Category: Commentary

Downtown Dig is taking longer

As busy as the crews working on Albany’s $8 million downtown “streetscape” project have been, they’re not going to get it all done this year as city officials had originally hoped.

 
 
 
 

Part of pot tax is … secret?

Considering that the tax revenue from legal marijuana was an issue in last year’s local campaigns, you’d think the amount collected from local taxes would be of great and consuming interest. But this information remains hidden so far.

 
 
 
 

On west side, cluster housing

Part of the open countryside at the western end of Albany’s 13th Avenue has been torn up for the construction of a subdivision of 32 single-family residential lots.

 
 
 
 

Sundays at Hackleman: Pickleball

My leisurely bike tour of Albany neighborhoods Sunday afternoon took me past Hackleman Park, where I spent a few minutes watching people playing pickleball. If you thought this was a sedate pastime for geezers, think again.

 
 
 
 

Albany Hydro restart is delayed

The water you see rushing down the end of the Albany Santiam Canal on Friday is not, obviously, going through the turbine of Albany Hydro. The hydropower generator has been shut down since June, which is normal, but its restart this fall has been delayed.

 
 
 
 
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