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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…]

Federal authorities move to seize Silverton, Independence homes to break up sprawling illegal marijuana operation

Federal authorities say they found this large indoor marijuana operation in September 2021 in a home outside of Independence on Rickreall Road. (U.S. Attorney’s Office Portland) Federal authorities say a Texas man organized a sophisticated illegal trafficking operation that turned homes in Oregon into indoor marijuana plantations in places from[Read More…]

With program under scrutiny, school resource officer explains role in Salem-Keizer school system

School resource officers have become a focus point in Salem as hundreds of community leaders, teachers and citizens have called for the Salem-Keizer School District to end its contracts with local law enforcement agencies for police in schools. The push, led by Salem youth organization Latinos Unidos Siempre, follows similar[Read More…]