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Here’s why field burning is allowed in the Willamette Valley heat

With temperatures nearing or surpassing record levels and air quality warnings in effect, burn bans are commonplace.  But there are still sometimes long plumes of smoke headed into the skies over Salem begging the question: Why? “It’s a very visible activity, you can actively see it,” said farmer Kathy Hadley[Read More…]

Merkley terms Capitol invasion a ‘coup’

Supporters of President Trump rally outside the Capitol on Salem on Wednesday, Jan. 6, as insurrectionists invade the nation’s Capitol in Washington, D.C. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter) Remarkable scenes are unfolding in the nation’s Capitol as insurrectionists have stormed the building, disrupting the formal count of electors, and sending senators and[Read More…]

After acrimonious meetings, local lawmaker says it’s time for state to step in at Salem-Keizer School Board

Rep. Paul Evans in his office. (Aubrey Wieber/Salem Reporter) Calling leaders of the Salem-Keizer School Board “an embarrassment,” Rep. Paul Evans, D-Monmouth, is proposing to change state law to expand the board with the governor appointing the new members. Evans’ dramatic move was in reaction to the board’s split decision[Read More…]