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High-water gates see action once again

Written April 8th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

The high-water gates installed on Bryant Way came in handy today as the Calapooia River topped its banks and sent some of its flow down the floodway that cuts across the county road west of Bryant Park.

Posted in: Bicycling, Commentary, News

Park tree’s life extended — for the birds

Written April 5th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

With orange plastic netting, the Albany Parks Department is trying to keep people away from a dying tree in lower Bryant Park lest they get conked out by falling branches. Why not just cut the tree down? Because birds could be nesting there.

Posted in: Commentary, News

Hwy. 20 gridlock: Quit making it worse

Written April 4th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Around 6 last Monday night, because of an accident on the Ellsworth Street Bridge, it took half an hour for a car to move 2,200 feet from North Albany Road at Hickory to the signal on Highway 20 and Spring Hill. On Thursday it took a long time too, even though both lanes on the […]

Posted in: Commentary, News

At Tom’s, couple plan new garden center

Written April 3rd, 2019 by Hasso Hering

After Tom’s Garden Center closes later this spring, a North Albany couple plan to open another in the same location starting in August, they told me Wednesday.

Posted in: Commentary, News

Albany gets an outline of budget woes

Written April 3rd, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Albany’s city government faces budget cuts and potential layoffs over the next two years. That, in short, was the message City Manager Peter Troedsson had for the city budget committee Tuesday.

Garden center, N. Albany landmark, to close

Written April 2nd, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Since 2005, Tom’s Garden Center is just about the first thing drivers see as they enter North Albany via the Lyon Street bridge, especially at night when the big neon sign is lit. Starting no later than July 31, we will see it no more. (See the update below.)

A note to commenters: Use a valid address

Written April 1st, 2019 by Hasso Hering

As regular readers know, I have a high tolerance level for comments about stories on this site, even when the comments show a misunderstanding or ignorance of the facts, and sometimes even when they soar so far into rhetorical heights that they leave all rational thought behind. When this happens, I try to respond to […]

Website lists Albany as a safe city

Written April 1st, 2019 by Hasso Hering

You may not think so if you were the victim of one of the 1,743 crimes reported last year, but Albany turns out to be among the 100 safest cities in the United States. At least that’s what the people at concluded based on a study of crime statistics published by the FBI.

Lemonade stands: We should support them

Written March 31st, 2019 by Hasso Hering

As a matter of principle, I stop at kids’ lemonade stands whenever I see one. The end of March seemed kind of early for this summertime tradition, but there it was on Sunday, on Salem Avenue, so I had to get off the bike and buy a cup of what they had.

Self-serve gas: Bill offers the option

Written March 31st, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Gas stations in Albany and elsewhere in western Oregon would be allowed to let customers pump their own gas at some of their pumps if House Bill 3194 becomes law.

Posted in: Commentary, News

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