Woodburn's Area Opinions

June 24, 2015

Plenty of fun on tap this summer

by Woodburn Independent
For anyone looking to have some fun in the summer months, the Woodburn area is the place to be. The St. Paul Rodeo, one of the nation’s top Fourth of July rodeos, kicks off June 30 and continues…
June 24, 2015

Letters to the editor

by Independent readers
Thanks to Mount Angel volunteers, businesses To the editor: Mount Angel is in bloom for 2015 thanks to the following businesses, Mount Angel Chamber of Commerce members, friends and volunteers…
June 30, 2015

Keeping sunburns at bay may help keep the cancer away

by Curtis Climer, M.D.
When I picked strawberries and blackberries as a youth, we always wore long sleeves and broad brimmed hats. This was good. When we went to the beach, the river, a lake or a pool, we were bare…
June 30, 2015

Friendly feral cats can be dangerous

by Patrick L. Paradis, D.V.M.
As the colder months give way to the warmer summer months, local animal shelters become overwhelmed with “kitten season.” Most cats give birth to their kittens during the summer and early fall…
June 17, 2015

Examples of positivity in the field

by Capt. Doug Garrett, WPD
As a veteran police officer nearing the end of my career it sometimes seems like it is harder and harder to ward off cynicism when it comes to my general outlook on public service and what…
June 17, 2015

Have a fun, but safe, summer

by Woodburn Independent
Summer may not officially begin until late June, but with school out and recent hot temperatures, it’s officially time for a safety reminder for those seeking fun in the sun, whether it be in…
OREGONPIONEERS.COM - Pictured are Eli Casey and Lydia Ann (Bonney) Cooley with their children in this photo taken around 1870. Eli Casey Cooley built the Old Oregon Inn in 1856. The site is now home to Barclay's Buy Sell Pawn Shop, located at the intersection of Highway 99E and East Lincoln Street.
June 17, 2015

If these walls could talk: A look at the Old Oregon Inn

by Russ Baglien
Literally thousands of vehicles make their way along Highway 99E every day. Also known as Pacific Highway, it was once known as Old Stage Road, connecting Salem and Portland. It was a…
June 17, 2015

Playing outside isn't just for kids

by Jessi Petersen, RD
We have been blessed with an early summer here in the Mid Valley: flowers were in bloom early, birds are returning home from their annual trips south, and local parks are flooded with young…
June 17, 2015

Finding common ground in the worlds of nature and nerds

by Phil Hawkins
A child, a home and a joint bank account. When it comes to common interests between my wife and I, that is pretty much the entire list. Ok, I may have exaggerated slightly for comedic effect,…
June 10, 2015

Northern California road trip worth doing again

by Lindsay Keefer
I’ve written about whirlwind trips enjoyed by my husband and me in the past, but most of them required getting on an airplane. When my husband proposed going to the Bay Area in California over…

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CAPACES LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE - Students involved in the TURNO program at CAPACES Leadership Institute prepare to canvas for votes leading up to the May 19 election that saw the passing of the Woodburn School District bond.
Jun 10, 2015

Remember high school? TURNO students do positive work

by Abel Valladares
Fourteen years ago this month, my mother, brother and I migrated to Oregon to be reunited with my father. As a young immigrant, I remember going to high school and how horrible it was to…
Jun 10, 2015

False information causes media firestorm

by Woodburn Independent
Last month, the Gervais School Board’s regularly scheduled meeting was the subject of much heated commentary between the board and audience members on the district’s sexual education policy.…
Jun 03, 2015

Letter to the editor: Thanks to community for supporting soldiers

by Independent readers
To the editor: Last week’s Independent carried the message of State Legislator Betty Komp who shared histories of three U.S. military veterans whose service dramatically changed their lives (see…
Jun 03, 2015

Guest column: Thank you to voters and volunteers

by Chuck Ransom, Superintendent of Schools
I had the pleasure of attending an election night party and watching our school bond pass in early results. The energy and joy from community members in the room is something I will hold with me…
Jun 03, 2015

Guest column: Tax kicker is for the people, not special interests

by Rep. Vic Gilliam
The only actual constitutional requirement of the Legislature each session is to balance the budget. But what if you are an elected official forced to play political games all the while…
Jun 03, 2015

Grad rates may hold deeper meaning

by Woodburn Independent
This past weekend, Woodburn High School graduated a class of senior students at a rate far higher than the statewide statistics say they should. It’s not just that Woodburn's graduation rates…
May 27, 2015

Letters to the editor: Thanks to voters

by Independent readers
School board grateful for support To the editor: I am writing to thank the Woodburn community for their support of the Woodburn School District bond in last week’s election. Thanks to their hard…
May 27, 2015

Victory for bond is victory for Woodburn

by Woodburn Independent
Election night last week was abuzz with cheers and excitement as ballot returns revealed the Woodburn School Bond had passed by a decisive vote. Though results aren’t official until June 8, the…
May 20, 2015

Memorial Day is coming! Memorial Day is coming!

by Mikel Kelly
Don't look now, but Memorial Day is coming, and you know what that means. It's time to buy a mattress. Or a car. Or, if you're a real red-blooded American, a mattress AND a car. Perhaps, like…
May 20, 2015

Be creative and inclusive with project

by Woodburn Independent
Last week, discussion regarding proposed concepts of First Street at the?Woodburn City Council meeting delved into a number of ideas, and it got us at the Independent more than a little excited.…




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