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Corona Days: Meanwhile at Talking Waters

Written April 3rd, 2020 by Hasso Hering

Albany’s Talking Water Gardens remain open to the public during the corona crisis, but visitors may find the waters silent, and lower than they used to be. What’s going on?

Donated face masks? Samaritan answers

Written March 30th, 2020 by Hasso Hering

In the coronavirus emergency the question of donated face masks, some of them homemade, has come up. Can medical providers use them, or are they using them? Samaritan Health Services has provided an answer.

Remotely, council OK’s corona loan program

Written March 30th, 2020 by Hasso Hering

Now that was unusual. But it worked so well that maybe the Albany City Council should meet this way — virtually, remotely, via a teleconferencing video setup — for more or even all of its meetings.

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Corona or no corona: more apartments

Written March 29th, 2020 by Hasso Hering

The coronavirus shutdown has not stopped the planning process for another big Albany housing complex east of I-5, the 264-unit Brandis Meadows Apartments southeast of the Knox Butte roundabout.

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Now, self-service allowed at gas stations

Written March 28th, 2020 by Hasso Hering

Citing the coronavirus emergency, the State Fire Marshal’s Office today allowed customers to pump their own fuel at Oregon gas stations if they don’t enough attendants. But in Albany the word had not gotten around everywhere.

Albany to consider emergency business aid

Written March 27th, 2020 by Hasso Hering

On Day Five of Oregon’s partial corona shutdown, the mid-valley weather made outdoor recreation less inviting, Albany Mayor Sharon Konopa indefinitely extended the city’s state of emergency, and the city announced that the council will be asked to consider a loan program to help local businesses until federal aid arrives.

Gun rights ‘sanctuary’ idea still pending

Written March 27th, 2020 by Hasso Hering

On Feb. 12, way before everything ground to a halt because of COVID-19, the Albany City Council asked its lawyer to look into protecting townspeople from infringements of their gun rights. Whatever happened to that idea?

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