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2017 McKay High School Champions
2017 McKay High School Champions
5th Annual Shoe Battle of the Schools; Teens invite public to show some love, share their soles (Photo) - 02/22/18

Salem, Ore. -- The 2018 Shoe Battle of the Schools kicks-off Monday, February 26 and runs through Friday, March 9. Now in its fifth year, the Shoe Battle of the Schools asks high school classes and clubs to form teams to collect new and gently-used shoes for local homeless youth, students in-need, and young athletes. The school that collects the most shoes gets to host the traveling Shoe Battle trophy awarded by the City of Salem and receives other prizes.

The theme for the 2018 Shoe Battle is "Show some love. Share your soles." It welcomes eight participating high schools: Blanchet Catholic High School, Early College High School, North Salem High School, McKay High School, McNary High School, South Salem High School, Sprague High School and West Salem High School.

All sizes and styles of shoes are accepted at drop-off locations inside the front lobbies of participating high schools. Additional collection sites include feeder elementary and middle schools, as well as the businesses and churches listed on the One Thousand Soles Facebook page.

In the 2017 Shoe Battle, students combined efforts far surpassed the 1,000 mark bringing in 3,947 pairs of shoes. With strong partnerships from Adam Stephens Middle School and Kaiser Permanente, McKay High School secured more than one thousand pairs of shoes and took home the coveted trophy. This year teens hope to again break their record while also collecting new socks and laces which count towards school collection totals.

The drive benefits youth in the Salem Keizer School District, HOME Youth and Resource Center, HOST Youth Shelter, COUNTRY Financial Kids Relays, Bridgeway Recovery Services, local sports club programs, and other youth organizations and programs.

To set up student interviews, email Laurie Shaw Casarez, Youth Development Coordinator.
For more information on One Thousand Soles go to

Attached Media Files: 2017 McKay High School Champions
Snow Expected Tuesday Evening; City Encourages Motorists to Exercise Caution - 02/20/18

Weather forecasts predict 2" to 5" of snowfall in Salem and the surrounding Willamette Valley this evening. Current snowfall is expected to increase in intensity around 3 p.m. today. City of Salem Public Works staff are working extended shifts for the duration of the snow event and have been applying additional deicer to keep our roadways as clear as possible. Please use extra caution and allow for additional travel time during the late afternoon and evening commute.

The City will continue to monitor the weather and provide updates on its website (, Facebook, and Twitter.

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Emergency Warming Center Opening Extended and Location Change - 02/20/18

The Emergency Warming Center will be open tonight, Tuesday, February 20 at First Congregational Church located at 700 Marion St. NE. The Center is open 8:00 pm -- 6:30 am for guests.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 the Emergency Warming Center will open at First Christian Church located at 685 Marion St. NE. Current operations have been extended through Thursday, February 22. We continue to monitor the weather with the Community Action Agency. The operations will be extended if weather conditions persist.

Volunteers Needed: If you have volunteered and/or have been to volunteer training in 2017 and wish to volunteer, please sign up at

For more information contact Amy Schroeder at

Warming Center Activation Sunday, February 18 Through Tuesday, February 20 - 02/16/18

The Emergency Warming Center will be activating Sunday, February 18 - Tuesday, February 20 at First Congregational Church located at 700 Marion St. NE. Hours of operation for guests is 8:00 p.m. - 6:30 a.m.

If you have attended Emergency Warming Center Volunteer Orientation and/or volunteered this season and would like to volunteer again, please go to for details.

For more information contact Amy Schroeder at

Emergency warming shelter open tonight through tomorrow morning - 02/12/18

Tonight, February 12, at 8 p.m., the Community Action Agency is opening an emergency warming center. The shelter will be open until tomorrow morning at 6:30 a.m. The warming shelter will be located at the First Christian Church, 685 Marion St NE.

The shelter will be staffed by ARCHES Project staff, in partnership with Home Base Shelters of Salem, and other community partners.

Salem residents remain optimistic about Salem's Future - 02/09/18

According to the 2017 annual Residential Satisfaction Survey, nearly two-thirds of Salem's residents think the City of Salem is heading in the right direction, and nine-in-ten residents are satisfied with city services. Many residents who took the survey expressed faith in the future of their community, notwithstanding concerns about homelessness, affordable housing and transportation.

