A legacy of work

A legacy of work

From laboring in the fields to volunteering at St. Luke Catholic Church, Fred and Ana Bustamante...

'I'm just Elida'

'I'm just Elida'

City's first Hispanic council member reflects on her time in office Editor’s note: In...

The art of teaching

The art of teaching

Heritage Elementary art teacher, program honored Christina Swartwout, art teacher at Heritage...

2014 sets Oktoberfest records

2014 sets Oktoberfest records

The Oktoberfest board of directors has announced that the 49th annual Mount Angel Oktoberfest,...

French Prairie Gardens hosts annual 5K Sunday

French Prairie Gardens hosts annual 5K Sunday

On Sunday, the Pohlschneider family will host its third annual Fight for Your Life 5K Run/Walk...

Independent to highlight Woodburn's Hispanic heritage

Independent to highlight Woodburn's Hispanic heritage

Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month. But in Woodburn, perhaps more than most...

Markum Inn opens food cart during renovations

Markum Inn opens food cart during renovations

Connie Cummings is not going to let a total loss to her restaurant slow her down. The owner of...

Solar array at NWREC proving its worth

Solar array at NWREC proving its worth

Array produced far more kilowatt hours than Aurora facility used this summer, putting energy in...

Is Woodburn the state's most boring town?

Is Woodburn the state's most boring town?

Some residents agree with website's unflattering assessment of Woodburn as 'Oregon's most boring...

Lines drawn in alternative driver's license debate

Lines drawn in alternative driver's license debate

Supporters say measure would improve safety on Oregon streets; opponents worry it would make...

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Photo Credit: LINDSAY KEEFER - First Presbyterian Church's mural
October 01, 2014

Church dedicates city's second mural

by Lindsay Keefer
First Presbyterian Church in Woodburn put up its mural Sept. 20 and dedicated the mural after its worship service Sunday. The mural, which is Woodburn’s second, depicts the communion table while…
Photo Credit: TYLER FRANCKE | WOODBURN INDEPENDENT - Truck traffic on Boones Ferry Road could be restricted if the Marion County Board of Commissioners cooperates with the wishes of the Woodburn City Council. Councilors and residents have expressed concern about the use of the road and its intersection with Highway 214 by through-traffic of large trucks, some of which are believed to be non-compliant.
October 01, 2014

City to pursue restricting truck traffic on Boones Ferry

by Tyler Francke
Action would require approval of and implementation by the Marion County Board of Commissioners The Woodburn City Council has directed staff to contact the Marion County Board of Commissioners…
October 01, 2014

College seeking new head

by Tyler Francke
Chemeketa Community College is looking for its next president, and it wants your help. As part of the first phase of its search, the college Board of?Education is seeking feedback from community…
Photo Credit: TYLER FRANCKE | WOODBURN INDEPENDENT - Woodburn resident Luis Juarez attended last week's City Council meeting to speak against the proposed lawn-parking ordinance, which was approved by councilors.
October 01, 2014

Council votes to ban residential parking on lawns

by Tyler Francke
Following 30-day grace period, motor vehicles parked on grass or dirt may be subject to $125 fines A measure banning residential parking on lawns and other unimproved areas was approved on…
Photo Credit: FILE PHOTO | WOODBURN INDEPENDENT - Three proposals have been submitted for the development of the city-owned downtown property known as the Association Building.
October 01, 2014

Three proposals submitted for Association Building

by Tyler Francke
Concepts include brewery/restaurant, neighborhood event/education center and a business 'incubator' The city has received three proposals to acquire and redevelop the Front Street property…
October 01, 2014

Pot issue heats up as cities ponder taxes

by Tyler Francke
In the coming weeks, the Woodburn City Council, along with the councils of several smaller cities in the area, will be considering local taxes on marijuana in an effort to avoid being burned by…
October 01, 2014

Police officers suing city for $3 million

by Tyler Francke
Former sergeant responds to suit in written statement, calling plaintiff a 'liar' Three Woodburn police officers filed suit against the city and several individuals last week, seeking at least…
Photo Credit: TYLER FRANCKE | WOODBURN INDEPENDENT - Woodburn resident Glen White speaks before the Woodburn City Council in opposition to the proposed light trespass ordinance. The ordinance later passed unanimously.
October 01, 2014

