The 'ultimate people job'

The 'ultimate people job'

Marion-Polk Food Share, AWARE form important safety net for area, especially as winter nears...

District settles fire claim for $9.7M

District settles fire claim for $9.7M

Settlement money will be used to rebuild Woodburn High School The Woodburn School District has...

Woodburn passes pot tax, accepts COPS funding

Woodburn passes pot tax, accepts COPS funding

The Woodburn City Council unanimously approved a tax on marijuana sales at its Oct. 13 meeting....

Life in the fast lane

Life in the fast lane

As the winner of many races at the Woodburn Dragstrip, Kacee Pitts isn't your typical teenage...

Destined for something big

Destined for something big

Gervais' Anastasia Snegirev balances school life with a budding music career Gervais High School...

McShane speaks at MacLaren

McShane speaks at MacLaren

Noted federal judge addresses gay youth, family and supporters during LGBT event U.S. District...

No business like shoe business

No business like shoe business

Pacific Wearing Solutions in Woodburn offers wide variety of services Pacific Wearing Solutions,...

LDS missionaries, motivated by love for God and people

LDS missionaries, motivated by love for God and people

Mormon missionaries based in Woodburn share some of the experiences from their two-year...

A portrait of service

A portrait of service

Joe and Mariana Ruiz have been active volunteers in Gervais throughout their whole lives...

First Street site eyed for honky tonk-themed grill

First Street site eyed for honky tonk-themed grill

'Black Betty,' new country and western restaurant in Woodburn, could open as soon as early 2015...

New priest comes to St. Mary's Episcopal Church

New priest comes to St. Mary's Episcopal Church

Originally from Mexico, by way of Portland, Rev. Samuel Borbon has heart for Woodburn's Latino...

The 'American Way'

The 'American Way'

Among the area's first Hispanic business owners, Rogelio and Armandina Medina reflect on their...

Solar array at NWREC proving its worth

Solar array at NWREC proving its worth

Array produced far more kilowatt hours than Aurora facility used this summer, putting energy in...

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Photo Credit: SUBMITTED - Juan Robles
October 22, 2014

Woodburn teen killed by train

by Lindsay Keefer
Juan Robles, 13, had autism and went missing after soccer practice Tuesday night One year and one week after 13-year-old Diego Rodriguez was killed on the train tracks, another 13-year-old life…
Photo Credit: PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Clackamas County Commissioner Tootie Smith reacts to Congressman Kurt Schrader's answer on why their campaigns for Congressional District 5 have been funded at a 28-to-1 ratio in his favor. 'Well, I think people like me better,' the Democratic candidate said simply, eliciting laughter from the attendees of North Clackamas County Chamber of Commerce's Eggs N Issues candidate debate at The Aerie at Eagle Landing in Happy Valley.
October 23, 2014

Hot topics steam up lukewarm congressional race

by Shasta Kearns Moore
Rep. Kurt Schrader and Commissioner Tootie Smith pick apart each other's records The Republican and Democratic nominees for 5th Congressional District took turns blasting each other on topics…
Photo Credit: COURTESY THE MARION COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE - Mateo Torres-Morales
October 22, 2014

Guilty plea entered in 2013 homicide

by Tyler Francke
Torres-Morales could receive 16 month prison sentence, pending judge's ruling A Woodburn man suspected in an August 2013 stabbing death in a parking lot near the Victorian Apartments on James…
Photo Credit: SUBMITTED PHOTO | WOODBURN INDEPENDENT - Advertising representative Deni Kvasnikoff is the newest member of the staff of the Woodburn Independent.
October 22, 2014

Independent hires new ad rep

by Tyler Francke
Advertising representative Deni Kvasnikoff is the newest member of the staff of the Woodburn Independent. Actually, it’s a bit of a homecoming for Kvasnikoff, as she will also be splitting her…
Photo Credit: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Mariana Ruiz-Temple
October 22, 2014

Woodburn High grad named state chief deputy fire marshal

by Tyler Francke
The woman recently named the state fire marshal’s chief deputy got her start in fire safety right here in Woodburn. Mariana Ruiz-Temple was named chief deputy state fire marshal last month by…
October 22, 2014

Derickson not selected for job as McMinnville city manager

by Tyler Francke
Woodburn City Administrator Scott Derickson was not chosen to be the next city manager of McMinnville, it was reported last week. Derickson had previously been designated one of the five…
Photo Credit: FILE PHOTO | WOODBURN INDEPENDENT - The community Thanksgiving dinner at Immanuel Lutheran Church will be dedicated to the memory of Hanna Arendt, a North Marion High School freshman who died suddenly in 2008.
October 22, 2014

Community Thanksgiving dinner planned at Immanuel

by Tyler Francke
Event will be dedicated to memory of North Marion High School freshman Hanna Arendt, and is being organized by her family Immanuel Lutheran Church will be hosting its first-ever community…
Photo Credit: PHOTO COURTESY THE MARION COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE - Craig Chadwick
October 15, 2014

