Behold our mighty … Cox Creek

Thursday afternoon the creek in Timber-Linn Park was still running bank-full.

It's not often anyone is tempted to write a headline like the one above. But it came to mind after a day of unusually heavy rain in the Albany area, where heavy rain in February is not exactly big news. Continue reading

CARA OKs loan for homeless shelter

The Signs of Victory shelter on Seventh Avenue, which the mission wants to leave, last March.

Albany officials say the Signs of Victory Mission as been a big help in dealing with the community's homeless. In return, the CARA urban renewal board Wednesday endorsed a $100,000 low-interest loan to help the mission finish a new homeless shelter across Jackson Street from the Linn County Jail and Sheriff's Office. Continue reading

Edgewater gets backing to carry on

Work continued Monday on houses Nos. 12 and 13 at Edgewater Village.

George Diamond says he'd like to continue building units at Edgewater Village near Albany's Willamette riverfront. And now he can. The advisory board of CARA, the downtown urban renewal district, Wednesday approved a change in a loan agreement that will allow the developer to obtain millions in private bank financing to continue construction. Continue reading

Truck stop deal being worked out

Love's truck stop is planned for this property on Old Salem Road near I-5 (in the background).

If you're wondering about the status of the planned Love's truck stop in Millersburg (and even if you're not), here's the latest: The company and ODOT are working on an agreement to satisfy the state's concerns about the nearby freeway interchange, and when that's done the project can go ahead. Continue reading

Bill would make property tax jump

The state seal at the Capitol in Salem, where tax hikes are proposed.

The same Oregon legislators who were thinking of taxing coffee and old cars also have visions of sharply raising the property tax, the most unfair tax of all because it is only faintly related to the ability to pay. And their proposal includes a sneaky hunk of bait intended to make voters bite. Continue reading

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