City passes light trespass ordinance, despite objections

by Tyler Francke
The Woodburn City Council passed an ordinance banning “light trespass” last week, despite one resident’s concern that it will be detrimental to the security of his property. The measure amends…
Gary Delaine Thomas
September 27, 2014

Marion County detectives track down fugitive in Woodburn

by Pamplin Media Group
Father wanted in Texas for custodial interference Detectives from the Marion County Sheriff's Office and state prosecutors from Texas tracked down a fugitive Friday in Woodburn. The agencies…
September 24, 2014

National day of remembrance to converge in OC

by Raymond Rendleman
Mt. View Cemetery has only memorial for victims locally - More than 6,000 people are murdered every 10 weeks nationwide, and that number includes vehicular homicide. Since 1978, there have been…

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Photo Credit: COURTESY OF WOODBURN POLICE DEPARTMENT - Police are seeking the public's help in identifying this man, who is suspected of stealing nearly $3,000.
Sep 24, 2014

Police seek suspect in credit card theft

by Woodburn Independent
The Woodburn Police Department is seeking the public's help in identifying a person who is suspected of stealing more than $2,900 from various bank accounts using stolen credit cards. On Sept.…
Sep 24, 2014

Development way up locally this summer

by Tyler Francke
The Woodburn Building Department is having a busy year. So busy, in fact, that it received more than 40 percent of its expected annual revenue in only the first two months of the 2014-15 fiscal…
Sep 24, 2014

Second day of fire mediation talks to be held

by Tyler Francke
Representatives of the Woodburn School District participated in mediated talks last week with its insurer, Property and Casualty Coverage for Education (PACE), in regards to an outstanding claim…
Sep 24, 2014

Blues, Brews & Chili Cookoff set for Oct. 4

by Woodburn Independent
The Blues, Brews & Chili Cookoff near Champoeg State Heritage Park will be Oct. 4 from noon to 3 p.m. Anyone can enter their best home-cooked chili. A vote will declare the winner’s “bragging…
Sep 17, 2014

SMART program honored with national recognition

by Tyler Francke
SMART (Start Making a Reader Today), a statewide early literacy nonprofit that also operates in Woodburn, was honored last month with an award by the Library of Congress. According to a release,…
Sep 17, 2014

WSD performance holds level in state tests

by Tyler Francke
Local results show importance of early-learning intervention for pre-K students, superintendent says The results of the 2013-14 tests in reading, math, science and writing were released last…
Sep 17, 2014

Lawn parking ban fails to pass on first hearing

by Tyler Francke
Despite 3-2 'yes' vote, Woodburn charter requires ordinance to come before council for second look A measure that would have banned residential parking on lawns and other unimproved areas failed…
Photo Credit: TYLER FRANCKE | WOODBURN INDEPENDENT - The eighth annual Tour DaVita was held in Oregon for the first time last week. The event featured more than 500 cyclists traveling more than 250 miles in three days. The course took the riders through Canby, Mount Angel, St. Paul, Salem, Amity, Silverton and a number of other towns, not to mention a two-night layover at Centennial Park in Woodburn.
Sep 17, 2014

Tour DaVita 2014 comes to Woodburn

by Tyler Francke
The eighth annual Tour DaVita was held in Oregon for the first time last week, and included a two-night layover at Centennial Park in Woodburn. The event, in which participants and corporate…
Sep 17, 2014

Mediation assessment report expected in November

by Tyler Francke
City Council sets aside up to $7,500 for mediation, to be matched by other parties involved in negotiations The Woodburn City Council set aside $7,500 at its meeting last week, in anticipation…
Photo Credit: TIMES PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Physician Jody Tate talks about the various techniques that the Legacy hospitals use to help diagnose and cure sleep disorders.
Sep 17, 2014

Sound asleep

by Caitlin Feldman
Sleep apnea can lead to myriad other health issues, and often goes undiagnosed Every night, John Severns would go to sleep, and every night, he would wake up 34 times an hour. He'd stop…



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