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The man whose money talks in Salem

Larry Tokarski began his real estate career in Salem in 1973. Since then he has founded and managed Mountain West Investment Corporation through which he has influenced the development and building of over a billion dollars of real estate. This includes over 1,000,000 square feet of commercial and residential facilities and more than 30 subdivisions. Tokarski has also been involved in the development and building of 47 retirement communities in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Colorado, and Nevada. Not a Salem resident (Tokarski lives in Wilsonville) the developer has invested a minimum of three-quarters of a million dollars in local political...

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HISTORIC SALEM HOME FACES DEMOLITION

A historic queen anne home on a small street north of downtown faces an uncertain future. After housing a series of families since ​about the 1880s, the home at 1950 Water St. NE was purchased by the Salvation Army in 2007. The Army now wants to demolish or move the structure​,​ so ​it can use the land ​it​ sits on to expand ​the agency’s services for homeless populations, already situated on adjacent lots. The historic nature of the home may impede these plans. “We built a beautiful facility at the Kroc Center, and we hope to build a beautiful...

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PLANT-BASED COOKING IN SALEM

Interest in diet and the consumption of healthful and delicious food is widespread, but, truthfully, many folks find it difficult to translate interest into action.  A lifetime of unhealthy eating and cooking habits can be very hard to break.  As a solution to this problem, two Salem women are collaborating to offer a series of innovative cooking classes emphasizing easily prepared, plant-based, local, and seasonal dishes.  The first class, Plant Food Basics, occurred April 5. Amy Church, owner of Willamette Valley Kitchen Company and Leslie K. Curry, certified life coach and wellness educator, met each other through the Salem Chamber of Commerce’s Business Women’s group, and discovered a common interest in cooking delicious food and in helping people to make more healthful dietary choices. Church became the owner of Willamette Valley Kitchen Company (the former Carl’s Cuisine), when she purchased the business in September of 2015.  She carries on the practice of offering gourmet kitchen equipment, fine cutlery, hard-to-find gadgets, and inventive and original cooking classes.  Curry taught her first cooking class in Salem, 46 years ago, when she began her career teaching macrobiotic cooking at the Salem Cultural Center.  Her career has encompassed nutrition education, owning and running two restaurants, and working for Whole Foods, as well as a private practice in life-coaching and wellness, which make her uniquely qualified to help people make painless and positive changes...

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KMUZ team says documents implicate Marion County commissioner; Marion County says their facts are faulty

In a January 17 broadcast, reporters on KMUZ radio reviewed letters and emails obtained by a public records request that suggest that Marion County Commissioner Janet Carlson and other officials in the Mid-Willamette Homeless Initiative Task Force (“Task Force”) acted improperly last year. Carlson and the county say the broadcast presented factually inaccurate information, and that they look forward to a chance to respond. The show was KMUZ’s Tuesday morning Willamette Wake Up (WWU), a public affairs program that features Michael Livingston, Sara Cromwell and Sarah Rohrs. This Tuesday group had previously broadcast numerous shows on area homelessness and...

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Planting seeds of power in fields and cities

The list of things wrong with the modern food system is a long one. Pesticides, soil depletion, processing are just a few problems with the way crops are grown and food makes it way to stores and dinner tables. But two Portland filmmakers set out to harvest a different message, to present stories of hope in two very different settings – the agriculturally-rich Willamette Valley and an inner city neighborhood where drive-by shootings are common. Filmmakers Elaine Velazquez and Barbara Bernstein show change is possible and empowering in “Gaining Ground,” the subject of this month’s Salem Progressive Film Series....

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