Literally opening doors to literacy with the North Marion Community Library

Literally opening doors to literacy with the North Marion Community Library

North Marion Community Library is now open, with a celebration set for Saturday After years of...

Fiesta Mexicana 2014 went off without a hitch

Fiesta Mexicana 2014 went off without a hitch

Initial estimates suggest 13,000 in attendance at this year's festival; entertainment, food major...

Firehouse Fever

Firehouse Fever

Saturday's annual Firehouse Cook-off sets attendance record Despite temperatures reaching upwards...

Oktoberfest gears up for kickoff party

Oktoberfest gears up for kickoff party

The Oktoberfest Kick-off Party is on Sept. 6, in the Mount Angel Festhalle - Biergarten, 500 S....

Artists open temporary gallery in Woodburn

Artists open temporary gallery in Woodburn

Guggle Gallery: Altered Universe opens Saturday night and runs through Aug. 17 in a former dog...

Facelift in store for historic First Street properties

Facelift in store for historic First Street properties

City agrees to matching grant for investors to continue renovations and remodel of downtown...

$500,000 Legion Park project OK'd

$500,000 Legion Park project OK'd

City approves rehabilitation, despite higher-than-anticipated costs The Woodburn City Council has...

Capaces Leadership Institute to celebrate anniversary

Capaces Leadership Institute to celebrate anniversary

Headquarters of nonprofit on Young Street looks back and forward as it prepares to celebrate its...

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Woodburn Area's Latest News

August 20, 2014

Bruce Warner won't run for re-election

by Lindsay Keefer
Hubbard City Council President Bruce Warner has announced he will not run for re-election this November. Warner has been on the city council since August 2003, and announced his intentions at…
Photo Credit: LINDSAY KEEFER - The Marion E. Carl Veterans Memorial was dedicated two years ago, but it wasn't until last month that a parking lot to accommodate visitors was added, thanks to local volunteer fundraising efforts.
August 20, 2014

Parking lot at vets memorial completed

by Lindsay Keefer
Hubbard Parks Improvement Committee will meet next month to determine next project The Hubbard Parks Improvement Committee has completed the Marion E. Carl Veterans Memorial project as of last…
August 20, 2014

Woodburn Proud hosting luau at Settlemier House Saturday

by Tyler Francke
Dig out your grass skirts, leis and Hawaiian T-shirts, Woodburn, because the Settlemier House is about to host a luau. The fundraising event is being put on by Woodburn Proud, with all proceeds…
Photo Credit: SUBMITTED PHOTO - CenturyLink presents Marion-Polk Food Share with $268,863 to match the results of the Backpack Buddies Feed the Children Food Drive. Pictured in the front row, from left, are Rick Gaupo, CEO of Marion-Polk Food Share; Marley Niemi, CenturyLink; Adam Kohler, CenturyLink; Chris Denzin, CenturyLink; and David Bickle, CenturyLink.
August 20, 2014

Food drive raises nearly $450K in Marion, Polk counties

by Tyler Francke
CenturyLink's matching grant contributes $270K of total; 330,000 pounds of food also collected for local families The communities of Marion and Polk counties made history last month, leading the…
Photo Credit: ARCHIVE PHOTO - This year is the fifth anniversary of the Gervais Festival, which features streets lined with chalk art. This years event, held Sept. 6, will be the first time the sidewalk chalk art will be judged in three categories: Best Gervais Pride, Most Colorful and Most Original.
August 19, 2014

Something to chalk about

by Phil Hawkins
It has been five years since the city of Gervais started its summer chalk festival, and all accounts point to this year’s event being the best yet. The annual event, which kicks off just after…
Photo Credit: CLACKAMAS COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE - Police say a man found shot to death in a field outside Wilsonville was wearing this necklace when he was found. Investigators are still seeking to identify the man, who was carrying no identification.
August 19, 2014

Police still seeking ID on homicide victim

by Josh Kulla
Investigation continues in gunshot death of man found in field near Wilsonville Police investigators are making progress in the investigation of the Aug. 11 shooting death of a man whose body…
Photo Credit: MARION COUNTY JAIL - David Gonzalez-Elias
August 14, 2014

