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Supreme Court ruling on Homeless Camping Restrictions finds Oregon on the Outside Looking in

Written by Rick Metsger on Jul. 17th, 2024

Sleepless in Seattle? Or, how about Los Angeles, Sacramento or Boise? Issues surrounding if, where and when homeless individuals are allowed to camp on public property has resurfaced now that the United States Supreme Court has overturned a landmark 9th Circuit ruling that had declared camping ordinances like the ones in Boise, Idaho, and Grants Pass, Ore

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From the desk of Representative Paul Evans

Written by Paul Evans on Jul. 17th, 2024

One of our community's most significant challenges is finding and maintaining balance in our  decision-making. As a state legislator, I'm deeply committed to an open, thoughtful, and  transparent policy development process. I understand that every decision involves trade-offs,  and I'm dedicated to finding the right balance between the quality…

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Salem Real Estate Market Sizzles as Summer Heats Up

Written by Chris Christiansen on Jul. 17th, 2024

As we enter the peak of the real estate season in Salem, Oregon, the latest statistics from WVMLS (Willamette Valley Multiple Listing Service) reveal encouraging trends for both sellers and buyers alike. According to the May 2024 data, the market is experiencing notable increases in listing inventory and sales, indicating robust activity and confidence am

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Oregon-born BestMed Urgent Care now serves the capital

Written by Carlin Croff on Jul. 17th, 2024

BestMed Urgent Care opened its new Salem clinic on Commercial with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on July 24th, continuing a legacy of quality treatment that began in 2008 just 50 miles south.

The clinic offers a wide variety of treatments for non-life-threatening illnesses and injuries, from a broken arm to allergic reactions and more. It is open from 8 a.m. …

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Black Leaders Pave the Way for Generational Prosperity

Written by Carlin Croff on Jul. 17th, 2024

In less than a year, the Be Blac Foundation awarded $74,000 in grants to Black-owned businesses in the Salem area. This month, they celebrate another $33,500 in grants that will continue to vitalize a diverse and economically advancing community.

The Be Blac Foundation offers grants and business development resources to Black-owned businesses in the Salem…

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Rising Star: Shane Matthews

Written by Christian Hansen on Jul. 17th, 2024

Shane Matthews, a prominent real estate broker and recently elected member of the Salem City Council, has made significant strides in both his professional and community-focused endeavors. His journey from an at-risk youth to a successful business owner and public servant is a testament to his resilience and dedication.

Looking back at his professional ba…

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Salem Events: July

Written by Alex Ferry on Jul. 9th, 2024
DATETIMEEVENTLOCATIONADMISSION3-Jul5:30 PM - 7:30 PMSalem Real Estate Investor's Group1230 State Event Venue 1230 State St.
Salem, OR 97301Free10-Jul6 PM - 8 PMCity of Salem: City Council MeetingCouncil Chambers 555 Liberty St. SE, 240
Salem, Oregon 97301Free11-Jul7 AM - 8:30 AMBusiness Advocacy - Climate Protection ProgramZOOM and In-Person Salem Area Chambe…
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World Beat Festival celebrates multiculturalism and stimulates Salem economy

Written by Carlin Croff on Jun. 29th, 2024

Salem Multicultural Institute turns Riverfront Park into a vibrant cultural hub this weekend for the annual World Beat Festival, offering diverse experiences and a boost for the economy.

The Festival began in 1998 in response to an act of racism in a local high school, with the goal of uniting the Salem community . Organizers hoped to break down cultu…

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Middle Market Optimism Surges, Small Businesses Remain Cautious, Umpqua Bank Report Finds

Written by Zev Glass on Jun. 25th, 2024

In a comprehensive study conducted by Umpqua Bank, the 2024 Business Barometer reveals a significant divergence in optimism and strategic planning between middle-market companies and small businesses in the United States. Released on June 13, 2024, the report underscores a marked increase in confidence among middle market companies, while small businesses

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Small Businesses in Oregon Express Concerns Over Prescription Drug Board’s Approach

Written by Wyatt Jones on Jun. 25th, 2024

Small businesses across Oregon are raising alarms about the Oregon Prescription Drug Affordability Board’s (PDAB) current strategies and practices, emphasizing potential negative impacts on their operations and employees. These businesses, often already operating on thin margins, rely heavily on affordable healthcare options to maintain workforce health

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