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OREGON CRIME FIGHTING ACT

Written by Kevin Mannix on Apr. 29th, 2024

As your State Representative, I have dedicated my career to ensuring that our communities are safe and that justice is served. Today, I write to you about a critical initiative that I have authored, one that I believe will significantly enhance the safety and security of our state: the Oregon Crimefighting Act.  

Our beautiful state has faced nu…

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Capitol Auto Group’s Monumental Donation Sets New Standard for Community Engagement

Written by Keaton Jones on Apr. 29th, 2024

In an unprecedented display of community support and corporate philanthropy, Capitol Auto Group (CAG), located in Salem, has captured attention with its record-setting donation of $402,000 to the United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley (UWMWV). This substantial gift not only emphasizes CAG's dedication to community welfare but also continues a longstandin

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A New Chapter in Real Estate: NAR’s Milestone Agreement

Written by Chris Christiansen on Apr. 28th, 2024

In a significant development for the real estate industry, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) recently announced a groundbreaking agreement that promises to reshape the landscape of broker commissions and professional standards. On March 15, 2024, NAR unveiled a comprehensive settlement designed to resolve litigation surrounding claims related to

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Oregon’s Romance with Small & Minority Businesses: The Status is Complicated

Written by Promise King on Apr. 28th, 2024

If there's anything that binds Senate Majority Leader Rob Wagner and his Republican counterpart Senate Minority Leader Knopp together, it's their consensus that Oregon ought to do more for businesses, especially small and minority businesses.

The conundrum in the legislative puzzle is how to achieve the greatest business development victory for everyone. …

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Avelo Airlines Expands Service in Salem

Written by Luis Ramirez on Apr. 28th, 2024

Avelo Airlines is set to introduce an additional flight from Salem Municipal Airport (SLE) starting in early May. This expansion, beginning on May 3, aims to connect travelers with the Bay Area and California's Wine Country via Sonoma County Airport (STS), with flights scheduled twice a week on Mondays and Fridays.

Madison Jones, Avelo's West Coast Commun…

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Devolviendo al prójimo: Casa Libertad y la historia de Taylor

Written by Wyatt Jones on Apr. 27th, 2024

A la edad de diez años, Taylor compartió los detalles de su día típico con su padre, presenciando cómo él derramaba lágrimas por primera vez.

La vida cotidiana de Taylor estaba ensombrecida por el abuso de un miembro de la familia, instilando un miedo profundo y omnipresente. No fue hasta que observó la respuesta emocional de su padre que se dio c…

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From the Desk of Representative Ed Diehl – End of Session Recap

Written on Apr. 27th, 2024

Jamie and I ended our first short session – what a whirlwind!  For a five-week session that is intended to make budget adjustments and minor legislative ‘fixes’, we had much, much more on our plate.

It is an honor to serve House District 17.  Please don’t hesitate to reach out to my office with questions or concerns.

And as always, Iâ…

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Decision 2024: Salem’s Economic future at the Forefront of City Elections

Written by Jonathan Castro Monroy on Apr. 26th, 2024

As Salem gears up for its city council and mayoral elections on May 21st, the business community will see significant distinctions between the candidates on key economic issues. The spotlight has particularly fallen on the contentious payroll tax proposal of 2023, which has become a dividing line for how the candidates each approach taxes and their overall philosophy of governance.

Last summer, by a vote of 5 to 4, the Mayor and City Council approved a payroll tax on Salem workers. The proponents of the tax argued that the city needed more revenue to cover increased city spending. The tax would have cost the average worker $500 per year. Knowing it would likely be defeated at the ballot box, the Mayor and Council defeated an effort by …

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Mayra Rocha Pioneers Real State and Community Service

Written by Wyatt Jones on Apr. 26th, 2024

Salem stands proud of its entrepreneurs who not only push the bounds of their industries but also forge deep connections within their community. One such trailblazer is Mayra Rocha, Principal Broker and Owner of Rocha Realty LLC, and Rocha Contracting and Reforestation LLC. With a deep-rooted commitment to fostering community growth and inclusion, Rocha has …

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Senior Financial Advisor and Partner Ryan Skogstad Shaping Salem’s Financial Landscape

Written by Wyatt Jones on Apr. 26th, 2024

SALEM, Ore. – At Capstone Wealth Advisors, Senior Financial Advisor and co-owner Ryan Skogstad stands out not only for his business acumen but also for his dedication to the Salem community. Under his leadership, Capstone has become one of the fastest-growing Registered Investment Advisor (RIA) firms in America, a distinction noted by InvestmentNews in their 2023 report. The firm, managing approximately $700 million in assets, has more than doubled its asset base since July 2020.

Reflecting on his journey, Skogstad credits his rise in part to a steadfast commitment to his principles and community. “I feel what has helped me be most successful is simply the consistency and drive to excel. It hasn’t always been easy. But I haven’t waivered on my commitment to grow in my work life, but also contribute to the areas in the community…

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