Sheriff: No evidence of homicide

The Linn County Sheriff's Office in a shot from the "hh-today" files.

There's no evidence that a man found dead by the side of Bryant Drive outside of Albany died as a result of homicide, according to Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley. Continue reading

N.A. Park poised for upgrades

On deck of "The Boat," which may or may not remain part of the playground at North Albany County Park.

Visitors at North Albany County Park may start seeing changes in the next few years based on a new master plan. Developed over the last couple of years with lots of outreach to and input from the people in surrounding neighborhoods, the plan goes to the Benton County Board of Commissioners for approval in December. Continue reading

Crocker project: A status check

The view up the north end of Crocker Lane on Sunday afternoon..

This is the case of a deadline past and gone. The northern 2,100 feet of Crocker Lane was supposed to be turned into a fully developed city street with a new water line underground by Nov. 3. Looks like finishing the job will take a bit more time. Continue reading

City-owned site looking for a use

Now that there's a curb, the city-owned land at the Hill Street railroad crossing can't be used for parking even after the crossing and new street are completed.

The Albany City Council has yet to decide what if anything to do with a block of vacant land it caused the BNSF railroad to hand over in 2013. But for now a previous benefit of the parcel -- overflow parking at the popular Calapooia Brewing Co. restaurant across Water Avenue -- has been lost. Continue reading

Hope for saving Albany Hydro

Brian Kuehn, lead water and canal operator, stands by Albany's 500-kilowatt generator in the Vine Street powerhouse on Tuesday. The antique on the right is the No. 2 generator, inoperable for decades, made by Westinghouse in the 1920s.

Albany officials think there's a way to keep operating the city's electric generator while cutting back on regulatory expenses. Let's hope they are right and Albany's historic role in hydropower production can be continued and preserved. Continue reading

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