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March 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…
March 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…
March 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…
February 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…
February 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…
February 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…
February 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…
February 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…
February 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…
February 11, 2015

Touching down on all things Super Bowl

by Tyler Francke
I know, I know: The clock ran out on America’s Game over a week ago, so what am I doing writing a column about it now? Then again, you know you’re still feeling nauseous — or smugly…

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Feb 11, 2015

OYA seeks to make changes at MacLaren

by Fariborz Pakseresht & Rep. Betty Komp
MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility has been a part of the Woodburn area community for nearly 90 years. It’s a partnership the state and the Oregon Youth Authority have long valued and continue…
Feb 04, 2015

Letters to the editor

by Independent readers
Community member supports bond To the editor: I strongly support the Woodburn School Board’s decision to put a reasonable and much-needed bond measure on the May primary ballot. Our bond goals…
Feb 04, 2015

Balance essential to creating green policies

by Rep. Vic Gilliam
Our president and congress should reconsider the minor environmental impact and major harm to manufacturing imposed by a carbon tax. This proposed tax attempts to transform consumer behavior,…
Feb 04, 2015

Council shouldn't burn its bridges

by Woodburn Independent
The Woodburn City Council is considering an ordinance that would effectively ban medical marijuana dispensaries from virtually all of Woodburn, except for one small industrial zone in the…
Feb 04, 2015

"Go Red for Women" in February

by Jonie Brown, R.N.
Most of us are not aware that heart disease is the number one killer of women. Heart disease strikes more women than men, and is more deadly than all forms of cancer combined. While one out of…
Photo Credit: PHIL HAWKINS - Woodburn senior guard Lizzy Ellingson
Feb 04, 2015

2015 Independent All-Star girls basketball team picks

by Phil Hawkins
I labored over this decision for a long time. Too long, probably, for a fictional award that I made up one year ago that has no real bearing on anything. But still, this was a difficult process.…
Jan 28, 2015

Wage hike would backfire on poor

by Woodburn Independent
Oregon legislators pushing for a $15-per-hour minimum wage are revealing an astonishing lack of understanding about how this state’s economy works. The $15-per-hour proposal is one of several…
Jan 28, 2015

Is a new pet in your plans for the new year?

by Dr. Patrick L. Paradis
The new year often brings decisions to add new pets to the household. It’s an important decision that shouldn’t be taken lightly, however. A new pet is like a new child in the family requiring a…
Photo Credit: PHIL HAWKINS - Kennedy guard Brett Traeger (right).
Jan 28, 2015

2015 Independent All-Star boys basketball team picks

by Phil Hawkins
Growing up in the era of Rip City in Portland, I have always put basketball at the top of my sports hierarchy. I’ve been a fan of the sport since before I knew I even liked sports. Basketball…
Jan 21, 2015

CTE program opens door for students

by Woodburn Independent
Gov. John Kitzhaber’s goal of bringing all the state’s students to a 100 percent graduation rate by 2025 has noble intentions, and local schools are actively working toward achieving that goal.…




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