Pops orchestra returns to the Salem stage

The Salem Pops Orchestra has been playing music through the falling leaves, holiday lights and to welcome spring for the last 60 years. Until everything went quiet.  “We emailed but we didn’t meet to rehearse or make any music together for two years,” said Ike Nail, orchestra director, who climbed[Read More…]


Artist creates installation with old tires, found objects

“From West to East.” (Courtesy/Junwei Zhang) When Junwei Zhang saw pieces of tire along Interstate 5 this summer, he would pull over and load them into his car. They eventually became part of an art installation at Chemeketa Community College’s Gretchen Schutte Art Gallery that explores connection through commuting. “Transportation[Read More…]


Utility box panels give passersby a chance meeting with local history

A utility box panel explaining the history of Salem’s Chinatown sits at the corner of State Street and High Street Northeast. (Saphara Harrell/Salem Reporter) You may have noticed something different about the utility boxes in downtown Salem. Seven of the city’s metal enclosures for electrical equipment now have a museum-like[Read More…]