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Contributions tell a story

Orestar, the Oregon Secretary of State site that tracks campaign contributions, shows that interest remains high in supporting local elections and, in general, that money does predict a campaign’s success. In the Ward 6 race this spring, progressive Chris Hoy got more votes than his closest competitor, businessman Greggery Peterson, in that contest, Orestar shows that Hoy’s campaign received about $5,350 in small contributions under $100 and about $2,970 from 9 larger donors. Additionally, Hoy received more sizable donations from three sources; $1,200 from the Progressive Salem PAC, $1,000 from activist Brian Hines and $500 from Citizen Action for...

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30 ACRES IN SALEM, PRESERVED FOREVER

This month nearly 30 acres of forested land and streams in the South Salem hills were preserved for all time. The land, owned by noted Oregon artist and Willamette University art instructor Carl Hall and his wife Phyllis, was secured in perpetuity with a conservation easement. A conservation easement means that though the land is still owned by the Hall Family, its unique environmental resources, deemed to have public value, will always be protected even when the property is sold or leased, or its title is otherwise conveyed. “We know that many people love the land they own and...

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SALEM MARCHES FOR SCIENCE

On April 22, approximately 1000 Salem demonstrators joined an international march to support science and reason. The non-partisan event, held on State Capitol steps, was officially presented as an effort to draw attention to the importance of fact-based policy by governments. Many present considered the event a call-to-arms to resist the Trump Administration’s defunding of science-based agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Institutes of Health. Placards on display also decried the denial of the scientific consensus on climate change by Trump and other Republicans, and the imposition of gag rules on some scientific topics in federal...

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It matters how cities are built

* Stroad Strong Towns’ definition: “a street/road hybrid … besides being a very dangerous environment (yes, it is ridiculously dangerous to mix high speed highway geometric design with pedestrians, bikers and turning traffic), they are enormously expensive to build and, ultimately, financially unproductive.” Lead pipes to carry city water? Graceful public transit or weekday-only buses? An engaging downtown to attract businesses and customers? Open spaces for healthy living? Car-centric or bike friendly? Decisions on matters like these are made every day in American cities, and they impact generations to come, reaching hundreds of years into the future. Once made,...

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Film urges people take lead role to save planet earth

It’s a scene straight out of a good disaster movie –  mass flooding, permanent drought, forests hacked down, and landscapes bursting and burning. But when it comes to global warming and climate change such a scene is not such a script of make believe. Film star and environmental activist Leonardo DiCaprio delivers this point in the powerful documentary, “Before the Flood,” the subject of this month’s Salem Progressive Film Series. While no means the first movie on climate change, “Before the Flood” boils down the science in simple terms and attempts to empower people to demand their leaders exert...

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