Category: Cover Stories

Report from Salem Tree City

Photo above: City of Salem tree crews crush roots, remove tons of irreplaceable biomatter from Englewood Park, May 23, 2017   When arborist Brian French visited Salem to present a workshop on tree care at the Englewood Forest Festival in July, he saw something that dismayed him. In the weeks prior, City of Salem tree crews had passed through Englewood Park, where the festival was held, and to provide public safety, had pruned every piece of dead wood on the Oregon white oak and Douglas fir in the park. The city says it took the measure to protect the crowd...

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A tree is saved

In what Salem City Councilor Tom Andersen describes as “a real victory for the community” a historic Bigleaf maple at a much-viewed intersection has been saved from the ax. Many celebrate the rescue of the beloved monument. Jan Staszewski, Urban Forester for the City of Salem Public Works Department says it’s hard to know the exact age of the 80-foot maple on the southeast corner of Liberty St SE and Mission St SE but, “From [an] old aerial photo, it appears there was a small tree at this intersection about 150 years ago.” The tree is located in the...

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FHWA and ODOT Public notices incomplete, misleading, critics say

In notices published on June 28 and July 12, the Federal Highway Administration and the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) requested citizen feedback on potential impacts the proposed 3rd Bridge across the Willamette River would have on local natural areas. Critics describe the notices as “very flawed” and say they gravely misrepresent and under represent effects of the proposed Salem River Crossing (SRC) on the community’s natural environment. The second notice gave no detail on potential impacts at all; except for an accommodation for Spanish-speakers it provided no link to any resource that would provide citizens with even nominal understanding....

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Tales from the ER

When Kelly Williams Brown was driven to Salem Hospital Emergency Room one cold night in January 2017, she expected to find relief from excruciating pain. The New York Times bestselling author and former Statesman Journal columnist was visiting Salem, and had woken up disoriented and confused, and with intense pain radiating from her arm. She had had a seizure, dislocated her shoulder and cracked her humerus nearly in half. But the emergency department staff at Salem Health only ordered an elbow x-ray and an ultrasound, and discharged her with a prescription for 600mg of Ibuprofen. They suggested she follow...

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Make Music Day Salem 2017

After experiencing Make Music Salem 2016 last year, I could not wait for the next one to come around. And here we are – Make Music Salem 2017 is upon us. If you were downtown for last year’s event, you know what a magical and community-building event it was. Salem broke all the records for participation with over 70 bands and 15 venues, and we’re on track to shatter those numbers this year. But first, a little background. HISTORY “Make Music Day” is an all-day music festival that always occurs on June 21st – the Summer Solstice. It started...

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