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LUBA case advances towards decision

Two lawsuits filed by citizens protesting a Salem City Council vote that would allow expansion of Salem’s urban growth boundary (UGB) to accommodate a 3rd bridge across the Willamette, are one step closer to resolution. On July 13, Oregon’s Land Use Board of Appeals heard oral arguments on petitions filed after Salem City Council voted 5-2 last December to approve an Ordinance that would modify the city’s UGB, amend the city’s transportation system plan and comprehensive plan and make exceptions to a Statewide Planning Goal written to protect the Willamette River Greenway from development. At the hearing, petitioners and...

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Bike Sharing Coming to Town

Go to Salem Riverfront Park some weekend and watch the many cyclists cross the Courtney Bridge and head off towards Minto Park. It looks like great fun; at least that is what Evan Osborne thinks. He is so convinced that he and others have formed a nonprofit corporation, Osborne Adventures, to bring bike sharing to Salem. The project, based in part on a similar program in Corvallis, intends to encourage both recreational riding and commuting around the city. Osborne and his group are negotiating with the city to place 6 to ten bike stations throughout the city core where...

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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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Cherished nursery may be lost

If a buyer doesn’t appear soon, the oldest plant nursery in Salem may be gone forever. 13th St Nursery has been selling plants since 1920. Current owners, Karen and Glenn Maki have placed the business up for sale – but without a buyer committed to continuing the tradition, the future is uncertain. Karen Maki was drawn to the property, located at 13th St. SE and Wilbur St. SE, she says, because “we wanted to be our own boss as well as spend more time outdoors.” She was aware of 13th St Nursery’s history from the first. “In 2000, when...

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An online clearinghouse for progressives

For years, forward-thinking locals have desired an informational hub for progressive groups, an online resource that would combine information on many different organizations and their visions, meetings and events. Perhaps a calendar – all in a one-stop location on the internet. According to Keith Quick, this concept is being realized on the Facebook page of the Salem Solidarity Network, SSN. “A group of us came together last November,” Quick says of SSN, “with the goal of being a coalition of local groups in order to better coordinate local actions and event. At our first meeting, we had representatives from about 14 different groups.” Still in its infancy, SSN already includes organizations such as SEIU, 350 Salem, Latinos Unidos Siempre and Oregon PeaceWorks. Recent postings advertise a square dance benefit for Friends of Family Farmers, a Salem Says Act on Climate Now event and a public conversation on Standing Rock. SSN is currently inviting more organizations to formally join the coalition. “In the beginning,” Quick says, “we were a loose knit group and everyone who attended our meetings was involved in the direction of the organization. We found that a lot of people were attending who were upset at the election of Trump and wanted to do something.” SSN is now focusing on coalition building. It is working on two projects, the first of which is to build a comprehensive...

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