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Giving Back: Catholic Community Services’ Legacy of Compassion

Written by Keaton Jones on May. 22nd, 2024

Established in 1938 during the Great Depression as a parish ministry of Saint Vincent de Paul Catholic Parish, Catholic Community Services (CCS) began by providing food, clothing, and employment support to struggling families. This focus on employment remains central to their mission today, 81 years later.

The organization's mission reflects its Christian…

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Are you getting enough vitamin D?

Written by Salem Health Community Health Education Center on May. 22nd, 2024

Most of us have been brought up with the old adage “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.” We know, of course, that eating an apple each day is not the only thing that will keep us healthy. The larger message is that being mindful about our nutrition can help keep us from getting sick as often.

More recently, our attention in that area …

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It’s time for a paradigm shift in Oregon education

Written by Satya Chandragiri MD on May. 22nd, 2024

After a 70-year wait, Open Enrollment and School Choice are our best opportunity to achieve what Brown v. Board of Education was hoping to achieve in 1954: true education equality. But like in 1954, these groundbreaking measures face vocal opposition. 

We must ask ourselves this central question. Is opposition to school choice motivated by a desire t…

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Oregon Blackbears Cancel Season After Playing Just Three Games

Written by Luis Ramirez on May. 20th, 2024

The first professional football team in the Mid-Willamette Valley, the Salem-based Oregon Blackbears, has canceled its season after playing just three games. The Blackbears, part of the newly reimagined Arena Football League (AFL), made their debut on April 27 in Salem.

As part of the realignment of the AFL and with former NFL coach Jeff Fisher being made…

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Interpreters Provide Bridge for Immigrant Language Gap

Written by Kathy Hall on Apr. 26th, 2024

There are some people who have jobs and then there are others who have a calling or a mission. DeAnna Tapia has found hers. Tapia founded Salem-based Professional Interpreters Inc., which helps non-English speakers across Oregon with translating and interpreting services so they can live better, more informed lives.

While she was a pre-nursing student at …

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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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Make the right call:  Why 911 is faster and safer during heart attacks

Written by Salem Health Community Health Education Center on Jan. 9th, 2024

During a heart attack, time is critical. The longer the heart muscle goes without oxygen, the more damage can occur. That's why recognizing symptoms and calling 911 right away is so essential.

You might think driving to the hospital is faster. But calling 911 can save more time and, most importantly, save your life.

Immediate care from EMTs

When y…

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Making a Difference: The Salvation Army and the transformative power of the Red Kettle program

Written by Ángela Andrada on Nov. 9th, 2023

The Salvation Army, internationally recognized for its philanthropic activities, serves as a beacon of hope, breaking down barriers and lending a hand to those most in need. A closer examination of their work, especially their response to individual crises, highlights the substantial influence they exert within the Salem community.

Consider the uplifting …

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George Puentes Leaves a Legacy in Salem

Written by Luis Ramirez on Nov. 8th, 2023

George Puentes was a legendary figure in the Salem area who left behind a lasting legacy after passing away at the age of 76. 

Puentes served in the Air Force before beginning his career with Del Monte Foods in the Bay Area. Together with his brothers and father, they created a craft tortilla baking company and named it Don Pancho Mexican Foods Inc. …

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The Impact of Urban Renewal Areas on Salem’s Local Economy

Written by Wyatt Jones on Sep. 27th, 2023

Exploring the positive and negative effects of urban renewal areas and the North Gateway Urban Renewal Area Strategic Project Grant Program

Urban renewal areas (URAs) have become an essential tool for cities across the country, including Salem, Oregon, in their efforts to revitalize and reshape their local economies. By targeting specific areas for develo…

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