Presenting some of Woodburn's top señoritas

Presenting some of Woodburn's top señoritas

The Fiesta queen and first princess will be crowned Aug. 2 Fiesta Mexicana has been a tradition...

Walkway could link Woodburn and Gervais

Walkway could link Woodburn and Gervais

Local city officials are exploring the possibility of an asphalt walkway running parallel to the...

Kiwanis bark dust sale grosses nearly $25K

Kiwanis bark dust sale grosses nearly $25K

Members of Woodburn Kiwanis were busy last week with the club’s largest yearly fundraiser,...

Ivy targeted at Alvah G. Cowan Park

Ivy targeted at Alvah G. Cowan Park

The rehabilitation of the city-owned Alvah G. Cowan Park in Woodburn will continue later this...

After 42 years, King's Den legacy continues

After 42 years, King's Den legacy continues

Erin Barrera takes father's place at barber chair It would have been easy to give up a few months...

North Marion Auction rakes in money, seeks new board members

North Marion Auction rakes in money, seeks new board members

The annual North Marion Dinner and Benefit Auction reached several milestones at Saturday’s...

Mustang parade cruises to world record

Mustang parade cruises to world record

Mustang enthusiasts could not have asked for better conditions Saturday when more than 900...

Tulip Fest in full bloom

Tulip Fest in full bloom

Festival organizers say the tulips will reach their peak of color this week Wooden Shoe Tulip...

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April 16, 2014

Medical marijuana a high priority for cities

by Tyler Francke
Local councils unified in imposing moratoriums on dispensaries ahead of May 1 deadline Any proprietors interested in opening medical marijuana dispensaries in northern Marion County may have to…
by: MARION COUNTY CORRECTIONAL FACILITY - Ramon Pena-Cornelio
April 16, 2014

Murder suspect extradited to Oregon

by Tyler Francke
The suspect in a local murder investigation who was arrested in California last month has now been extradited to Marion County. Ramon Peña-Cornelio, 20, of Woodburn, was arrested in Sacramento,…
April 16, 2014

Cracker Barrel in Woodburn? Not anytime soon

by Tyler Francke
Amid rumors that Cracker Barrel might be eyeing a new location in Woodburn, Economic and Development Services Director Jim Hendryx confirmed this week that a representative of the Lebanon,…
by: LINDSAY KEEFER - Heritage Elementary co-principals Sherrilynn Rawson (from left) and Irene Novichihin lead a tour of the school for community members, including Lin Reeves and Connie Lum.
April 09, 2014

Community members tour Heritage Elementary, largest K-5 school…

by Lindsay Keefer
Officials say the largest elementary school in Oregon will get even bigger if a proposed bond alleviating space restrictions isn’t passed. Heritage Elementary School in Woodburn houses 930…
April 09, 2014

Les Schwab hosts diaper drive in April

by Woodburn Independent
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Les Schwab Tires is coordinating a diaper drive at all of its Mid-Willamette Valley Tire Center locations to collect diapers for families in need.…
April 09, 2014

Woodburn-based radio stations could change hands in May

by Lindsay Keefer
The three Woodburn radio stations currently owned by Don Coss, including La Pantera, are in the process of being purchased by other entities. Amador Bustos, president of Bustos Media LLC, based…
by: SUBMITTED - Janet Carlson
April 09, 2014

Election 2014: Meet the candidates for Marion County Comissioner…

by Woodburn Independent
The following candidates are running for party nominations for the Marion County Board of Commissioners. The primary election is May 20. Janet Carlson Republican Relevant experience: Marion…
by: SUBMITTED - Diana Dickey
April 09, 2014

Meet the candidates: Marion County Commissioners Position 1

by Woodburn Independent
The following candidates are running for party nominations for the Marion County Board of Commissioners. The primary election is May 20. Diana Dickey Democrat Relevant experience: Salem City…
by: TYLER FRANCKE | WOODBURN INDEPENDENT - Ernst Irrigation, a hardware and agricultural service and supply business in downtown St. Paul, as seen Friday morning.
April 09, 2014