Woodburn man arrested for alleged sex abuse of three minors

by Woodburn Independent
Police believe David Gonzalez-Elias may have had more victims Woodburn police officers arrested a Woodburn man Wednesday night for a number of alleged sex crimes. Police arrested David…
Photo Credit: METRO CREATIVE GRAPHICS - The Woodburn Independent is seeking amazing kids to represent the Woodburn area. Nominations are through the end of the month.
August 13, 2014

Independent seeks nominations for the area's most amazing kids

by Woodburn Independent
The Woodburn Independent is calling for community nominations of boys and girls ranging in age from that of an elementary school student to a high school senior to be considered for the honor of…
August 13, 2014

Seven-hour standoff ends with two dead

by Lindsay Keefer
Mount Angel man strangles ex-girlfriend's mother before taking his own life with a gun, as police surrounded house Saturday morning A Mount Angel man ended his own life after apparently…
Photo Credit: LINDSAY KEEFER - Kandi Parkinson has joined the Woodburn Independent staff as circulation assistant.
August 13, 2014

Independent hires new circulation assistant

by Lindsay Keefer
Kandi Parkinson has joined the Woodburn Independent team as a circulation assistant, effective Friday. Parkinson is a graduate of Clackamas High School and of George Fox University, where she…

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Aug 13, 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…
Aug 13, 2014

Woodburn named Oregon's sixth-most family friendly city

by Tyler Francke
Woodburn is the sixth-most family friendly of Oregon’s 20 largest cities, according to the real estate website Estately. The aggregate site ranked the Beaver State’s 20 most populous cities…
Aug 13, 2014

Officials disagree over Oktoberfest contract with city

by Lindsay Keefer
With less than a month until Oktoberfest, the event’s board and the city of Mount Angel have still not reached an agreement for temporary use of city property and rights of way. The contract was…
Aug 13, 2014

City of Mount Angel looks to voters to update charter

by Lindsay Keefer
Update would include bringing city into compliance with state laws, fixing language since last charter update in 1982 Mount Angel voters will be asked to approve a new city charter in the Nov. 4…
Photo by Tyler Francke
Aug 13, 2014

$1.3M in repairs, renovations continue at high school

by Tyler Francke
A $1.3 million repair and renovation project is well underway at Woodburn High School, to combat the lingering effects of secondary damage sustained during a May 2012 fire. This work is aimed at…
Aug 13, 2014

Pacific receives $800K grant for STEM program

by Tyler Francke
Master in teaching program, based at Woodburn campus, combines STEM education with bilingual instruction Pacific University has received a highly competitive $800,000 grant from the National…
Photo Credit: CAROL READ - Pictured is a previous show's performance of 'The Dating Game', featuring Chase Porfily as host and (from left) Scott Steele, Aaron Caballero, Skyler Younger and Will Benson.
Aug 13, 2014

North Marion Improv Night is Friday

by Woodburn Independent
The North Marion Players are putting on an improv night at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15, at North Marion High School. Tickets are $3. The comedy show will include high school actors, and one 2010…
Photo Credit: COURTESY OF EO MEDIA - Veteran statehouse reporters Peter Wong, center, and Alan Gustafson, right, will be joined by Capital Press reporter Mateusz Perkowski, left, in the new Salem bureau for the EO Media and the Pamplin Media Group.
Aug 07, 2014

Defying trend, newspaper companies launch new Salem bureau

by Pamplin Media Group
A recent study by Pew Research shows that Oregon, in comparison with most other states, has very few news reporters focused on state government. Two Oregon newspaper companies — the Pamplin…
Photo Credit: RAY HUGHEY - The Aurora Colony Days Parade, which starts at 11 a.m., features children on bikes and even a man on stilts.
Aug 06, 2014

Neighbors to gather for annual Colony Days

by Ray Hughey
Aurora's biggest event of the year will be this weekend, featuring a parade, concerts, art show and much more Aurora residents will celebrate their own little corner of the world Aug. 9-10 with…
Aug 06, 2014

Interchange hits 'key landmark' with ramp opening

by Tyler Francke
New permanent southbound I-5 off-ramp opens to traffic this week; $70M project still ahead of schedule The ongoing Woodburn Interchange Project is set to clear another lap — ahead of schedule.…




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