Wyden raises concerns over shortage of firefighters, federal spending on fire prevention

Wildfire in 2020 left damage all throughout the Santiam Canyon east of Salem. (Ron Cooper/Salem Reporter) Oregon faces a shortage of wildland firefighters that could be “a recipe for trouble,” according to U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden. Wyden wrote to U.S. Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom[Read More…]

Biden drops into Portland, reels off benefits of infrastructure money for Oregon

President Joe Biden speaks to a small crowd of Oregon officials, union workers and reporters in Portland on Thursday, April 21. (Julia Shumway/Oregon Capital Chronicle) PORTLAND— New federal infrastructure spending will create millions of high-paying jobs in Oregon and across the country and modernize infrastructure, President Joe Biden said at[Read More…]

Former Oregon Health Authority worker charged with embezzling $1.5 million in Covid scheme

The Oregon Justice Department announced on Wednesday, April 20, that a former Oregon Health Authority employee has been indicted on 21 counts for an embezzlement scheme. (Ron Cooper/Oregon Capital Chronicle) An Oregon Health Authority employee who processed requests for vendor payments has been indicted for embezzling nearly $1.5 million, state[Read More…]

Oregon taxpayers get reprieve to July 15 to file personal returns with the state

The Oregon State Capitol, seen from the mall. (Saphara Harrell/Salem Reporter) NOTE: Salem Reporter is providing free access to its content related to the coronavirus as a community service. Subscriptions are vital to sustain this service. Please join us. SALEM – Oregonians will have until July 15 to file their personal income[Read More…]