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Residents Encouraged to Apply for Salem Planning Commission

January 5, 2018

City of Salem residents interested in the future growth and development of the city are encourage to apply for a newly vacated position on the Salem Planning Commission.

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Emergency Warming Center Activated December 20–December 26; Volunteers Needed

December 26, 2017

The Community Action Agency (CAA) is opening an emergency warming center for guests at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, December 20. It will be located at the First Presbyterian Church, 770 Chemeketa St. NE. The emergency warming center will be active through December 26 and will be extended as needed.

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Beloved Salem Police Service Dogs to Retire

December 21, 2017

Salem Police have officially retired two of their K-9 officers from police work. The departure of two dogs will be felt greatly. Baco and Jake enjoyed opportunities to do demonstrations with the public, and were well known in the community.

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Salem’s Drinking Water Remains Safe Following Weekend Gas Spill on North Santiam

December 18, 2017

Water in Salem remains safe to drink after weekend gas spill into the North Santiam River.

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City of Salem Projects Will Save Enough Electricity to Power 975 Homes for a Year

December 14, 2017

The City of Salem is on track to save more than 8.75 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity annually thanks to recent and ongoing projects to improve energy efficiency. According to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator, this is enough electricity to power roughly 975 average homes for an entire year!

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Deadline for Short-Term Rental License Renewals is December 31, 2017

December 8, 2017

Do you rent your home or rooms on a vacation rental website like Airbnb or Flipkey? Do you know someone who does? Please help us spread the word about the required December 31 license renewal deadline, and the requirement to be licensed to operate within the City.

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2018-2019 Neighborhood Partnership Area Selected

December 8, 2017

Through a competitive application process, neighbors and partners in the Edgewater District were selected as a City of Salem Neighborhood Partnership Program Area.

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Participate in the Riverfront Park Master Plan Update

December 7, 2017

An update to the Riverfront Park Master Plan is underway. To help guide continued improvements to this popular park, we are requesting community involvement in the process.

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2018 City Office Closures

December 6, 2017

A list of city office closures.

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2018-2019 Grant Applications Being Accepted for Projects Benefiting Low-Income Households

December 5, 2017

The City of Salem Urban Development Department is now accepting applications for the 2018 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnership, and General Fund public service programs.

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What’s happening
Jan. 23
Lansing Neighborhood Association Meeting7:00 p.m.9:00 p.m.Waldo Middle School
2805 Lansing Ave NE
Salem OR 97301
South East Salem Neighborhood Association (SESNA)7:00 p.m.9:00 p.m.Capital Park Church
410 19th ST SE
Salem OR 97301
Storytimes at Salem LibraryChildren's Room
Salem Public Library
Jan. 24
Community Services and Housing Commission Application Review Process Training11:30 a.m.1:00 p.m.Urban Development Department
350 Commercial ST NE
Salem OR 97301
Literary Discussion Group1:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.Plaza Room
Salem Public Library
585 Liberty ST SE
Salem OR 97301
Teen Coding Camp: Creating Art with Tech Tools3:30 p.m.5:00 p.m.Teen Scene
Salem Public Library
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