Leaders in Service: this year's First Citizens

Leaders in Service: this year's First Citizens

Four Distinguished Service Awards go to local volunteers, business The Woodburn Area Chamber of...

Russian cuisine, coffee served with love in Hubbard

Russian cuisine, coffee served with love in Hubbard

From Russia with Love sounds like a James Bond movie, but if you replace the Aston Martin with a...

Fleetwood Homes in Woodburn fined $ 75K

Fleetwood Homes in Woodburn fined $ 75K

Oregon OSHA says mobile home manufacturer 'willfully' disregarded employee safety for sake of...

Former MacLaren youth commuted by Kitzhaber

Former MacLaren youth commuted by Kitzhaber

Before leaving office, Gov. John Kitzhaber signs order reducing sentence of Sang Dao A convicted...

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Photo Credit: COURTESY OF THE OREGON STATE ARCHIVES - The preamble to the Oregon Constitution is part of the historic document that needs vital repairs.
February 25, 2015

Schoolchildren asked to help restore Oregon Constitution document

by Shasta Kearns Moore
A $60,000 campaign would restore and permanently display the 158-year-old document To address a longtime funding shortage, the Oregon secretary of state's office has issued a challenge to…
February 25, 2015

Woodburn Police Department presents annual report

by Tyler Francke
The Woodburn Police Department presented its annual crime report to the City Council earlier this month, while also discussing its accomplishments for 2014 and goals for the year ahead. Overall,…
Photo Credit: TRIBUNE PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Kate Brown, former secretary of state, took the oath of office Wednesday morning to become Oregon's 38th governor. She was surrounded by her family during the ceremony, her husband, Dan Little; her two stepchildren, Dylan and Jessie, and her mother, Sally. Brown replaces Gov. John Kitzhaber, who resigned as an influence-peddling scandal engulfed his office.
February 18, 2015

Brown pledges to 'restore public's trust'

by Peter Wong/Capital Bureau
As she became Oregon’s 38th governor Wednesday, Kate Brown pledged that neither she nor her staff would accept outside compensation. In remarks after she took her oath from Chief Justice Thomas…
Photo Credit: GARY ALLEN - Ethics review - Former St. Paul Mayor Steve Manners is under investigation by the Oregon Government Ethics Commission for removing a shed from city property and transporting it onto his own property. While he later put the shed back onto city property, a complaint alleges he personally benefitted financially from publicly-owned property.
February 18, 2015

Former St. Paul mayor faces ethics investigation

by Colin Staub
Case focuses on shed that Steve Manners moved from public to private property without official approval St. PAUL — A situation involving a utility shed has led to an investigation by the Oregon…
Photo Credit: INDEPENDENT PHOTO: TYLER FRANCKE - Klain Pippert looks on while his court-appointed attorney, Stephen A. Lipton, hands a document to Judge Donald Abar during a hearing last week at the Marion County Court Annex in Salem.
February 18, 2015

NMHS grad charged with sex crimes

by Tyler Francke
Pippert remains in custody; case set for possible plea hearing March 6 A former Woodburn area resident and North Marion High School graduate is facing charges for allegedly luring and having sex…
February 18, 2015

City OKs pot clinics, with strict limits

by Tyler Francke
Woodburn City Council imposes stricter regulations than state The Woodburn City Council approved last week an ordinance amending the city’s zoning codes to permit medical marijuana clinics in…
Photo Credit: INDEPENDENT PHOTO: TYLER FRANCKE - The former Withers Lumber store in Woodburn at 245 Young St. will become the site of a new ReStore serving the North Willamette Valley Habitat for Humanity.
February 18, 2015

Withers Lumber to be site of Woodburn ReStore

by Tyler Francke
North Willamette Valley Habitat's current store in Mount Angel will move to Young Street The former Woodburn location of Withers Lumber is about to be “ReStored.” Officials for the North…
February 18, 2015

City can put extra $1 million toward street improvements

by Tyler Francke
Woodburn City Administrator Scott Derickson presented councilors with a “good news, good news” scenario as officials enter the first phases of preparing the city’s budget for the 2015-16 fiscal…
Photo Credit: INDEPENDENT PHOTO: TYLER FRANCKE - Montserrat Rodriguez, Eliana Soberanis, Ximena Rodriguez, Kaylee Soberanis and A'Quila Rodriguez check out the selection.
February 18, 2015

