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Health care for underserved Oregonians in jeopardy

Northwest Human Services, which offers affordable, quality health care to community members, including the underserved, held an open house on August 17th. One of its messages was that the work of it, and other Community Health Centers across the country – may be cut by 70% if Congress does not take action in the next month. Northwest’s service numbers are impressive; 11,565 local patients were served in 2016, including 2,043 area homeless individuals. 17% of its patients have no insurance. 50% of its patients have income at or below 100% of the federal poverty guidelines. Though the group seldom...

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Master Recycler smarts

Those passionate about recycling are guaranteed to learn something new by taking Marion County’s wildly popular Master Recycler class. Classes are presented twice yearly, with a new class starting in a few weeks. Applications are due by September 11. The class is for anyone interested in reducing materials that wrongly enter the garbage stream as well as understanding the many ways recycled materials are handled after being dropped in the blue bin. Kirk Leonard, who has a long interest in recycling, gives the course high marks. “It was a lot of fun,” he says. “It was fantastic.” Leonard, who...

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Photography show celebrates dynamic seniors

Salem’s Millie Estrin, photographed by Jessica Ramey The Salem Photo League will exhibit a new project, called, Salem Over Seventy, at the Salem 50+ Community Center during the month of September. The exhibit features photo essays spotlighting the unique lives of featured seniors as captured by local photographers. The Salem Photo League is a collective of documentary photographers who support each other and collaborate on projects that shed light on local issues in Salem, Oregon. The group started in 2011 when photographers partnered with the Salem Multicultural Institute to portray the growing diversity in Salem. Since then, the Salem...

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Controversy continues over government notice

The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) has extended its deadline for public comment about impacts that a 3rd Bridge would have on three local natural areas, until August 11. However, the controversy surrounding the public notice itself continues. The stated purpose of the most recent public notice published on July 26, is for ODOT and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to learn what citizens feel about how the proposed “3rd Bridge” or Salem River Crossing would impact the three natural resources that are, Wallace Marine Park, Wallace Natural Area and the Willamette River Water Trail. Although the notice extends...

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The ARCHES Project Relocates

The ARCHES Project, an operating division of Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency, Inc., (MWVCAA) recently moved from its old site on Madison St. NE to a much larger building at 615 Commercial St. NE at the northwest corner of the intersection of Union and Commercial streets. ARCHES is a center to provide services such as meals, day room, emergency supplies and telephone to individuals and families experiencing homelessness. Planned renovations will allow the center to add laundry and showers to its services. The project also has a housing program which includes placement, support and education. The two-story building is...

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