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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, ...

Woodburn man and his co-pilot walk away from plane crash

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 13:57

A leisurely morning flight for breakfast in Mulino ended in a grove of unharvested Christmas trees for a Woodburn pilot and his co-pilot, who both walked away from plane crash near Lenhardt Airpark in Hubbard Saturday morning.

Robert Teneyck, 81, of Woodburn, and Rosalie Carman, 70, of Portland, escaped with ...

Aug. 9 is North Marion tennis fundraiser

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 13:48

The North Marion tennis team will hold its inaugural doubles tennis tournament on Aug. 9 to help raise money for the boys and girls high school tennis programs.

Players are invited to compete in one of three divisions — men’s, women’s and mixed doubles — at either the junior varsity ...

Homer's Classic 8K set for Aug. 3

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 13:47

Entries are now being accepted for the Homer's Classic at 9 a.m. Aug. 3 in Silverton.

The race course will start and finish on the track at the old High School, 802 Schlador St. (Schlador and James). There is also a 2 Mile Fun Run/Walk.

Pick up an entry form ...

Woodburn Tennis Open slated for this weekend

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 13:43

Registration is closing for the 37th annual Woodburn Open Tennis Tournament, scheduled for Friday through Sunday at Woodburn High School.

Registration costs $15 for singles and $20 for doubles teams.

To sign up, contact Tom Lonergan at 503-989-3353 or contact Kristin Wierenga at Woodburn Recreation and Parks at Kristin.Wierenga @ci.woodburn.or.us. ...

Fall coaching shakeups at Woodburn High School

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 13:41

Eve Castro replaces girls soccer coach Carlos Menezes, who moves over to the Bulldogs' cross country program

The?Woodburn High School athletics department has announced two head coaching changes for the upcoming fall.

First of all, longtime girls soccer coach Carlos Menezes will make the switch to head up the cross ...

Husky legion plays against region's best

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 13:38

Recent North Marion graduates team up with younger players to post 14-18 record

Considering the odd circumstances of the AAA American Legion summer league, North Marion head coach Randy Brack is happy his team finished with a 14-18 record.

While the Huskies’ roster consists of almost solely North Marion players, ...