A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

An Oregon story: A man and his mountain

Written October 27th, 2020 by Hasso Hering

This is a story about Ben Johnson, who died in Albany in 1901. I regret that I had never heard of him until last month. He must have been a remarkable man because a mountain bears his name.

Posted in: Commentary, News

Property tax reform: Sure, but how?

Written October 26th, 2020 by Hasso Hering

The Albany Budget Committee Monday heard a presentation on the complications and unfairness of Oregon’s property tax. Let’s not forget that the system is what it is because citizens tried to protect themselves from skyrocketing bills.

Asking questions as the virus marches on

Written October 22nd, 2020 by Hasso Hering

The coronavirus numbers put out by the Oregon Health Authority and recited by the press could use a little interpretation, starting with the number of “new deaths.”

D’s, R’s and Nons: The local numbers

Written October 22nd, 2020 by Hasso Hering

In case it matters, and maybe it does in local politics, Democrats have a slight edge in Albany registrations over Republicans. But both major parties are running behind the number of Albany voters signed up as nonaffiliated.

Albany Senior Center when Covid is over

Written October 20th, 2020 by Hasso Hering

For today’s episode, how about a little rumor control concerning the future of the Albany Senior Center once the Covid crisis is safely in the past?

There used to be a grove of trees …

Written October 19th, 2020 by Hasso Hering

Here’s something that surprised me on a bike ride through the open country south of Albany: A grove of trees on the east side of Meadow Road was gone.

Posted in: Bicycling, Commentary, News

Out on Pirtle Drive, there’s a new sight

Written October 17th, 2020 by Hasso Hering

It had been some time since the bike took me along Pirtle Drive in the farm country south of Albany. So until Friday I had not seen the long fence topped by barbed wire on the former industrial site where Dirk Olsen of Olsen Honey Farms has set up his apiary. Why the fence, I […]

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