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Oregon's 'first lady' must clear up ethics haze — Gov. John Kitzhaber is right: The allegations of wrongdoing surrounding his fiancee , Cylvia Hayes, have become a distraction. For him. For the 2015 legislative session, which begins Monday in Salem. For Oregonians. Kitzhaber announced during a tumultuous press conference Friday that Hayes will have no further policy role in his current four-year administration, which is less than a month old.
Feb 01, 2015

Our editorial: Oregon's 'first lady' must clear up ethics haze via @salem_statesman @GovKitz #ORpol #SJNow #ORleg

No. 7 Oregon State women rout USC 68-35 — The Oregon State women's basketball team may be focused on the big picture, but they continue to embrace the moment. No. 7 OSU (19-1, 9-0 Pac-12) rolled to a 68-35 victory Saturday over USC before a crowd of 4,511 at Gill Coliseum.

Not a good day for the governor or anyone else — It was a terrible, awful, no-good day for both Gov. John Kitzhaber and Portland-area news media on Friday. Give Kitzhaber credit for facing the press at the end of a tough week. But he didn't, or couldn't, answer some questions at an intense Portland news conference regarding the public role, private work and income tax filings of his fiancee, Cylvia Hayes.
Jan 31, 2015

Not a good day for @GovKitz or anyone else A reader said I should resign for writing this column. #Orpol #Orleg

OSU’s Andersen set to greet first recruiting class — When Gary Andersen was officially introduced as the Beavers' new head football coach Dec. 12, he talked about Oregon State being "the right fit" after spending two seasons at Wisconsin. Since replacing Mike Riley, Anderson met with returning players, assembled a coaching staff and hit the recruiting trail.

Touring Deschutes Brewery — Looking for a sunny winter getaway from the gloom and fog of the Mid-Valley? Head to Bend, and while you're there, plan a stop at Deschutes Brewery for a tour. The brewery overlooks the scenic Deschutes River just across the river from downtown, and free tours depart daily from the tasting room.
Jan 31, 2015

Heading to Bend? Stop for tour of Deschutes Brewery. Check out video and photos brought to you by Brent Drinkut

Jan 31, 2015

Heading to Bend? Stop for tour @Deschutesbeer #ORBeer Watch our video.

City warns park-goers of aggressive owls after multiple attacks — While the typical city park patron may expect to see some docile crows in search of a worm on their morning jog, runners and walkers at one of Salem's most popular parks should look to the trees in fear for a much larger bird of prey.

Kitzhaber says Hayes will have no role in his office — PORTLAND - Gov. John Kitzhaber's fiance, Cylvia Hayes, will no longer have any policy or political role in his administration during the next four years, Kitzhaber announced Friday morning at a press conference. He denied any knowledge of Hayes' tax filings, whose accuracy has been called into question recently.
Jan 30, 2015

Kitzhaber says #CylviaHayes will have no role in his office This is topic of our Sunday editorial. @Govkitz #Orpol

Jan 30, 2015

Gov. Kitzhaber says fiancee Cylvia Hayes will have no role in his office via @salem_statesman #orpol

Food Network star Simon Majumdar making Salem visit — Food Network personality Simon Majumdar has scheduled Salem as a stop on his book tour, according to the star's web page. Salem will be a stop on June 23 on his "Fed, White and Blue" book tour, according to his schedule. So far, it is the only Oregon stop on his book tour.

'Creek' long dried up in Silver Falls name — If you want to start an argument among longtime residents of the Mid-Willamette Valley, just ask the official name of a certain waterfall-filled state park east of Salem. Is it: A) Silver Creek Falls State Park B) Silver Falls State Park The correct answer is B and has been since 1948, according to the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.
Jan 30, 2015

Fascinating for Mid-Valley residents: When did Silver Falls drop 'Creek' from the name? (For some it never did)

Beavers remain focused despite rise in polls — The numbers can't be ignored. Oregon State is a rising power in women's college basketball. Heading into Saturday's game against USC at Gill Coliseum, No. 7 OSU (18-1, 8-0 Pac-12) has won 30 of its past 33 games dating back to last season, and the Beavers' record through 19 games this season is the best start in school history.
Jan 31, 2015

Women's college basketball: Surging Oregon State ready for USC matchup: #gobeavs…

Jan 30, 2015

Women's college basketball: Oregon State stays focused despite rise in polls: #gobeavs #SJNow…

Even football players can be quirky — WINNER: Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch. National Football League bigwigs and the news media are making too big a deal about Lynch's flouting of rules requiring players to talk with reporters and to wear only league-approved brand names during those media sessions. How silly.

Zwickelmania Oregon Brewery Tour coming Feb. 14 — It's a tongue-twister for sure: Zwickelmania. What the heck is it? For hop-heads in the know, it's the day when breweries across the state throw open their doors to the casual and hardcore beer fans. This year, the Zwickelmania wave of suds breaks shore on Feb. 14 from 11 a.m.
Jan 29, 2015

Make plans to hit the breweries for Zwickelmania! Feb 14. #ORBeer

The Kitchen on Court Street now serving breakfast — The Kitchen on Court Street is now serving breakfast, according to owner Bernard Malherbe. Breakfast is served from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. weekdays and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Jan 29, 2015

For fans of The Kitchen on Court Street, breakfast served! #SalemEats