'Our living, breathing hope'

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Woodburn police expanding body camera program

Woodburn police expanding body camera program

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Area dentists make a difference in Guatemala

Area dentists make a difference in Guatemala

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Young Street improvements pushed back to 2016

Young Street improvements pushed back to 2016

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April 22, 2015

Mother-son brunch on tap

by Woodburn Independent
The Woodburn Recreation and Parks Department is sponsoring a Mother-Son Brunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 9 at Woodburn Health Center, located at 1475 Mount Hood Avenue. This brunch gives…
April 15, 2015

Woman alleges Woodburn PD officer sexually assaulted her

by Tyler Francke
Stalking complaint being heard in Marion County; officer now on paid leave Editor’s note: The Woodburn Independent does not normally identify reported victims of sexual assault. In this case,…
SUBMITTED - Aaron Baker
April 15, 2015

Election 2015: Meet the candidates for Woodburn Fire Board

by Woodburn Independent
Meet the three uncontested candidates running for office in the May 19 election Position 1 Aaron Baker Relevant experience: Incumbent director of Woodburn Fire Board, professional firefighter,…
FILE PHOTO - PHIL HAWKINS - Olivia Garza shows off her catch at a previous fishing day at St. Louis Ponds.
April 16, 2015

Families fish free on Saturday

by Woodburn Independent
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will host a free family fishing event from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at St. Louis Ponds, near Woodburn. To increase the chance for anglers to catch…
April 16, 2015

Habitat hosting free breakfast April 21

by Woodburn Independent
NWV Habitat for Humanity invites the community to its free HopeBuilder Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. April 21 at the Woodburn Health Center, 1475 Mount Hood Ave. The HopeBuilder Breakfast is a fun,…
SUBMITTED - Alonso Limones
April 16, 2015

Donald Public Works head recognized

by Woodburn Independent
Alonso Limones, public works director for the city of Donald, was recently named Wastewater Operator of the Year by the Oregon Association of Water Utilities (OAWU). The annual award’s purpose…
FILE PHOTO - Guests at last year's auction 'ooh' and 'aah' at some of the silent auction items available.
April 16, 2015

North Marion Auction set for Saturday

by Lindsay Keefer
Fundraiser includes silent and live auction, as well as first-ever online auction that starts Monday The North Marion Auction committee is gearing up to “Get ‘R’ Done” this Saturday, with plenty…
OREGON HUMANE SOCIETY - Ranger, a Great Dane-Mastiff mix, survived a 230-foot fall on the Butte Creek Falls Trail Tuesday. He was rescued Wednesday evening.
April 09, 2015

Dog survives 230-foot fall on Butte Creek Falls Trail

by Woodburn Independent
A dog who fell more than 200 feet from a cliff in the Santiam State Forest outside of Silverton was brought to safety Wednesday evening by an Oregon Humane Society rescue team. The dog, an…
COURTESY PHOTO: WOODBURN POLICE DEPARTMENT - New Woodburn police officer Dan Kerbs, right, speaks with his training officer, Mike Araiza, about mobile data computer databases and information gathering capabilities as they relate to everyday use in patrol activities. Kerbs, who was hired in January, is one of the first two WPD recruits to go through the department's new training model, which incorporates 21st-century policing techniques and philosophy.
April 08, 2015

Communication, problem-solving key for modern-day police

by Tyler Francke
Editor’s note: The 21st century has seen a dramatic shift in our society’s reliance, focus and fascination with new methods of technology and communication. This tidal wave of change has altered…
April 08, 2015

WHS grad to study immigration issues in Europe

by Tyler Francke
Willamette University senior Maria Hernandez is the school's first Humanity in Action fellow Maria Hernandez first started working in the berry fields of the Willamette Valley when she was 11…

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COURTESY PHOTO: OREGON OSHA - Fleetwood Homes continues to contest recent citations by Oregon OSHA alleging it forced employees to climb over guardrails and failed to provide safety equipment.
Apr 08, 2015

Fleetwood Homes' appeal process continuing

by Tyler Francke
Woodburn manufacturer is contesting Oregon OSHA's $75,000 fine for alleged safety violations An informal process is continuing that might resolve over $75,000 in fines levied against a Woodburn…
Apr 08, 2015

Mediation now underway in Woodburn's UGB case

by Tyler Francke
The opening round of mediation was held last week in the city of Woodburn’s long-running urban growth boundary (UGB) case. Held March 30, the session included a team of current and past council…
MARION COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE - The Ford Econoline van carried seven occupants who only suffered minor injuries when it flipped over.
Apr 08, 2015

Seven injured in rollover crash near St. Paul

by Woodburn Independent
Officials are crediting seat belts for saving the lives of seven passengers in a van that flipped over early Thursday near St. Paul. The white Ford Econoline van was traveling on River Road…
Apr 08, 2015

Mount Angel ordinance limits potdispensaries

by Lindsay Keefer
The Mount Angel City Council unanimously passed an ordinance last week that would effectively limit medical marijuana dispensaries to the northern industrial sector of the city. State law…
Apr 08, 2015

Hubbard plans crosswalk enforcement Friday

by Woodburn Independent
The Hubbard Police Department will be conducting special crosswalk enforcement at 5 p.m. Friday. The department’s objective, according to a press release, is to increase awareness of pedestrians…
Apr 08, 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…
SUBMITTED - Rick Cagen
Apr 08, 2015

Silverton Health CEO stepping down July 1

by Woodburn Independent
Rick Cagen will leave Silverton Health effective July 1. “I am grateful to have worked with a board, providers and staff that have a shared commitment to the communities we serve,” Cagen said.…
Apr 07, 2015

Teen arrested for firing stolen gun at a house

by Woodburn Independent
Woodburn police officers have arrested a 15-year-old for allegedly shooting a gun into a residence. Police responded to a report of gunshots being fired through the front window of a house in…
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - Security issues could make some vital state websites vulnerable to hackers or cybercrime, according to tests by the Pamplin Media Group/EO Media Group Capital Bureau in Salem.
Apr 03, 2015

Vital state websites a click away from security vulnerabilities

by Hillary Borrud/Capital Bureau
SALEM — Oregonians who used state websites to pay child support, file unemployment claims and renew their vehicle registration in recent months were vulnerable to attackers who could intercept…
INDEPENDENT PHOTO: TYLER FRANCKE - Sections of North First Street in Woodburn are in dire need of capital improvements. A major overhaul is still one of the Urban Renewal Agency's top priorities, but it remains to be seen how much can be accomplished with what's left of the district's limited funds.
Apr 01, 2015

The cost of urban renewal

by Tyler Francke
Funds limited as councilors mull over next steps Woodburn city councilors were met with a cold reality check during a work session on urban renewal efforts last week: There is simply not enough…




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