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No more mystery: Council prepares big loan

Written October 5th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

A confidential deal tentatively approved by the Albany City Council in February now has become public: It’s a proposed city loan of $745,000 to the company that is building a high-pressure furnace for the special-metals industry.

Second thoughts on returning empties

Written October 3rd, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Is anybody else having second thoughts about the way we now are supposed to return empty drink containers to get our deposit back?

Maybe this path only looks closed

Written October 2nd, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Back in August, a reader’s question led to the discovery that an Albany ordinance provides for a shortcut between Ermine Street and 36th Avenue to be “permanently maintained as a pedestrian walkway-bicycle path,” which raised the question of why it’s been closed for 10 years.

Mounds of chips won’t be wasted

Written October 1st, 2019 by Hasso Hering

On a ride up and down the hills of North Albany on Monday, I detoured into North Albany County Park to see how the cleanup was going after the recent logging there.

Next on Hill Street, about 90 new trees

Written September 30th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Before they rebuilt 10 blocks of Hill Street in South Albany this summer, all the street trees were cut down. Now the trees are about to be replaced.

Scenic Albany: Thoughts on the Santiam Canal

Written September 28th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

We’re looking south along the Albany Santiam Canal, from the 12th Avenue bridge. To get this angle, you have to get down on your knees and peer through one of the arches in the concrete railing.

What’s new at Bowers Rock: An update

Written September 27th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

It’s been a year since I last took a look at Bowers Rock State Park, that 568-acre expanse of ponds, fields and brush on the Willamette River west of Albany. Is anything new there now? Yes, not much, but a little.

New pavers to be torn up, then replaced

Written September 26th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Rebuilt just a year ago and made to look distinctive, the intersection of Albany’s Water Avenue and Hill Street will have to be torn up shortly. But then it’s supposed to be restored, with those reddish pavers, to the way it looks now.

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Deal proposed to save Cumberland Church

Written September 26th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

The 127-year-old building of the former Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Albany may be saved and moved after all — if conditions outlined by the city council Wednesday can be turned into an actual deal.

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Nice thought, but safety comes first

Written September 25th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

This improvised addition showed up at the east end of Albany’s riverside Dave Clark Path. Today it featured a notice zip-tied to the bench that made me stop to take a look.

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