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A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

What you can see looking down

Written May 30th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

There’s local history under your feet, or your wheels in this case. And if you’re on a bike it’s easy to see by just looking down.


Who knows who killed Jakhob?

Written May 16th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

As roadside memorials go, this one is sadder than most. It reminds us that for more than seven years now, someone has gotten away with taking the life of Jakhob Miles.


Quiz for city folks: What’s this crop?

Written May 15th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

We residents of the Willamette Valley are surrounded by picturesque countryside, but for most of us who don’t make a living in agriculture it would be a big help if the pictures had captions as well. I for one would appreciate labels or little signs telling me what’s growing in those fields.


Take a look at ‘new’ Palestine Church

Written May 13th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

As you can see, Benton County has been taking good care of the old Palestine Church since it was moved to Adair Village in 2010 from its site on Palestine Road in North Albany, where it had sat for more than 100 years.


Pausing on a ride to watch …

Written April 26th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

Pedaling along on a routine little bike ride on Tuesday, I hear this angry buzzing in the sky behind me and to the left. The video tells the story, more or less. Well, not the whole story, obviously. I couldn’t ask the pilot his name or whose field he was spraying, nor indeed the exact nature […]


Spending spring break at home

Written March 22nd, 2016 by Hasso Hering

On my way through town Tuesday morning, it took me a while to realize why everybody was blowing through the school zone at the bottom of the hill at 40 miles per hour without even a token tap on the brakes. Then I glanced to the left and saw the school parking lot empty. Ah! It’s not a school […]


One small symbol of decay

Written March 20th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

For 11 years now, this bridge on Albany’s Cox Creek has been restricted to one lane, with concrete barriers and piles of gravel closing half of it. It looks like a permanent symbol of our crumbling infrastructure, which in itself may be a sign that our civilization is slowly falling apart.


OReGO update: How about bikes?

Written March 17th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

Let’s check in on OReGO, which seems to be flying under the radar of public interest and perhaps awareness. Maybe people would be more interested if I raised the possibility that Oregon’s pioneering approach to road taxation might some day work to get a little extra revenue from bicyclists as well.


Alb-Cor trail: Benton takes a step

Written March 1st, 2016 by Hasso Hering

Benton County is taking the next step in planning for a bike trail between North Albany and Corvallis, and it begins with — what else? — hiring a consultant.


Hwy. 20: Your chance to speak up

Written February 25th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

Roughly 10,000 drivers a day drive Highway 20 between Albany and Corvallis and back again, and most of them could recite all its hazards. But the state is sponsoring a safety study anyway. The question is whether anything will be done when this study is complete.


 
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