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A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Pacific to Millersburg: It won’t work

Written December 11th, 2013 by Hasso Hering

Millersburg is contemplating taking over the electric power system within its boundaries in order to allow Wah Chang, the metals plant, to benefit from low-cost preference power sold by the Bonneville Power Administration. Pacific Power has now warned the city council that in the company’s opinion this won’t work.


About the next snow storm …

Written December 10th, 2013 by Hasso Hering

So what — besides letting the water run to prevent the pipes from freezing up — could we do better the next time we get hit by one of these snowstorms followed by a blast of near-arctic freeze? What could mid-valley residents and our communities do in order to have any easier time?


A promising oak gets whacked

Written December 9th, 2013 by Hasso Hering

It’s hard to know what to think about this. But these are the facts. Sometime between Sunday afternoon and mid-day Monday, somebody drove his vehicle on to the curb in the 1400 block of Albany’s Southwest Seventh Avenue, ran over a young oak growing there, steered off the curb in one smooth turn and drove […]


Has Kitz earned fourth term?

Written December 9th, 2013 by Hasso Hering

Gov. John Kitzhaber will seek another term in 2014, his second consecutive term and fourth overall. The way Oregon votes lately, he’ll probably get what he wants — but maybe not if enough voters look at what he’s actually done.


Wind farms versus eagles

Written December 8th, 2013 by Hasso Hering

The Obama administration has let it be known that expanding power-generating wind farms is more important than protecting golden and bald eagles. Federal officials announced on Friday (Dec. 6) that wind power companies will be allowed to kill or injure a certain number of eagles for up to 30 years without penalty.


How about a tax on heating?

Written December 7th, 2013 by Hasso Hering

  Let’s remember the scenes from this winter when state and federal officials start talking again about imposing a “carbon tax” or increasing the energy taxes we already have.


A shooting on the freeway

Written December 6th, 2013 by Hasso Hering

Another incident in which a law officer is confronted by an armed man and shoots before he himself is shot. It happened Thursday night along I-5 in Linn County, and the Oregon State Police are determining exactly what happened and how.


 
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