In case you didn’t notice, unlikely as that is, Albany’s air quality Thursday was considered “hazardous.” The needle on the air quality index on AirNow.gov was all the way to the right, well into the maroon category that indicates particulate readings of 300 or more.
Albany City Council members Wednesday urged townspeople to donate supplies to the evacuation shelter at the Linn County Fair & Expo, set up for residents who fled the wildfires in east county and may have lost their homes.
The sun must have risen at 6:45 this morning, as scheduled. But in the Albany area we didn’t see it because of the covering of smoke from the wildfires spreading in the hillsides and canyons to the east.
One thing Albany-area voters don’t have to worry much about is that in our elections, a whole bunch of votes are discarded because they are sent off too late or get hung up in the mail. The number of such ballots turns out to be small.