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Gervais to grant deferment to St. John Bosco

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 00:00

It would cost more to keep building vacant than to defer payment for a year

A little more than a year since the Gervais School District agreed to sell Eldriedge Elementary School to St. John Bosco High School, the small Catholic school is asking for a deferment on payments to ...

Genealogy: the path to discovering family history of fame and infamy

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 00:00

With the growth of the Internet has come an almost insatiable appetite for Americans to want to know their ancestry. Templates now exist that can take you multi-generations back in family genealogy, often times revealing remarkable information about your ancestors and sometimes resulting in knowledge you would just as soon ...

Report finds 'sharp divisions' between parties in Woodburn's UGB expansion

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 00:00

The 130-acre 'Opus property' is one of the dispute's primary sticking points

Despite all parties expressing interest in mediation, an initial assessment into Woodburn’s urban growth boundary case identified “sharp divisions” between the players on key issues that could present significant challenges to such a course.

The mediation process — ...

PCUN project receives $20,000 grant

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 00:00

A Woodburn organization has received a $20,000 grant to improve technology access for Latino families.

The Willamette Valley Law Project funds the Farmworker Service Center at Pineros y Campesino Unidos del Noroeste (PCUN) and the grant money was awarded by the Oregon Community Foundation.

OCF approved more than $558,000 in ...

Geneology: the path to discovering family history of fame and infamy

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 00:00

With the growth of the Internet has come an almost insatiable appetite for Americans to want to know their ancestry. Templates now exist that can take you multi-generations back in family genealogy, often times revealing remarkable information about your ancestors and sometimes resulting in knowledge you would just as soon ...

Patrons could see changes as CCRLS libraries move to new system next month

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 00:00

Woodburn and Mount Angel public libraries will be joining other libraries in Polk, Yamhill and Marion counties in transitioning to a new online library catalog in December, causing minor disruption to users.

The transition will take place the week of Dec. 8, during which users may continue to search the ...

Design concepts presented to Mount Angel community

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 00:00

UO students suggest use of wind energy, landscaping to make downtown more sustainable, enhance Bavarian theme

Murals. Wind energy. Bioswales.

These are just some of the ideas presented to Mount Angel officials and residents at a meeting Nov. 17 by Professor Ric Stephens, whose “Green Cities” class at University of Oregon ...

Thanksgiving travel plans? Be careful around Woodburn

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 00:00

Shoppers and travelers alike are urged by officials to plan ahead and drive smart this holiday.

This Thanksgiving, Woodburn Premium Outlet Stores will be hosting a "Moonlight Madness" sale, bringing more traffic to the Woodburn area. Each year, traffic on I-5 typically backs up for several miles in both directions ...

Remembering Juan

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 00:00

Ceremony held at French Prairie in memory of fallen student Juan Robles-Melara

Kacey McCallister, an inspirational speaker and Willamina Middle School science teacher, addressed students at French Prairie Middle School during a schoolwide assembly Friday afternoon.

The event was part of a ceremony held in memory of Juan Robles-Melara, ...

Group striving to keep love of quilting alive

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 00:00

A few local families in need will be a bit warmer this winter thanks to the efforts of a new quilting group based at the Woodburn Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The group, Woodburn Quilting Society, was founded in November 2013 by Suzanne Peden and Michelle Swan with ...

Report finds 'sharp divisions' between parties in Woodburn's UGB expansion

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 00:00

The 130-acre 'Opus property' is one of the dispute's primary sticking points

Despite all parties expressing interest in mediation, an initial assessment into Woodburn’s urban growth boundary case identified “sharp divisions” between the players on key issues that could present significant challenges to such a course.

The mediation process — ...

A star is born ... in Woodburn

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 00:00

'Small-town girl' Kate Nauta finds success on runway, big screen and the stage

Kate Nauta was 15 when she was first discovered by modeling agents at a concert in Portland.

Then a Woodburn High School student who had never once contemplated a future on the runway, Nauta rebuffed the efforts. ...

Local nonprofits receive cultural grants

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 00:00

Three local nonprofits are among 15 that have received Oregon Cultural Trust funding from Marion Cultural Development Corporation for 2015.

Voz Hispana Cambio Comunitario in Woodburn is receiving $1,000 for the Dia De Reyes Magos (Three Kings) Cultural Celebration.

Aurora Colony Historical Society is receiving $2,000 to produce a ...

PCUN project receives $20,000 grant

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 00:00

A Woodburn organization has received a $20,000 grant to improve technology access for Latino families.

The Willamette Valley Law Project funds the Farmworker Service Center at Pineros y Campesino Unidos del Noroeste (PCUN) and the grant money was awarded by the Oregon Community Foundation.

OCF approved more than $558,000 in ...

Locals hail president's new immigration policy

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 00:00

PCUN farmworkers' union hosting informational forums to educate residents about the executive action

After watching President Barack Obama’s announcement Thursday of sweeping executive actions aimed at shielding millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation, PCUN secretary and treasurer Jaime Arredondo described his feelings as bittersweet.

“It brings me a lot of ...

Employment law seminar Dec. 10

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 00:00

Bob Engle and Kirk Schmidtman invite the public to an employment law seminar Dec. 10.

The firm Engle and Schmidtman, Of Counsel to Cosgrave Vergeer Kester LLP, will host the seminar at 11:30 a.m. Attorney Shane Swilley of Cosgrave Vergeer Kester LLP will talk about law updates that may apply ...

Key Bank hosts open house

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 00:00

Key Bank in Woodburn will be hosting an open house Dec. 11.

Hours of the open hours are 5 and 7 p.m.

Hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served.

Individuals are encouraged to bring business cards for networking.

Geneology: the path to discovering family history of fame and infamy

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 00:00

With the growth of the Internet has come an almost insatiable appetite for Americans to want to know their ancestry. Templates now exist that can take you multi-generations back in family genealogy, often times revealing remarkable information about your ancestors and sometimes resulting in knowledge you would just as soon ...

Practicing mindfulness to stay healthy, enjoy the holidays

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 00:00

The holiday season is quickly approaching, which means cookies, pies and other sweet treats will be making their way into parties, homes and office buildings. At home and with family, elaborate and decadent meals will be the centerpiece of every celebration. As the amount of food available to us increases, ...

Police reports

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 00:00

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 ...

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