Correcting MacLaren

Correcting MacLaren

Legislature to consider plan that would close Hillcrest campus in Salem and significantly...

Raven Inn celebrating 30 years in business

Raven Inn celebrating 30 years in business

When Tina Wiltsey-Trevizo took over the Raven Inn in Woodburn from her late mother, Janice Isom,...

Drivers voice concerns over new medians on 214

Drivers voice concerns over new medians on 214

Locals worry about impact on businesses; ODOT says barriers needed to increase safety and traffic...

Partnership fostering positive change at Washington Elementary

Partnership fostering positive change at Washington Elementary

A new partnership now in its second year at Washington Elementary School is aiming to produce...

Gervais SD explores Chemeketa partnership

Gervais SD explores Chemeketa partnership

School officials consider turning Brooks facility into a regional hub for college-level CTE and...

Hubbard Fire District greets interim chief and appoints new board member

Hubbard Fire District greets interim chief and appoints new board member

Residents and volunteer firefighters got a chance to meet new interim fire chief Ted Kunze last...


Woodburn Area's Latest News

January 28, 2015

Police reports

by Woodburn Independent
EDITOR’S NOTE: The of 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…
January 28, 2015

Chamber seeks DSA nominations through Feb. 17

by Woodburn Independent
Nominations for the annual Distinguished Service Awards are being accepted through Feb. 17. A Woodburn Area Chamber of Commerce selection committee will decide on a senior first citizen (ages 50…
Photo Credit: TYLER FRANCKE - Shanti Platt, mayor of Gervais, addresses a group at Woodburn Health Center for her first state of the city address last week.
January 28, 2015

Platt discusses state of Gervais, calls on residents to serve

by Phil Hawkins
When Gervais Mayor Shanti Platt took the podium for her first State of the City address on Jan. 21, she looked back at how far the city has come since she took office in 2006 and what direction…
Photo Credit: PHIL HAWKINS | WOODBURN INDEPENDENT - Mayor Kathy Figley gave an update on Woodburn's UGB case during her 'state of the city' remarks last week.
January 28, 2015

City looks to mediation, Legislature in UGB case

by Tyler Francke
Mediation appears ready to move forward in Woodburn’s long-running and much-disputed effort to expand its urban growth boundary (UGB). “Now that the Oregon Consensus Assessment is completed, the…
January 28, 2015

Defendants respond in police lawsuit

by Tyler Francke
Defendants deny plaintiffs' allegations; judge sets pretrial order for June The city, along with several of its current or former employees, have responded to a $3 million lawsuit filed against…
Photo Credit: LINDSAY KEEFER - Tony Waite shows off his barbecue sauce, something he concocted for last year's Firehouse Cook-Off.
January 28, 2015

Woodburn resident sells sauce made for firehouse cookoff

by Lindsay Keefer
If you attended last August’s Woodburn Firehouse Cook-Off, you might remember the team Grilling Gurus’ tasty whiskey-based barbecue sauce on its pork. Now you can relive the experience by…
January 28, 2015

School board places $65M bond issue on May ballot

by Tyler Francke
Bond is very similar to one that failed by 37 during last year's primary The Woodburn School Board unanimously approved Thursday a resolution to put a $65 million general obligation bond…
January 28, 2015

Woodburn challenged to read 500,000 minutes in February

by Woodburn Independent
February is Woodburn?Reads Month. Woodburn School District and Woodburn Together invite everyone in Woodburn to read books, magazines, newspapers, or most anything! This year, the structure has…
Photo Credit: OSP - A tan Chevrolet pickup crashed on Howell Prairie Road Monday night, killing a passenger. The driver, who was fleeing police, left the scene and is still at large.
January 27, 2015

Police chase ends with fatal crash, suspect in custody

by Woodburn Independent
A teenager was arrested by Oregon State Police Tuesday morning after a crash killed a passenger in his car. According to an OSP release, Drake D. Carson, 17, of Salem, was driving a tan 2001…
Photo Credit: MCCF - Gurpinder Singh
January 23, 2015

