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September 10, 2014

Sometimes you have to count your faucets

by Tyler Francke
What images does the phrase “home ownership” bring to mind? If you are an aspiring homeowner, it is probably something like this: A grinning husband with perfect teeth strides toward the “For…
Election 2014: Our View
September 03, 2014

Measure 88: Realism above idealism

by Independent staff
Measure 88 is a battle of idealism versus realism. The measure would allow the DMV to issue driver cards to Oregon residents who pass the written and behind-the-wheel driver knowledge test,…
September 03, 2014

Letters to the editor

by Independent readers
Love INC thanks supporters To the editor: Love In the Name of Christ of Woodburn would like to thank all who supported our second annual dinner auction held Aug. 15. A special thank you goes to…
August 27, 2014

Finding the merits in car camping

by Phil Hawkins
I’ve always had a love-hate relationship with camping. As a reluctant outdoorsman at best, I like being able to set up my tent, sleep outside under the stars and warm myself by the fire. Camping…
August 27, 2014

A reflection on the bond and why it's still important

by Superintendent Chuck Ransom
In May, we lost our school bond election by 37 votes. At its July meeting, the Woodburn School Board approved running the bond again, but decided to wait to place it back on the ballot until…
August 27, 2014

Letters to the editor

by Independent readers
Vet could have helped situation To the editor: While reading “Random Acts Of Kindness” article by local vet Dr. Patrick Paradis (Aug. 20 edition of Woodburn Independent), it became abundantly…
August 20, 2014

Literacy an easy cause to support

by Independent staff
The North Marion Library is just one example how the dreams of a handful of people in a small community can be reached. Residents of Aurora, Donald and Hubbard have had to leave their towns to…
August 20, 2014

No parenting columns coming from this editor anytime soon

by Lindsay Keefer
My colleagues have filled the opinion pages in recent weeks with tales of parenthood — the good, the bad and the ugly. When April rolled around, I became the last holdout in our office to…
August 20, 2014

Letters to the editor

by Independent readers
Farm work would teach kids valuable lessons To the editor: I read with great interest your article in the Aug. 13 issue of the Independent. It was on the “Page from the Past” from the Aug. 18,…
August 26, 2014

Getting rid of those painful gallbladder stones

by Curtis Climer, M.D., M.S.
A woman around 45 years old shared with me a history of recent pain in her right upper stomach after a meal of fried chicken. The pain became quite severe and she went to the emergency room.…

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Aug 13, 2014

Letters to the editor

by Independent readers
Be part of discussion at board meetings To the editor: On July 30 the Gervais School Board held a special board meeting with a publicly announced board agenda. The last item was board discussion…
Aug 13, 2014

Firefighters deserve recognition

by Independent staff
This past weekend, hundreds of guests, cooks and volunteers came out en masse to support the annual Woodburn Firehouse Cook-off. Many of the grill teams were made of current or former emergency…
Aug 06, 2014

Actual parenting a far cry from expectations

by Tyler Francke
Having spent roughly 25 years as an observer of People with Children (PWCs), I had assembled a thorough, alphabetized and well-maintained mental catalog of things I knew I would never do when I…
Aug 06, 2014

Letters to the editor

by Independent readers
Is lawn issue overreach? To the editor: What is the definition of overreach by government? Does Woodburn have a problem with “underreach” by government as well? In my opinion, the city of…
Aug 06, 2014

Volunteer, be part of the solution

by Independent staff
The 51st Fiesta Mexicana has come and gone, and life in Woodburn is back to normal. This year was different than in years past, with a truncated two-day festival instead of the three-day event…
by: PHIL HAWKINS - Slow and steady glacial erosion has turned the landscape in Glacier National Park into a breathtaking site that must truly be seen in person.
Jul 30, 2014

'Torso Incident' can't dampen first family road trip

by Phil Hawkins
So I ran over a torso on my first day of vacation. Literally — it was a headless, limbless torso, and I absolutely crushed it with my Subaru going 60 miles per hour in western Montana. Granted,…
Aug 26, 2014

Be sure to practice safe driving habits

by Independent staff
Just like any holiday, Labor Day is a great time to get together with family and friends and take in one last outdoor barbecue party before fall kicks in. But also like any other holiday, where…
Jul 30, 2014

November could be crucial for bond

by Woodburn Independent
After coming 37 votes shy of being awarded a $65 million bond in the May 2014 election, the Woodburn School Board has opted to draw out the campaigning and wait until next spring to put the…
Jul 30, 2014

Letters to the editor

by Independent readers
Communication important in UGB issue To the editor: In regards to the opinion of Carla Mikkelson on the UGB and the city’s refusal to come to the table for discussions (published in the July 23…
Jul 23, 2014

Proud to be an Oregonian

by Lindsay Keefer
My cousin from Arizona visited earlier this month, and our time together really made me appreciate this part of the country. Living outside of Phoenix, my cousin is forced to get up at the crack…



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