Yard debris issue coming up again

Councilman Mike Sykes, flanked by Ray Kopczynski, left, and Rich Kellum, at a council work session on Jan. 9.

Albany Councilman Mike Sykes wants the council to revisit the idea of weekly rather than biweekly yard debris pickup, which it turned down last October. And he'll get his wish. Continue reading

Post office in former Safeway?

FedEx trucks huddle at the old Safeway building in this file shot from October 2015.

Empty business buildings around town were tossed around as possible locations if the city gets the Albany Post Office to move, and the former Safeway at Calapooia Street and Pacific Boulevard, with ample parking, emerged as the leading candidate. Continue reading

Behold new ‘Century’ downtown

The restored front of the Century Building on First Avenue on a sunny day last week.

Whoever built it in 1905 called it the Century Building, maybe hoping the 20th would be a great one. Now the building on Albany's First Avenue has been given a new look that manages to restore the simple elegance it may once have had. Continue reading

Benton has plan for N. Albany Park

Trees lean against a house on Hillcrest Street N.W., near the entrance to North Albany County Park, after Friday's wind storm.

Benton County has completed a conceptual master plan for North Albany County Park, where more than a hundred "hazard trees" weakened by drought and bugs were removed last year. Friday's windstorm felled a few more, laying them across a house near the entrance to the park. Continue reading

Back-in parking: A matter of inches

Calapooia Street on the west side of the Albany Post Office block, Thursday afternoon.

So how's Albany's new back-in angled parking working out? OK, I guess, but I'm getting a little worried about the new trees the city just paid to have planted. Continue reading

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