With “car choir,” Chemeketa singers use wireless mics, transmitters to sing safely in person

Christian Campbell, 19, sings during car choir at Chemeketa Community College on Jan. 14, 2020 (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter) Mackenzie Rolf doesn’t usually bring jumper cables to choir class. But when you’ve been holding choir practice from cars parked in the Chemeketa Community College parking lot, it comes in handy, especially[Read More…]

Calling on Salem leaders to denounce white supremacy, petition attracts hundreds of signers

Far-right protesters marched from the Capitol to Mahonia Hall to protest Covid restrictions on Friday, Jan. 1. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter) Julianne Jackson wants Salem’s leaders to denounce white supremacy. More than 600 others agree, signing on to a change.org petition that demands city leaders create a public campaign against white[Read More…]

A wildlife refuge center and its landlord square off in court over covered up rot, unfinished work, well access

Aztec, the golden eagle, at Turtle Ridge Wildlife Center in 2018. (Aubrey Wieber/Salem Reporter) A Salem wildlife refuge center has taken their landlord to court alleging the couple it rented the southeast Salem property from didn’t set up electricity or water, never completed construction on an office space they were[Read More…]

Downtown Salem restaurant becomes bottleneck of conflict during New Year’s Day march

Far-right protesters face off with police after an unlawful assembly was declared while gathering to protest Covid restrictions in downtown Salem on Friday, Jan. 1. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter) For months, Jonathan Jones has been warning Salem’s city leaders that Proud Boys and other right-wing groups gathering in Salem would lead[Read More…]

Covid put Michelle Paslay’s senior services business on hold. She never stopped thinking about her clients

Michelle Paslay (left) stands with staff at Keizer Ridge after she delivered Christmas presents for the facility’s residents. (Courtesy/Michelle Paslay) When you’re going door to door to collect bottles and cans, you have to look at least a little presentable. That’s a lesson Michelle Paslay learned while raising funds to[Read More…]

With theaters closed around Oregon, Enlightened Theatrics shifts focus to small shows for students

Miette Hanowell, center, performs in a November 2020 Enlightened Theatrics production of “101 Dalmatians” at the Grand Theatre (Courtesy/Enlightened Theatrics) Miette Hanowell landed her first paid acting role at age 11, playing Emily, the child at the center of a classic Christmas poem, in Enlightened Theatrics’ production of “Twas the[Read More…]