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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…
July 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…
July 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…
July 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…
July 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…
July 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…
July 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…
July 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.
July 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…

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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…
Jul 02, 2014

Letters to the editor

by Independent readers
Big success for Hubbard Veterans Memorial fundraiser To the editor: The dinner auction event held June 20 at the Hubbard Fire Department went well. The event sponsored by Hubbard Parks…
Jul 02, 2014

Have fun and stay safe this Fourth of July

by Independent staff
The Fourth of July is a wonderful time to commemorate the birth of our country, complete with barbecues, parades and fireworks. But please remember to stay safe this long holiday weekend,…
Jul 02, 2014

Changes must be made to a broken land-use system in Oregon

by Kathryn Figley, Mayor of Woodburn
So, what about the rest of us? The Oregon Legislature’s “Grand Bargain” was a boon to the city of Hillsboro and adjoining Washington County jurisdictions. It was a necessary response to an…
Jul 01, 2014

Playground politics

by Phil Hawkins
If my son’s school were a sovereign nation, waffle blocks would be its primary form of currency. For the uninitiated, waffle blocks are interlocking plastic toys that can be linked together to…
Jun 25, 2014

Get involved and be informed

by Woodburn Independent
Last week’s meeting of the Gervais School Board had, quite possibly, a record-breaking number of attendees, most of them with the intention of convincing the board to reverse its decision on…
Jun 25, 2014

Letters to the editor

by Independent readers
Reporter right about gun control issue To the editor: My husband and I couldn’t agree with Tyler Francke more about “The lunacy of a nation” (June 18 edition, Page 4A) relative to gun control…
Jun 18, 2014

Letters to the editor

by Independent readers
District and police reaction appreciated To the editor: I would like to take a moment to say thank you to the Woodburn High School and the Woodburn Police Department. It was very comforting to…
Jun 18, 2014

UGB fight is unfortunate

by Independent staff
By declining to take up the case, the Oregon Supreme Court has effectively upheld the Court of Appeals’ decision to reverse the state’s and county’s approval of Woodburn’s urban growth boundary.…




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