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Shooting for the stars

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 11:06

Woodburn man gaining traction with dream of launching high-tech satellite into Earth's orbit

One Woodburn resident is hoping to boldly go where no man has gone before.

His name is Shawn Case, and his dream is to design, build and launch a cutting-edge satellite into orbit around the earth, and ...

After giving back to industry, local barber returns home

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 11:06

After two and a half years teaching at the Paul Mitchell School in Portland, barber Xavier Parra has come home.

In 2010, following the unexpected loss of his father to a heart attack, Parra — then 27 — had to grow up fast.

He put his own plans on ...

Bucks open season with experience, enthusiasm

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 09:24

St. Paul baseball team returns all but one starter from last year

It may be only three games, but the St. Paul Buckaroos are looking and playing like one of the best teams in 2A/1A baseball.

The Bucks started the season with three wins in four days, outscoring their opponents ...

Hubbard Fire District to put $780,000 bond on May ballot

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 01:00

If approved, bond would replace water tender, refurbish fire engine, purchase quick-response vehicle and upgrade breathing equipment

The Hubbard Fire Board has approved putting a $780,000 bond on the May 19 ballot.

Interim Fire Chief Ted Kunze said the bond will be used for four basic projects: replacing a water ...

Art student gets national honor

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 01:00

WACA senior's painting well received in New York City

Sonia Chavez, a senior at Woodburn Arts and Communications Academy, recently received a national award for one of her paintings, her art teacher announced last week.

Chavez’s painting “Date with Mirella,” which she adapted from a photograph of her little sister ...

Eagle Scout earns badge by beautifying NM

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 01:00

Justin Hanson, a student at North Marion High School, completed his Eagle Scout project by performing a beautification project outside the district office.

Superintendent Boyd Keyser said Hanson came to him wanting ideas for something he could do for the school district.

“We walked around the campus and he was ...

Hubbard church welcomes new pastor, invites community to discussions

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 01:00

Hubbard United Church of Christ’s new pastor isn’t just a new face to the congregation, but also to the state of Oregon.

Dianne Rodriguez is originally from Long Island, N.Y., and only recently discovered Oregon through her son and his wife, who live near Portland.

“We came to visit and ...

Ministerial association hosting Community Holy Week

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 01:00

The Woodburn Area Ministerial Association (WAMA) is hosting several Community Holy Week Services next week that are open to the public.

The week will start off with a Community Concert of Prayer at 5 p.m. Sunday at Soul’s Harbor Church of the Nazarene, 3601 Newberg Highway, Woodburn.

This Palm Sunday ...

Woodburn middle school students participate in honor band

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 01:00

Twenty-one seventh-grade and 20 eighth-grade Woodburn band students were nominated by their teachers to participate in the seventh annual Molalla Middle School Honor Band on March 5.

The event, hosted by Molalla High School director Matt Farris, gives exemplary band students an opportunity to play challenging and exciting music with ...

CSI Gervais set for April 18

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 01:00

CSI Gervais 2015 is set for April 18 at Gervais High School.

CSI Gervais is an interactive, four-hour-long, team adventure perfect for forensics fans, detective buffs and crime solvers

Enjoy a fast-paced evening solving crimes with your friends. Grill suspects on their whereabouts, search for clues in evidence rooms, find ...

After giving back to industry, local barber returns home

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 01:00

After two and a half years teaching at the Paul Mitchell School in Portland, barber Xavier Parra has come home.

In 2010, following the unexpected loss of his father to a heart attack, Parra — then 27 — had to grow up fast.

He put his own plans on ...

County commissioners talk UGB in Woodburn

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 01:00

Marion County's top officials host open-ended discussion with local leaders during chamber event

The Marion County Board of Commissioners met with a number of civic and business leaders last week for a “state of the county” address that was a bit unusual.

Rather than a formal presentation, the commissioners opted ...

Deputies work on improving traffic safety in northwest Marion County

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 01:00

After its Traffic Safety Team collected troubling data regarding northwest Marion County traffic crashes in 2014, Marion County?Sheriff’s Office has increased work in the area to heighten awareness.

The MSCO Traffic Safety Team uses a program called Data Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety, which tracks activity to ...

Arancini is well worth the extra time and effort

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 01:00

A few years ago, I met a friend for happy hour at a Portland restaurant that served arancini.

I had never had it or even heard of it, but I immediately fell in love with those little fried balls of risotto.

Arancini is said to mean “little oranges” ...

Shooting for the stars

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 01:00

Woodburn man gaining traction with dream of launching high-tech satellite into Earth's orbit

One Woodburn resident is hoping to boldly go where no man has gone before.

His name is Shawn Case, and his dream is to design, build and launch a cutting-edge satellite into orbit around the earth, and ...

Bond issues front, center for local voters in May

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 01:00

Election 2015: Few races contested, but countywide ballot measure and bond proposals loom

Area voters will mostly be going to the polls this May to decide bond issues and weigh in on a countywide ballot measure, as the vast majority of local school and fire board races will be uncontested. ...

Police reports

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 01:00

EDITOR’S NOTE: The of Woodburn Independent publishes the na.m.es 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 na.m.es of individuals younger than 18. Arrested suspects are innocent until ...

NMHS grad pleads to sex crimes

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 01:00

Klain Pippert confessed to police before charges had been filed

A 2008 North Marion High School graduate pleaded guilty last week to charges alleging he lured and had sex with an underage girl.

Klain Joseph Pippert, 25, appeared before Judge Donald Abar at the Marion County Court Annex in Salem ...

Oregon Latino Basketball Tournament celebrates 25th year this weekend

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 01:00

This weekend marks the 25th anniversary of the Oregon Latino Basketball Tournament in Gervais.

The annual 5-on-5 tournament is the signature event of the Latino Educational and Recreational Network (LEaRN), a Gervais-based organization dedicated to providing educational opportunities to Latino high school students in the region who seek to continue ...

Woodburn eighth grade team places third at state

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 01:00

The Woodburn boys eighth grade AAU basketball team finished its winter season with a trip to the state basketball tournament in Bend, finishing with a 3-1 record to place third overall in their pool.

The Bulldogs opened the tournament with a loss to Western Mennonite, a team that had beaten ...

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