Diversity flap ends in harmony

The council and Human Relations Commission get ready for their Tuesday night work session, which ended in harmony.

The dispute over changes in the 2007 Albany ordinance that created the city's Human Relations Commission ended without acrimony Tuesday. In a two-hour work session, the council and commission worked out wording that seemed to reflect, more or less, what everybody wanted to say. Continue reading

Carousel opening: The sidelights

Hundreds of people showed up Tuesday morning for the opening of the Albany Carousel. That means you'll be treated to thousands of photos and videos on social and various other media. Here's a collection of sidelights. Continue reading

Queen crossing on state’s agenda

The Queen Avenue crossing gates in action in December 2015. ODOT says there are 60 switching operations a day at the crossing.

The Oregon Transportation Commission is poised to approve a project to make Albany's Queen Avenue railroad crossing safer and, for cars, smoother. But it won't deal with traffic delays when the gates are down. Continue reading

Takena Landing to get new dock

A dog cools off at the Takena Landing dock on Aug. 11.

To the casual observer the wooden floating dock at Albany's Takena Landing doesn't look as though it's in bad shape. But it's going to be replaced next spring, and the new one will have a fiberglass deck. Continue reading

From trash to apartments: Maybe

This was the view from the Simpson-Bowman trail on Aug. 8.

If apartments are ever built on this Albany riverfront site between Bowman and Simpson parks, at least the perennial trashing of the property will come to an end. Continue reading

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