The stark lesson of Malheur events

So what have we learned from the protest and occupation at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Harney County? Among other things, the government is determined to go after people whose objections to federal authority go beyond accepted conventions. It wants to make an example. Continue reading

Albany police and fire levy: May vote

Albany patrol cars lined up for a Citizens' Academy demonstration last fall at the state's police training site in Salem.

Albany patrol cars lined up for a Citizens' Academy demonstration last fall at the state's police training site in Salem.

Albany voters get a chance in May to renew the city's police and fire tax levy a year early, and if they do, about $80,000 of the first year's amount will not be siphoned off for urban renewal. Continue reading

Come summer, more shade

This arrangement of posts is what prompted me to wonder what it was for.

This arrangement of posts is what prompted me to wonder what it was for.

What are those new contraptions in Albany's Takena Park, I wondered as I was riding past and saw them from the street. Four posts each, with connecting stringers at the top, like big four-poster beds. Continue reading

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