2015 Independent All-Star boys basketball team picks

2015 Independent All-Star boys basketball team picks

Growing up in the era of Rip City in Portland, I have always put basketball at the top of my...


Woodburn's Area Opinions

January 28, 2015

Wage hike would backfire on poor

by Woodburn Independent
Oregon legislators pushing for a $15-per-hour minimum wage are revealing an astonishing lack of understanding about how this state’s economy works. The $15-per-hour proposal is one of several…
January 28, 2015

Is a new pet in your plans for the new year?

by Dr. Patrick L. Paradis
The new year often brings decisions to add new pets to the household. It’s an important decision that shouldn’t be taken lightly, however. A new pet is like a new child in the family requiring a…
January 21, 2015

CTE program opens door for students

by Woodburn Independent
Gov. John Kitzhaber’s goal of bringing all the state’s students to a 100 percent graduation rate by 2025 has noble intentions, and local schools are actively working toward achieving that goal.…
January 21, 2015

Letters: Readers reflect on veteran health care, local wrestlers

by Independent readers
Vets need health care reform now To the editor: I am writing this letter because of the recent troubling news concerning our veterans and their health care benefits. Recently, in the local and…
January 14, 2015

Letters: Page from the Past appreciated

by Independent readers
Page from the Past appreciated To the editor: I’ve been contemplating a letter to thank you for the anniversary pages printed in your paper this past year. Some of my ancestors settled in the…
January 14, 2015

A lesson in freedom of speech and the right to privacy

by Tyler Francke
Rarely does a hilariously inept use of social media by a small-time politician present an opportunity for a broad discussion of the constitutional protections of speech and the press. But,…
January 14, 2015

How to make resolutions that last

by Renee Faville, R.D.
New Year’s Day has come and gone. Most of us probably woke up on the morning of Jan. 1 excited about our resolutions. Local gyms are packed with new members, and determined walkers, joggers and…
January 21, 2015

Boones Ferry: Misconceptions versus true history

by Russ Baglien
I drive Boones Ferry Road on a daily basis, going both north and south. For me, it’s a main thoroughfare. Thousands of motorists travel Boones Ferry Road on a regular basis. According to the…
January 14, 2015

Duck calls versus duty calls: Why cancel a meeting for football?

by Woodburn Independent
Is the BCS championship game really more important than conducting business for the good of a city or school district? Local officials seem to think so, or at least, that’s what we gather from…
January 07, 2015

Sights set on healthier habits in 2015

by Phil Hawkins
We may already be a week deep into 2015, but this is the first official edition of the Woodburn Independent to come out this year, and as such, I am contractually obliged to at least acknowledge…

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Jan 07, 2015

Letters to the editor

by Independent readers
Why do educators keep making excuses? To the editor: At the Dec. 17 Gervais School Board meeting, three groups of ODE (Oregon Department of Education) bureaucrats presented their ideas on how…
Dec 31, 2014

Contributing writer reflects on feedback of 2014 columns

by Russ Baglien
It’s been an interesting year for your columnist. We’ve dabbled in many different subjects that haven’t exactly lit up the pages of the Woodburn Independent. But, some columns did provoke more…
Dec 31, 2014

2015 looks to be a year of success

by Woodburn Independent
As 2014 comes to a close, we at the Woodburn Independent have spent time reflecting on what we would like to see for Woodburn in the coming year. Somewhat surprisingly, in looking back at what…
Dec 31, 2014

When is the time right to consider euthanasia for your pet?

by Patrick L. Paradis, DVM
When you hold your new kitten or puppy for the first time it’s hard to deny that immediate bond that takes place. Or maybe you adopted an adult pet from a shelter and quickly felt a long lasting…
Dec 24, 2014

School budget gives, then takes away

by Woodburn Independent
The 2015-17 budget proposed by Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber shows the importance of both addition and subtraction. The plan, released earlier this month, raises some important, and quite familiar,…
Dec 24, 2014

'Tis the season of giving, especially at North Marion

by Boyd Keyser, North Marion supt.
I am so proud of our schools. The holiday season can so easily get wrapped up (sorry for the pun) in the frenzy of “Black Friday commercialism” that we often overlook some of its most important…
Photo Credit: PAUL BECKER - Editor Lindsay Keefer was more than a little excited to have her book signed by author and actor Cary Elwes (right), who stopped in Beaverton last week on a book-signing tour  promoting his memoir about the making of 'The Princess Bride.'
Dec 24, 2014

Editor reflects on an 'inconceivable' evening

by Lindsay Keefer
Last week, two of my favorite things collided: “The Princess Bride” and Powell’s Books. The former has been my favorite movie for pretty much my entire life. If you haven’t seen it, I’m sorry,…
Dec 24, 2014

Some 'mindfulness' tips to get through the holidays

by Dr. Curtis Climer
We all enjoy the many special foods and traditions of the holidays. The foods of this season are colorful, satisfying and calorie-rich. The activities, whether it is holiday parties or family…
Dec 17, 2014

Letters to the editor

by Independent readers
Reader enjoyed ‘clueless consumer’ report To the editor: Kudos to Tyler Francke for his delightful take on being a clueless consumer (Woodburn Independent, “Independent reporter a ‘clueless…
Dec 17, 2014

Fiesta plans headed in right direction

by Independent staff
The city of Woodburn has taken the reins of Fiesta Mexicana for 2015, and it’s seeking the public’s input to improve the festival. We certainly appreciate that the city is taking the time to…




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