Category: Cover Stories

Can Salem Build a home for its homeless?

by Helen Caswell Housing First “People living day to day on the street are only able to live in survival mode,” says Pamella Watson, who is a member of the Salem Homeless Coalition, is chair of the Homeless Task Force at First Congregational Church of Christ, and is one of Salem’s “arta-pottie ladies.” “These people are consumed with looking for their next meal, looking for a place to sleep. So if you are able to get them into shelter, you allow them to get out of survival mode and start addressing issues.” Salem homeless advocates like Watson are increasingly...

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Getting Territorial Over Delisting -Controversy ignites over move to permanently remove wolf designation

On January 14, the efforts of two lawmakers got underway to make into permanent law a recent decision by state wildlife officials to remove wolves from the state’s list of endangered species. The attempt is opposed by several environmental groups. The positions of each side suggest sharp divisions in values and disagreement over basic facts. The 2016 legislative effort to ratify the November 9 “delisting” of Oregon wolves by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) is being advanced by Rep Greg Barreto (R – Cove) and Senator Bill Hansell (R – Athena). The two are reacting to...

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Oregon Women in Cannabis

Story and photos by Helen Caswell Amy Margolis Co-founder and partner Emerge Law Group, Portland   Amy Margolis began representing clients charged with marijuana crimes almost 15 years ago. In 2011 those clients, she says, “saw the direction this industry, and the cannabis legalization movement, was heading, and wanted to start legal and compliant businesses. At that time… a criminal lawyer was the perfect person to help keep them safe.” After House Bill 3460 passed, allowing for licensed dispensaries, Margolis wanted a business lawyer’s help. She found Dave Kopilak, a partner at Emerge, who himself was seeking a compliance lawyer. “We started sharing all of our clients and providing true, traditional business service,” she says. Emerge has since grown to 10 lawyers practicing in business, securities, land use, real estate, tax, litigation and criminal law serving the cannabis industry.  Five of the lawyers at Emerge are female. “I like to think women don’t need a special place but can carry their own in any situation,” Margolis says. “I have been proud to watch the women at my firm boldly navigate this new industry and be trailblazers.” In addition to her legal work, Margolis serves on the Rule Committee for the Oregon Health Authority’s Dispensary Program and has been instrumental in forming the Oregon Cannabis Growers PAC and the Oregon Growers Association. She says, “We were, and are, focused on how...

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Salem sees benefit from yoga therapy

A therapy first developed more than 100 years ago in India is helping contemporary Salem people lead less painful, more dynamic lives. Salem’s Leah Fish says the therapeutic yoga sessions led by Dr. Zohra Campbell at Indigo Wellness Center have sped her healing from a compression fracture; Rebecca Woodcock, who faces the challenges of an artificial knee, scoliosis and a “lumbar region completely compromised from nerve damage in the lower back” has experienced increased flexibility and reduced pain and reports the practice has helped her “regain that sense of movement and that sense of confidence in your body that...

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Late Night Salem -things are happening in the dark

“Winter is always a great time for business” in Salem, says Monty Miller, owner of The Half Penny Bar and Grill on South Commercial Street; “we are not competing against the sunshine!” Salem’s late night profile is changing.  With the shorter days and longer nights, music, food and beverage options typically become more popular anyway, but added to that, several new venues have entered the scene in the last year, joining the veterans in providing more diverse and entertaining opportunities in more than a decade. Kraftworks Taphouse On Facebook 241 Liberty St. NE Open until 2:30 a.m. 7 days a week Just 14 months old, Kraftworks Taphouse is the most consistent late, late-night destination in Salem.  “Being open late is a huge value to our customers,” says co-owner Alex Kruse, “especially to those who also work in the bar or restaurant industry, and typically work late.  They love the fact that they can still get a beer or cocktail with their co-workers after work.” Kruse says Kraftworks’ owners recognized early-on that many young, responsible Salem adults like to stay out late and socialize, “and we wanted to facilitate that by being open until 2:30 am every night of the week.”  Kraftworks’ complete food menu is available until 2 a.m. Kraftworks’s customers come to enjoy the wide selection of craft beers and to partake in off-premise sales (bottles to go)....

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