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Albany scene: Art outside City Hall

Written November 21st, 2012 by

Checking out an addition on Albany’s City Hall: It looks a little like a flag,

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Albany’s CARA: In search of direction

Written November 15th, 2012 by

Albany’s downtown urban renewal district is working once again to define what it wants to do from now on, and how. Earlier this year the city council, acting as the governing board of the Central Albany Revitalization Agency or CARA, put several pending projects on hold. In October, the CARA advisory board agreed that it […]


Next flood: Gates on Bryant Way

Written November 6th, 2012 by

Next time high water sloshes across Bryant Way outside of Albany, it should be easier to keep drivers from getting into trouble there. Linn County Road Department crews on Monday were installing gates that can be closed to keep traffic out. The trouble comes in winter and early spring when exceptionally heavy rain or a […]

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City poised to lower restriping fee

Written November 6th, 2012 by

Did you know that if you have a parking lot in the city of Albany and want to repaint the stripes, you have to have a city permit? Some businesses and striping contractors apparently didn’t know this either, and they don’t like it, the city council learned Monday. The fees for a parking lot restriping […]


Canal work in progress

Written October 31st, 2012 by

An Albany tidbit from the public works front: What’s that pipe doing in the Santiam Canal? It’s about to the carry as much of the canal water as it can, but that’s only temporary. The snapshot was taken Tuesday afternoon after a contractor had laid the 48-inch-diameter pipe from just above 12th Avenue to just […]


Those blue containers?

Written October 26th, 2012 by

Here’s a local tidbit for North Albany commuters: What’s in those blue containers we see parked off North Albany Road where a contractor recently completed drilling a hole under the Willamette River and pulled through a water pipeline from  the Albany side? The question came up in a chat at the Albany Senior Center this […]

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Albany news: Sign action put off

Written October 25th, 2012 by

The Albany City Council said “not so fast” Wednesday to the idea of electronic message boards at schools and other institutions in residential zones. At their regular meeting Wednesday night, councilors voted unanimously to table — or postpone action on — an ordinance that would allow the signs. Councilor Floyd Collins was not there, and […]


Cables to prevent I-5 crashes

Written October 22nd, 2012 by

A contractor for ODOT has been putting up a cable barrier in the median of Interstate 5 through parts of Lane and Linn counties. The idea is to prevent crossover crashes, of which there have been a few over the last several years. For now, the cable carrier will extend for 35 miles from mile […]

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