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Presenting some of Woodburn's top señoritas

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 13:23

The Fiesta queen and first princess will be crowned Aug. 2

Fiesta Mexicana has been a tradition in Woodburn for 50 years, and along with the tradition of the festival is the tradition of having a Fiesta queen.

This year, the Fiesta Court is made up of six young ladies ...

Bulldogs dispatch Dragons in track duel

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 14:37

Woodburn boys take first in nine events to score an 83-61 win over visiting Dallas

The Woodburn boys track and field team had its best day of the season Wednesday, beating Dallas 83-61 in a head-to-head duel for the Bulldogs’ first win of the season.

The Bulldogs took six of ...

Waite paces Husky track team

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 14:32

Hannah Waite earned top-five finishes in both hurdles races to lead the North Marion girls track and field team April 12 at the Willamette Falls Invitational at Pioneer Memorial Stadium in Oregon City.

The returning state qualifier clocked a season-best 16.75 seconds in the 100-meter hurdles to take fourth place ...

Meet of Champions

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 14:28

Gervais, Kennedy and St. Paul represented at the Salem track meet


Junior Ben Goumy placed second in the triple jump with a mark of 40-7.75 to lead the Cougars at the Meet of Champions at Willamette University. Goumy also set a personal-record time of 16.97 in the 110 hurdles. ...

Huskies remain on top in 4A

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 14:22

North Marion baseball pitching staff succeeds by committee

North Marion baseball coach Randy Brack felt himself getting upset with pitcher Jordan Kendall for giving up too many free bases.

But after the Huskies finished off an 8-1 victory over Molalla at home Wednesday to sweep their first two-game series of ...

Buckaroos bid farewell to girls basketball coach Mike Murphy

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 14:07

The longtime St. Paul coach retires with a 315-87 record, 11 trips to the postseason in 14 seasons and one state title

Sometimes not saying much says a lot about a person.

Like when St. Paul girls basketball coach Mike Murphy won the 300th game of his career in ...

Bulldog girls tennis team builds experience

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 13:59

Woodburn returns a number of talented athletes, but many are playing singles for the first time

The Woodburn girls tennis team is a curious mix of maturity and inexperience.

On the one hand, the Bulldogs have no new players at the varsity level, a first in coach Justin Lindemann’s tenure ...

Medical marijuana a high priority for cities

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 01:00

Local councils unified in imposing moratoriums on dispensaries ahead of May 1 deadline

Any proprietors interested in opening medical marijuana dispensaries in northern Marion County may have to put their plans on hold, as most area city councils have taken advantage of the prerogative given them by the Legislature and ...

Kiwanis bark dust sale grosses nearly $25K

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 01:00

Members of Woodburn Kiwanis were busy last week with the club’s largest yearly fundraiser, as well as its biggest project in general: its annual sale of hemlock bark dust.

The sale and distribution ran from April 9 through 12, with numerous volunteers delivering orders all over town, with the help ...

Cracker Barrel in Woodburn? Not anytime soon

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 01:00

Amid rumors that Cracker Barrel might be eyeing a new location in Woodburn, Economic and Development Services Director Jim Hendryx confirmed this week that a representative of the Lebanon, Tenn.-based company had held an informal meeting with him earlier this month.

Hendryx described the meeting as a “pre-application conference” and ...

Ivy targeted at Alvah G. Cowan Park

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 01:00

The rehabilitation of the city-owned Alvah G. Cowan Park in Woodburn will continue later this month, as a group of volunteers target invasive plants and aim to replace them with native species.

The project is a collaborative effort between the Settlemier Knot Garden Society, which adopted the park last year; ...

After 42 years, King's Den legacy continues

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 01:00

Erin Barrera takes father's place at barber chair

It would have been easy to give up a few months ago, said Erin Barrera, new owner of the King’s Den Barbershop in Woodburn.

After all, his father, Edwardo, who had owned and run the shop for more than 40 years, ...

Murder suspect extradited to Oregon

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 01:00

The suspect in a local murder investigation who was arrested in California last month has now been extradited to Marion County.

Ramon Peña-Cornelio, 20, of Woodburn, was arrested in Sacramento, Calif., March 5 in connection with the Feb. 6 stabbing death of 18-year-old Ricardo Hernandez, also of Woodburn.

According ...

Walkway could link Woodburn and Gervais

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 01:00

Local city officials are exploring the possibility of an asphalt walkway running parallel to the railroad tracks between Woodburn and Gervais, a project they hope will reduce pedestrian fatalities along the one-mile stretch.

Walking upon railroad tracks in Oregon is not only hazardous, it’s also illegal. Nevertheless, the railway between ...

Mustang parade cruises to world record

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 01:00

Mustang enthusiasts could not have asked for better conditions Saturday when more than 1,000 vehicles descended on the Woodburn Dragstrip to help break the world record for most Fords and most Mustangs in a parade.

The event was organized by Mount Hood Mustangs and Fords, a 17-year-old club based in ...

North Marion Auction rakes in money, seeks new board members

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 01:00

The annual North Marion Dinner and Benefit Auction reached several milestones at Saturday’s event, held at Woodburn Health Center.

Not only was the fundraiser closing in on a quarter of a million dollars raised over the benefit’s seven-year history, according to committee chair Rich Hunt, but it was time for ...

St. Paul students soak up sights and sounds of Spain

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 08:51

What does it take to turn small-town farm kids into world travelers? A spring break trip to southern Spain has a handful of St. Paul High School students well on their way.

From the intense passion of flamenco dancers to the soaring heights of ancient cathedrals, 16 St. Paul High ...

Tulip Fest in full bloom

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 08:48

Festival organizers say the tulips will reach their peak of color this week

Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm is in full bloom outside Woodburn, as its annual Tulip Fest heads toward its third weekend. The month-long, efflorescent fiesta, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary, attracts thousands of visitors annually, from all ...

City UGB case headed to Oregon Supreme Court

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 01:00

Woodburn seeks review of Court of Appeals' January ruling in the long-running effort to expand the city's urban growth boundary

The city of Woodburn has filed a petition with the Oregon Supreme Court to review a lower court’s adverse ruling in the city’s long-running urban growth boundary (UGB) expansion case. ...

Oil tank explodes in downtown St. Paul

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 01:00

One employee of Ernst Irrigation sustains 'serious, but not life-threatening' injuries in blast, transported to Portland hospital via ambulance

An employee of Ernst Irrigation, a hardware and agricultural service and supply company in downtown St. Paul, was seriously injured Thursday afternoon when a half-full, 250-gallon waste oil tank he was ...