Truck driver in I-5 fatal crash sentenced

by Lindsay Keefer
A California man has been sentenced to 18 months after a November 2013 fatal crash at the Interstate 5 Aurora/Donald exit. Gurpinder Singh, 28, of Red Bluff, Calif., was found guilty of criminal…

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Photo Credit: MCSO - Peter Bass
Jan 21, 2015

Brooks youth pastor charged with sex abuse

by Woodburn Independent
Police arrested a youth pastor at Brooks Assembly of God Wednesday morning. Peter Bass, 36, of Brooks, is awaiting arraignment on 15 counts of sodomy I and 15 counts of sex abuse II. As a result…
Photo Credit: TYLER FRANCKE | WOODBURN INDEPENDENT - Nellie Muir kindergartners, from left, Ronin Lee Hardiman, Brandon Ortiz Alvarado and Nelly Vitela Chavez, work on a project last week.
Jan 21, 2015

The case for early learning

by Tyler Francke
Woodburn superintendent says state kindergarten assessment results show need for earlier intervention The results of the 2014-15 Oregon Kindergarten Assessment, which were released by the state…
Photo Credit: COURTESY OF THE OREGON DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS - Bruce Turnidge.
Jan 21, 2015

Supreme Court hears Turnidge appeal

by Tyler Francke
Attorneys allege errors by circuit judge, ask for new trial, resentencing The Oregon Supreme Court heard oral arguments last week in the appeal of a man convicted in the 2008 Woodburn bank…
Jan 21, 2015

Police reports

by Woodburn Independent
EDITOR’S NOTE: The of 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…
Jan 21, 2015

Lions Club sponsors free vision screenings

by Woodburn Independent
The Mount Angel Lions Club sponsored free vision screenings for all 354 students of St. Mary’s Public School Jan. 9. The screenings were made possible by the Oregon Lions Mobile Health Screening…
Photo Credit: SUBMITTED - Pictured are, from left, Tricia Chastain, Senior Appraiser, Northwest Farm Credit Services; Leslie Curtis, PTC President; Jaimie Coppola, PTC Secretary; and Nora Cain, PTC Vice President.
Jan 21, 2015

Farm Credit Services awards school grant

by Woodburn Independent
Northwest Farm Credit Services has awarded the St. Paul Elementary Parent Teacher Committee (PTC) a $750 Northwest FCS/CoBank Rural Community Grant Award. The grant will be used for stage…
Photo Credit: LINDSAY KEEFER - Corban University students work with Woodburn School District employees to spread bark dust at the French Prairie/Lincoln community garden on Monday.
Jan 20, 2015

College students spend holiday serving in Woodburn

by Lindsay Keefer
Project helps expand community garden located between French Prairie Middle and Lincoln Elementary schools Although there was no school Monday, the campus of French Prairie Middle School and…
Jan 15, 2015

December was good month for real estate sales

by Pamplin Media Group
Portland Realtors closed more deals in December than they had in the past nine years, according to a new RMLS report released Thursday morning. The regional listing service reported that closed…
Jan 16, 2015

New trial sought in 2008 bank bombing

by Peter Wong
Supreme Court reviews death sentence imposed on Bruce Turnidge after killings of two officers. Lawyers are asking the Oregon Supreme Court to order a new trial for Bruce Turnidge, who along with…
Photo Credit: CANBY HERALD FILE PHOTO - Ted Kunze, former Canby Fire chief, is Hubbard Fire District's new interim chief.
Jan 14, 2015

HFD hires Kunze as interim fire chief

by Lindsay Keefer
The Hubbard Fire?District Board of Directors has hired an interim fire chief and is hosting a meet-and-greet for him Wednesday. Ted Kunze, who retired as Canby Fire District’s chief in July…




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