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A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

River site blocked; blame criminals

Written June 14th, 2013 by

It’s been years since the public could drive down to the Willamette River at Truax Island. We still can’t, and we won’t be able to do so again any time soon. For that we can thank criminals. The Oregon Parks Department used to maintain a little parking lot at this spot in the Willamette River […]


Main Street fix will have to wait

Written June 14th, 2013 by

If you were anxiously awaiting the long-planned renovation of Albany’s Main Street from First Avenue to Santiam Road and Fourth Avenue, you’ll have to wait another year. The project had been scheduled this summer, and the city staff had estimated the cost at $1.5 million. But when bids were opened on June 4, only three […]


Sleep driving case drags on

Written June 11th, 2013 by

Linn County’s “sleep driving” court case should have been over long ago. But it keeps dragging on. On Tuesday morning, Mandy Kenney showed up in Circuit Court for her scheduled trial for impaired driving. At least four law officers had been called to testify and were cooling their heels in the hall. But four other trials […]


Say goodbye to Cox Creek dam

Written June 11th, 2013 by

A demolition crew was at work Monday on Cox Creek, jackhammering away at a concrete dam that’s been in place since 1932. It’s part of a project to restore natural conditions in the lowlands near where Cox Creek empties into the Willamette River. Last year the Calapooia Watershed Council obtained a $199,000 state grant for […]


Paddlers’ access? Not yet!

Written June 8th, 2013 by

At the mid-valley’s newest state park, the sign on Buena Vista Road promises access by paddlers to the Luckiamute River. There’s a long driveway, some parking spots and even a restroom, but as for access to the river? Not quite. In May 2012, when I still worked for the Albany paper and occasionally kept an […]


Ferry news: Closed for repairs

Written June 7th, 2013 by

For the next few days at least, don’t plan on taking the Buena Vista Ferry. Marion County Public Works posted a notice on its website Thursday morning that the ferry was closed for repairs and a dredging project. The sign near the ferry landing in Buena Vista confirmed it Thursday afternoon when an Albany cyclist […]


Help for chained dogs

Written June 5th, 2013 by

The Oregon legislature is nearly done enacting a new law on tethering dogs and other domestic animals. The Senate on Tuesday passed, 25-4, House Bill 2783, which now is back in the House for concurrence with amendments. Some people have grumped whether lawmakers don’t have more important things to worry about. They do, but that doesn’t mean they […]

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Urban renewal tax fix falls short

Written May 28th, 2013 by

The Oregon House today (May 28) is scheduled to vote on a sensible bill to correct an injustice dealing with property taxes and urban renewal, but it won’t do any good in Albany, at least not yet. The bill is HB 2632-A. It would remove local option levies approved by voters after January 1, 2013, […]


Our bridges: The “scour” concern

Written May 26th, 2013 by

Our highway bridges over the Willamette River are not likely to fall down like the one on I-5 over the Skagit River. That one was of a design where failure of one member causes a collapse, and it got hit by a tall load. But there is one potential concern with the bridges we have […]


Mindless vandalism downtown?

Written May 26th, 2013 by

I have no idea what the details of this story are because there was no one around to ask. What it looks like is that someone heaved a hefty chunk of concrete into the windshield of this car and left it where it fell. I shot this photo around noon on Saturday while walking up […]


 
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