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Fiesta Soccer Tournament going in new direction

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 01:00

Organizers see declining participation as opportunity to create a family-friendly fundraiser

The annual Fiesta Mexicana Soccer Tournament is in for a big makeover this year.

Faced with declining participation in the festival’s signature soccer tournament, organizers were faced with a difficult choice: re-invent the tournament or see it fade away ...

Doubles tournament seeks to raise money for North Marion tennis programs

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 13:42

Tradition has to start somewhere.

That’s what Husky boys tennis coach Caleb Barnes has in mind while organizing the inaugural North Marion Doubles Tournament.

“This is our very first fundraising tournament,” Barnes said. “I hope it becomes an annual event.”

Funding for high school athletics is always scarce, with dozens ...

Night of Fire sets records for performance

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 11:37

With feature cars lighting up the night, the fourth annual Baxter Auto Parts/Sunbelt Rentals/Bi-Mart Night of Fire made everybody stand on their feet with excitement at the Woodburn Dragstrip Friday through Sunday.

The event opened Friday with a pair of youngsters going head-to-head in the finals of the K&N?Filters ET?Bracket ...

WAFC Scorpions win Beaverton Cup

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 10:52

Scorpions steamroll competition for U16 tournament title

Members of the Woodburn Athletic Futbol Club’s U16 team dominated the competition at the annual Adidas Beaverton Cup soccer tournament on July 18-20 in Portland.

The Scorpions went undefeated in five games and outscored opponents by a 24-3 margin over the three-day competition ...

Woodburn Open attracts small, dedicated field

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 10:09

Bulldog tennis players Beto Salmeron and Marco Soria win doubles title, face off in singles title match

Compared to its heyday in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, this year’s 37th annual Woodburn Tennis Open was down, but longtime organizer Tom Lonergan isn’t worried.

“All tournaments are down,” Lonergan said. ...

Woodburn School District selects new athletic director

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 09:46

The Woodburn School District announced its selection to take over as athletic director heading into the 2014-15 school year.

Chad Waples, a former teacher and coach at the Gresham -Barlow School District, was hired to replace former athletic director Casey Woolley who took a job as district human resources director. ...

I-5 car crash results in fire, death of occupant

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 16:30

A fatal crash on northbound Interstate 5 north of Aurora Friday afternoon has left one person dead and traffic delayed.

According to Oregon State Police, when a passenger car was passing milepost 281 in the far right lane, it swerved for an unknown reason and traveled off the right shoulder. ...

Great Oregon Steam-Up opens this weekend

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 12:14

The 44th annual event celebrates antique machinery and all things steam-powered

The Great Oregon Steam-Up is back again.

For the 44th year, the annual exhibition to showcase the antique machinery that helped Oregon grow beyond its pioneering days returns to the Antique Powerland Museum in Brooks.

The two-week event, which ...

Independent news staff receives ONPA awards

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 09:58

The Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association has announced its winners for the 2014 Better Newspaper Contest, and the Woodburn Independent has received five awards in four categories.

The Independent raked in first- and third- place wins for best editorial. The winning editorial was “No more spending on Association Building” from July ...

Annual Safety Camp to be July 28-31

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 09:50

Safety Camp, sponsored by the Woodburn Kiwanis and put on by the city of Woodburn’s Recreation and Parks Department, is July 28-31.

The camp will once again be held at Heritage Elementary School from 9 a.m. to noon all four days.

The camp teaches children ages 4-6 important safety rules ...

Register for National Night Out Aug. 5

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 09:49

The Woodburn Police Department is joining the National Association of Town Watch in celebrating the 31st annual National Night Out Aug. 5.

The event allows people to turn on their lights and join a neighborhood party from 6 to 9 p.m., sending a message to criminals that the neighborhood is ...

Police reports

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 09:17

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Woodburn Independent publishes the names of people arrested based on information from city and county police logs. Times listed represent the time the crimes were reported to police. The newspaper does not normally publish the names of individuals younger than 18. Arrested suspects are innocent until proven ...

Participants have 'howling' good time at basset hound event

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 08:44

The annual Basset Hound Games, held in Legion Park and sponsored by the Oregon Basset Hound Rescue, were held Sunday, and featured hundreds of hounds and their owners.

Competitions included marathon napping — the winner of which is pictured being awarded by City Councilor Lisa Ellsworth — best howler, best ...

College group seeks Mount Angel citizens' input during field study

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 08:39

The city of Mount Angel is the subject of a university class that focuses on how to make small downtowns more sustainable and eco-friendly, and local residents have an opportunity to participate in their research.

Members of the University of Oregon’s “Green Cities” class will take part in a field ...

Countdown to Fiesta: Salgado fuses traditional sound with country flair

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 01:00

Latin Grammy and Tejano Music Award-winning artist to be featured in this year's Fiesta Mexicana

Michael Salgado is a Latin Grammy and Tejano award-winning singe/songwriter.

He’s known for his accordion (which he plays left-handed), for his high-octane live performances and for introducing the classic sound of Norteño music to ...

Woodburn increases urban renewal grants

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 01:00

City boosts grant program by $50,000 in the hopes of attracting major renovation projects downtown

The Woodburn Urban Renewal Agency has greatly increased the maximum amount of its matching grants in an effort to attract more large-scale renovation projects to the city’s downtown development and conservation zoning district.

The urban ...

Salgado fuses traditional sound with country flair

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 01:00

Latin Grammy- and Tejano Music Award-winning artist to be featured in this year's Fiesta Mexicana

Michael Salgado is a Latin Grammy and Tejano award-winning singe/songwriter.

He’s known for his accordion (which he plays left-handed), for his high-octane live performances and for introducing the classic sound of Norteño music to ...

Two arrested in June 23 drive-by

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 01:00

Two local men have been arrested in connection with a June 23 drive-by shooting that occurred near the intersection of Hardcastle Avenue and Gatch Street.

Brothers Rudy Arroyo, 19, and Luis Arroyo, 24, both of Woodburn, have been taken into custody and are each charged with three counts of first-degree ...

Lawn parking ban could include gravel permit

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 01:00

Woodburn City Council discusses draft ordinance that would require parking on improved surfaces or behind fence

The Woodburn City Council discussed a draft nuisance ordinance last week that would prohibit lawn parking in city limits.

After a lengthy discussion that included comments from the public as well, councilors recommended several ...

Woodburn school district to try bond again in May

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 01:00

Board of directors votes to forego a November general election ballot expected to be crowded and 'polarized'

The Woodburn?School District board of directors agreed last week to forego the general election in November and instead put another bond issue before voters in May 2015.

A $65 million bond issue, ...