A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

The more renewables, the more we pay

Written February 20th, 2024 by Hasso Hering

One of the reasons Pacific Power gives for asking for a big price increase next year is that it wants to make “continued investments in low-cost renewable energy resources.”

At Sunrise Park, discovering a ‘wetland’

Written February 19th, 2024 by Hasso Hering

On Sunday the bike and I made a detour through Sunrise Park off Southeast Thurston Street. The visit reminded me of the flap over “wetlands” that delayed the reconstruction of this park several years ago.

At the St. Francis, demolition inside

Written February 18th, 2024 by Hasso Hering

Every now and then, passersby get an indication that the work of saving and restoring the former St. Francis Hotel in Albany is going on inside.

Winter at Waverly Lake: Waiting for aeration

Written February 17th, 2024 by Hasso Hering

Albany’s Waverly Lake is a picturesque feature of the cityscape, especially in winter when the water is clear. And city officials have not forgotten about the project to keep it more or less clear of algae year-round.

My riverfront beat: Brush clearing on the bank

Written February 16th, 2024 by Hasso Hering

As you probably know, my bike rides in Albany take me along the Dave Clark Riverfront Path several times a week. So it’s hard not to notice that the vegegation along the top of the bank has been cleared.

Canal crash rescue: Here’s what happened

Written February 15th, 2024 by Hasso Hering

We now have an account of what happened when a car with three people inside crashed through the fence at Third Avenue and Vine Street and landed upside down in the Santiam Canal.

Riverfront project: Where things stand now

Written February 14th, 2024 by Hasso Hering

The two river-viewing piers on Albany’s waterfront have been closed to the public for reconstruction since last spring, but now there’s a sign of some progress.

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