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August 20, 2014

Literacy an easy cause to support

by Independent staff
The North Marion Library is just one example how the dreams of a handful of people in a small community can be reached. Residents of Aurora, Donald and Hubbard have had to leave their towns to…
August 20, 2014

No parenting columns coming from this editor anytime soon

by Lindsay Keefer
My colleagues have filled the opinion pages in recent weeks with tales of parenthood — the good, the bad and the ugly. When April rolled around, I became the last holdout in our office to…
August 20, 2014

Letters to the editor

by Independent readers
Farm work would teach kids valuable lessons To the editor: I read with great interest your article in the Aug. 13 issue of the Independent. It was on the “Page from the Past” from the Aug. 18,…
August 13, 2014

Letters to the editor

by Independent readers
Be part of discussion at board meetings To the editor: On July 30 the Gervais School Board held a special board meeting with a publicly announced board agenda. The last item was board discussion…
August 13, 2014

Firefighters deserve recognition

by Independent staff
This past weekend, hundreds of guests, cooks and volunteers came out en masse to support the annual Woodburn Firehouse Cook-off. Many of the grill teams were made of current or former emergency…
August 06, 2014

Actual parenting a far cry from expectations

by Tyler Francke
Having spent roughly 25 years as an observer of People with Children (PWCs), I had assembled a thorough, alphabetized and well-maintained mental catalog of things I knew I would never do when I…
August 06, 2014

Letters to the editor

by Independent readers
Is lawn issue overreach? To the editor: What is the definition of overreach by government? Does Woodburn have a problem with “underreach” by government as well? In my opinion, the city of…
August 06, 2014

Volunteer, be part of the solution

by Independent staff
The 51st Fiesta Mexicana has come and gone, and life in Woodburn is back to normal. This year was different than in years past, with a truncated two-day festival instead of the three-day event…
by: PHIL HAWKINS - Slow and steady glacial erosion has turned the landscape in Glacier National Park into a breathtaking site that must truly be seen in person.
July 30, 2014

'Torso Incident' can't dampen first family road trip

by Phil Hawkins
So I ran over a torso on my first day of vacation. Literally — it was a headless, limbless torso, and I absolutely crushed it with my Subaru going 60 miles per hour in western Montana. Granted,…
July 30, 2014

November could be crucial for bond

by Woodburn Independent
After coming 37 votes shy of being awarded a $65 million bond in the May 2014 election, the Woodburn School Board has opted to draw out the campaigning and wait until next spring to put the…

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Jul 30, 2014

Letters to the editor

by Independent readers
Communication important in UGB issue To the editor: In regards to the opinion of Carla Mikkelson on the UGB and the city’s refusal to come to the table for discussions (published in the July 23…
Jul 23, 2014

Proud to be an Oregonian

by Lindsay Keefer
My cousin from Arizona visited earlier this month, and our time together really made me appreciate this part of the country. Living outside of Phoenix, my cousin is forced to get up at the crack…
Jul 23, 2014

Parking up the wrong tree?

by Independent staff
Last week, the Woodburn City Council hosted the first full public discussion of something that has been in the works for much of this year:?a new nuisance ordinance that would place some limits…
Jul 30, 2014

UGB opponents want dialogue

by Carla Mikkelson
First, I am part of the group that opposes Woodburn’s urban-growth boundary (UGB) expansion, so I have a different perspective on how “the system” works than does the city and the mayor. While I…
Jul 16, 2014

Letters to the editor

by Independent readers
Gervais Fourth of July a success To the editor: I need to start by saying I am Michael Gregory’s mom, and, as such, I am not objective so excuse me if I gush over my son. I am so proud of Mike…
Jul 16, 2014

Proof Woodburn is raising the bar

by Independent staff
We at the Woodburn Independent are proud to report this year’s record-number of Woodburn High School graduates who took home an International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma. A total of 14…
Jul 16, 2014

An ounce of preparedness worth pound of cure while planning…

by Patra Murdock, FNP
Part of staying healthy during trips is planning ahead of time Summertime is in full swing, and many of us will be going out of town at least once to enjoy the season. In all of the excitement…
by: SUBMITTED - Ian Niktab is president and co-founder of Woodburn nonprofit Planting Communities.
Jul 09, 2014

Planting Communities targets food insecurity in local area

by Ian Niktab
Planting Communities is a nonprofit based in Woodburn that focuses on community and school gardens. When we started Planting Communities, we didn’t think that it would sprout as quickly as it…
Jul 09, 2014

School super: We must do better

by Chuck Ransom, WSD Supt.
Back in April, I wrote an editorial about the need to improve school safety based on lessons learned from the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. where a live shooter…
Jul 09, 2014

Support Relay For Life of the Woodburn Area

by Independent staff
When he was diagnosed with throat cancer in January 2010, Larry Smith thought his life was over — in more ways than one. Adding to the terror that comes with any diagnosis for any person, Smith…




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