Category Archives: Salem Reporter

Oregon short on resources for local mental health treatment

State officials intend to ask legislators soon to put more money into local care for criminal defendants found unfit for trial. Source: Oregon short on resources for local mental health treatment | Salem Reporter | News about Salem – In-depth, Accurate, Trusted

Chemeketa opens truck driving program to help locals get commercial license

There’s no shortage of transportation jobs in the Salem area, but waitlists for nearby CDL programs can be long. Chemeketa is the latest Oregon community college to step in with job training. Source: Chemeketa opens truck driving program to help locals get commercial license | Salem Reporter | News about Salem – In-depth, Accurate, Trusted

Where the government’s unwanted stuff finds a second life

Oregon’s Surplus Property General Store sells million of dollars in goods ranging from the practical to the odd. When the military has extra combat boots, when buses from the local transit district reach a half million miles and when a giant foam cheeseburger from a lottery advertising campaign has served its purpose, they all end […]
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Thousands of Oregon workers now saving for retirement under new program

With a payroll deduction, 50,000 employees at small Oregon firms participate in OregonSaves, a government-run IRA program. A salon in Portland, a brewery in Astoria and an industrial fabric manufacturer from Eugene now have employees with retirement programs. They are among the 459 small businesses that recently enrolled in Oregon’s state-run retirement program, OregonSaves. That […]
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A holiday tradition of trains at Capitol makes its final call

For years, children and others have watched the model railroad in operation around the Christmas tree at the Capitol. Now, it’s all aboard to enjoy one last season. Sitting at the base of the 30-foot tall Noble fir in the Capitol is a remnant of Americana. An antique black American Flyer locomotive pulling several freight […]
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Indigent defendants to get improved legal help under Oregon changes

With a potential lawsuit looming, a state agency has begun scrutinizing its contracts with public defense lawyers. Public defenders in Oregon may have more time to represent clients as a state agency overhauls how it pays for the constitutionally required legal help. Source: Indigent defendants to get improved legal help under Oregon changes | Salem […]
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Jordan Cove opponents occupy Gov. Brown’s office, vowing to stay

Protesters upset with a proposed gas pipeline cutting across Oregon filled Gov. Kate Brown’s ceremonial office Thursday, vowing to stay until the governor announces her own opposition to the pipeline. Source: Jordan Cove opponents occupy Gov. Brown’s office, vowing to stay | Salem Reporter

Oregon State Penitentiary unveils new “healing garden”

The unique project was made possible by determined inmates and some help from the outside. Wearing blue prison uniforms and kukui nut necklaces, Toshio Takanobu and Johnny Coffer stood outside of a room at the Oregon State Penitentiary welcoming people to the unveiling of an unlikely project in an unlikely place. Source: Oregon State Penitentiary […]
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Work still needed to protect student information against hackers, Oregon audit finds

Secretary of State Bev Clarno’s audit team on Wednesday released its latest assessment of cybersecurity issues, this time at the Oregon Department of Education. Auditors say some practices need to change to to safeguard agency information. Source: Work still needed to protect student information against hackers, Oregon audit finds | Salem Reporter | News about […]
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Why a new Oregon law seeks to improve how hate crimes are reported

Improved data could reveal the breadth of hate in Oregon while aiding law enforcement and community groups. In late October, the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office won the first conviction under Oregon’s new hate crime law. The case involved a 50-year-old man who hurled slurs at two gay men before picking a fight with them. […]
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