Lincoln Elementary celebrates reading, writing

by Tyler Francke
Young Authors and Readers Night features guest readers, book giveaways and more Lincoln Elementary School hosted dozens of students and parents Thursday for its Young Authors and Readers Night.…
Photo Credit: LINDSAY KEEFER - Glockenspiel Restaurant employees, from left, Anastasia Kuznetsov, Julie Van Valkenburg and Drew Hutchinson dish out sausage at the seventh annual Wurstfest.
February 18, 2015

Seventh annual Mount Angel Wurstfest: Wurst its weight in gold

by Lindsay Keefer
Another Wurstfest is in the books for the Mount Angel Chamber of Commerce, which is already gearing up for next year’s annual event. The seventh annual Wurstfest was Friday and Saturday in the…

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Feb 18, 2015

Governor Kate Brown Addresses Oregonians

by Woodburn Independent
Kate Brown was sworn in as Oregon’s 38th governor at 10 a.m. today. Governor Kate Brown delivered the following address following her swearing-in ceremony: Governors Roberts and Kulongoski,…
Suzanne Bonamici, Ted Wheeler, Mike McLane, Earl Blumenauer
Feb 13, 2015

Leaders react to Kitzhaber's resignation

by Jim Redden
Oregon leaders were quick to react to Gov. John Kitzhaber's announcement that he will resign, effective Feb. 18. Most expressed sadness at the turn of events that will end Kitzhaber's 35-year…
Photo Credit: TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - Oregon Democrats have been calling for the resignation of Gov. John Kitzhaber.
Feb 12, 2015

Political pressure squeezes 'struggling' Kitzhaber

by Peter Wong and Hillary Borrud/Capital Bureau
Both Senate President Peter Courtney and House Speaker Tina Kotek agree that the Governor should resign Gov. John Kitzhaber is under renewed pressure by Democratic legislative leaders to resign…
Secretary of State Kate Brown.
Feb 12, 2015

Brown: Kitz wanted to talk, but meeting was 'bizarre,…

by Peter Wong/Capital Bureau
SALEM — Secretary of State Kate Brown says she is unsure what to make of a meeting between her and Gov. John Kitzhaber, who is under pressure to resign. Democratic legislative leaders and state…
Photo Credit: MCSO - Investigators survey the scene of a fatal crash between a commercial truck and a pickup truck on Arndt Road Monday.
Feb 18, 2015

Victim in fatal Arndt Road crash identified

by Woodburn Independent
A Hubbard man has been identified as the victim in a fatal crash on Arndt Road Monday that closed both lanes for many hours. Allen Arnold, 52, of Hubbard, was driving a 1999 Ford F350 westbound…
Feb 11, 2015

Aurora Fire District awarded grants for seismic upgrades to…

by Lindsay Keefer
Aurora Rural Fire Protection District has been awarded more than half a million dollars in grant money to seismically upgrade its two stations. Of the $684,804 awarded, $428,826 will go toward…
Feb 11, 2015

Food for free drink at Dutch Bros. Feb. 14

by Woodburn Independent
Both Dutch Bros. Coffee locations in Woodburn will be offering free 16-ounce drinks Feb. 14 in exchange for customers’ donation of three cans of nonperishable food. It’s part of the Grants…
Feb 17, 2015

Police reports

by Woodburn Independent
EDITOR’S NOTE: The Woodburn Independent publishes the names of people arrested based on information from city and county police logs. Times listed represent the time the crimes were reported to…
Photo Credit: FILE PHOTOS | WOODBURN INDEPENDENT - The soccer tournament is one popular component that will return to Fiesta Mexicana this year in a form very similar to in years past.
Feb 11, 2015

Carnival, soccer tourney to return to Fiesta in 2015

by Tyler Francke
$5 admission prices for adults and kids 11 and older won't start until 5 p.m. Fiesta Mexicana, the city of Woodburn’s signature event celebrating the area’s migrant farmworker population and…
Photo Credit: INDEPENDENT FILE PHOTO: TYLER FRANCKE - A glimpse at one of the offices-turned-dormitories that will be remodeled thanks to a $676,000 grant approved by the city's Urban Renewal Agency last month.
Feb 11, 2015

$676K urban renewal grant OK'd for fire district

by Tyler Francke
Funds will go toward overhaul of living quarters, and bathing, dining and day-use facilities The Urban Renewal Agency has approved a $676,000 grant to the Woodburn Fire District for a…




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