Oil tank explodes in downtown St. Paul

by Tyler Francke
One employee of Ernst Irrigation sustains 'serious, but not life-threatening' injuries in blast, transported to Portland hospital via ambulance An employee of Ernst Irrigation, a hardware and…
by: TYLER FRANCKE | WOODBURN INDEPENDENT - Elsa Bonham, a swim instructor and lifeguard at the Woodburn Aquatic Center, and 5-year-old Tristan Smith, of Tualatin, enjoy some time in the pool Friday morning.
April 09, 2014

Makeover unveiled for city pool

by Tyler Francke
City representatives and members of the Woodburn Area Chamber of Commerce networking group, Greeters, gathered at the Woodburn Aquatic Center Friday morning for a ribbon-cutting ceremony…

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by: TYLER FRANCKE | WOODBURN INDEPENDENT - The headquarters of Siamak's Car Company LLC, 777 N. Arney Rd., as seen Friday. The property's general manager said it is probable the business will relocate to Salem in the coming months.
Apr 09, 2014

New retail development planned in Woodburn

by Tyler Francke
A Portland-based development company with historical ties to Woodburn Premium Outlets is eyeing a new, large-scale construction project just south of the mall. Preliminary site plans, filed with…
Apr 09, 2014

City UGB case headed to Oregon Supreme Court

by Tyler Francke
Woodburn seeks review of Court of Appeals' January ruling in the long-running effort to expand the city's urban growth boundary The city of Woodburn has filed a petition with the Oregon Supreme…
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Apr 02, 2014

Our newspapers won't be downsizing staff or shrinking in size

by Mark Garber
Local news — news about your city, your community, your neighborhood — is the future of journalism. No one in the media business disputes that notion. Investors as savvy as Warren Buffet are…
by: TYLER FRANCKE | WOODBURN INDEPENDENT - Paula Kilgore, a resident on Oregon Way in Woodburn, talks on her cellphone near her vandalized home and SUV Wednesday morning
Apr 03, 2014

Vandalism spree hits senior community again

by Tyler Francke
15 separate incidents of vandalism and graffiti reported on Oregon Way and Cascade Drive The Estates, a private, 55-and-older golf club and residential community in Woodburn, was again the…
by: LINDSAY KEEFER - Tyler Francke
Apr 02, 2014

Independent welcomes Francke as its new reporter

by Lindsay Keefer
Tyler Francke is the newest addition to the Woodburn Independent news team. Francke is the Independent’s new general assignment reporter, and will mainly cover city government, crime and…
Apr 02, 2014

April 3 is next fundraising opportunity for Vets Memorial

by Woodburn Independent
Hubbard Parks Improvement Committee will be partnering with Burgerville on Highway 99E in Canby on April 3 to raise money for the Hubbard Veterans Memorial parking lot. Burgerville will donate…
Apr 02, 2014

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…
Apr 02, 2014

Woodburn Downtown Association elects 2014 officers

by Woodburn Independent
The Woodburn Downtown Association elected new officers for 2014 during its March 26 meeting. During the same session, the group also finalized its merger with Woodburn Downtown Unidos. Elected…
by: SUBMITTED - Stu Spence, who is pictured at Legion Park's new playground, has been recreation services manager for the city of Woodburn since 2008. He is leaving to take a parks director position in La Grande.
Apr 02, 2014

Spence leaving city for parks director job in La Grande

by Lindsay Keefer
Stu Spence, arguably the most visible face of the city of Woodburn as its recreation services manager, is resigning and moving to La Grande at the end of the month. Spence, who has worked for…
Apr 02, 2014

City council extends ban on medical marijuana dispensaries

by Phil Hawkins
Given a second reading, the Woodburn City Council once again approved a temporary prohibition of medical marijuana dispensaries within city limits. The council voted March 24 to amend the…




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