"What the survey shows, is that the City Council is making the right moves to address resident's concerns and make Salem a better place," said Salem Mayor Chuck Bennett. "From the $1.4 million we approved in July 2017 to support the Homeless Rental Assistant Program, to the Downtown Traffic Task force, to encouraging more affordable housing, we've been proactive in implementing pragmatic solutions to complex challenges."

Now in its second year, City Council commissioned the Residential Satisfaction Survey to gather resident's perspective on city-provided services, and better understand resident's priorities for the city. The insights drawn from the annual survey and other outreach efforts helps city leaders set policy priorities such as the goals and actions established by the Salem Strategic Plan.

The 2017 Residential Satisfaction Survey consisted of telephone calls to both English and Spanish-speaking Salem residents. Measures were taken to ensure that the survey accurately represented all areas of the City and the diverse backgrounds of its residents.

The full report on the 2017 Residential Satisfaction Survey is available on the City's website at

City of Salem State of the City to be held March 28 - 02/07/18

Salem, Ore. -- Wednesday, March 28, at noon, at the Salem Convention Center, City of Salem Mayor Chuck Bennett will give his 2018 State of the City address. Everyone is invited to attend this free event. Doors open at 11:15 a.m. The event will also be live-streamed on the City of Salem Facebook page and Capitol Community Television's YouTube Channel, and will also be available for later viewing.

Co-hosted by the City of Salem, Salem City Club, Rotary Club of Salem, and the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce, the annual State of the City is a chance for Salem's Mayor to reflect on the past year, and outline the vision for the City in the year ahead. This will be Mayor Bennett's second State of the City address.

An optional lunch buffet is also available for $20 per person. Lunch tickets can be purchased in advance by contacting one of the sponsoring organizations. For more information please call 503-588-6255.

Downtown Homeless Solutions Task Force Meeting Tuesday, February 6 - 02/03/18

The first of three Downtown Homeless Solutions Task Force meetings will be held Tues., Feb. 6 at 6 p.m. in the Anderson Room of the Salem Public Library. Established by Mayor Chuck Bennett, the task force is chaired by Councilor Cara Kaser (Ward 1) and will address specific impacts of homelessness in downtown Salem including trash, health, hygiene, and perceptions of safety. They will work toward identifying specific, measurable, and time-bound solutions that make the downtown inviting and welcoming to all Salem residents and visitors. They will also ensure that solutions equitably address the rights of downtown customers, visitors, businesses, property owners, and individuals experiencing homelessness. The task force will examine applying the same recommended downtown solutions to issues in north Salem.

The Downtown Homeless Solutions Task Force comprises individuals with a breadth of experiences and roles in the community. Task force members include city councilors, business owners, service providers, neighborhood association representatives, property owners, residents and advocates for the homeless.

Additional meetings will be held on Mar. 6 and Mar. 20. All meetings are open to the public and written comments will be accepted. The agendas will not include time for oral comment. Comments can be submitted to Urban Development Director, Kristin Retherford by emailing

City of Salem Adult Softball and Kickball League 2018 Team Registration Information - 02/02/18

The City of Salem is excited to announce that team registration opens on Monday, February 5th, for 2018 Adult Softball and Kickball Spring/Summer Leagues. Team representatives, coaches, or managers can download 2018 League Registration Forms or visit the City of Salem Public Works Department located at 555 Liberty Street SE, Room 325, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., to register their team.

2018 Spring Leagues Offered:
* Sunday Coed Intermediate Doubleheaders
* Monday Coed Recreational or Open Doubleheaders
* Monday Coed Recreational Single Game
* Tuesday Men's Intermediate or Recreational Doubleheaders
* Wednesday Men's 50+ Seniors Doubleheaders
* Thursday Men's Advanced or Open Doubleheaders
* Thursday Coed Recreational or Competitive Kick Ball Single Game
* Friday Coed Recreational or Intermediate Doubleheaders
* Friday Men's Intermediate Doubleheaders

Have questions about registration, fees, or payments? Visit, send an email to, or call 503-588-6261. League openings are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Spots will fill up quickly, so register now to secure your place!

The City has more than 100 Adult Softball and Kickball teams participating in our leagues and utilizing the Wallace Marine Softball Complex in West Salem each year. These activities run from April through October and we want you to join! This is just one of many recreational opportunities put on the by City in 2018. Visit the Salem Parks and Activities page to learn more.

