Albany pot: Looking for ‘reasonable’

From left: Councilors Kellum, Kopczynski and Collins, Manager Hare, Mayor Konopa, Attorney Sean Kidd.

From left: Councilors Kellum, Kopczynski and Collins, Manager Hare, Mayor Konopa, Attorney Sean Kidd at Monday's council session..

Albany's city charter requires four votes on the city council for any action. Twice now, the second time on Monday, Councilman Dick Olsen has made himself scarce, preventing the enactment of severe restrictions on the possible location of recreational marijuana businesses, limits that he opposes. The deadlock may continue until the council finds a reasonable way out. Continue reading

Back-in parking: Start practicing

The parking spaces along this curb on Second Avenue outside the post office will be replaced by back-in parking.

The parking spaces along this curb on Second Avenue outside the post office will be replaced by back-in parking.

Albany drivers might want to start practicing how to back into a diagonal parking space on their left without hitting the vehicles on either side. If they plan on parking on the street outside the post office, they'll need that skill starting some time next year. Continue reading

Behind the lights: Pot vote upcoming

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Festively decorated for Christmas and exuding holiday cheer though it is, the Albany City Hall on Monday will be the site of another likely contentious meeting over recreational pot. Continue reading

Albany-Corvallis path: Pedaling on?

The Albany-Corvallis path project has been stalled for nearly two years.

The Albany-Corvallis path has been stalled since this leg in Corvallis was built. (File photo, 2014)

There's some doubt whether the long-proposed Albany-Corvallis bike path will ever be built, but Benton County is pedaling on with the idea, so far at least. The next step is a public meeting to hear a report from consultants on phase 1 of their work and "discuss alternative routes." Continue reading

All that winter rain — could we sell it?

Oregon rain for sale at the Portland Airport: How about scaling that up?

Oregon rain for sale at the Portland Airport: How about scaling that up?

Once again this fall, as usual, we have rain, lots and lots of rain. The Willamette River is running full without doing anybody any good. All around us we have water, way too much water. So when I came across this shot of a sign outside the Oregon store at PDX, taken in September, I had an idea. Continue reading

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