Woodburn swears in first new municipal judge in 35 years

Woodburn swears in first new municipal judge in 35 years

McMinnville attorney Lori Coukoulis was sworn in as Woodburn’s new municipal judge at a City...

Hoping for the best, Mount Angel prepares for the WURST

Hoping for the best, Mount Angel prepares for the WURST

The hubbub surrounding theholidays may be over, but that doesn’t stop Mount Angel from...

Woodburn graduation rates hold strong at 85 percent

Woodburn graduation rates hold strong at 85 percent

Superintendent: 'It's not a program. There is no silver bullet.' High school graduation rates...

Local teacher lends expertise to mammoth find at OSU

Local teacher lends expertise to mammoth find at OSU

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COURTESY SALEM POLICE DEPARTMENT - Police are investigating a crash that involved a Woodburn woman Thursday night in Salem. She suffered minor injuries, but the other driver fled the scene on foot.
February 05, 2016

Woodburn woman injured in Salem hit-and-run crash

by Woodburn Independent
A Woodburn woman was injured Thursday night from a hit-and-run crash in Salem. According to witnesses, around 10 p.m. Feb. 4, a silver 2000 BMW caused a T-bone accident with a black 2007…
COURTESY MARION COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE - Police are seeking the public's help in identifying the man in this picture. The silver van is not believed to be associated with the theft.
February 04, 2016

Police seek help identifying suspect in Monitor vehicle theft

by Woodburn Independent
Marion County Sheriff's deputies are seeking help from the public to identify a suspect associated with a Jan. 20 theft of a truck in Monitor. On that date around 10 p.m., a male jumped over a…
PAMPLIN FILE PHOTO - Beaverton Senator Mark Hass has a proposal for new legislatition after a group started collecting signatures to impose a gross receipts tax on Oregon businesses.
February 03, 2016

Beaverton lawmaker offers compromise on gross receipts tax

by Hillary Borrud and Paris Achen
Looking to head off a nasty and costly ballot fight, a state senator has introduced a proposal to levy a new tax on corporations while cutting income taxes for many low- and middle-income…
February 03, 2016

Oregon heads for ballot brawl over tax increase

by Nick Budnick
Despite calls in Salem for a compromise, rivals say reaching a deal is unlikely When a proposed statewide $15-an-hour minimum wage measure gave businesses heartburn, Gov. Kate Brown intervened…
February 03, 2016

Ethics commission returns to St. Paul

by Colin Staub
Government — Complaint by mayor alleges councilors held illegal executive session Three St. Paul city councilors are the subject of an Oregon Government Ethics Commission investigation following…
COURTESY PHOTO: TAYISIA BURKOFF - Irinei Burkoff, who died when a truck he was in crashed into a rural Clackamas County river, is pictured with his two sons, Sava (left), 2, and Damian, 5.
February 03, 2016

Body of Woodburn man found in Collawash River

by Woodburn Independent
Water rescue personnel have located and recovered the body of a Woodburn man who has been missing since the vehicle he was traveling in crashed into the Collawash River on Jan. 24. The crash…
INDEPENDENT FILE PHOTO - Kris Huapeo receives his diploma at North Marion High School's 2015 graduation in June.
February 03, 2016

Local graduates continue to shine: North Marion celebrates…

by Lindsay Keefer
Graduation rates released last week show that North Marion School District is making strides in making sure its disadvantaged students succeed. The district’s overall four-year cohort graduation…
COURTESY PHOTO: OREGON DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS - Frank James Milligan.
February 03, 2016

MacLaren sex abuse lawsuit set for trial in April

by Tyler Francke
Plaintiff alleges he was abused by convicted sex predator at Woodburn correctional facility A 12-person jury trial has been set for April in a Marion County lawsuit that concerns alleged sex…
INDEPENDENT PHOTO: TYLER FRANCKE - Publisher Nikki DeBuse was recognized by Mayor Kathy Figley at the Jan. 25 Woodburn City Council meeting (pictured), where Figley proclaimed Jan. 29 - DeBuse's last day at the Independent - 'Nikki DeBuse Day.'
February 03, 2016

