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A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

An Albany corner that needs more light

Written November 18th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

“Have you ever noticed,” the email from Rachel La Brasseur asked on Nov. 11, “how dark it is at night at Grand Prairie and Geary Street, a pretty major intersection in South Albany?”


How state intends to fix Hwy. 20 junctions

Written November 18th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

ODOT is inching ahead with plans for safety upgrades on the Albany-Corvallis Highway, and here is the agency’s concept for improving the junctions at Granger Road and Independence Highway.


Population pressure’s up, but less so here

Written November 17th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

The latest population report from Portland State University gives us yet another reason to be glad about living in the mid-valley instead of the metropolitan hot spots of the state.


New owners renovating historic Barrett House

Written November 15th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Mark and Tina Siegner have a new project. The Albany home-building couple have bought the Barrett House at 637 Fifth Ave. S.W., in the Monteith Historic District, and are about to start renovating it.


Wondering about color at new West gym

Written November 14th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Under an overcast sky on a November afternoon, the concrete tilt-up walls of West Albany High School’s new auxiliary gym look perhaps even grayer than they might on a sunny day. I wondered if the building will be painted when the construction is finished, or if that’s the way it’s going to look from here […]


Plastic bags: A few weeks left to stock up

Written November 12th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Only about six weeks are left before single-use plastic checkout bags are banned in Oregon. Better stock up while you can. Because soon you’re going to have to buy substitutes for all the uses for which you now get plastic bags free.


Finding fault with a bicycle detector

Written November 11th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

It looks harmless enough, but there’s something not quite right with the bike detector installed at the corner of Ninth Avenue when Oak Street was rebuilt a few years ago in front of the Albany Lowe’s.


Downtown parking: Study says it works

Written November 9th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Anybody hoping that Albany’s parking consultant would recommend building a downtown parking structure will be disappointed. Rick Williams, the consultant, recommends only “moderate upgrades” in the parking sytem because he found it to be working well.


‘Climate crisis’ and the loss of freedom

Written November 8th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Newspaper readers in Albany and around the world this week got treated to a “warning of a climate emergency.” The warning would be easier to heed if the recommendations of the authors were not as ominous as they sound.


Historic review: Dahl’s project wins approval

Written November 6th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Contractor Joel Dahl got support Wednesday from the Albany Landmarks Commission for his restoration of the historic Goltra House at 331 Montgomery St. S.E.


 
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