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Albany asks ODOT to allow sculpture

Written September 15th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Whatever happened to the idea of public art in the shape of giant metal wildflowers sprouting near the Lyon Street entrance to downtown Albany? The $80,000 project was in the news last year, and now it’s up to ODOT to decide whether to permit it in the intended spot.


Lift parking limits near West? Council says no

Written September 13th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Because of all the construction at West Albany High, students driving to school this year are having more trouble than usual finding a place to park. A proposal to help them by temporarily suspending parking limits in the neighborhood north of the school found no favor with the city council this week.


The muddle over middle housing

Written September 9th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

When it passed House Bill 2001, the 2019 legislature outlawed the kind of zoning that allows only single-family houses in Oregon cities above 10,000 population. But as the Albany City Council was reminded Monday, it did not restrict the construction of single-family houses.


A year later, visiting Thurston Park again

Written September 6th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Did they ever complete the renovation of Sunrise Park, I was wondering one day last week. So, riding along on Queen Avenue, on my way somewhere else, I turned right on Thurston Street to take a look.


Why do turkeys cross the street?

Written September 5th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

For weeks now, residents in West Albany have been reporting on their frequent sightings of a flock of wild turkeys. This encounter Thursday suggests that motorists will want to keep an eye out for them as well.


Second turn lane from First: Not in sight

Written September 5th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Whatever happened to the idea, a reader wanted to know, of adding a second right turn lane on Albany’s First Avenue at the Lyon Street bridge?


Pickleball in Albany: Hot matches coming up

Written September 2nd, 2019 by Hasso Hering

The name of this sport — pickleball — may sound silly, but its players take it seriously. If you want to see how seriously, watch them compete in a regional tournament in Albany on Sept. 6, 7 and 8.


Changes coming at 4 Albany intersections

Written September 1st, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Ever heard of a “doghouse-style” traffic signal? It signals when you can make a left turn, and at Queen and Geary and three other Albany intersections, it’s going to be replaced by a different kind.


North Albany Park: Dying firs to be cut

Written August 31st, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Douglas firs have been dying throughout the Willamette Valley, and North Albany County Park is no exception. So in September, a contractor for Benton County is scheduled to cut down 50 to 60 of the ailing trees in the park.


Outhouse can stay, four councilors say

Written August 29th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

The First Christian Church in downtown Albany will be able to keep its outhouse for the homeless, but not without applying for a city permit.


 
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