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HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Cycling the Water Gardens on a cold day

Written November 30th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

A cold and gray afternoon, like the last day of November for instance, is a good time for a cycling tour of the Talking Water Gardens. Because pedestrians are almost entirely absent on the trails.


Dark corner: City working to get it lit

Written November 29th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

A question about a poorly lighted South Albany intersection, potentially dangerous to pedestrians using the crosswalk these dark winter nights, has not fallen on deaf ears at City Hall. Instead, Albany Public Works is working on a fix.


Council to hear proposal for depot restroom

Written November 27th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Albany Station may be in for a useful addition — a new public restroom — if the city council and ODOT can agree on the details.


On Albany’s Marion Street: The big lift

Written November 26th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

It took two giant cranes this morning to insert a component of the “Stack HIP” into the building contructed for it on Marion Street in South Albany.


DEQ has new plan to reduce mercury in river

Written November 25th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

The DEQ announced on Monday it had issued its plan for reducing mercury pollution in the Willamette River. Whatever other merits this may have, it also gave me a pretext for using this photo of the river I took last month.


Timber billion: How can, or will, state pay?

Written November 24th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

In the timber lawsuit brought against the state by Linn County and many other rural taxing units, an Albany jury last week awarded the plaintiffs $1.1 billion. If the verdict stands up on appeal, how would the state pay?


When autumn leaves refuse to leave

Written November 22nd, 2019 by Hasso Hering

This just in, a small item from the Department of Petty Annoyances. As you can see, Republic Services has come by and emptied the yard debris bin, as it does in Albany, without fail, every other week.


Police chief finalists face Albany audience

Written November 21st, 2019 by Hasso Hering

One of these four police officers is likely to become the chief of the Albany Police Department after Mario Lattanzio retires in little more than two months.


Council gives church a porta-pot permit

Written November 21st, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Albany City Council discussions about the portable toilet outside a downtown church are probably over — for one year, at least.


Council hears long-distance plea on trucks

Written November 21st, 2019 by Hasso Hering

In an unusual move, the Albany City Council Wednesday listened to a disembodied voice on the telephone asking it to oppose bigger trucks on the nation’s roads.


 
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