A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Taking the long view on a winter ride

Written March 3rd, 2024 by Hasso Hering

Sometimes it’s good to get away. A bike ride is one way to do that, especially if it’s on a route you don’t often take.

New speed limits: Expect little change

Written March 2nd, 2024 by Hasso Hering

If they haven’t already, Albany city crew members will shortly change speed limit signs on the Waverly Drive and Columbus Street corridor from Santiam Highway south to the city limit.

Billing fiasco: Albany thanks you for patience

Written March 1st, 2024 by Hasso Hering

Albany’s problems with its new utility billing system surfaced in January and have continued since, prompting the city to put a statement on its website Friday thanking people for their patience and promising to get things fixed.

What a pile of fentanyl pills looks like

Written February 29th, 2024 by Hasso Hering

The news in Oregon has been full of reports on the fatal dangers of the illegal use of fentanyl, but I had never seen a picture of what a fentanyl pill looks like.

Rushing to get rock out of Coffin Butte

Written February 28th, 2024 by Hasso Hering

If you live near the south end of Independence Highway in Benton County, or have driven there lately, you have noticed a sharp increase in truck traffic in the past few months.

Maple Lawn replay: Preschool to close

Written February 27th, 2024 by Hasso Hering

Maple Lawn, the city-owned house and grounds on Salem Avenue, has been home to a preschool for a long time, but not much longer. The Albany school district has paid for the operation since 2021 but will stop doing so when this school year ends.

Spacious Deerfield Park due for an upgrade

Written February 26th, 2024 by Hasso Hering

Tucked away in the southeast corner of Albany, Deerfield Park is far from my usual bicycle routes, but the bike and I made it there on Feb. 24. I wanted to look around after hearing about plans for making changes in the park.

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