Expect longer wait as deposit doubles

All the machines were busy at the Albany Bottle Drop Friday afternoon.

All the machines were is use at the Albany Bottle Drop Friday afternoon.

The place was busy, so there was a bit of a wait Friday for people returning their empties at the Albany redemption center run by the Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative. Chances are the waits will be more frequent and longer after next April, when the deposit under Oregon's Bottle Bill doubles from a nickel to a dime. Continue reading

OReGO: Some year the fun may stop

A variable VMT could be used to discourage congestion, as here on Highway 20 near Albany.

A variable VMT could be used to discourage congestion, as here on Highway 20 near Albany.

For about a year now, I've been one of the volunteers taking part in OReGO, Oregon's pioneering test drive of a road-user charge, better known as a vehicle mileage tax or VMT. The experience has been painless and even kind of fun. But there may come a time when the fun stops and we all are taxed not just based on how far we drive, but also where and when. Continue reading

Can this truck trap be fixed?

Albany's notorious First Avenue truck trap one day last June.

Albany's notorious First Avenue truck-munching trestle one day last month (when nothing untoward happened).

Do you think Albany will do anything else to keep trucks from hitting the railroad overpass on First Avenue? Me neither, but at least the subject came up -- briefly, and without resolution -- at Wednesday's meeting of the Central Albany Revitalization Area advisory board. Continue reading

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