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A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Albany projects: Got “visions”?

Written December 22nd, 2014 by Hasso Hering

One of the reasons Albany hired the Mackenzie firm of Portland to design new police and fire stations was the company’s  commitment to and experience with a public process in moving the projects ahead. The firm is wasting no time following through.

Can we protect our power grid?

Written December 21st, 2014 by Hasso Hering

If it’s true that our power grid now is vulnerable to destruction by cyber warfare, why don’t we do something about it? Like disconnect it from the Internet, for example?

Cuba Libre: Still a worthy goal

Written December 21st, 2014 by Hasso Hering

Cuba is way off my beat, but like everyone else I’ve been interested in President Obama’s decision to resume diplomatic relations with the Castro government. It reminded me of two things, a novel by Elmore Leonard and an experience I had as a high school student more than half a century ago.

How to foil would-be thieves

Written December 19th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

People returning to North Albany from town have been passing this reader board for the past few days. It’s part of a campaign by the Albany police to remind people not to make things easy for thieves, especially this time of year when cars may be loaded with gifts.

Something’s new along Cox Creek

Written December 18th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

A new feature has appeared on the Cox Creek Path, one of Albany’s bike and walking trails, and an interesting item it is.

When you can’t see clearly or far

Written December 18th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

It wasn’t foggy in the valley Wednesday except on I-5. And there the gray blanket in the air wasn’t fog but the usual spray kicked up by traffic. Which made me wishing for the umpteenth time for better drainage on the freeway.

Taming our anti-truck trestle

Written December 16th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

There may be a way to thwart Albany’s truck-crunching trestle, but it would cost something.

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