City Council to consider zoning for pot dispensaries

City Council to consider zoning for pot dispensaries

The Woodburn Planning Commission has forwarded to the City Council its recommendation for...

Armed and generous

Armed and generous

Woodburn Walmart hosts its first-ever 'Shop with a Cop' event Law enforcement officers wear many...

City seeks input for Fiesta's future direction

City seeks input for Fiesta's future direction

Organizers have proposed moving festival from its traditional weekend to accommodate carnival...

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

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…
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.
December 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…
December 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.
December 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: TYLER FRANCKE | WOODBURN INDEPENDENT - About 60 Woodburn high schoolers joined other protesters Wednesday for a demonstration against violence and corruption in Mexico.
December 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…
December 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…

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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…
Photo Credit: TYLER FRANCKE - Salem residents and siblings, from left, Lillian, Henry and Rose Langen Swartzendruber take turns cracking hazelnuts with a wooden mallet at the Hazelnut Fest Saturday.
Dec 10, 2014

Hazelnut Fest 'growing each year'

by Lindsay Keefer
The third annual event hosted 37 vendors and hundreds of visitors over the weekend in Mount Angel After being named the 2013 Best New Festival by the Oregon Festival & Events Association,…
Photo Credit: TYLER FRANCKE | WOODBURN INDEPENDENT - Woodburn firefighters Michael Gomez, left, and Bryan Johnson, right, receive canned goods from Logan Kirsch and McKenna Gramzow.
Dec 10, 2014

Firefighters, scouts collect food, toys for needy

by Tyler Francke
The North Marion County Annual Food and Toy Drive was held Saturday, with volunteer and staff fire personnel, along with Cub, Boy and Girl scouts, collecting items for those in need.
Photo Credit: TYLER FRANCKE | WOODBURN INDEPENDENT - Thanks to a grant through the city's Urban Renewal Agency, the future home of Trapala Brewpub & Rostiseria has been painted to match the existing Trapala Restaurant on First Street.
Dec 10, 2014

Trapalas looking to expand downtown footprint

by Tyler Francke
The four Trapala brothers, owners/operators of the Trapala Restaurant on First Street, are looking to expand their footprint in the downtown core with a cafe and rostiseria at the former…
Dec 10, 2014

WSD board member resigns

by Tyler Francke
Opening to be posted after next week's school board meeting It appears the Woodburn School Board will soon be down a member. Gemma Punzo, who has served on the board of directors since 2010, has…
Photo Credit: LINDSAY KEEFER - In addition to decking out her golf cart, one Estates resident also towed a lit-up Christmas tree in the parade last week.
Dec 10, 2014

Rain doesn't deter Golf Car Parade participants

by Lindsay Keefer
The 23rd annual Estates Golf Car Christmas Light Parade went on Thursday and Friday, despite rainfall.The parade was led by Woodburn Police and the old Woodburn Fire truck, which transported…
Dec 10, 2014

After School Program to participate in Hour of Code

by Woodburn Independent
The Woodburn After School Program is participating in the Hour of Code event this week, which is designated Computer Science Education Week. Last year, 15 million students were educated about…
Dec 10, 2014

All Cookie Baking Contest entries due Saturday

by Woodburn Independent
Entries for Garden Gallery Iron Works’ second annual Cookie Baking Contest are due by 11 a.m. Saturday at Garden Gallery’s retail warehouse at 2967 Industrial Ave. in Hubbard. The event is open…
Dec 09, 2014

Gervais man one of 15 arrested in Salem prostitution sting

by Woodburn Independent
A Gervais man was arrested Thursday in connection with a prostitution sting conducted by the Salem Police Department. Jesus E. Cruz-Arreguin, 30, of Gervais, was one of 14 people arrested on…




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