GAPS plans new bus garage

On Presidents Day, the Greater Albany Public Schools' bus garage on 13th Avenue was quiet. The district wants to build a bigger one on Ferry Street.

Leaders of the Greater Albany Public Schools have been planning for a bigger depot to park and maintain the district's buses. Now the project is up for the city's and the public's review. Continue reading

3 near-ruins have new owners

The three boarded-up houses, photographed on Jan. 28, occupy one tax lot at Fourth Avenue and Calapooia Street.

Three derelict houses in Albany's Monteith Historic District, declared unsafe to be lived in a few months ago, have new owners who are weighing whether to fix them up or replace them with something new. Continue reading

New city trees: A question of depth

One of the newly planted trees on the north side of Third Avenue last week.

On a walk through the changing streetscape of downtown Albany, I wondered about the holes around the newly planted trees. Then I heard from someone who knows about trees, telling me that these were planted too deep. Turns out they were, and the city says the contractor will make it right. Continue reading

Saving a life: They knew how

Fire Chief John Bradner presents challenge coins to, from left, life savers Mitch Johnston, Erik Roos, Mike Davis, Jay Poppleton, Angela Miller, and Mark Wagner.

One day last month, six employees of Burcham's Metals saved a man's life by working together and demonstrating what they had learned about CPR. Continue reading

Ready for an Albany gas tax?

The council at work Wednesday on its gas tax resolution. Front to back: Rich Kellum, Ray Kopczynski, Mike Sykes, City Manager Peter Troedsson, Mayor Sharon Konopa, City Attorney Sean Kidd, Dick Olsen, Bill Coburn.

The city council is working on a plan for a 5-cent/gallon local gas tax that would have motorists pay an estimated million-plus dollars a year more at Albany stations than they otherwise would. The money would go for street repairs, and voters are to get their say in May. Continue reading

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