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It may not look all that ‘noxious,’ but …

Written July 15th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

By landing where it did, this butterfly called my attention to the subject of noxious weeds. For a “noxious weed” is what, 14 years ago, the Oregon Department of Agriculture declared this flowering bush to be.

Accessory units: Mayor explains her veto

Written July 13th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

Albany Mayor Sharon Konopa has vetoed a council-passed ordinance on accessory dwellings, hoping the members will agree on changes that she and all the councilors can support.

415 First: Making it look great again

Written July 12th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

I don’t remember who first came up with the description of the aluminum front that hides the handsome architecture of No. 415 on Albany’s First Avenue West. But now, the days of the “cheese grater” may finally come to an end.

Bees on oak leaves: A mystery solved

Written July 11th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

This was something I had not seen before: Bees (including this one) busily sucking up the shiny stuff on the leaves of this young oak on an Albany street.

Mayor may veto accessory housing

Written July 11th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

The Oregon legislature wants more housing to be built on lots that already contain a home. But a 2017 law to allow that is causing consternation at Albany City Hall and may prompt a possible first-ever veto of a city ordinance by Mayor Sharon Konopa.

Edgewater: City waits for final plat

Written July 10th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

In April, developers of Edgewater Village along Albany’s Willamette riverfront were eager to build more homes. So why no construction activity since the streets and utilities were finished in the spring?

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Old church: Its fate still not settled

Written July 9th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

You may be tired of reading about the former Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Tough. You’ll have to┬áput up with it for a while longer because the Albany City Council still has not made a decision on what to do with the decaying building at Santiam Road and Main.

A new traffic signal, needed or not

Written July 6th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

A year and a half ago, the Albany City Council was pressured into spending nearly half a million dollars on a new traffic signal that nobody except ODOT thinks is necessary. On Wednesday the council will be asked to complete that action by awarding a bid.

Verdict on new street: Well, it’s smooth

Written July 4th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

It’s been weeks since traffic could flow unencumbered through downtown Albany as seven blocks of two streets were reconstructed, one by one.

Fighting poverty: Albany has a plan

Written July 4th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

Independence Day is as good a time as any to consider Albany’s government-funded program to fight poverty. The city council did so last week when it adopted a five-year plan.

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