Salem Weekly was our city's alternative newspaper from 2004 until 2018. I loved reading it. I also wrote a Strange Up Salem column that appeared in it from May 2013 to May 2015. This was the cover of the issue where my first column ran. The drawing was by the multi-talented Salem Weekly publisher, A.P. Walther.
Though Salem Weekly is no more, it isn't forgotten.
Jim Scheppke, retired librarian for the State of Oregon, is working to have every issue of Salem Weekly bound and preserved professionally. The volumes will be made available to the general public. Mark Wigg and I are helping out with the project.
One of the first tasks is finding Salem Weekly issues that Jim doesn't have yet. Below is the list that we're looking for. If you have any of these issues and are willing to donate it/them to this preservation project, let me know by emailing me: [email protected]
Helen Caswell, who died recently after a lengthy bout with cancer, was the most prolific writer for Salem Weekly. Without her, Salem Weekly wouldn't have existed for as long as it did. Her illness was a key reason why Salem Weekly stopped publication. Preserving the Salem Weekly issues is a memorial of sorts to Helen, a wonderfully kind and talented person.
Here's the list of missing issues: