. 6
All Oregonians 16 or older will be eligible for Covid vaccine April 19
FreeCOVID VACCINATION Apr. 5
Where and how to get a Covid vaccine in Salem
Frontline workers, their family members and anyone 16 or older with a health condition can now get a Covid vaccine in Oregon. We compiled appointment links and tips for the Salem area to help you get scheduled.
Free Apr. 2
Family of frontline workers can get a Covid vaccine in Oregon
Free Apr. 1
Salem Health rolls out mobile vaccine clinics in Marion, Polk counties
Free Mar. 31
Marion County opens Covid vaccinations to all frontline workers, adults with health conditions
HOMELESSNESS Mar. 31
Homeless service providers face uphill battle rolling out Covid vaccine
A recent vaccination event at the Oregon State Fairgrounds with unsheltered people living at the Pavilion got few takers. Homeless service providers said interest will be low at first, relying on unsheltered “vaccine ambassadors” to build trust about the inoculation.
AROUND OREGON Mar. 29
AROUND OREGON: Judge rules Ontario prison must enforce mask mandate, consider rapid tests for employees
Circuit Court Judge Amy Baggio found that two inmates' Eighth Amendment right to protection from cruel and unusual punishment had been violated over medical care. She found that prison workers doubt the seriousness of Covid.
Free Mar. 29
Covid vaccine appointments open for April 1 clinic in Woodburn
FreeCOVID VACCINATION Mar. 26
Thousands more Covid vaccines coming to Salem as state speeds up timeline
Grocery store employees, restaurant workers and hundreds of thousands of other Oregonians will be eligible for a vaccine April 5 as the pace of federal vaccine shipments continues to increase.
COVID IN SALEM Mar. 26
Readers weigh in on getting a Covid vaccine in Salem
We asked and you shared accounts of getting a shot or trying to find one.
Free Mar. 26
Frontline workers in Oregon now eligible for vaccines April 5
Free Mar. 25
Can sick leave be used for Covid shots? A state agency says yes
SALEM HEALTH CARE Mar. 24
A chaotic, gratifying first year for Salem’s new primary care clinic
Just weeks after opening their doors, the staff of South Salem Primary Care found themselves adapting to telemedicine and navigating a pandemic with their patients. Dr. Rashanda Brown said she’s hopeful virtual visits and an interest in preventative health care will stick around.
COVID IN OREGON Mar. 23
After weeks of declining Covid cases, Polk County will see restrictions eased
The new restrictions will allow more people in restaurants, gyms and churches. Marion County will remain under more restrictions, for now, effectively creating two sets of Covid regulations for Salem.
FreeCOVID VACCINATION Mar. 20
Searching for a Covid vaccination in Portland? Try taking a road trip to Salem
March 18 marked the first time Salem Health's Covid vaccination clinic at the state fairgrounds had appointments remaining unfilled. The large allocation of vaccines to Marion County has many Oregonians traveling from elsewhere to get a shot.