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A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Main Street fix will have to wait

Written June 14th, 2013 by

If you were anxiously awaiting the long-planned renovation of Albany’s Main Street from First Avenue to Santiam Road and Fourth Avenue, you’ll have to wait another year. The project had been scheduled this summer, and the city staff had estimated the cost at $1.5 million. But when bids were opened on June 4, only three […]


Sleep driving case drags on

Written June 11th, 2013 by

Linn County’s “sleep driving” court case should have been over long ago. But it keeps dragging on. On Tuesday morning, Mandy Kenney showed up in Circuit Court for her scheduled trial for impaired driving. At least four law officers had been called to testify and were cooling their heels in the hall. But four other trials […]


Nothing stays secret forever

Written June 10th, 2013 by

So what have we learned so far from the latest flap in the terror war? The main thing is: You can’t trust anybody — especially not to keep secrets. The young man who told a British newspaper and the Washington Post about the massive American telephone and Internet surveillance program was reported to be a […]


Paddlers’ access? Not yet!

Written June 8th, 2013 by

At the mid-valley’s newest state park, the sign on Buena Vista Road promises access by paddlers to the Luckiamute River. There’s a long driveway, some parking spots and even a restroom, but as for access to the river? Not quite. In May 2012, when I still worked for the Albany paper and occasionally kept an […]


Parole decision mishandled

Written June 6th, 2013 by

The Oregon Board of Parole caved under outside pressure and canceled the June 7 release date of Sidney Dean Porter. The way this was handled leaves a bad taste. Now 53, Porter killed a police officer in John Day in the early hours of April 8, 1992. The officer, Frank L. Ward, had gone to Porter’s house on […]


Help for chained dogs

Written June 5th, 2013 by

The Oregon legislature is nearly done enacting a new law on tethering dogs and other domestic animals. The Senate on Tuesday passed, 25-4, House Bill 2783, which now is back in the House for concurrence with amendments. Some people have grumped whether lawmakers don’t have more important things to worry about. They do, but that doesn’t mean they […]

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The deer and us

Written June 5th, 2013 by

A book reviewer in the Wall Street Journal wrote that in this country it’s about as hard to see a deer as it is to buy gas. He had recently seen one, a deer that is, at the service station in his little town. The review was about “Deerland,” by Al Cambronne and published by […]

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