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SMART program in Woodburn seeking new volunteers for goal of reaching 10,000 kids

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 03:09

Volunteers in Woodburn’s SMART Program help make a difference in the lives of Woodburn children, but more volunteers are needed.

At Lincoln, Nellie Muir and Washington elementary schools, more than 90 children are on the waiting list for SMART volunteers.

SMART, which stands for Start Making a Reader Today, is ...

Woodburn has options regarding recreational pot

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 03:09

City Council may consider ballot measure that would ban most marijuana-related businesses

The Woodburn City Council reviewed several options, but took no formal action, during a work session earlier this month on the subject of recreational marijuana use.

The joint session between Woodburn councilors and staff was led by City ...

Football: Dogs revamp offense for fall season

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 03:09

Woodburn will run a spread option playbook under new offensive coordinator

Woodburn football head coach Nick Federico is excited, and not merely because the start of the 2015 season is just around the corner. The Bulldogs had a lot of question marks after losing a number of key seniors from ...

Football: Huskies seek return to playoffs after one-year absence

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 03:09

Coach: Doug Bilodeau (fourth year)

2014 record: 3-5 overall (2-3 Oregon West Conference)

2014 recap: After starting the season with a pair of non-conference losses to Banks and eventual 4A champion Gladstone, the Huskies rebounded with a pair of victories to stabilize their campaign.

North Marion followed with back-to-back heart-breakers ...

North Marion soccer team prepares to defend state championship

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 03:09

The North Marion boys soccer team is entering the fall season in a place it’s never been before — defending champions.

The Huskies are nine months removed from an incredible run through the playoffs that culminated in a 2-0 victory over league rival Stayton in the 4A finals, giving North ...

Gervais looks to improve upon successful 2014 volleyball season

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 03:09

Coach: Andrea Belleque (first year)

2014 record: 8-15 overall (6-6 PacWest Conference)

2014 recap: After going winless in 2013, the Cougars enjoyed a bounce-back season last fall and nearly qualified for the state playoffs.

Gervais opened the season with a 3-12 record, but went on to finish with wins ...

Lopez, Fackrell lead Woodburn cross country team

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 03:09

Coach: Carlos Menezes (second year)

2014 recap: Senior Julio Olmos and sophomore Gustavo Lopez each placed among the top 10 finishers at the district championship, helping the Woodburn boys team place fifth overall in the Mid-Willamette Conference. Olmos’ finish gave the Bulldogs their first representative at the state meet since ...

Football: Kennedy wants to challenge for league title

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 03:09

Already in one of the most difficult 2A conferences in the state, the Kennedy football team’s margin for error got much smaller this season.

The Trojans were the third and final team from the Tri-River Conference to qualify for the playoffs last year, narrowly beating out the St. Paul Buckaroos ...

Football: New head coach retools stagnant Gervais offense

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 03:09

Coach: Josh Crawford

2014 record: 1-8 (1-6 PacWest Conference)

2014 recap: The Cougars had a rough go of things in their first season playing in the PacWest Conference.

Gervais won just one game last year — against Chemawa — and dropped a pair of close ones against Jefferson and ...

NM improv night is Aug. 21

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 02:42

North Marion Players presents improv night at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Attend this evening full of games, fun and laughs in North Marion High School’s small gym.

Admission is $3.

North Marion High School is located at 20167 Grim Road. N.E., Aurora.

Work continues on drafting new findings in support of UGB agreement

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 02:42

Progress continues on the implementation of a framework agreement that emerged in April from a mediation process regarding the city of Woodburn’s efforts to expand its urban growth boundary (UGB).

The mediation process involved representatives of the city of Woodburn as well as the primary opponents of the previous expansion ...

Officials urge residents to stay away from coyotes

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 02:42

Residents have reported several sightings of coyotes within the city limits of Woodburn in recent weeks, raising questions about whether the animals are dangerous and what should be done if one is spotted.

Jose Hidalgo Lara shared a picture of a coyote taken near Woodburn High School two weeks ago, ...

Mane event: Locals tame mustangs, help youths through nonprofit

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 02:42

In May, Woodburn resident Dan Petichord received a wild horse owned by the Bureau of Land Management.

His mission? To build trust, break her and ultimately tame her to the point that she can be ridden, and — hopefully — adopted to a good home.

The catch? All that ...

Residents have questions for Estates board

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 02:42

An increasingly vocal group of residents within Woodburn Estates & Golf is questioning the leadership of the 55-plus residential community.

Comprised of 1,500 single-family homes, as well as an 18-hole golf course and other amenities, the community widely known by its former name, “Senior Estates,” or simply, “the Estates,” represents ...

High school leadership program for farm worker teens held at OSU

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 02:42

This month, Oregon State University is hosting nearly 175 high school students from farm worker families across Oregon, including a number from the Woodburn area, through the Oregon Migrant Leadership Institute (OMLI).

This annual leadership institute takes place over three weeks, and each week a different group of students selected ...

Hubbard teen donates picnic tables to local park for Eagle Scout project

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 02:42

Barendse Park in Hubbard is now home to four new picnic benches thanks to a local 15-year-old’s Eagle Scout project.

Grant Hurst, 15, a sophomore at North Marion High School, lives near the park and goes there frequently.

“My little brothers love the play structure,” he said. “They don’t have ...

St. Paul City Council forces resignation of attorney

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 02:42

John Rankin resigned after allegations of poor advice, mishandling of issues

The St. Paul City Council is in the market for a new city attorney.

At Thursday’s city council meeting, councilors and city attorney John Rankin, who works via a service agreement, discussed specific issues that caused them to question ...

Hubbard dismantles skate park

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 02:42

After 13 years in Hubbard’s Barendse Park, the skate park structure is no more.

Public Works Director Jaime Estrada was advised by the Hubbard City Council at last Tuesday’s meeting to remove it, after workers reported having to repair the wooden structure time and time again.

“It’s from wear and ...

Police reports

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 02:42

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Woodburn Independent publishes the names of people arrested based on information from city 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 guilty. Police ...

Gervais School Board receives health curriculum recommendations

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 02:42

A year after the Gervais School Board announced its plan to implement its sexual health curriculum, the board was presented with recommendations on how to go forward with the proposal during a special session on Aug. 11.

The 38-page draft provides a breakdown of the comprehensive health standards that will ...