Youth group collecting Christmas trees, for a cause

Youth group collecting Christmas trees, for a cause

Woodburn Foursquare youth group again holding fundraiser for annual trip to conference in...

To serve, with Love

To serve, with Love

Love, Santa makes impact on recipients, volunteers alike You might think that it would be almost...

Christmas story comes to life at Hoodview church

Christmas story comes to life at Hoodview church

The biblical story behind the Christmas holiday was brought to life in a unique way last weekend...

Power plants

Power plants

Business owners fill up on green technology for new Chevron service station in Woodburn In the...

Grants will help Giesy Store restorations

Grants will help Giesy Store restorations

Last month, the Aurora Colony Historical Society received two grants totaling $20,000 toward its...


Woodburn Area's Latest News

December 24, 2014

Coastal Farm & Ranch matching AWARE donations through December

by Woodburn Independent
People who want to donate to the AWARE Food Bank in Woodburn have a chance to double the impact of their contribution. That’s thanks to Coastal Farm & Ranch stores, which will match donations to…
December 24, 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…
December 24, 2014

Bond committee meeting reset for Jan. 8

by Tyler Francke
A bond committee meeting for the Woodburn School District has been rescheduled until next month. Originally set for Dec. 11, the meeting to discuss the school board’s plans to seek voter…
Photo Credit: TYLER FRANCKE | WOODBURN INDEPENDENT - A glimpse at one of the offices-turned-dormitories that would be remodeled by the proposed Urban Renewal Agency grant.
December 24, 2014

$676K grant on the table for fire district

by Tyler Francke
Funds would be used mainly to upgrade the district headquarters' dormitories The overnight quarters at the Woodburn Fire District will soon get a much-needed overhaul, assuming a $676,000 grant…
December 22, 2014

We have snow! Some mountain resorts open for skiing

by Kylie Wray
Meadows and Timberline run their lifts, Skibowl waits on more snow Ski Resorts on Mount Hood, and, of course, skiers, are rejoicing in the fact that the ski season is finally kicking off, just…
Photo Credit: COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE - A National Weather Service map shows the potential for heavy rain and flooding in Northern Oregon and Southwest Washington.
December 23, 2014

We're dreaming of a . . . soggy Christmas?

by Pamplin Media Group
A deep trough of moist, cold air blasting down from the Gulf of Alaska is going to soak the region during the next few days, pushing a few local rivers and creeks over their banks. The National…
December 17, 2014

Police reports from Nov. 22-Dec. 9

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: LINDSAY KEEFER - Mount Angel Public Library Director Carrie Alexandria Caster, left, and children's librarian Theodora Rudolph hold books in front of the library's welcoming fireplace. Both women were recently hired, making up two-thirds of the library staff.
December 17, 2014

Mount Angel library welcomes new director, librarian

by Lindsay Keefer
Two-thirds of the staff positions at Mount Angel Public Library have changed hands, and the newcomers are excited to bring in new ideas and get to know the community. Carrie Alexandria Caster…
December 17, 2014

Pacific University to receive $580,000 grant for…

by Woodburn Independent
Pacific University's College of Education has received a grant of $580,198 to help improve the quality of science, technology, engineering and mathematics education in Woodburn, Salem and other…
December 17, 2014

Hubbard Fire District captain appointed acting chief

by Lindsay Keefer
The Hubbard Fire District board has approved outgoing Chief Bill Hansen’s appointment of Capt. Chris DeBrito as acting fire chief upon his departure. This first move to replace Hansen, who left…

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Photo Credit: MAP DATA COURTESY GOOGLE EARTH, CITY OF WOODBURN  - The bright green overlay depicts the area in which a medical or recreational marijuana facility would be permitted in Woodburn, if the Planning Commission's recommendations are approved by the City Council.
Dec 17, 2014

City Council to consider zoning for pot dispensaries

by Tyler Francke
The Woodburn Planning Commission has forwarded to the City Council its recommendation for standards that would allow marijuana dispensaries only within a small area of industrial land in the far…
Photo Credit: TYLER FRANCKE | WOODBURN INDEPENDENT - Washington Elementary School second-grader Gael Lily Maldonado peruses the selection of Lego sets at the Walmart in Woodburn Thursday during the store's first-ever 'Shop with a Cop' event, accompanied by Woodburn Police Department K-9 officer Grizz, a narcotics detection dog, and his handler, Det. Tim Cobos.
Dec 17, 2014

Armed and generous

by Tyler Francke
Woodburn Walmart hosts its first-ever 'Shop with a Cop' event Law enforcement officers wear many hats: first responder, criminal investigator, civil servant, public safety advocate, community…
Photo Credit: TYLER FRANCKE | WOODBURN INDEPENDENT - Woodburn After School Club Coordinator Karen Armstrong helps second-graders Amy Padilla, center, and Yamiley Cienfuego-Ascencio with a computer science exercise during last week's Hour of Code event at Nellie Muir Elementary School. Woodburn participated in the exercise as part of Computer Science Education Week.
Dec 17, 2014

After School Club students get crash course in coding

by Tyler Francke
Woodburn children participate in computer science exercise Hour of Code, billed as 'the largest learning event in history' A number of local students in the Woodburn After School Club…
Dec 17, 2014

'Tuesday's Table' aims to offer needy more than food

by Tyler Francke
New service group in Woodburn seeks to build relationships with the homeless community as well as offer material goods A group of local residents is looking to serve the Woodburn area homeless…
Photo Credit: PHOTO COURTESY THE CITY OF WOODBURN - Mayor Kathy Figley shakes hands with outgoing city Councilor Jim Cox during a brief ceremony at the Dec. 8 meeting.
Dec 17, 2014

City councilors bid farewell, replacements sworn in

by Tyler Francke
The Woodburn City Council bid farewell to two of its longest-serving members last week. It was the last council meeting of the year for the city, but for Pete McCallum and Jim Cox, it was the…
Photo Credit: FILE PHOTO - Fiesta Mexicana organizers are looking at moving the date to accommodate the carnival, which is booked the first weekend in August, where Fiesta traditionally falls on the calendar.
Dec 17, 2014

City seeks input for Fiesta's future direction

by Tyler Francke
Organizers have proposed moving festival from its traditional weekend to accommodate carnival Fiesta Mexicana, one of the Woodburn area’s keystone annual events, may be moved from its…
Photo Credit: TYLER FRANCKE | WOODBURN INDEPENDENT - About 60 Woodburn high schoolers joined other protesters Wednesday for a demonstration against violence and corruption in Mexico.
Dec 10, 2014

Woodburn students rally against violence in Mexico

by Tyler Francke
Local teenagers leave school to speak out against corruption and inequality, domestically and abroad A large group of area residents, most of them Woodburn High School students, gathered at the…
Dec 10, 2014

Police probe shooting on First Street

by Tyler Francke
Woodburn police are continuing to investigate a shooting that occurred in the early morning hours of Nov. 27 and injured one local resident. When officers responded to the scene of a residence…
Photo Credit: LINDSAY KEEFER - Dickens carolers bring walkers into the Downtown Plaza while singing carols.
Dec 10, 2014

Santa lights Woodburn's Christmas tree

by Lindsay Keefer
Woodburn’s annual Mayor’s Tree Lighting was Sunday night. It was ushered in by Dickens carolers, who led a parade of residents holding candles down the street from the Settlemier House to the…
Dec 10, 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…




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