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A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Speed control, the low-cost approach

Written May 21st, 2018 by Hasso Hering

Whether this works if speed control is the goal, I’m not sure. Yachats, on the central coast in Lincoln County, seems to think it’s worth a try.


City streetscape job: The latest on cost

Written May 20th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

In case you want to keep track, the anticipated cost of Albany’s downtown streetscape project has topped $10 million. But it’s still under budget, according to the latest update.


Street repairs and money woes

Written May 19th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

  My choice this morning was between watching the Windsor Wedding on TV or reading the city of Albany’s Capital Improvement Plan for 2019-23.  The CIP won. And I learned a thing or two.


Cleaned up for now; surveillance next?

Written May 17th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

This was the Cox Creek Path railroad underpass on Thursday afternoon, and as you can see, the walls have once again been repainted to look clean. This spot on the Albany park system is tagged so often that I think it would be a promising candidate for camera surveillance.


Our valley and its beautiful fields

Written May 16th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

One of the benefits of living in the Willamette Valley is the springtime splendor of farm fields all around us, like this field just outside of Albany, off Bryant Drive.


Fuel tax defeat: Council out of touch

Written May 15th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

The crushing rejection of Albany’s local fuel tax Tuesday may be just the latest example of the majority of council members and a majority of their constituents not being on the same page.


Big Dig enters its final phase

Written May 14th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

As you can see, the final push of downtown Albany’s Big Dig has begun. It’s supposed to be finished by mid-July. But then there’s one more thing: ODOT resurfacing the two downtown legs of Highway 20.


A downtown bank branch will close

Written May 14th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

Rumors that Wells Fargo was about to close its downtown Albany branch had been circulating for weeks before the bank confirmed them Monday. The downtown urban renewal board will hold a closed-to-the-public meeting Wednesday to consider real estate transactions, and the idea of buying the building for its parking may well come up.


Today’s quiz: What sort of bug is this?

Written May 13th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

See that little green worm on the base of my left thumb? It was one of scores, maybe hundreds, of tiny caterpillars letting themselves down from trees in the yard this weekend at the end of strands of silk so thin they were hardly visible at all.


Going downtown? Be aware of cameras

Written May 11th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

One of the things we’ve learned from the Case of the Downtown Tree Chopper is that downtown is under video surveillance and the cameras never sleep.


 
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