A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Rail car graffiti: A three-minute wait

Written December 7th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

If the crossing arms come down just before you get to the tracks on North Albany Road, you get about three minutes to contemplate the paint on the boxcars as a short Albany-bound freight goes by. This may lead to idle questions.

Mayor: No more than $10 as a city fee

Written December 6th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

There’s been a lot of public discussion about possible monthly Albany utility fees to shore up future city budgets, and Mayor Sharon Konopa says she’d like to make her position clear.

A stand of timber outside Albany: Gone

Written December 5th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

“Have you been out Palestine Road lately?” Brenda Stevens Herbst asked on Facebook Wednesday. “Logging like crazy. Wonder what’s going on.” I went to take a look on Thursday afternoon, and the photo shows the result.

Added service fee lacks council support

Written December 4th, 2019 by Hasso Hering
Tom Cordier, a retired business excutive, talks to Mayor Sharon Konopaas Councilor Dick Olsen listens during a break in Wednesday's Albany council meeting.

There are not enough votes on the Albany City Council to impose a monthly utility fee to support city services, at least not yet.

In Bryant Park, a hazard tree comes down

Written December 3rd, 2019 by Hasso Hering

This used to be a “hazard tree” in Albany’s Bryant Park, dying or already dead and scheduled for cutting down lest its upper parts snap and fall on unsuspecting visitors below.

City may seek grants for station restroom

Written December 2nd, 2019 by Hasso Hering

The details are still undecided, but if the city council follows through on the general sentiment it showed on Monday, Albany Station may finally get a public restroom accessible around the clock.

Seeing that hull brings back memories

Written December 1st, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Sometimes the bike takes me along East First Avenue in Albany, and when it does I always check whether something has been done with the sailboat hull sitting there, near the corner of Oak. So far, the answer is no. Not yet.

Cycling the Water Gardens on a cold day

Written November 30th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

A cold and gray afternoon, like the last day of November for instance, is a good time for a cycling tour of the Talking Water Gardens. Because pedestrians are almost entirely absent on the trails.

Dark corner: City working to get it lit

Written November 29th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

A question about a poorly lighted South Albany intersection, potentially dangerous to pedestrians using the crosswalk these dark winter nights, has not fallen on deaf ears at City Hall. Instead, Albany Public Works is working on a fix.

Council to hear proposal for depot restroom

Written November 27th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Albany Station may be in for a useful addition — a new public restroom — if the city council and ODOT can agree on the details.

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