Claire Withycombe, Statesman Journal

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Salem, OR, United States

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Past articles by Claire:

Kevin Mannix, RJ Navarro vie for HD 21

The race could be close and could help determine the balance of power in the Oregon House. → Read More

House fire south of Bush's Pasture Park closes nearby roads

Firefighters are responding to a Southeast Salem house fire that has closed down roads. → Read More

Salem-Keizer Public Schools bus driver arrested on suspicion of DUII

Police say the driver drove two groups of 15 students total between 7 a.m. and 10 a.m. on Aug. 9. → Read More

Wanted: 27 Oregon governors' portraits

Many official portraits line the halls of the Oregon Capitol, but 27 governors are unaccounted for. → Read More

Measure 113: Should Oregon lawmakers be punished for walking out?

Ballot Measure 113, if approved by voters, would prevent lawmakers who "walk out" for 10 days or more from holding office for the next term. → Read More

Small Oregon towns inspire Courtney Gould's ghost-hunter novel

Courtney Gould’s award-winning debut novel involves ghost hunters, queer romance and a tiny town called Snakebite. → Read More

On the Oregon Health Plan? Who to ask about a free air conditioner in Oregon

Oregonians receiving healthcare through Medicaid and Medicare may be wondering how they can get a free unit to cope with high summer temperatures. → Read More

20-year-old dies from injuries after Monday tubing incident

Authorities are not releasing the man's name right now. → Read More

Police: No foul play in death of man found near 17th and Center

A 58-year-old man was found dead early Sunday morning off 17th and Center streets NE in Salem, but police say there is no foul play. → Read More

State auditors: Oregon laws still need to change to fight high rate of Rx opioid abuse

Oregon has the highest rate of prescription drug misuse, according to the Secretary of State. → Read More

Salem rally against gun violence to be held Sunday afternoon

Many rallies are being held across the country on Saturday, but Salem's will be on Sunday. → Read More

Snafus slow 2022 primary election results in Marion, Clackamas counties

Elections officials are wading through thousands of ballots and expect accurate results despite delays. → Read More

Mid-Valley voters to decide nominees in legislative races May 17

On May 17, registered party members will choose their party's nominee for House and Senate. → Read More

New state rules still let power companies decide whether to kill power if fires loom

New state rules require large utilities to publicize certain details in advance of a shutoff. → Read More

The battle for House District 17, one of Oregon's few competitive house districts

HD 21- from central Salem north and west to Keizer - is one of four house districts considered competitiive following redistricting. → Read More

Fewer Oregonians are dying on the job, but advocates say more still can be done

While the rate of people dying at work in Oregon is declining, 69 people died on the job or of workplace injuries in the state in 2021. → Read More

Salem City Councilor Leung drops out of race for Oregon House seat

Jackie Leung, a Salem city councilor seeking the Democratic nomination for House District 19, has withdrawn from the race. → Read More

Meet the Democrats vying for the nomination for redrawn House District 19 in Salem

The primary race showcases the influence of new legislative boundaries and an organized effort to keep moderate Democrats in state office. → Read More

Election 2022: Meet the candidates for Oregon labor commissioner

Whoever wins the race for labor commissioner will be in charge of an agency with a $35 million budget and more than 100 employees. → Read More

US President Joe Biden in Portland today, touting infrastructure spending

The White House says U.S. President Joe Biden will visit an infrastructure improvement project in Portland and discuss infrastructure spending. → Read More