Salem man bikes across United States

Salem man bikes across United States 11:21 p.m. PDT September 12, 2015 As a child in Washington, John Allen loved the joy and freedom of transporting himself from one place to another by bicycle. Since he was 12 years old, he has packed tents and food and gone on various biking explorations. This summer, Allen,Continue reading “Salem man bikes across United States”

Amazing racer: Soap Box champ returns after stroke

Something wasn’t right. On Dec. 8, 2014, 11-year-old Haley Lawhorn was riding bikes with friends but didn’t feel well. Suddenly, she collapsed. One of her friends rushed off to get Haley’s mother, who came as quickly as possible to her side. “At the beginning, I had no way of knowing what it was,” said Haley’sContinue reading “Amazing racer: Soap Box champ returns after stroke”

‘M*A*S*H’ actor keynotes anti-death penalty event

“Today, a man originally on death row was supposed to be freed,” actor and activist Mike Farrell said before a meeting of death penalty opponents. Farrell was in the area Friday to address the Oregonians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty at the group’s annual meeting and banquet. The man he was talking about, AlbertContinue reading “‘M*A*S*H’ actor keynotes anti-death penalty event”

Tree removal begins at Salem Hospital

Work to cut down a signature white oak tree on the site of the former Oregon School for the Blind began Wednesday, June 10, and will continue for a day and a half. “It’s a very sad day here at the hospital,” said Sherryll Johnson Hoar, a spokeswoman for Salem Health, parent company of SalemContinue reading “Tree removal begins at Salem Hospital”

McNary boosters seek cash now for turf project

The McNary Athletic Booster Club is calling for new donations to help pay for an artificial turf field at McNary High School in Keizer just days before a decision must be made whether to move forward. Fifteen months ago parents, community members and district associates formed a committee to raise money for the new turfContinue reading “McNary boosters seek cash now for turf project”


Natalie Pate is a renaissance woman. Or should I say, renaissance activist. She’s a senior at Willamette University (Salem, OR) double majoring in Politics and French/Francophone Studies, has interned for Direct Relief International and Global Health Connections and now serves as a Student Activist Coordinator for Amnesty International. In her spare time (she has some?!) she’s writingContinue reading “THE ALL-IN ACTIVIST: NATALIE PATE”

Pate ’15 pursued her love for performing, activism at Willamette

If Natalie Pate ’15 has learned one thing in the past four years, it’s that activism is hard. “It’s easier to have an opinion about something and not do anything about it,” she says. “But that’s not how I want to live my life.” Instead, Pate is making her voice heard. She serves as aContinue reading “Pate ’15 pursued her love for performing, activism at Willamette”

Police to begin crosswalk enforcement across salem

Salem police plan to conduct pedestrian crosswalk enforcement campaigns this summer to address street safety through education and enforcement. Lt. Dave Okada, a spokesman for the Salem Police Department, said the efforts will use plain clothes officers who will cross streets at crosswalks throughout Salem. Video cameras will record violations, and officers will immediately speakContinue reading “Police to begin crosswalk enforcement across salem”