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March 25, 2015

What makes the wheels turn at the Legislature?

by Rep. Betty Komp
I want to highlight the importance of our staff to meet the challenges that we have at the Legislature. Every day, our office is inundated with emails, correspondence, meetings, important bills…
March 25, 2015

Building sale can bolster partnership

by Woodburn Independent
The Gervais School Board recently voted to sell the former Brooks Elementary School building, despite discussions in recent months to use the building for a career technical education program in…
March 25, 2015

Not always easy to change behavior of patients or parents

by Dr. Curtis Climer
I appreciate adult children who come to medical appointments with their aging parents. Commonly, they want to know how to get mom or dad to take better care of their health. However, getting…
March 25, 2015

Vaccination: It's not just for people anymore

by Dr. Patrick L. Paradis
The controversy over children’s vaccinations has garnered an influx of media attention lately due to the sudden measles outbreak in southern California. This public health issue has clearly…
March 18, 2015

Why Oregon's self-service gasoline ban drives me crazy

by Tyler Francke
As some of you know, I am not a native Oregonian. In fact, since I hail from the great state of Maine, I’m about as far from a native Oregonian as one could be and still have been raised…
March 18, 2015

Letters to the editor

by Independent readers
Clean-up day a success To the editor: I wish to extend a huge thank you to the community of Woodburn and 75 hardy volunteers for turning out on a rainy Saturday morning to pick up trash along…
March 18, 2015

Keep public records in the 'sunshine'

by Woodburn Independent
This is National Sunshine Week, a nationwide celebration of access to public information. This initiative promotes a dialogue about the importance of open government and freedom of information.…
March 11, 2015

Many ways to serve community

by Woodburn Independent
This weekend is the annual Woodburn Proud Clean Up Day, an opportunity for the citizens of Woodburn to get out and show pride in their city. The purpose of the event being held in March is to…
March 11, 2015

'Do the right thing' and call on Jesus

by Suzanne Ybarra
We are taught as children that if we do as we’re told, we won’t get in trouble. In other words, to avoid stress and pain, do the right thing. As we grow up, “doing the right thing” can become a…
March 11, 2015

Taking a look at the budget

by Chuck Ransom, WSD supt.
Last month, we had the pleasure of reporting that our high school graduation rates of 87 percent were 15 points higher than the state average. That means we are in the top 10 percent of all…

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Mar 11, 2015

Screenings essential to colon cancer prevention

by Dr. Harris Waters
Of cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer is the second leading cancer killer in the United States, but it does not have to be. If you are over 50 or have a family history of…
Mar 04, 2015

32 sports adventures, one sports reporter

by Phil Hawkins
This issue of the Woodburn Independent comes out on March 4, my birthday. To celebrate the fact that I’ll be turning 32, I’ve taken a page out of the book of ESPN fantasy football guru Matthew…
Mar 04, 2015

Letter to the editor: Bus driver impressed with students

by Independent readers
Bus driver impressed with students To the editor: I am a bus driver for Woodburn schools, and this past week I had the pleasure of substituting on route 102, Success High School. This was the…
Mar 04, 2015

Dealing with the winter grays

by Dr. Warren Okuns
This time of year in the Pacific Northwest, we are plagued with endless rainy days and dark gray skies. For some of us, this time of year comes with a change in our mood. Seasonal affective…
Feb 18, 2015

It's time to think about Amazing Kids

by Woodburn Independent
We have some truly amazing kids in this area. Whether you see them in action through a Key Club service project, in their Boy Scout troop or just in the classroom, the Woodburn area is filled…
Feb 18, 2015

Local districts working together to improve CTE opportunities…

by Matt Henry, Gervais SD supt.
In the 1960s,’70s and early ’80s, I grew up working in agriculture, picking strawberries, marionberries, boysenberries and raspberries with my family during the summer months here in the…
Feb 18, 2015

Letter to the editor: WSD bond unnecessary

by Independent readers
WSD should pay for repairs, not propose bond To the editor: The Woodburn School Board, the Woodburn School District superintendent and their professional friends and supporters are asking the…
Feb 11, 2015

Letters to the editor

by Independent readers
Minimum wage argument misses the point To the editor: Your opinion headline on page 4A in the Jan. 28 edition (“Wage hike would backfire on poor”) is totally misleading because a lot of people…
Feb 11, 2015

Woodburn looks to voters in next election

by Chuck Ransom, WSD supt.
It’s hard to know where to begin this month — we have a lot of good news to share. First, our high school completion rate is the highest ever at over 95 percent. We look at completion rates, not…
Feb 11, 2015

Read to reach Woodburn's goal

by Woodburn Independent
It’s February — also known as Black History Month, American Heart Month and even National Grapefruit Month (why was that even invented?). It’s also the month during which we honor our…




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