Woodburn man arrested for possessing marijuana, guns

by Woodburn Independent
A Woodburn man was arrested by local police last week on several drug- and theft-related charges. According to a news release, Woodburn police officers responded to complaints of possible…
October 15, 2014

City, police union ink new contract

by Tyler Francke
Union, city agree that contract was equitable The city of Woodburn has reached a new collective bargaining agreement with the Woodburn Police Association, the union representing the bulk of its…
Photo Credit: PHOTO COURTESY THE CITY OF WOODBURN - Josh Udermann
October 15, 2014

City of Woodburn hires its new pool manager

by Woodburn Independent
The city of Woodburn has hired a new Aquatics Program Supervisor (pool manager), Community Services Director Jim Row announced last week. Josh Udermann replaces Kristin Wierenga, who took Stu…

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Photo Credit: PHOTO COURTESY DONNA GRAMSE - The building at 152 Arthur St. has seen various incarnations since it was first built in 1910, including Killian W. Smith's farm equipment business (above).
Oct 15, 2014

152 Arthur St. has seen a lot of history over the years

by Donna Gramse
I have been out of state for a couple of months taking care of new twin grandbabies. First, let me thank those people who wrote in and told me the names of the Pee Wee baseball players. When I…
Oct 15, 2014

Country Meadows hosting grand opening for new wellness spa

by Tyler Francke
Country Meadows Village is hosting a grand opening of a new wellness spa this weekend, which is intended to serve the greater community as well as its residents. According to Laisha Kneuven,…
Photo Credit: SUBMITTED PHOTO BY LOUJEAN FOBERT - Lauren Stokley (left), of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Woodburn and a student at Kennedy High School in Mt. Angel, and Adriana Isidoro (right) a National Honor Society student at WeBBS in Woodburn, scrape old paint from a porch railing in preparation for new paint.
Oct 15, 2014

Volunteers complete first 'ReHabitat' project in Woodburn

by Tyler Francke
On Oct. 4, North Willamette Valley Habitat for Humanity, in partnership with Immanuel Lutheran Church and students from the Woodburn High School Wellness, Business & Sports School’s National…
Oct 15, 2014

Newspaper groups hosting Measure 92 forum

by Woodburn Independent
Is Ballot Measure 92 a straight-forward proposal that gives consumers basic information they need about genetically modified organisms, or is it a fundamental threat to Oregon agriculture? A…
Oct 14, 2014

Woodburn city manager finalist for position in McMinnville

by Tyler Francke
Woodburn City Administrator Scott Derickson is one of five finalists for the position of city manager in McMinnville, according to a release. The McMinnville release said its city council…
Oct 08, 2014

News briefs

by Woodburn Independent
New leaders sought for Relay for Life Ever thought of being involved with the Woodburn Area Relay for Life? If you would like more information about participating with the planning for the next…
Photo Credit: TYLER FRANCKE | WOODBURN INDEPENDENT - Little Lambs Preschool students Izabelle Mendoza Ebata and Bradley Donavant peer out of play tunnels.
Oct 08, 2014

Little Lambs celebrating 25 years of fun and learning

by Tyler Francke
Milestone will be marked with a special service and cake reception Sunday at Immanuel Lutheran Church Founded in 1989, Little Lambs Preschool on Lincoln Street in Woodburn is celebrating 25…
Photo Credit: OSP - Dr. Steven Fritz, the husband of Portland City Commissioner Amanda Fritz, died in this crash on I-5 near Salem, Sept. 24.
Oct 04, 2014

Passenger of Fritz dies from crash injuries

by Pamplin Media Group
A second Oregon State Hospital employee, Cary Marie Fairchild, from Portland, died Saturday, Oct. 4, at Salem Hospital where she has been treated since the Sept. 24 traffic crash. Fairchild, 64,…
Photo Credit: LINDSAY KEEFER - First Presbyterian Church's mural
Oct 01, 2014

Church dedicates city's second mural

by Lindsay Keefer
First Presbyterian Church in Woodburn put up its mural Sept. 20 and dedicated the mural after its worship service Sunday. The mural, which is Woodburn’s second, depicts the communion table while…
Photo Credit: TYLER FRANCKE | WOODBURN INDEPENDENT - Truck traffic on Boones Ferry Road could be restricted if the Marion County Board of Commissioners cooperates with the wishes of the Woodburn City Council. Councilors and residents have expressed concern about the use of the road and its intersection with Highway 214 by through-traffic of large trucks, some of which are believed to be non-compliant.
Oct 01, 2014

City to pursue restricting truck traffic on Boones Ferry

by Tyler Francke
Action would require approval of and implementation by the Marion County Board of Commissioners The Woodburn City Council has directed staff to contact the Marion County Board of Commissioners…



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