New chamber director feels at home in Woodburn

New chamber director feels at home in Woodburn

Meet Holli Thomas, new executive director of the Woodburn Area Chamber of Commerce. She comes to...

Downtown farmers market starts Tuesday

Downtown farmers market starts Tuesday

Event will feature fresh produce, prepared foods, live entertainment and activities for children...

Joana Araujo's leap of faith

Joana Araujo's leap of faith

The Woodburn senior relies on her faith in God to help her turn her life around Editor’s...

Election results

Election results

Final results from election night Local voters have approved three bonds and unseated two...


Woodburn Area's Latest News

May 20, 2015

New department, urban forestry program eyed for city budget

by Tyler Francke
During the worst years of the recession, the annual budget process was a stressful time for officials in the city of Woodburn, as in most local governments across the country. But now, with…
May 20, 2015

Sheriff cites 120 truck drivers on Boones Ferry

by Tyler Francke
The news is spreading that enforcement is being stepped up for truckers attempting to use Boones Ferry Road to dodge the scales on Interstate 5, according to Marion County Sheriff Jason Myers.…
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May 20, 2015

Memorial Day in Mount Angel

by Woodburn Independent
American Legion Post 89 is hosting the annual Memorial Day Service at Calvary Cemetery in Mount Angel starting at 9:30 a.m. May 25. The program includes a patriotic music concert by the Marion…
LINDSAY KEEFER - First Street's makeover is the next priority for Woodburn City Council.
May 20, 2015

City mulls options for First Street project

by Tyler Francke
The Woodburn City Council and development staff kicked around a number of conceptual ideas for a major urban renewal project on First Street last week. Several proposals included a one-way…
INDEPENDENT PHOTO: TYLER FRANCKE - Academy of International Studies senior Michelle Loeza will spend 12 months volunteering with the Americorps program City Year in Providence, R.I.
May 20, 2015

AIS senior to help at-risk students in Rhode Island

by Tyler Francke
Michelle Loeza, a senior at the Academy of International Studies, will forego entering college to spend 12 months volunteering with the educational nonprofit City Year, a program of Americorps.…
May 20, 2015

Police reports

by Woodburn Independent
EDITOR’S NOTE: The Woodburn Independent publishes the names of people arrested based on information from city police logs. Times listed represent the time the crimes were reported to police. The…
May 20, 2015

Hubbard named second safest city in Oregon

by Lindsay Keefer
Hubbard has been named the second safest city in Oregon in a recent study. ValuePenguin, company headquartered in New York City that conducts value-based research for consumers, conducted the…
COURTESY: SALEM-KEIZER PUBLIC SCHOOLS - Salam Noor is likely to become Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction at the Oregon Department of Education.
May 18, 2015

Governor taps Salam Noor for top education post

by Shasta Kearns Moore
The Salem-Keizer veteran has experience from early childhood to higher education Gov. Kate Brown announced Monday that Salem's Salam Noor should replace Rob Saxton as Deputy Superintendent of…
COURTESY PHOTO: MARION COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE - Rick Cagen.
May 14, 2015

Silverton Health CEO arrested for public indecency

by Tyler Francke
Woodburn police arrested the president and chief executive officer of Silverton Health Thursday for allegedly masturbating inside his car in the parking lot of the Woodburn Bi-Mart. Rick Cagen,…
May 14, 2015

State revenue forecast: Kicker on the way

by Peter Wong/Capital Bureau
UPDATE: University presidents want more money for schools State economists are projecting both a $473 million rebate to taxpayers next year and up to $264 million more for the state budget in…

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PHIL HAWKINS - Retiring Gervais staff member Jalen Miller reacts to a standing ovation from the Gervais High School student body following the end of a surprise assembly  on Friday to send Miller off on a trip to Disneyland with her grandchildren.
May 13, 2015

Gervais High School throws emotional sendoff for retiring…

by Phil Hawkins
Friends, family and the Gervais High School student body gave Gervais assistant librarian Jalen Miller the surprise of a lifetime on Friday. On Miller’s final day as a member of the Gervais…
COURTESY THE MARION COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE - Ramon Pena-Cornelio.
May 13, 2015

Man sentenced to life for 2014 fatal stabbing

by Tyler Francke
The man charged with the fatal stabbing of a Woodburn teen pleaded guilty last week and was sentenced to life in prison. Ramon Peña-Cornelio, 21, appeared before Judge Jamese Rhoades in Marion…
INDEPENDENT PHOTO: TYLER FRANCKE - Alter Wiener, a Holocaust survivor living in Portland, speaks at the Silver Creek Assisted Living facility last week.
May 13, 2015

Holocaust survivor shares his story in Woodburn

by Tyler Francke
When he was 13 years old, Alter Wiener’s father was shot by the German invaders of Poland and left to die in a pit with 36 others. The date was Sept. 11, 1939. Three months later, when the…
May 13, 2015

Big 5 coming to Woodburn

by Tyler Francke
Big 5 Sporting Goods is coming to Woodburn. The national sporting goods retailer headquartered in El Segundo, Calif., was recently cleared by the city of Woodburn’s building division to begin…
May 13, 2015

Police reports

by Woodburn Independent
EDITOR’S NOTE: The Woodburn Independent publishes the names of people arrested based on information from city police logs. Times listed represent the time the crimes were reported to police. The…
May 13, 2015

Woodburn Fire District bike rodeo will be this Saturday

by Woodburn Independent
The Woodburn Fire District will hold its annual Bike Rodeo and Safety Fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. This year's event will be held in the parking lot at Woodburn United Methodist Church,…
May 13, 2015

T.J. Maxx grand opening slated for Sunday

by Woodburn Independent
T.J.Maxx will open a new store on Sunday at the new Arney Retail Center in west Woodburn. “We are pleased to expand our store base to Woodburn, delivering value and an exciting selection of…
FILE PHOTO - Pioneer Mothers Memorial Cabin has been relocated. There will be a ribbon cutting celebration at Champoeg State Park Sunday to honor its reopening.
May 13, 2015

Five things to do around Woodburn this weekend

by Woodburn Independent
Armed Forces Day in Mount Angel Mount Angel celebrates Armed Forces Day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 16 on Main Street. Weather permitting, there will be a military vehicle display. Anyone who…
May 13, 2015

Woodburn students awarded $4.4 million in scholarships

by Woodburn Independent
Woodburn graduates planning to continue their education have a lot of support, having been awarded $4,429,951.50 in scholarships so far. Last year, Woodburn graduates were awarded $3,310,077 in…
MCCF - David Gonzalez-Elias
May 13, 2015

Woodburn man pleads guilty to numerous sex abuse charges

by Tyler Francke
A Woodburn man accused of sexually abusing minors pleaded guilty to numerous charges last month and was sentenced to more than a decade in prison. David Gonzalez-Elias, 30, was arrested in…




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