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Wanted: A buyer to rescue this old house

Written July 19th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Here’s a chance for would-be rescuers of dilapidated but historic Albany houses. This place, at 732 Fourth Ave. S.W., is about to come up for sale. The Federal National Mortgage Association, which owns it, is looking for a buyer with an interest or background in restoring historic buildings.


Tree protection? Albany doesn’t have much

Written July 18th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

The Albany Planning Division is processing a request for a zone change that would allow more and smaller residential lots on a piece of undeveloped woodland off Franklin Avenue and Airport Road.


DEQ fines city over Talking Water leaks

Written July 16th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Listening to the calming murmurs of Albany’s Talking Water Gardens on a sunny afternoon, you would not think there could be a problem. But there is, or at least the DEQ thinks it’s a problem.


Why this has been taking so long

Written July 15th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

So what’s the deal with the unfinished construction at the former San Blas Mexican Restaurant at Bain Street and Santiam Highway? That was the gist of an email that arrived last week.


It’s not taxes that fuel N.A. growth

Written July 15th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Contrary to persistent chatter on social media, it’s not the prospect of more tax money that is causing Albany officials to approve big subdivisions like the controversial Pheasant Run in North Albany.

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Wild turkeys on parade in West Albany

Written July 12th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Seeing wild turkeys is no longer all that unusual in Oregon cities, but it’s still a reason to come out of the house and watch, or to stop the car and take a picture.


Just crossing a bridge leads to questions

Written July 12th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Crossing the Calapooia River on that Albany bridge above takes a couple of seconds and is nothing remarkable. But if you’re on a bike, you may notice something new.


A night-time rescue — where it happened

Written July 11th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Today’s report by the Albany Fire Department of an unusual night-time rescue made me go take a look at the place where it happened, under the Third Avenue bridge across the Calapooia River and the waterfall on the Albany-Santiam Canal.


Why hearings on steps, door? It’s the code

Written July 10th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

The Albany Landmarks Advisory Commission spent only about half an hour Wednesday night to conduct two “quasi-judicial” public hearings and then approve minor alterations on the alley side of buildings facing First Avenue.


A question of speed: Legal versus prudent

Written July 9th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

No, the speed limit in the curves of Scenic Drive in North Albany is not 15 miles an hour, no matter what it says on top of the feedback sign that was there on Monday.


 
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