Be a Part of Salem's Downtown Streetscape Design Plan; February 13 Open House Attendees to View and Discuss Concepts - 02/02/18

Salem, Ore. -- Do you have ideas about how to make Downtown Salem's sidewalks more inviting, exciting, or fun? We want to hear from you! Salem residents are invited to attend the second Downtown Salem Streetscape Design Plan Open House on Tues., Feb. 13, 5:30 - 7 p.m. at the Senator Hearing Room/Courthouse Square, 555 Court St. NE. Attendees will view, discuss, and provide feedback on early concepts for improving Salem's downtown experience. The concepts were developed from community input.

The first public open house for the Downtown Streetscape Plan was held November 30, 2017. At the first meeting, staff provide background for the project and listened to ideas from businesses and residents.

In 2016, Streetscape improvements were identified as one of the top project priorities within the Riverfront-Downtown Urban Renewal Area during a series of 12 focus group meetings. More than 100 residents have shared their thoughts on how to make our downtown sidewalks more inviting, exciting, and fun.

Walker | Macy is the firm that was selected to lead community visioning and design efforts. Their experience in streetscape projects have been shown to enhance downtowns and their project team consists of experienced professionals in the fields of landscape architecture/planning, civil engineering, transportation, public involvement, and economics.

For more information on the Downtown Streetscape Plan, visit or contact Sheri Wahrgren, Downtown Revitalization Manager, at 503-540-2495 or Si necesita ayuda para comprender esta informaciĆ³n, por favor llame 503-588-6178.

The City of Salem's Urban Development Department is committed to enhancing community prosperity through an array of programs in its four major service areas: Real Property Services, Housing and Social Services, Economic Development and Downtown Revitalization. The Urban Development Department: manages the City's urban renewal areas (URA) and redevelopment projects within the URAs; administers federally funded block grant and housing programs; provides loans and grants to eligible businesses, homeowners, and renters; and manages leases, acquires, and sells properties for the City.

Vital Manufacturing Jobs to Stay; Oregon Fruit Products Chooses Salem for Facility Expansion - 02/02/18

Salem, Ore. --Oregon Fruit Products recently announced the purchase of a 26-acre property and 165,000 square-foot food processing facility in Salem, previously owned by NORPAC Foods.

Since 1935, Oregon Fruit Products has operated at the same West Salem location. The company currently employs 85 people and 100 additional seasonal workers during the fresh fruit harvest. With the processing plant and office space reaching capacity, Oregon Fruit had been searching for a new facility; even considering relocation outside of Salem. After the sale of NORPAC Foods' canned vegetable business to Seneca, Oregon Fruit was enticed by the existing food manufacturing capabilities at the former NORPAC site and its easy I-5 access. In addition, the proximity to the current Oregon Fruit location will help maximize the continuity of employment for the team.

"We were pleased to share with our team that the company roots would remain firmly planted in Salem," says Chris Sarles, CEO of Oregon Fruit. "We would like to thank Mayor Chuck Bennett, the Salem City Council, SEDCOR, the City of Salem, and for their commitment and dedication to retain vital manufacturing jobs. Each group did their part and worked in concert to help ensure that the process went smoothly and quickly. We are looking forward to growing our business and employment in the city where we were established."

The newly-purchased Oregon Fruit expansion property is located in Salem's McGilchrist Urban Renewal Area (URA). The McGilchrist URA Plan, adopted in September 2006, was created to stimulate the development of a broad mix of compatible employment uses within the area; including work with property owners and promote beneficial development of properties within the area; and increasing the supply of buildable industrial land within the City.
Oregon Fruit received a $300,000 grant from the McGilchrist Urban Renewal Area to assist with the modernization of the vacant NORPAC Plant #7 facility, including an estimated $5 million in new equipment, building renovations, and site improvements.

For more information about Economic Development in Salem, contact Kristin Retherford at 503-588-6178 or email Si necesita ayuda para comprender esta informaciĆ³n, por favor llame 503-588-6178.
The City of Salem's Urban Development Department is committed to enhancing community prosperity through an array of programs in its four major service areas: Real Property Services, Housing and Social Services, Economic Development and Downtown Revitalization. The Urban Development Department: manages the City's urban renewal areas (URA) and redevelopment projects within the URAs; administers federally funded block grant and housing programs; provides loans and grants to eligible businesses, homeowners, and renters; and manages leases, acquires, and sells properties for the City.