City looks to mediation, Legislature in UGB case

City looks to mediation, Legislature in UGB case

Mediation appears ready to move forward in Woodburn’s long-running and much-disputed effort...

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,...

Correcting MacLaren

Correcting MacLaren

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

Police chase ends with fatal crash, suspect in custody

Police chase ends with fatal crash, suspect in custody

A teenager was arrested by Oregon State Police Tuesday morning after a crash killed a passenger...


Woodburn Area's Latest News

Photo Credit: CLACKAMAS COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE - Richardo Padron
January 28, 2015

Gervais man arrested after alleged burglary in Boring

by Woodburn Independent
A Gervais man was arrested by Clackamas County deputies Tuesday after allegedly burglarizing two homes in Boring. Richardo Padron, 35, of Gervais, was arrested and charged with criminal trespass…
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…
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: 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

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…
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…
January 28, 2015

School board places $ 65 M 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: 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…
Photo Credit: MCSO - Peter Bass
January 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…

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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

Drivers voice concerns over new medians on 214

by Tyler Francke
Locals worry about impact on businesses; ODOT says barriers needed to increase safety and traffic flow As the Woodburn Interchange project enters the home stretch, on budget and a year ahead of…
Photo Credit: TYLER FRANCKE | WOODBURN INDEPENDENT - Maureen T. Casey, far right, executive director of the Fostering Hope Initiative, leads a meeting of the Washington FHI Design Team in the library of Washington Elementary School last week. The team meets monthly to discuss and plan upcoming events and projects.
Jan 21, 2015

Partnership fostering positive change at Washington Elementary

by Tyler Francke
A new partnership now in its second year at Washington Elementary School is aiming to produce positive change for students and families in unique ways. Led by the Salem-based Catholic Community…
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…
Photo Credit: PHIL HAWKINS - Susan Murray (right), executive dean of academic achievement at Chemeketa Community College, shares her excitement over a potential partnership with the Gervais School District during a tour of the former Brooks Elementary School last Wednesday. Murray envisions a facility that would offer agriculture and career tech courses to high school and college students and opportunities for former high school students to earn their diploma.
Jan 21, 2015

Gervais SD explores Chemeketa partnership

by Phil Hawkins
School officials consider turning Brooks facility into a regional hub for college-level CTE and agriculture curricula The Gervais School District is in a bit of a win-win situation regarding the…
Photo Credit: LINDSAY KEEFER - Hubbard Fire District's new interim chief Ted Kunze (right) meets volunteer firefighter Mike Blalock during a meet-and-greet before the district's board meeting Wednesday.
Jan 21, 2015

Hubbard Fire District greets interim chief and appoints new…

by Lindsay Keefer
Residents and volunteer firefighters got a chance to meet new interim fire chief Ted Kunze last Wednesday, as well as witness the appointment of a new board member. Barbara Ruiz, who serves on…
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…




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