Woodburn Independent publisher recognized

by Woodburn Independent
The Woodburn Independent and the city of Woodburn bid farewell to a longtime member last week, as Nikki DeBuse, who had worked for the paper for over 27 years and been involved in many community…
February 03, 2016

DOJ investigation concluded, but officer still on leave

by Tyler Francke
Mental, emotional health played role in alleged sexual assault victim's decision to withdraw case A Woodburn police officer has remained on leave for the past seven months, after the conclusion…

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Feb 03, 2016

Police log

by Woodburn Independent
EDITOR'S NOTE: The Woodburn Independent publishes the names of people arrested based on information from city police logs. Times listed represent the time the crimes were reported to police. The…
Feb 03, 2016

Immanuel Lutheran opens doors for dinner Feb. 3 and 17

by Woodburn Independent
Woodburn Immanuel Lutheran Church is starting up free dinners for the community this Wednesday. From 5:30 to 7 p.m., all are invited to go to the church, 1036 E. Lincoln St., to eat dinner in…
Feb 03, 2016

The search for Woodburn's Amazing Kid 2016 begins

by Woodburn Independent
The Woodburn Independent and its partner newspapers are seeking submissions to our 2016 Amazing Kids contest. The deadline for submission is Feb. 29. This annual April special section will be…
Jan 28, 2016

Missing Woodburn man's body found in rural Clackamas County river

by Pamplin Media Group
Water rescue personnel have located and recovered the body of a Woodburn man who has been missing since the vehicle he was traveling in crashed into the Callawash River on Sunday morning. The…
COURTESY PHOTO - Patti Milne
Jan 27, 2016

Patti Milne announces candidacy for House District 22

by Woodburn Independent
Patti Milne, a former county commissioner, state representative and school board member, announced Jan. 27 that she will run as a Republican for the open legislative seat in House District 22.…
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Jan 27, 2016

Introducing the Woodburn Independent's INSIDERS

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Get advice and tips from local business experts Need advice on banking? Buying a home? The importance of flossing your teeth? How to help your pet lose weight? Or how to exercise with…
COURTESY PHOTO: OREGON YOUTH AUTHORITY, DLR GROUP - This rendering by the Portland-based architectural firm DLR Group shows the basic exterior design for the six new 16-bed housing units planned for the east campus residential area at MacLaren.
Jan 27, 2016

Big changes planned as MacLaren expansion gets underway

by Tyler Francke
By the beginning of the summer of 2017, MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility in Woodburn will be expected to house twice as many youth offenders as it has the budgeted capacity to do today. The…
From left, Senior Advisory Council Chairman Ed Cavin, Woodburn case worker Nataliya Fursova and Marion County Commissioner Sam Brentano participate in a Jan. 15 groundbreaking ceremony at the future site of the new NWSDS local office.
Jan 27, 2016

NWSDS breaks ground on new WB office

by Tyler Francke
Northwest Senior and Disability Services broke ground on its new Woodburn office at a ceremony earlier this month. The 8,328 square-foot building will be located at 2100 Progress Way in Woodburn…
INDEPENDENT PHOTO: TYLER FRANCKE - Woodburn High School students Juan Manuel Angulo and Carlos Jovanni Ramirez (pictured) and Hunter Conlon were commended for their quick actions in coming to the aid of Wellness, Business and Sports School language arts teacher Art Pels earlier this month.
Jan 27, 2016

WHS students recognized for actions during teacher's medical…

by Tyler Francke
­Three students have been commended for their quick thinking and actions in coming to the aid of a stricken Woodburn High School teacher earlier this month. Hunter Conlon, a sophomore at…
COURTESY PHOTO: MCSO - Servin Hernandez-Garcia.
Jan 27, 2016

Arraignment held in case of alleged downtown shooter

by Tyler Francke
Court proceedings have begun for a man accused of shooting his neighbor several times in downtown Woodburn two weeks ago, as his alleged victim continues to recover in intensive care. Servin…



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