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Willamette University weathers rocky years and moves forward with promise

Willamette University, considered a jewel and an asset to both the city of Salem and the Willamette Valley, is a school known for its outspoken student body. However, the past five years have witnessed discontent among students and faculty that many non-university residents have struggled to understand. It is generally known that President Stephen E. Thorsett narrowly avoided a vote of censure by faculty last spring and that students continued to peacefully protest his leadership as finals began. As the new school year approaches, indications are that Thorsett can convince students and faculty that he can and will meet...

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Does Salem’s crime rate match its proposed police facility?

Crime statistics from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and a 2015 study suggest that the large police station being advanced by the City of Salem is based on flawed projections. On June 27, Salem City Council voted to submit a bond measure to voters in the November 8, 2016 General Election. The measure would ask residents to pay to build a new 148,000 SF facility that would house Salem’s police, crime lab and 9-1-1 center for three or four decades. Currently, these combined services occupy about a third of the proposed space, 48,000 SF. The estimated cost for the...

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To be the leader that others see in House District 22

Teresa Alonso Leon says that growing up in the city of Woodburn has given her “the unique advantage of knowing firsthand the obstacles that families in our communities are facing.” The daughter of immigrant farmworkers, Alonso Leon adds, “I know we need better investment in our schools, because school was my pathway out of poverty. I know families need living wage jobs, because I saw my parents having to choose between putting food on the table and paying the bills.” Alonso Leon is one of two candidates vying to represent HD District 22 – a narrow district that runs...

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SILVERTON SCHOOL BOARD CHASTISES ‘DIRT’ COMPLAINANT

At the July 11 meeting of the Silver Falls School Board, several board members expressed concern that member Todd White filed a complaint with the Oregon Ethics Commission without bringing the matter to a board meeting first. On June 15, two days after that month’s board meeting, White complained about the conveyance of 25 truckloads of dirt to the home of board chair, Tim Roth in the course of an artificial turf project on McGinnis Field in Silverton. (see All The Dirt – June 23,2016 ) All the Dirt: Silverton property transfer results in ethics complaint During the July...

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SALEM BECOMES EVEN MORE PROGRESSIVE

In January, 2015, Salem Weekly reported on how Salem was a more progressive city than most people think. The secret’s out: Salem Is actually a progressive City That story presented analysis of recent election results in Salem’s eight City Council wards showing that Salem voters are actually nearly as progressive as voters in cities like Eugene and Portland. Most of the analysis for the January, 2015, article was done by Tina Calos who chairs a local organization called Progressive Salem which was formed in 2015 to elect more progressives to local office in Salem. Calos has recently done some...

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