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Hard to believe it's been five years

This week we remembered the Dec. 12, 2008 Woodburn bombing with a heavy heart. As the five-year anniversary of the bombing passes, I was reminded of the tremendous support we received in the aftermath of tragedy.

Be aware of Green Dot MoneyPak Card scams

There have been several reports of a new scamming method in the area. Scammers are using a method involving the Green Dot MoneyPak Cards, which are legitimate products, but are being used to aid the scammers is obtaining money from unknowing victims.

Woodburn has a rich train history

Many people don’t know this, but Woodburn has a rich train history.  In fact, there is some speculation that Woodburn was named after the burning of trees that were cleared to make way for the railroad. In many train and history buff circles, Woodburn is known as the home site for Locomotive 1785 parked along Front Street in Downtown Woodburn.  The 1785 has an interesting and unique history, just like Woodburn.

What is an audit – and why should you care?


Although budgets and finances aren’t always the most exciting topic to write about, they are among the most important responsibilities we have in City Hall. During the City Council’s Nov. 25 meeting, our independent auditor presented the current audit to the council and commended the City in the manner in which we administer the City’s financial management system.

Medical marijuana dispensaries will be opening soon in Oregon

On Aug. 14, 2013 Governor Kitzhaber signed HB 3460 into law. The bill allows medical marijuana dispensaries to open throughout Oregon under certain restrictions in commercial and agricultural zones and directs the Oregon Health Authority to develop rules to regulate such dispensaries. Recently, a report on the topic was given to the City Council.

Disposition of Unclaimed Property

The Woodburn Police Department has in its physical possession the unclaimed personal property described below.  If you have any ownership interest in this property, you must file a claim IN WRITING ONLY within 30 days from the date of this notice or your rights will be forfeited.


Mayor Figley reflects on Veterans Day, Woodburn Armory

Mayor Kathy Figley wrote a guest blog this week on Veterans Day, as well as touching on the vast history of the Woodburn Armory.

This past Monday I had the privilege of addressing a group of veterans at Belle Passi Mausoleum and I was reminded of Woodburn’s rich military history.

Veterans Day is a national holiday we celebrate each Nov. 11 to honor all of our veterans whether active, reserve, retired or passed away. It is a holiday that means a lot to me, personally, too, with the Woodburn Armory right here in our town.

Woodburn's mayoral history

Very few people know a lot about Woodburn’s mayoral history.  Interestingly, between 1890 and 1895, the citizens of Woodburn did not directly elect a Mayor.  Rather, the mayor was appointed on an annual basis by a five-member City Council.

Can I cut down a tree?

Can I cut down a tree?

If you have a tree that you want to remove, here are three easy steps to doing it in accordance with City ordinances:


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