Oregon Employment Department misses target for fixing phone wait times, blames worker shortage

Oregon Employment Department. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter) Oregon missed its midyear target for improving the employment department’s woeful phone system, but the state says it remains committed to resolving the issues by the end of the year. It was well-nigh impossible to reach the Oregon Employment Department in the early months[Read More…]

Here’s what Salem area lawmakers say they accomplished during the 2021 legislative session

Oregon Capitol (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter) Salem’s YMCA will see $4 million for early learning and childcare spaces in its new building. Cold medicine will be a little easier to get in Oregon. It’s easier to hire a physician’s assistant. Property owners in the Santiam Canyon rebuilding from last year’s historic[Read More…]


With 30 National Guard members, help is on the way for Oregon State Hospital’s staffing crisis

Sgt. 1st Class Dugald Campbell, of the Oregon National Guard, poses for a photo in his mask. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter) Members of the Oregon National Guard are heading to the Oregon State Hospital next week, undergoing training before assuming hospital roles as the hospital endures a staffing crisis caused by[Read More…]