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

Settlement money will be used to rebuild Woodburn High School The Woodburn School District has...

Woodburn passes pot tax, accepts COPS funding

Woodburn passes pot tax, accepts COPS funding

The Woodburn City Council unanimously approved a tax on marijuana sales at its Oct. 13 meeting....

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

Noted federal judge addresses gay youth, family and supporters during LGBT event U.S. District...

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

Mormon missionaries based in Woodburn share some of the experiences from their two-year...

A portrait of service

A portrait of service

Joe and Mariana Ruiz have been active volunteers in Gervais throughout their whole lives...

First Street site eyed for honky tonk-themed grill

First Street site eyed for honky tonk-themed grill

'Black Betty,' new country and western restaurant in Woodburn, could open as soon as early 2015...

New priest comes to St. Mary's Episcopal Church

New priest comes to St. Mary's Episcopal Church

Originally from Mexico, by way of Portland, Rev. Samuel Borbon has heart for Woodburn's Latino...

Little Lambs celebrating 25 years of fun and learning

Little Lambs celebrating 25 years of fun and learning

Milestone will be marked with a special service and cake reception Sunday at Immanuel Lutheran...

The 'American Way'

The 'American Way'

Among the area's first Hispanic business owners, Rogelio and Armandina Medina reflect on their...

Church dedicates city's second mural

Church dedicates city's second mural

First Presbyterian Church in Woodburn put up its mural Sept. 20 and dedicated the mural after its...

City to pursue restricting truck traffic on Boones Ferry

City to pursue restricting truck traffic on Boones Ferry

Action would require approval of and implementation by the Marion County Board of Commissioners...

Council votes to ban residential parking on lawns

Council votes to ban residential parking on lawns

Following 30-day grace period, motor vehicles parked on grass or dirt may be subject to $125...

Three proposals submitted for Association Building

Three proposals submitted for Association Building

Concepts include brewery/restaurant, neighborhood event/education center and a business...

A legacy of work

A legacy of work

From laboring in the fields to volunteering at St. Luke Catholic Church, Fred and Ana Bustamante...

City passes light trespass ordinance, despite objections

City passes light trespass ordinance, despite objections

The Woodburn City Council passed an ordinance banning “light trespass” last week,...

'I'm just Elida'

'I'm just Elida'

City's first Hispanic council member reflects on her time in office Editor’s note: In...

The art of teaching

The art of teaching

Heritage Elementary art teacher, program honored Christina Swartwout, art teacher at Heritage...

2014 sets Oktoberfest records

2014 sets Oktoberfest records

The Oktoberfest board of directors has announced that the 49th annual Mount Angel Oktoberfest,...

French Prairie Gardens hosts annual 5K Sunday

French Prairie Gardens hosts annual 5K Sunday

On Sunday, the Pohlschneider family will host its third annual Fight for Your Life 5K Run/Walk...

Independent to highlight Woodburn's Hispanic heritage

Independent to highlight Woodburn's Hispanic heritage

Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month. But in Woodburn, perhaps more than most...

Markum Inn opens food cart during renovations

Markum Inn opens food cart during renovations

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Solar array at NWREC proving its worth

Solar array at NWREC proving its worth

Array produced far more kilowatt hours than Aurora facility used this summer, putting energy in...

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

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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…
Oct 15, 2014

Newspaper groups hosting Measure 92 forum

by Woodburn Independent
Is Ballot Measure 92 a straight-forward proposal that gives consumers basic information they need about genetically modified organisms, or is it a fundamental threat to Oregon agriculture? A…
Oct 14, 2014

Woodburn city manager finalist for position in McMinnville

by Tyler Francke
Woodburn City Administrator Scott Derickson is one of five finalists for the position of city manager in McMinnville, according to a release. The McMinnville release said its city council…
Oct 08, 2014

News briefs

by Woodburn Independent
New leaders sought for Relay for Life Ever thought of being involved with the Woodburn Area Relay for Life? If you would like more information about participating with the planning for the next…
Photo Credit: OSP - Dr. Steven Fritz, the husband of Portland City Commissioner Amanda Fritz, died in this crash on I-5 near Salem, Sept. 24.
Oct 04, 2014

Passenger of Fritz dies from crash injuries

by Pamplin Media Group
A second Oregon State Hospital employee, Cary Marie Fairchild, from Portland, died Saturday, Oct. 4, at Salem Hospital where she has been treated since the Sept. 24 traffic crash. Fairchild, 64,…
Oct 01, 2014

Pot issue heats up as cities ponder taxes

by Tyler Francke
In the coming weeks, the Woodburn City Council, along with the councils of several smaller cities in the area, will be considering local taxes on marijuana in an effort to avoid being burned by…
Oct 01, 2014

Police officers suing city for $3 million

by Tyler Francke
Former sergeant responds to suit in written statement, calling plaintiff a 'liar' Three Woodburn police officers filed suit against the city and several individuals last week, seeking at least…
Oct 01, 2014

College seeking new head

by Tyler Francke
Chemeketa Community College is looking for its next president, and it wants your help. As part of the first phase of its search, the college Board of Education is seeking feedback from community…
Oct 01, 2014

Election 2014: Woodburn and Mount Angel chambers to host…

by Woodburn Independent
The Woodburn Area Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a candidates forum event Oct. 23 at Country Meadows Village. The event begins around 5:45 p.m., with a meet and greet, followed by a forum at…
Oct 01, 2014

Chamber forum lunch set for Oct. 8

by Woodburn Independent
The Woodburn Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting its first chamber forum lunch of the season on Oct. 8. The lunch begins at noon and will feature a program focused on business emergency…



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