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Are these dirt barriers necessary?

An apparent sediment fence where a path under Albany's Pacific viaduct is being built.

An apparent sediment fence where a path under Albany's Pacific viaduct is being built.

For some years now, you and I have seen long ribbons of black or orange sheeting surrounding construction sites in the mid-valley. I guessed these low fences were intended to prevent dirt and water from escaping, and wondered if they did any good. Now that I've finally looked them up, it's apparent to me that in many cases stringing all that "geotextile fabric" is a waste of money and time. Continue reading

Try this new way to pay for roads

Alas, no data port on this baby, so OreGo  is a no-go for it.

Alas, no data port on this baby, so OreGo is a no-go for it.

If you drive a heavy pickup, here's your chance to save a few pennies on Oregon road tax: Try to sign up for "OReGo," the road usage charge program. You can't actually sign up yet, but at www.myOReGO.org you can get on the list of vehicle owners interested in volunteering for the program when it is launched on July 1. Continue reading

How the ivory bill would hurt

Kenn Holmes with one of the countless pieces of scrimshaw he has carved on legal ivory.

Kenn Holmes with one of the countless pieces of scrimshaw he has carved on legal ivory.

Wednesday's hearing on the ivory bill before the Oregon House Judiciary Committee generated so much testimony that the panel postponed action and scheduled another work session for May 27. Among all the submissions, the most compelling I saw came from Albany resident Kenn Holmes. Continue reading

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