St. Paul Elementary only Oregon school to win national award

St. Paul Elementary only Oregon school to win national award

In recent years, many local districts have implemented new nutritional practices to meet federal...

Community mourns autistic teen killed on tracks

Community mourns autistic teen killed on tracks

Juan Robles-Melara is remembered as a cheerful, inquisitive teen whose impulse to wander possibly...

Three visions compete for the Association Building

Three visions compete for the Association Building

A five-member committee appointed by the mayor, consisting of two city councilors and three...

Rec department hosting Halloween party at Downtown Plaza

Rec department hosting Halloween party at Downtown Plaza

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Engle and Schmidtman associating with larger firm

Engle and Schmidtman associating with larger firm

A large, storied and distinguished law firm in Portland is seeking to join the Woodburn...

Fire consumes home in Gervais

Fire consumes home in Gervais

No injuries reported in two-alarm blaze A two-alarm fire destroyed a home in Gervais early Sunday...

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

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Woodburn passes pot tax, accepts COPS funding

Woodburn passes pot tax, accepts COPS funding

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Life in the fast lane

Life in the fast lane

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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

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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

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A portrait of service

A portrait of service

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First Street site eyed for honky tonk-themed grill

First Street site eyed for honky tonk-themed grill

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New priest comes to St. Mary's Episcopal Church

New priest comes to St. Mary's Episcopal Church

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The 'American Way'

The 'American Way'

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Solar array at NWREC proving its worth

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Celebrate Veterans Day by honoring your favorite veteran.
October 29, 2014

Honor a veteran in the newspaper for Veterans Day

by Woodburn Independent
As Americans, we owe a great deal to our veterans. This year, the Woodburn Independent is paying tribute to those who have served their country and everyone is invited to join in. Do you have a…
October 29, 2014

Fall Leaf Program kicks off Nov. 1

by Woodburn Independent
The city of Woodburn’s Public Works Department will begin its Fall Leaf Program Nov. 1 and run through Dec. 31. The city considers the program necessary because of the potential public safety…
October 29, 2014

New development approved west of Interstate 5

by Tyler Francke
A large new commercial development west of Interstate 5 was approved by the Woodburn Planning Commission last week. The 5-acre property in question previously housed the Miles Chevrolet…
Photo Credit: TYLER FRANCKE | WOODBURN INDEPENDENT - Tootie Smith, Clackamas County commissioner and Republican candidate for the U.S. House, speaks, while her opponent, incumbent U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader, a Democrat, listens.
October 29, 2014

Local, statewide candidates speak at Country Meadows

by Tyler Francke
The Woodburn Area Chamber of Commerce hosted a candidates forum Thursday evening at Country Meadows Village. The event featured candidates for a number of political races, including the Marion…
October 29, 2014

Despite academic growth on report card, North Marion braces for…

by Lindsay Keefer
Weeks after the State Report Card was released, North Marion School District is looking forward with how to help students succeed while preparing for completely new assessments. Julie Jackson,…
October 29, 2014

Crystal Apple awards to be handed out Nov. 7

by Tyler Francke
Numerous educators, administrators and support staff nominated in Woodburn, Gervais and North Marion Woodburn’s 13th Annual Crystal Apple Awards Banquet will be held on Nov. 7 at the Woodburn…
Photo Credit: COURTEST KOIN 6 NEWS/LAURA FENN - This tree knocked down power lines on Southwest Vista in Portland on Saturday.
October 26, 2014

Thousands in region without power Sunday

by Jim Redden
Thousandsof households in the Portland area were without power Sunday morning following Saturday's wind storm, according to Portland General Electric. As of 5:10 p.m. Sunday, Portland General…
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 UPDATE: The family of Juan Robles has released the following statement: We want to say thank you to the community…
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…

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Photo Credit: SUBMITTED PHOTO | WOODBURN INDEPENDENT - Advertising representative Deni Kvasnikoff is the newest member of the staff of the Woodburn Independent.
Oct 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
Oct 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…
Oct 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.
Oct 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
Oct 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…
Oct 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
Oct 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…
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…



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