HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Changes coming on Santiam and Pacific

Written January 14th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

I  took this photo on a Sunday in February 2020, after ODOT announced plans to work on the busy Albany intersection of Waverly Drive and Santiam Highway. Now the department is getting ready to carry out that and another Albany project at an estimated combined cost of nearly $6 million.


Sale pending of downtown landmark

Written January 13th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

A downtown Albany landmark, the historic Oregon Electric Railway depot, will change hands if a pending sale goes through as intended. But there’s no word yet on how the building will be used after it is sold.


Parking lot hole, a mystery no more

Written January 12th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

Drivers parking their cars in the city of Albany-owned lot behind 201 First Avenue W. noticed a hole in the pavement. Then the hole got bigger. What could it be?


At the Capitol: More security, less freedom

Written January 12th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

One of the traditions of life in Oregon is about to come to an end, and it’s another step in our long slide of giving up little bits of freedom in the name of “security.”


Benton moves: Recalling courthouse visits

Written January 11th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

As far as I can remember, I’ve been inside the historic Benton County Courthouse only twice, the last time nearly four years ago when my wife and I went down into the basement (pictured above) to change our registration to vote.


Hard to find: A volunteer for planning

Written January 10th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

Finding a volunteer to serve on the Albany Planning Commission who lives in the city’s second ward has turned into a difficult challenge for Councilman Ray Kopczynski.


When the ride seems like a cure

Written January 9th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

You can’t know how excellent a service the ambulance crews of the Albany Fire Department provide until you try it out. Twice in the last two weeks I had the unwelcome opportunity to do just that.


 
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