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…]

Demonstrators intentionally let into Capitol by state Rep. Mike Nearman, report finds

Rep. Mike Nearman, R-Independence, at his desk on March 30, 2021 (Ron Cooper/Salem Reporter) State Rep. Mike Nearman, R-Independence, “more likely than not” intentionally breached security protocols by allowing a group of demonstrators into the Capitol, impeding the ability of staff to function. That’s the conclusion of an independent investigator[Read More…]

Here are the requests from Salem area lawmakers on how to spend federal stimulus dollars

A rendering of the YMCA’s new gym and headquarters in downtown Salem by CBTWO Architects(Courtesy/YMCA of Marion and Polk Counties) Rural Polk County will get broadband internet. The local YMCA will be able to offer childcare after upgrading its building. Towns outside of Salem will have millions for infrastructure upgrades.[Read More…]

Oregon legislative aides move forward with first-of-its kind union

Oregon State Capitol, rotunda (Salem Reporter/file) Anne Marie Bäckström said she takes pride in her work as a legislative aide, helping Oregonians on issues ranging from housing, unemployment claims, Covid worries and others.  “Participating in policy and the democratic process is really impactful, and really beautiful,” said Bäckström, 30, who[Read More…]

State Rep. Mike Nearman faces charges from December attack on Oregon Capitol

Capitol surveillance footage shows state Rep. Mike Nearman, R-Independence, allowing demonstrators into the building. (Screen grab.) State Rep. Mike Nearman, R-Independence, has been charged with official misconduct and criminal trespass for allowing violent demonstrators into the Oregon State Capitol during a December protest. Marion County District Attorney Paige Clarkson’s office[Read More…]

AROUND OREGON: Identity thieves using Oregon state employee names for fraudulent unemployment claims

Identity thieves have submitted dozens of fraudulent claims for unemployment benefits using the names of Oregon state employees, another front in thieves’ ongoing effort to capitalize on the surge of jobless claims that accompanied the pandemic. It’s not clear how the fraudsters obtained the state employees’ names but officials say[Read More…]