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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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A new place for help and hope in Salem

People started coming right away – even while desks and phones were still in boxes.  The ARCHES staff responded, opening services in their new building on July 3, just three days after moving their entire staff and inventory.     The ARCHES project is part of Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency.  The mission of ARCHES is “to provide referral and services to individuals and families experiencing homelessness, and those at risk of becoming homeless.”  These services and this project are acutely needed now.  The new location at 615 Commercial St. NE seems ideal for connecting effectively with clients.  Directly...

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Can Salem disentangle from U.S. bank?

Locals concerned that the City of Salem does business with US Bank, which, despite statements that it no longer funds pipeline construction, still provides hundreds of millions to pipeline companies for general use, according to its 2017 Environmental Responsibility Policy – will have to wait for the City to part ways with the bank the way Seattle left Wells Fargo for similar reasons in February. U.S. Bank’s 2017 Environmental Responsibility Policy states its commitment to stop “project financing.” but it still provides corporate financing, including pipeline construction, to companies like Phillips 66, Energy Transfer Partners Cabot Oil and Gas...

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Land Use Board of Appeals says Salem City Council erred

On August 9, Oregon’s Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA) sided with a group of citizen petitioners who said that Salem City Council’s action last December to expand the city’s urban growth boundary (UGB) to permit construction of a bridge over the Willamette River was not done properly. The matter was sent back to Salem City Council. After considering the written and oral arguments made in Deumling vs. City of Salem (2016-0126), LUBA affirmed three citizen objections. As a result, Salem’s UGB is not expanded, and the Salem City Council will now decide whether to try to expand it again or change course and pursue other options for addressing the peak hour auto congestion problems. “Perhaps the biggest irony is that the third bridge wouldn’t reduce traffic congestion,” says Robert Cortright, a co-petitioner and spokesperson.  “Yes, congestion is frustrating and it’s intuitive to think that adding another bridge will somehow ‘solve’ or significantly reduce the region’s traffic problems, but it’s just not true.” Cortright feels it important to put the $425 million price tag for a third bridge in perspective. “That’s as much as the region’s budget for all roadway expansion for the next 20 years,” he notes. “As for new funding, there’s no evidence of public support for the funding plan that calls for increased gas taxes and vehicle registration fees for all of Marion and Polk County...

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More hunting and fishing proposed for ten wildlife refuges, including Baskett Slough west of Salem

Hunting birds, deer and other creatures in a wildlife refuge may seem like a shame for some people who want these areas off-limits to guns. But, some national wildlife refuges already allow hunting. Further, the office of the U.S. Secretary of Interior is on a course to expand those opportunities. Baskett Slough, west of Salem and Siletz Bay, south of Lincoln City, are among ten wildlife refuges proposed to offer more chances to hunt and fish. The plan is already drawing ire in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service public comment section. One citizen wrote, “The Basket Slough NWR...

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