DOCUMENTARY: ‘A D.A.’s Dilemma’ delves into gaps in Oregon’s justice system

A roadside memorial for Alexandria Tereshka is along Oregon Highway 22, where she died in 2018. (Kate McMahon/Independent Lens (PBS) Alexandria Tereshka needed help.  The 27-year-old from Dallas fought drug addictions that disrupted her life and earned her stays in jail.  The criminal justice system in Oregon struggles with people like[Read More…]

State to pour millions more into addiction treatment despite little proof it works

A hallway leads to patient bedrooms for the medically managed withdrawal program at Bridgeway, where patients can detox from drugs and alcohol, on Thursday, Jan. 28. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter) Oregon is poised to dramatically expand an addiction treatment system that already consumes millions of dollars each year with no clear[Read More…]


ROAD TO RECOVERY: A ‘can do’ spirit emerges as Santiam Canyon residents face rebuilding

A view from a drone on Tuesday, Sept. 22, shows the damage in downtown Detroit. (Oregon Department of Transportation photo) [NOTE: This report is being provided free as a community service of Salem Reporter. Support such work with your subscription.] Jeff Chipman saw the U.S. flag through the smoke blanketing[Read More…]


SPECIAL REPORT: The region’s busiest ER is in Salem, facing more critical cases and climbing patient counts

Nancy Bee, nurse manager for the Salem Health emergency department, shows a treatment room for a less seriously ill patient. (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter) The sound system crackled to life in the busiest emergency room in the Northwest. “Code blue, three minutes, room seven,” came the announcement. An ambulance was about[Read More…]