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Will escape still be possible?

Technology will make it possible to keep track of where vehicles are. (These were stuck in a slowdown on Highway 20.).

Technology will make it possible to keep track of where vehicles are. (These were stuck in a slowdown on Highway 20.).

July 1 is an important date not because Oregon now allows the "recreational" use of marijuana but because it also is a milestone on the road to total surveillance. So far this surveillance covers only volunteers. But in 10 or 20 years, I doubt escape will be possible for any of us still around. Continue reading

“BottleDrop:” Why it matters

There's remodeling going on inside the future redemption center on Santiam Highway S.E.

There's remodeling going on inside the future redemption center on Santiam Highway S.E.

Albany's bottle and can redemption center has an Aug. 20 target date to open for business, and "so far we are on track,"  Cherilyn Bertges of the Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative says. Why should anyone care? Because sooner or later, the Oregon Bottle Bill will demand recycling of more types of beverage containers, and redemption centers are a factor in when that decision gets made. Continue reading

Coming online: More of Potts’ pix

Librarian Jason Darling with a screen of images made by Bob Potts.

Librarian Jason Darling with a screen of images made by Bob Potts.

Here's something for Albany history buffs to look forward to: Thousands of unpublished photos from the collection of the late Bob Potts will soon be posted and available online. Continue reading

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