AROUND OREGON: Mollala Fire Department makes Covid-killing disinfectant

Employees of 3R’s Construction Company spray a hospital-grade approved disinfectant into the interior of a vehicle from the Aumsville Police Department Thursday. (Ron Cooper/Salem Reporter) In the spring, when COVID-19 began to spread in the United States, first responders were charged with ensuring safe transport to hospitals. So, Molalla Fire[Read More…]

Outdoor dining will return, but Marion, Polk counties face long path toward lifting other Covid restrictions

New Covid cases have climbed rapidly in Marion County in recent weeks, prompting Gov. Kate Brown to declare the county at “extreme risk” (Graphic by Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter) Marion and Polk counties will have to live under stringent limits on businesses and gatherings beyond next week as Gov. Kate Brown[Read More…]

Pandemic orders usurp Legislature’s authority, lawsuit alleges

Gov. Kate Brown listens in during a phone call with Vice President Mike Pence and other governors on Monday, April 20. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter) A Salem-area lawmaker has joined a lawsuit alleging that Gov. Kate Brown’s pandemic-related orders undercut the constitutional authority of the Legislature. State Rep. Mike Nearman, R-Independence,[Read More…]