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A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

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 […]


Albany: Timber Street tract land in default

Written May 25th, 2013 by

About 75 acres of undeveloped land surrounding Albany’s Timber Ridge School is about to come into city ownership because the owners have made no payments on assessments for the street and utility lines there. Now it’s just a question of how the transaction is done, the city council was told. The land has been owned by the […]


Open meetings: Let’s keep them so

Written May 21st, 2013 by

  By and large, Oregon’s public meetings law works pretty well. So there’s no big reason to try to fix it. The House Rules Committee, though, is holding a public hearing on Wednesday (May 22) on House Bill 3513, which attempts to refine the definition of when public bodies, like a city council or county […]


City debt debate nears a harmonious end

Written May 21st, 2013 by

It was all sweetness and light Monday at the unveiling before the Albany City Council of a proposed charter amendment to fix problems with the city’s new debt  limit. Council members nodded their agreement with the proposal and will probably act in June to put the measure on the ballot in a special election Sept. […]


A dog’s life on I-5

Written May 20th, 2013 by

  This is not the recommended way to transport a dog, I would say, not at freeway speeds on Interstate 5 anyway. This dog looked pretty excited, running from one side of the truck bed to the other and back again.  As near as I could tell, it was tied to something with a leash […]

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Another health care study?

Written May 18th, 2013 by

Haven’t we had enough of studies of our health care system? At a work session on Monday (May 20), the Albany City Council will consider a request by a local group to show support for a bill pending in the legislature. That’s HB 3260-A, which has cleared one committee and has had a hearing in […]


This murder needs solving

Written May 16th, 2013 by

If you drive out Murder Creek Road northeast of Albany and turn right on Kamph Road, after a few yards you come to one of those roadside memorials. Unlike most of them, it  is not for the victim of a traffic crash. This one is for Jakhob Miles, who was 19 when he was shot […]


Mileage tax clears another hurdle

Written May 14th, 2013 by

The Oregon House Revenue Committee has passed the proposal for a road user tax on vehicles that use little or no motor fuel. But questions remain about this approach, and it’s not obvious that it will become law. House Bill 2453 cleared the tax committee this morning (Tuesday, May14) by a vote of 6-3. It now goes […]


When Millersburg was born

Written May 14th, 2013 by

On a bike ride the other day, I headed out of Albany on Salem Avenue and could not help but notice a spiffy new roadside sign. Welcome to Millersburg, it said, letting me know I had crossed the city limits. “Established 1873,” the sign proudly proclaims. Wait a second, wasn’t there a big controversy when […]


Rear windows: Small bill, big principle

Written May 12th, 2013 by

Because an Albany businessman got an undeserved ticket, Oregon’s law on being able to see through the windows of vehicles will be clarified. On May 13 the state Senate approved, 28-1, House Bill 2406, which previously had unanimously passed the House. Sponsored by Rep. Andy Olson of Albany, the bill removes the current ban on […]


 
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