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From the Desk of Salem Keizer School Board Director, Satya Chandragiri MD

Written by Satya Chandragiri MD on Feb. 27th, 2024

It would be naïve on our part to think that everything will fall in place after the perfect storm that we all endured- COVID- 19 pandemic, social and economic disruption, social unrest, political polarization, and worldwide turmoil. While the world seemed to fall apart, I also witnessed acts of courage, love, and compassion from our teachers, school staf

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From The Desk Of Marion County Commissioner Colm Willis

Written by Colm Willis on Feb. 8th, 2024

The other day, I saw a headline in the Willamette Week titled, “The State’s Leading Psychiatrist Says Oregon’s Approach to Mental Health is Wrong.” In the article, the newspaper interviewed the Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at Oregon Health and Sciences University. Intrigued, I continued reading and discovered that this academic’s big id

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Salem Rising Star: Adriana Barrera’s Transformative Journey in Mental Health and Therapy

Written by Wyatt Jones on Feb. 8th, 2024

Adriana Barrera, the visionary behind Porque No Terapia (Why Not Therapy), stands as a testament to the transformative power of dedication and resilience in the face of adversity. Her journey from an uncertain career beginning to becoming a linchpin in Salem's mental health and addiction community speaks volumes of her commitment to fostering well-being a

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Salem Police Foundation Annual Breakfast Will Be Held on February 22

Written by Luis Ramirez on Feb. 8th, 2024

The Salem Police Foundation is a non-profit organization that has helped the Salem Police Department and the Salem community.

Founded in 2010 by David Withnell and other business leaders, the organization was established to help with any funding gaps within the department. They’ve helped with employee retention and development, service enhancements, com…

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Salem Eats: Mina’s Culinary Journey from Laos to Salem

Written by Richelle Gamboa on Feb. 8th, 2024

Located at 3995 Commercial St SE, Salem, OR 97302, Mina’s Cafe stands as a testament to the enduring spirit of a woman who has woven her life’s tapestry with threads of culinary passion, resilience, and the desire to share her gift with the community. Mina, the heart and soul behind this beloved local eatery, has journeyed from the war-torn landscapes

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What is Happening in the Legislature and What to Know About the Process

Written by Promise King on Feb. 8th, 2024

Business & Political Roundtable 

It seems "bipartisanship" long suppressed by zealous partisan hacks, is on the agenda in this short legislative session. 

Senate Minority and Majority leaders Tim Knopp and Rob Wagner seem locked in a unison dance about the prospect of a session buffeted by bipartisan considerations.  I'd hold my applause…

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Growing Restaurants Bring Flavors of Mexico to Salem

Written by Kathy Hall on Feb. 8th, 2024

Two homegrown businesses are kicking off 2024 with energy, optimism, and Mexican-inspired food.  Fiesta Pizza and Delicias Oaxaqueñas are local restaurants that both have opened their doors in new locations.  This might be a positive sign that Salem’s restaurants are making a steady comeback after rough times during the pandemic.

A U.S. resta…

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Legislators Unveil Plan to Fight Addiction

Written by George Plaven on Feb. 8th, 2024

Oregon lawmakers are homing in on a set of proposals to combat the state’s drug addiction crisis, including expanding access to treatment and reimposing criminal penalties for possessing small amounts of hard drugs.

The Legislature will consider House Bill 4002 during this year’s short session beginning Feb. 5. A framework for the bill was unveiled pu…

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Is your sales team’s “Call to Action” repelling more buyers than it attracts?

Written by James Alberson on Feb. 8th, 2024

We’re all taught at some point that we need to ask for a Call to Action (CTA)– a request that the person we’re talking to commit to do something. And usually, we make that request. But how effectively?

The landscape has changed. The CTAs that worked a decade ago with a brand-new contact simply aren’t effective anymore. They don’t set us apart fr…

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