Wider shoulders: Maybe next year

Another bike-related update: We'll have to wait at least another year before Benton County restores the wide shoulders that disappeared from a section of Independence Highway last year. And yes, it does matter to everybody on the road. Continue reading

Let’s keep that new bikeway clear

Looks like a crash happened here, leaving scratches and an oily mark.

Looks like a crash happened here, leaving scratches and an oily mark on the Hwy. 34 bike path.

The million-dollar bike route on the north side of Highway 34 east of Corvallis is less than a year old, but it doesn't look new any more. It could use a little attention on the maintenance front. Continue reading

Bud Pierce, a showman he’s not

Bud Pierce takes questions after his talk to the Albany Chamber forum Wednesday.

Bud Pierce takes questions after his talk to the Albany Chamber forum Wednesday.

Bud Pierce, M.D., the Republican governor for Oregon governor, makes a point of the fact that he's not a politician. And it shows. Continue reading

On the next-to-last day of summer…

The Luckiamute River, looking upstream from the bridge on Buena Vista Road.

The Luckiamute River, looking upstream from the bridge on Buena Vista Road.

You already know this, of course. But our mid-valley is a pretty place once you get away from the towns, which in comparison with others aren't that shabby themselves. Continue reading

A question about felons and guns

Four handguns were among the items Albany police seized at an Salem address.

Four handguns were among the items Albany police seized at an Salem address.

When it comes to gun stories in the news, one question of considerable interest is rarely addressed: Exactly how did the felons in the stories obtain the firearms they are charged with unlawfully possessing? Continue reading

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