Category: news2

Judge strives to improve Salem court process

How does Salem municipal court handle people who face multiple charges and citations? How do its policies contribute to lost time and money for residents? How can different agencies collaborate with the court to create a better experience for all? Salem Municipal Judge Jane Aiken says that Salem can improve, both in the way it uses its own resources and in the way it produces outcomes for residents. She’s enthusiastic about procedural changes that have made the court more efficient in handling parking and traffic cases and that help expedite the criminal and civil matters that come before the...

Read More

Ethics Commission responds to “dirt” complaint

On July 12, Oregon Government Ethics Commission investigator Diane Gould issued a preliminary review of the complaint by Todd White, a member of the Board of Directors of Silver Falls School District about topsoil trucked from Silverton High School to the home of a the President of the Board of the school district. The review recommended further investigation of possible violation of two state statutes. The Oregon Government Ethics Commission administers and enforces ethics law as it relates to government officials. The complaint originated on June 15 after White noticed that Tim Roth, President of the Board of the...

Read More

A dedication to health and safety

Matt Ausec, Senior Policy Analyst with the Office of the State Chief Information Officer will become Ward 5 city councilor in January 2017. Among the issues he emphasized in his primary run this spring, were the particular challenges his ward faces for safe streets and reliable bus service. We spoke with Matt recently to see what was on his mind. SW: How does it feel to be Salem’s next Ward 5 councilor? Ausec: I am honored at being chosen by the people of Ward 5 to represent them, and I am excited about bringing a voice to the issues...

Read More

Ongoing investigative journalism has a home at Salem Weekly

Salem Hospital making big profits? Police station projections based on faulty data? Willamette University facing uncomfortable challenges? Special interests contributing surprising amounts to local elections? Cannabis users still feeling the stigma? For more than 10 years, Salem Weekly has worked on a shoestring to bring you the in-depth coverage you’ll get nowhere else in town. Be a part of it! Send us your news tips and we’ll take them seriously. Send a donation and we’ll use it wisely. Be a part of making the next 10 years even better. Support your local...

Read More

Local ballot issues come November

In addition to the widely publicized presidential contest, Salem voters will consider at least two local ballot issues on November ballot. 1. Funding for new police station Measure 24-399 authorizes a general obligation bond of up to $82 million to pay for a new police facility and other capitol costs associated with that endeavor.  The $82 million would be funded by taxes on property or property ownership. Voters approving the measure would agree to pay for a site near the 700 Block of Commercial St. NE near the city core, site preparation and construction for police and a regional...

Read More

spfs webadnov22212017

spfs webadnov22212017

sw-house-ad-for-web-donatepdffinal

sw-house-ad-for-web-donatepdffinal