A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Why these street trees have to go

Written November 28th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

The day before Thanksgiving, a couple of signs caught my eye. They were attached to two trees in the 500 block of Washington Street.

As of Dec. 8, buying a gun looks impossible

Written November 26th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

Unless a court intervenes before Measure 114 takes effect on Dec. 8, it looks like after that date private citizens will no longer be allowed to buy a firearm in Oregon for a good long while. But the promoters of the initiative didn’t mention that.

A plan to keep Waverly Lake clear

Written November 25th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

Albany’s Waverly Lake may stay clear of algae next summer if the city council grants a request from the city parks department for funds to bring that about.

Late November at the ocean’s edge

Written November 24th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

At the start of this Thanksgiving week, we ignored Oregon politics, local land use issues and other petty aggravations and found sunshine at the Oregon coast.

Gibson Hill: Why they dug into new road

Written November 23rd, 2022 by Hasso Hering

Barely two months after completing the repaving of Gibson Hill Road in North Albany, the contractor was back last week digging in the pavement. How come?

City cites violations at downtown building

Written November 22nd, 2022 by Hasso Hering

The bike and I were going west on Albany’s First Avenue Tuesday when a white paper notice in the window of a long-vacant building caught my eye.

On my riverfront beat: That leak is back

Written November 20th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

Last year it looked as though they had fixed this apparent leak in a water main along Water Avenue in Albany. If they did, the fix didn’t last.

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