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Still puzzled by roundabouts?

Main Street circle: It looks nice and round.

Main Street circle: It looks nice and round.

In a couple of weeks Albany will have its third roundabout or traffic circle, so it's time for a refresher on how to drive through one.  One bit of advice: Don't stop unless you have to. Continue reading

Crude oil: Pipelines instead of trains?

The Kinder Morgan pipeline terminal in Millersburg.

The Kinder Morgan pipeline terminal in Millersburg.

Albany Chief John Bradner was among the fire professionals at a meeting in Eugene Monday with U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley. What brought them all there was the idea that transporting crude oil by rail is a risky business, and first responders ought to know more about when the trains are running. But why trains? If oil trains are a big risk, why aren't our senators pushing much harder for the accelerated construction of more pipelines? Continue reading

When will the mail stop coming?

Parked after hours: The Postal Service has 140,000 delivery vehicles more than 20 years old and faces mounting repair expenses.

Parked after hours: The Postal Service has 140,000 delivery vehicles more than 20 years old and faces mounting repair expenses.

Among all your worries, this one may not rank near the top, but it's worth keeping in mind: How long will the post office be able to keep delivering mail to your rural mailbox on the side of the road? What if those delivery trucks wear out and can't be replaced? Continue reading