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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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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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Marion Polk Food Share Served Record-high Numbers in 2023: “Nothing good happens when you’re hungry.”

Written by Naomi Yanike on Feb. 8th, 2024

In 2023, Marion Polk Food Share distributed a record-high 10 million pounds of food, providing $14 million in relief to 18,000 households monthly, another record high. 

In an interview with the Salem Business Journal, Marion Polk Food Share President and CEO Rick Gaupo discussed the changing landscape of food banks, economic trends causing record hun…

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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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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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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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Sequoia Crossings Opens Their Doors in Northeast Salem

Written by Luis Ramirez on Feb. 8th, 2024

Salem’s newest affordable housing unit opened its doors on January 30 during a ribbon-cutting ceremony. 

The project is called Sequoia Crossings (2950 Broadway St NE, Salem), which features 60 units to help previously homeless folks transition into housing.

The Salem Housing Authority oversaw the project and had initially demolished distressed p…

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Understanding Heart Attacks

Written by Salem Health Community Health Education Center on Feb. 8th, 2024

Heart attacks are sudden and terrifying. When every second counts, knowing what to do can mean the difference between life and death. The American Heart Association strongly urges calling 911 instead of driving to the hospital. A study published in the Circulation Journal by the American Heart Association found that for every 30 minutes saved durin…

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Mid-Willamette Valley Homeless Alliance Seeks Business Input

Written by Luis Ramirez on Jan. 9th, 2024

The Mid-Willamette Valley Homeless Alliance has been operating in Salem for just four years, but its impact on the community has been immense.

The organization was founded to help pool resources and use maximum efficiency with governmental dollars to help address people who are experiencing homelessness. They pool together both federal and state money and…

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