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Huskies' Barrow finishes second, qualifies for cross country finals

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 01:00

After going almost a decade between appearances, the North Marion Huskies will be represented in back-to-back trips to the cross country state championships after junior Colin Barrow finished second at the Oregon West Conference Championship Saturday at Philomath High School.

Barrow was part of last year’s team that finished second ...

Bulldogs climb rankings, clinch conference title

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 01:00

With the regular season coming to a close, the Woodburn boys soccer team continues to play at a high note.

The Bulldogs won two more games last week, scoring a 3-1 victory at Crescent Valley on Oct. 21, followed by an 11-0 drubbing of Lebanon Thursday at Woodburn High School. ...

Kennedy's Co-Champions

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 01:00

Adrian Parra and Kaylin Cantu bring home district titles from the Trojans' cross country team

For three straight years now, Kennedy High School has sent a district champion to the 3A/2A/1A Cross Country State Championships. But the cross country powerhouse set a new milestone Thursday after claiming not just one ...

Fall Leaf Program kicks off Nov. 1

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 01:00

The city of Woodburn’s Public Works Department will begin its Fall Leaf Program Nov. 1 and run through Dec. 31.

The city considers the program necessary because of the potential public safety risks associated with the accumulation of leaves on streets and sidewalks.

Residents are reminded that leaves behind ...

Honor a veteran in the newspaper for Veterans Day

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 01:00

As Americans, we owe a great deal to our veterans. This year, the Woodburn Independent is paying tribute to those who have served their country and everyone is invited to join in.

Do you have a family member who has served in the military? Send the newspaper a photo of ...

St. Paul Elementary only Oregon school to win national award

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 01:00

In recent years, many local districts have implemented new nutritional practices to meet federal requirements. But only one school in Oregon — and the entire Northwest, in fact — received an award for its efforts this year.

St. Paul Elementary School has received a Bronze National Healthy Award from Alliance ...

Community mourns autistic teen killed on tracks

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 01:00

Juan Robles-Melara is remembered as a cheerful, inquisitive teen whose impulse to wander possibly cost him his life last week.

The 13-year-old student at French Prairie Middle School with high-functioning autism went missing on the last day of soccer practice after school Oct. 21. When his family called police to ...

Fire consumes home in Gervais

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 01:00

No injuries reported in two-alarm blaze

A two-alarm fire destroyed a home in Gervais early Sunday morning, though authorities were able to evacuate the residents without injury.

Woodburn Fire District responded to a fire on the 700 block of Birch Avenue after receiving a 911 call from neighbor, who discovered ...

Thousands in region without power Sunday

Sun, 10/26/2014 - 09:24

More than 18,000 households in the Portland area were without power Sunday morning following Saturday's wind storm, according to Portland General Electric.

The outages were reported in Clackamas, Mulnomah, Polk, Washington and Yamhill counties. And addition 2,637 outages were reported in Marion County.

Wnd gusts reached as high as 94 ...

Hot topics steam up lukewarm congressional race

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 12:44

Rep. Kurt Schrader and Commissioner Tootie Smith pick apart each other's records

The Republican and Democratic nominees for 5th Congressional District took turns blasting each other on topics ranging from the Ebola virus and the Islamic State in Iraq to more local concerns of education, jobs and health care costs ...

Roundup: Kennedy football shut out by No. 1 Rams

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 13:41

The Trojans suffered their first regular season shutout since 2007 after falling losing 19-0 to the No.1-ranked Regis Rams on Friday.

Regis scored 19 points in the second quarter, including two touchdowns in the final three minutes to hand Kennedy (6-1, 1-1 Tri-River) its first loss of the season.

Woodburn ...

Life in the fast lane

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 11:43

As the winner of many races at the Woodburn Dragstrip, Kacee Pitts isn't your typical teenage girl

Kacee Pitts has had her provisional driver’s license for less than a year, despite the fact that she’s been driving since grade school.

The 16-year-old is practically a seasoned veteran behind the wheel ...

Woodburn teen killed by train

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 09:23

One year and one month after 13-year-old Diego Rodriguez was killed on the train tracks, another 13-year-old life has been claimed.

Juan Robles, 13, was a seventh-grader at French Prairie Middle School who played on the soccer team and was in the special education program. He was walking alone on ...

Huskies stay in playoff race

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 01:00

North Marion's 32-6 victory over Newport puts football team in tie for third place

The Huskies are going to have to schedule more trips to the coast.

The North Marion football team scored 20 unanswered points in the second half on the road against Newport Friday night en route to ...

Woodburn selects JV coach to lead girls basketball team

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 01:00

Rudy Loza plans to run up-tempo offense this season

Woodburn High School didn’t have to look far to find a replacement for former girls basketball coach Hank Vredenberg. His successor was sitting at the end of the bench.

The Bulldogs have tabbed Rudy Loza, the team’s 2013 junior varsity coach, ...

Community Thanksgiving dinner planned at Immanuel

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 01:00

Event will be dedicated to memory of North Marion High School freshman Hanna Arendt, and is being organized by her family

Immanuel Lutheran Church will be hosting its first-ever community Thanksgiving dinner this year.

Like any such event, its goal will be to welcome community members who may not be ...

Independent hires new ad rep

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 01:00

Advertising representative Deni Kvasnikoff is the newest member of the staff of the Woodburn Independent.

Actually, it’s a bit of a homecoming for Kvasnikoff, as she will also be splitting her time at The Newberg Graphic, where she previously worked for eight years. The Independent and the Graphic are both ...

Woodburn High grad named state chief deputy fire marshal

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 01:00

The woman recently named the state fire marshal’s chief deputy got her start in fire safety right here in Woodburn.

Mariana Ruiz-Temple was named chief deputy state fire marshal last month by new State Fire Marshal Jim Walker.

She has served in the fire marshal’s office in a variety of ...

Woodburn passes pot tax, accepts COPS funding

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 01:00

The Woodburn City Council unanimously approved a tax on marijuana sales at its Oct. 13 meeting.

The ordinance places a 5-percent tax on medical marijuana and a 10-percent tax on recreational marijuana, which is currently illegal under state law but the issue will appear before voters in the Nov. 4 ...

Derickson not selected for job as McMinnville city manager

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 01:00

Woodburn City Administrator Scott Derickson was not chosen to be the next city manager of McMinnville, it was reported last week.

Derickson had previously been designated one of the five finalists to replace long-serving City Manager Kent Taylor, who is retiring next month after 30 years of service.

Derickson, along ...