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We're dreaming of a . . . soggy Christmas?

Tue, 12/23/2014 - 00:00

A deep trough of moist, cold air blasting down from the Gulf of Alaska is going to soak the region during the next few days, pushing a few local rivers and creeks over their banks.

The National Weather Service reported Thursday that the storm should begin to blow into the ...

St. Paul girls claim tourney title

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 12:40

After a pair of close and sometimes frustrating first halves at the Southwest Christian tournament, the St. Paul girls basketball team turned to its defense to turn the tide and claim two victories.

In the opener, it was the Bucks’ full-court press that proved to be the difference, wearing down ...

Gervais girls lose close game to Gaston

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 11:59

The Gervais girls basketball team came up just short in a nailbiter Saturday evening against the Gaston Greyhounds.

After an impressive middle two quarters in which the Cougars limited the Greyhounds to just eight points in 16 minutes, Gervais clung to a 20-19 lead entering the final period.

But the ...

Woodburn wrestling

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 11:48

Saturday, Dec. 13 at North Bend Coast Classic

106 pounds

Luis Venancio pinned in 1:04 by Brandon Thai; loses 9-1 major decision to Christian Arnold.

113 pounds

Joel Martinez loses 20-8 major decision to Kane Smith; wins 9-3 decision over Jared Wheeler; loses 10-5 sudden victory to Anteneh Demissie.

120 ...

Roundup: Kennedy girls remain unbeaten

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 11:33

The Kennedy girls basketball team vaulted to the No. 1 ranking in the OSAA polls after sweeping past Elgin and Monroe to capture the tournament championship at the Kennedy Classic on Saturday.

The Trojans picked up their fifth straight victory to open the season in a 54-46 victory over Monroe ...

North Marion girls pick up first victory

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 11:17

Henry, Umbenhower score in double figures for Huskies

The North Marion girls basketball team used a combination of defense and scoring efficiency to get its first win of the season 45-36 against visiting Scappoose on Friday.

The Huskies (1-2) got off to a 15-7 start in the first quarter. After ...

After School Club students get crash course in coding

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 00:00

Woodburn children participate in computer science exercise Hour of Code, billed as 'the largest learning event in history'

A number of local students in the Woodburn After School Club participated in the Hour of Code event last week, Computer Science Education Week, billed as “the largest learning event in history.” ...

'Tuesday's Table' aims to offer needy more than food

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 00:00

New service group in Woodburn seeks to build relationships with the homeless community as well as offer material goods

A group of local residents is looking to serve the Woodburn area homeless in a unique way.

Samantha Green, organizer of the new initiative, said she has taken her cue from ...

City councilors bid farewell, replacements sworn in

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 00:00

The Woodburn City Council bid farewell to two of its longest-serving members last week.

It was the last council meeting of the year for the city, but for Pete McCallum and Jim Cox, it was the last council meeting of two long and distinguished careers in civil service.

McCallum, ...

City seeks input for Fiesta's future direction

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 00:00

Organizers have proposed moving festival from its traditional weekend to accommodate carnival

Fiesta Mexicana, one of the Woodburn area’s keystone annual events, may be moved from its traditional setting in August, but not without local residents having the chance to weigh in.

Fiesta has usually, though not always, been held ...

City Council to consider zoning for pot dispensaries

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 00:00

The Woodburn Planning Commission has forwarded to the City Council its recommendation for standards that would allow marijuana dispensaries only within a small area of industrial land in the far northeast corner of the city.

The regulations, which are in the form of a proposed ordinance, would technically allow outlets ...

Armed and generous

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 00:00

Woodburn Walmart hosts its first-ever 'Shop with a Cop' event

Law enforcement officers wear many hats: first responder, criminal investigator, civil servant, public safety advocate, community service volunteer, and so on.

In general, “personal shopper” isn’t one of them, but they made an exception last week at the Woodburn Walmart. ...

Huskies place three at Rose City Invitational, beat Estacada

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 00:00

Sophomore Lane Stigall sidelined due to knee injury, expected recovery time up to a month

The North Marion Huskies placed a trio of wrestlers in the top three Saturday at the Rose City Invitational at Westview High School, ending a successful week that began with a dual victory over the ...

Pacific University to receive $580,000 grant for STEM development

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 00:00

Pacific University's College of Education has received a grant of $580,198 to help improve the quality of science, technology, engineering and mathematics education in Woodburn, Salem and other areas.

The Oregon Department of Education Title IIB Math and Science Partnerships award will enhance Pacific’s role in the South Metro-Salem ...

Hubbard Fire District captain appointed acting chief

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 00:00

The Hubbard Fire District board has approved outgoing Chief Bill Hansen’s appointment of Capt. Chris DeBrito as acting fire chief upon his departure.

This first move to replace Hansen, who left last week to take a position at Aurora Fire District, is extremely temporary, as DeBrito has been a volunteer ...

Mount Angel library welcomes new director, librarian

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 00:00

Two-thirds of the staff positions at Mount Angel Public Library have changed hands, and the newcomers are excited to bring in new ideas and get to know the community.

Carrie Alexandria Caster took over as director Oct. 27, replacing Collette DeCock, who retired in August after more than 25 years ...

Police reports from Nov. 22-Dec. 9

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 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 ...

'Dogs off to a solid start

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 00:00

Woodburn girls begin the season 3-2 under new coach Rudy Loza

The season may be early, but the Woodburn girls basketball team looks like it is adjusting just fine to new head coach Rudy Loza and the run-and-gun system he installed this fall.

The Bulldogs are off to a good ...

Grants will help Giesy Store restorations

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 16:49

Last month, the Aurora Colony Historical Society received two grants totaling $20,000 toward its restoration of the 140-year-old Giesy Store building on Main Street.

The grants of $10,000 each came from the Kinsman Foundation and the Oregon Community Foundation. The grants and gifts from Giesy descendants move the historical ...

St. Paul boys split games at Southwest Tourney

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 15:41

Buckaroos off to best start since 2010-11 season

It was an up-and-down week for the St. Paul boys basketball team, which split four games in six days, including a 46-38 victory on Saturday against New Hope Christian in the consolation game of the Southwest Christian Tournament in Beaverton.

The win ...