Posts written by Hasso Hering

Albany bond update: Public engagement promised

The ballots in Albany’s police and fire bond election have been in voters’ hands for days — or on their kitchen counters with the stack of bills, or wherever else people stash the mail they will deal with later. To count, ballots must be returned… Continue reading


This case should be dropped

  The state of Oregon has been going after Mandy Kenney for a year and a half. Next week this 29-year-old mother of three is scheduled to go on trial for reckless driving and driving under the influence. This is an unnecessary and unwarranted prosecution… Continue reading


Cool Willamette: Costs may rise

Albany borrowed and then spent upwards of $70 million in recent years to comply with clean-water regulations on the Willamette River. The city modernized and expanded its sewage treatment¬†plant and constructed the “Talking Waters” wetlands project. Now there’s a possibility it may not have been… Continue reading


A brighter downtown — on one street

Downtown Albany may become brighter during winter nights — or as soon as a new lighting program can be started. But unfortunately, it will be a change limited to just a short stretch of First Avenue. And that brings up an old complaint that has… Continue reading


Senator Close makes it official

As expected, state Sen. Betsy Close, R-Albany, next year will run for a four-year term in the position to which she was appointed a year ago. She talked to me on camera just before she announced her plans at a reception at the Albany Golf… Continue reading

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