Category: Cover Stories

KMUZ team says documents implicate Marion County commissioner; Marion County says their facts are faulty

In a January 17 broadcast, reporters on KMUZ radio reviewed letters and emails obtained by a public records request that suggest that Marion County Commissioner Janet Carlson and other officials in the Mid-Willamette Homeless Initiative Task Force (“Task Force”) acted improperly last year. Carlson and the county say the broadcast presented factually inaccurate information, and that they look forward to a chance to respond. The show was KMUZ’s Tuesday morning Willamette Wake Up (WWU), a public affairs program that features Michael Livingston, Sara Cromwell and Sarah Rohrs. This Tuesday group had previously broadcast numerous shows on area homelessness and...

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Jay’s dream is not The Actor’s Nightmare: It’s Salem’s first — and, he hopes, annual — Cherry Blossom Theatre Festival

In case you haven’t noticed, Salem is fast becoming a theatre nexus. We’re not talking movies here, but live theatre — the original 3D, existential, onstage kind invented by the Greeks and perfected by a playwright from Stratford-upon-Avon and on Broadway’s stages. Fourteen local theatre companies, venues and supporters comprise the growing Salem Theatre Network, led by the Pimpernel himself, Jay Gipson King (disclosure: King also writes theatre reviews for Salem Weekly). That’s remarkable, because just a few years ago, there were only a handful of active theatre companies here in the Cherry City area and longtime residents know...

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Salem Councilor ousted by left wing conspiracy?

Two Salem talk show hosts say that a coordinated  conspiracy by the local Left resulted in the removal of Ward 6’s Daniel Benjamin, a sitting city councilor. They insist Benjamin’s ouster was part of a deliberate process of replacing him with a pre-selected progressive candidate. The assertions were made on January 19th and 20th on Gator’s Radio Experience, a weekday conservative talk show broadcast on 1430 KYKN and hosted by Gator Gaynor and Denise Nanke. “The progressives went on a witch hunt over Thanksgiving,” Gaynor said, “and ousted Daniel Benjamin from that seat… in an unbelievable, unfair, unethical, wrong...

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Salem Marches with the World

The Women’s March on Washington had its beginnings the day after the Presidential election, as a reaction against what diverse women in different parts of the country experienced as divisive, misogynistic, anti-immigrant and racist campaign rhetoric. As the weeks passed, hundreds of “sister” marches sprang up, entirely generated on a volunteer, grassroots basis, until now, multiple marches are planned in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Planned for January 21, the day after the Trump Inauguration, more than 600 marches will be held in 40 countries. Marchers will take to the streets in 18 Oregon locations, including...

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Neighbors angered by loss of potential at North Campus

There is not comparable property in all of Salem. The former “North Campus” of the Oregon State Hospital is a 47-acre parcel between D and State Streets, 23rd Street and Park Avenue. It is flat with no floodplain; it sits in a developed neighborhood within one mile of two full-service grocers and 1 ½ miles of major Salem employers. The land boasts seven historic buildings and is about ½ open ground, covered with numerous trees, many of them 130-150 years old. Neighbors and community observers view active plans by the state of Oregon to demolish five of seven historic...

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