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 1,000...

Community members tour Heritage Elementary, largest K-5 school in Oregon

Community members tour Heritage Elementary, largest K-5 school in Oregon

Officials say the largest elementary school in Oregon will get even bigger if a proposed bond...

Oil tank explodes in downtown St. Paul

Oil tank explodes in downtown St. Paul

One employee of Ernst Irrigation sustains 'serious, but not life-threatening' injuries in blast,...

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...

Vandalism spree hits senior community again

Vandalism spree hits senior community again

15 separate incidents of vandalism and graffiti reported on Oregon Way and Cascade Drive The...

Art students receive national medals

Art students receive national medals

Two Woodburn Arts and Communications Academy students have received national accolades for their...

Sacred Heart hosts 24th annual Spring Fling April 12

Sacred Heart hosts 24th annual Spring Fling April 12

Sacred Heart Catholic School is announcing its 24th annual Spring Fling Auction and Dinner. The...

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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 - 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…
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.
April 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…
April 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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April 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: LINDSAY KEEFER - Tyler Francke
April 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…
April 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…

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Apr 02, 2014

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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…
Apr 02, 2014

Gervais downtown thriving two years after city hall's…

by Rachel Cavanaugh
Two years after the city of Gervais unveiled its new and improved City Hall, the mayor says it’s had snowball effect on beautification efforts throughout the downtown area. “One by one the…
by: INDEPENDENT FILE PHOTO - The Association Building sits on Front Street and is still vacant. But the city hopes to find a potential buyer or partner through a request for proposal process.
Apr 02, 2014

RFP in the works for Association Building

by Tyler Francke
City of Woodburn seeks partner or buyer in its effort to reinvent the historic and iconic Front Street property Vacant for more than 20 years, and once in imminent danger of condemnation and…
Apr 02, 2014

Monitor Fireman's Pancake Breakfast is April 27

by Woodburn Independent
The Monitor Fire Department is hosting its annual pancake breakfast April 27 from 7 to 11 a.m. at the fire station in downtown Monitor. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for ages 55 and over, $3 for…
Apr 02, 2014

NMSD shuffles admins again; Keyser gets pay increase

by Lindsay Keefer
North Marion School District is about to see a change in its administrative team yet again. At the North Marion School Board’s March meeting, Superintendent Boyd Keyser revealed a shuffling of…
Apr 02, 2014

Sound walls taking shape as interchange enters next phase

by Tyler Francke
ODOT says slight delays possible along Highways 214 and 219 as three traffic lanes are shifted south during continued construction Motorists passing by the site of the Interstate 5 Interchange…
Apr 02, 2014

'State of the Schools' topic for chamber lunch April 9

by Woodburn Independent
The Woodburn Area Chamber of Commerce presents its monthly forum lunch at noon April 9. The topic for this month's lunch, sponsored by PGE, is "State of the Schools." The chamber has invited…




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