Standoff ends with no arrest

Standoff ends with no arrest

A tense, hours-long standoff on West Hayes Street in Woodburn — involving dozens of local...

Lucky to be alive

Lucky to be alive

Editor’s note: Graduation season is upon us. As high school seniors don their caps and...

Man arrested after crash

Man arrested after crash

Two crashes in two days on same stretch of Highway 99E A Woodburn man was arrested Saturday night...

Trio of WHS students wins Gates scholarships

Trio of WHS students wins Gates scholarships

Three graduating Woodburn High School seniors will be awarded the Gates Millennium Scholarship...

Mr. Stanley goes to Washington

Mr. Stanley goes to Washington

Heritage third-graders' Flat Stanley project goes international For the past five or six years,...

OCDC purchases Brooks building from Gervais School District

OCDC purchases Brooks building from Gervais School District

Following a positive inspection of the building that formerly housed Brooks Elementary School,...

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May 06, 2015

City hires firm to appraise Association Building

by Tyler Francke
The city of Woodburn has hired a Portland real estate market research firm to appraise the Association Building, as well as several other lots owned by the city. The decision came down from the…
May 06, 2015

Marion County joins city in approving UGB framework agreement

by Tyler Francke
Commissioner condemns land-use process, says 'something better' needed The Marion County Board of Commissioners lent its support last week to the framework agreement intended to resolve disputes…
May 06, 2015

Complaint dismissed against Woodburn officer

by Tyler Francke
City says allegations will still be investigated by the Oregon Department of Justice A Mount Angel woman who alleges she was sexually assaulted by a Woodburn police officer has withdrawn a…
MCSO - Peter Bass
May 06, 2015

Former Brooks pastor sentenced for rape conviction

by Phil Hawkins
A former youth pastor in Brooks was sentenced after pleading guilty to five counts of rape in the first degree before Marion County Circuit Judge Tracy Prall on Monday. Peter James Bass, 36, the…
May 04, 2015

Police standoff ends with no one in custody

by Woodburn Independent
Oregon State Police and Woodburn SWAT units have left the scene around a West Hayes Street house after an hours-long standoff with a possibly armed suspect. Police were unable to obtain a search…
April 29, 2015

Ballot drop sites in north Marion County

by Woodburn Independent
All Marion County drop sites listed below will be open beginning April 29. On Election Day, May 19, they will remain open until 8 p.m. WOODBURN Woodburn Public Library, 280 Garfield St. in…
May 06, 2015

North Marion presents May Day this Friday

by Woodburn Independent
North Marion High School presents a May Day performance at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 1. The 65th annual May Day celebration will be reigned over by Queen Isabel Hanberg. The event is free and open…
April 29, 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…
April 29, 2015

Shelter benefit dinner and auction canceled

by Woodburn Independent
The 11th annual St. Joseph the Worker Dinner and Silent Auction, a benefit for St. Joseph Shelter scheduled for Sunday at St. Mary Church Parish Hall in Mount Angel, has been cancelled. Dinner…
April 29, 2015

Swedish meatball dinner on tap at Immanuel

by Woodburn Independent
Woodburn Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1036 E. Lincoln St., is hosting its annual Swedish meatball dinner from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Friday. The menu includes meatballs and gravy, mashed potatoes,…

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Apr 29, 2015

Election 2015: Meet the candidates for the Hubbard Fire Board

by Woodburn Independent
Position 1 Steve Laue Relevant experience: 40 years teaching in the school district, Hubbard Planning Commission. Why are you running? I thought this was a way I could serve the community. What…
INDEPENDENT PHOTO: TYLER FRANCKE - Illinois Congressman Luis Gutierrez speaks during a community forum at the Woodburn High School auditorium Sunday. Gutierrez, considered by some to be the nation's top immigration reform advocate, also attended a luncheon earlier that day at the Farmworker Housing Development Coalition's Nuevo Amanecer complex on Fifth Street.
Apr 29, 2015

Message to Congress: Fix immigration now

by Tyler Francke
“Stay engaged” and “Don’t give up” were big parts of the message brought to Woodburn Sunday, when the city hosted U.S. Rep. Luis Gutiérrez, considered by some to be the nation’s top advocate for…
Apr 29, 2015

City passes UGB framework agreement, despite family's objections

by Tyler Francke
The Woodburn City Council approved last week a framework agreement that emerged from mediation sessions related to the city’s long-running urban-growth boundary (UGB) case. The tentative…
Apr 29, 2015

21st century policing: Crime going digital

by Tyler Francke
Woodburn police chief: 'The world has changed' Editor’s note: The 21st century has seen a dramatic shift in our society’s reliance, focus and fascination with new methods of technology and…
Apr 29, 2015

New state program recognizes bilingual HS grads

by Tyler Francke
Seal of Biliteracy is being piloted at four schools or districts this year, including AIS in Woodburn Woodburn is one of four school districts participating in a pilot program this year that…
INDEPENDENT PHOTO: TYLER FRANCKE - Actors Erubiel Valladares Carranza and Cassie Greer perform in 'Pedro's Path to Power' Friday morning at Washington Elementary School.
Apr 29, 2015

Elementary students get jolt of safety education

by Tyler Francke
Joint effort between PGE and Oregon Children's Theatre teaches Washington students how to act near downed wires Students at Washington Elementary School were empowered to make safer choices…
Apr 23, 2015

Police shoot charging pit bull

by Woodburn Independent
Police shot a dog while checking on a trespassing complaint on Gatch Street Monday. During an authorized search of 320 Gatch St., which the homeowner reported had trespassers on the property,…
AURORA FIRE DISTRICT - Emergency personnel use a rope rescue system to reach the motorcyclist who was thrown from his vehicle and into the Pudding River Tuesday.
Apr 22, 2015

Motorcyclist rescued from Pudding River after crash

by Woodburn Independent
A motorcyclist has only moderate injuries after crashing on a bridge and falling into the Pudding River Tuesday afternoon. Fire and ambulance personnel responded to Whiskey Hill Road at 1:12…
MOUNT ANGEL FIRE DISTRICT - A barn near Mount Angel was a complete loss after a yard debris fire burned out of control. The barn had been unused for years and no one was injured.
Apr 22, 2015

Fire destroys barn in Mount Angel

by Woodburn Independent
An unused barn on Monitor McKee Road north of Mount Angel burned to the ground Tuesday afternoon after a nearby brush fire spread. Mount Angel Fire District officials said the old wooden barn…
TYLER FRANCKE - A group of Lincoln Elementary School students discuss a reading assignment last week in Sara Chaudhary's fourth-grade class. They are among an estimated 350 students at Lincoln alone who are housed in aging portables that the district hopes to remove and replace if voters approve a $65 million bond proposal May 19. Pictured are, from left, Spencer Karseboom, Jesus Duran, Kaleb Robles and Jose Luis.
Apr 22, 2015

Room to grow: A look at Woodburn School District's bond proposal

by Tyler Francke
As part of her duties with the PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention and Support) team, school counselor Susan Stevens-Garcia helps coordinate the flow of students around Lincoln Elementary…




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