Tag Archives: Marion County

Homeless crisis: More Salem warming shelters, quicker openings coming

The Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency will open warming shelters when temps drop below 32 degrees, after earlier protocol came under fire. As temperatures in Salem dropped below freezing last December, homeless warming shelters didn’t open for days, catching the nonprofit that coordinates the shelters in a blizzard of criticism. Source: Homeless crisis: More Salem warming shelters, […]
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Oregon company lands $50K county grant to build test greenhouse

Adapt8, a company based in Salem, Ore., manufactures translucent plastic panels for greenhouses, has received a economic development grant from Marion County. Michelle Moore steps inside one of several commercial greenhouses on display at Adapt8 headquarters in Salem, Ore., noting how sunlight reaches into every nook and cranny of the structure. “There are no shadows […]
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Count shows snapshot of Salem-area homeless

It’s a blend of individuals and families, including some with children. More than might be expected suffer from mental illness or substance abuse. Source: Count shows snapshot of Salem-area homeless

Why are Salem apartments, rental houses so expensive?

Monthly apartment and house rent in the Salem area now exceeds what 84,000 Marion and Polk county residents can afford to pay. To afford a two-bedroom home in Oregon, you need a job paying at least $21.26 an hour, according to a new report from the National Low Income Housing Coalition. Source: Why are Salem apartments, rental houses so expensive?

Expert: Bankruptcy won’t spare Hayes from judgment, fines

Filing for bankruptcy wouldn’t protect former first lady Cylvia Hayes from paying a $125,000 judgment to The Oregonian/OregonLive or up to $110,000 in fines for ethics violations,according to an expert in bankruptcy law. Source: Expert: Bankruptcy won’t spare Hayes from judgment, fines

Sexually transmitted infections in county go up

Marion County sees infection rates increase for chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis Source: Sexually transmitted infections in county go up

Gov. Brown Declares State of Emergency for 3 Counties

Governor Kate Brown has announced a state of emergency for three Oregon counties—Marion, Polk, and Lake—all for water-related issues. Source: Gov. Brown Declares State of Emergency for 3 Counties

Toxins in Tap Water Prompt State of Emergency for Oregon Counties

Gov. Kate Brown declared a state of emergency Thursday for Marion and Polk counties, opening the door for national guard troops to truck in fresh water for residents grappling with the discovery of low-level toxins in Salem’s tap water. Source: Toxins in Tap Water Prompt State of Emergency for Oregon Counties

Office of Emergency Management apologizes for emergency alert

The director of the Oregon Office of Emergency Management released a statement apologizing for an emergency alert sent to phones all over Oregon. The agency was attempting to warn people in the Salem area about drinking contaminated water but instead, OEM said the alert system defaulted to a “civil emergency” and left the part out about drinking […]
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Music festival near Ankeny Wildlife Refuge could cause I-5 backup, officials say

Officials raise alarms about traffic problems associated with the Bi-Mart Willamette Country Music Festival near Interstate 5 and the wildlife refuge. Source: Music festival near Ankeny Wildlife Refuge could cause I-5 backup, officials say