City of Salem, other public employers will likely fall under Biden’s vaccine mandate

Four of Salem’s 10 largest employers are local government agencies, rather than private businesses – but they’ll still likely fall under the vaccination mandate President Joe Biden announced last week. That means most workers for the city of Salem, Marion County, Polk County and Chemeketa Community College would need to[Read More…]

Report finds that prisoners are dying in jails ill-equipped for people with mental illness or other disabilities

 Marion County Jail (courtesy of Marion County Sheriff’s Office)   Despite Oregon jails cutting their populations in half on average because of the pandemic, more people died in local correctional institutions last year, including Marion and Polk counties, according to a new report released by Disability Rights Oregon. The report[Read More…]