HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Open meetings: Let’s keep them so

Written May 21st, 2013 by

  By and large, Oregon’s public meetings law works pretty well. So there’s no big reason to try to fix it. The House Rules Committee, though, is holding a public hearing on Wednesday (May 22) on House Bill 3513, which attempts to refine the definition of when public bodies, like a city council or county […]


Blind spots in traffic

Written May 20th, 2013 by

Ever notice that street and traffic planners expect us to be able to see through objects and around corners? That’s the feeling you get driving around Albany and, I think, many other small towns with mostly narrow streets. Here’s an example of some kind of big utility box placed next to one of the driveways of […]

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A dog’s life on I-5

Written May 20th, 2013 by

  This is not the recommended way to transport a dog, I would say, not at freeway speeds on Interstate 5 anyway. This dog looked pretty excited, running from one side of the truck bed to the other and back again.  As near as I could tell, it was tied to something with a leash […]

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Old growth(?) going south

Written May 19th, 2013 by

  OK, I know that when you’re on the road behind the wheel, you should pay attention only to the driving. Especially on Interstate 5. But sometimes you see something you wonder about and want to catch an image of it. For instance, what about these massive logs hurtling down the freeway on their way […]


Another health care study?

Written May 18th, 2013 by

Haven’t we had enough of studies of our health care system? At a work session on Monday (May 20), the Albany City Council will consider a request by a local group to show support for a bill pending in the legislature. That’s HB 3260-A, which has cleared one committee and has had a hearing in […]


Meanwhile, the pipeline?

Written May 17th, 2013 by

Other news from Washington has dominated the channels lately, so you may not have kept up with the Keystone Pipeline issue. The pipeline was proposed to carry crude oil extracted from the Canadian tar sands to refineries in Texas. The southern leg of the line is being built, according to a May 16 report by […]


This murder needs solving

Written May 16th, 2013 by

If you drive out Murder Creek Road northeast of Albany and turn right on Kamph Road, after a few yards you come to one of those roadside memorials. Unlike most of them, it  is not for the victim of a traffic crash. This one is for Jakhob Miles, who was 19 when he was shot […]


Pain at the pump, again

Written May 15th, 2013 by

The price of gas in Oregon has soared in recent weeks. And as always, the reason is hard to see, let alone understand. For one thing, oil production in the United States has been going up. A few years ago, some conservatives urged more drilling as a way to tame the price of oil, while […]


Mileage tax clears another hurdle

Written May 14th, 2013 by

The Oregon House Revenue Committee has passed the proposal for a road user tax on vehicles that use little or no motor fuel. But questions remain about this approach, and it’s not obvious that it will become law. House Bill 2453 cleared the tax committee this morning (Tuesday, May14) by a vote of 6-3. It now goes […]


When Millersburg was born

Written May 14th, 2013 by

On a bike ride the other day, I headed out of Albany on Salem Avenue and could not help but notice a spiffy new roadside sign. Welcome to Millersburg, it said, letting me know I had crossed the city limits. “Established 1873,” the sign proudly proclaims. Wait a second, wasn’t there a big controversy when […]


 
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