A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Riverside trail: Passage blocked at Bowman

Written May 13th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

In a story on April 25, I wondered whether the trail along the Willamette River between Bowman and Simpson parks would stay open during the construction of The Banks, a 120-unit apartment complex. As of Thursday night, the answer was yes and no.

No surprise: Council picks $9 as base fee, or tax

Written May 12th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

You won’t be surprised to learn that the Albany City Council has settled on $9 as the monthly tax it proposes to collect from water and sewer utility customers that are single-family households.

Street scene: Why that ‘center’ line is off center

Written May 11th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

Why, Bill McLagan wanted to know, did they restripe Seventh Avenue near Hill Street in Albany some years ago so the center line was no longer in the center? Good question. If you notice it at all, it certainly looks odd.

Oregon gun bill: A question of signs

Written May 10th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

    Somehow, the sign I passed on a bike ride outside of Medford on Sunday reminded me of the gun bill — and signs of a completely different kind — the Oregon legislature has passed and sent to Governor Brown for her signature.

Albany council zeroes in on $9 service fee

Written May 10th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

As expected, the Albany City Council is getting ready to set the base rate of the proposed city-services fee or tax at $9 per month for single-family households.

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Revisiting a perplexing, puzzling puddle

Written May 8th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

We may or may not come back to important matters. But in the meantime, here’s an update on a perplexing puzzle along Albany’s Water Avenue: The puddle that won’t go away.

In budget news, Carnegie library stays ‘open’

Written May 5th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

Albany’s proposed city budget for the next two years has a bit of encouraging news, as far as I’m concerned. It does NOT call for or require the closing of the Carnegie library downtown.

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