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Report: Cougar follows Benton hikers

Written July 29th, 2013 by

If you meet a cougar in the woods, don’t run. “Running triggers a chase response in cougars, which could lead to an attack,” the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife warns. Instead, look at the animal, raise your arms and tell it to go away in a firm voice. Easier said than done, probably, when […]


Woodland Square: An update

Written July 14th, 2013 by

At Albany’s Woodland Square trailer park, the plan is still for Innovative Housing Inc., a Portland developer of affordable housing, to turn the site into a 54-unit complex for working people. But the $10.6 million project hinges on state approval of grants and federal low-income housing tax credits, and that request is “still pending,” Julie Garver […]


Albany Lowe’s beginning to stir

Written July 12th, 2013 by

Lowe’s appears to be about to get started on its long-awaited home improvement center at Ninth Avenue and Oak Street in Albany. And as usual, regulatory compliance has to be obtained. As reported by city Public Works Director Mark Shepard, a consultant for Lowe’s has asked the city to sign a statement that the project […]

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Dog case: Not another Blue

Written July 10th, 2013 by

The city of Albany faces a potential dog dilemma, but it’s nothing like the uproar about Blue. You may recall that Blue was facing euthanasia in 2011 after biting a toddler, while his owner and supporters fought to keep him alive. The battle ended when Blue was broken out of an Albany kennel and disappeared. […]


Private liquor sales? Not yet

Written July 2nd, 2013 by

Hard liquor on sale at Walmart? That’s what the ad insert in the paper on Sunday said. But it isn’t so, I’m pretty sure, at Walmart stores in Oregon. For decades, Oregon has guarded its monopoly on selling spirits through state-licensed agents and stores. Some time ago, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission started a pilot […]

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Warm welcome for new chief

Written June 29th, 2013 by

Albany’s new chief of police got quite a welcome on Friday. The council chamber at City Hall was filled nearly to capacity as Mario Lattanzio, 47, took the oath of office administered by City Clerk Mary Dibble. The job will pay him roughly $137,000 a year. The Lattanzios have bought a house off Crocker Lane […]

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Ferry update: It’s running

Written June 28th, 2013 by

On June 7 this site reported that the Buena Vista Ferry on the Willamette River was shut down because of some impending dredging. The good news today: The ferry is back in operation, providing its valuable service to mind-valley commuters, farmers and tourists alike. If there was an announcement to that effect, I missed it. But on […]


Albany and railroads: A new era?

Written June 27th, 2013 by

The legal strife over an Albany rail line lasted about five years, but now the city and two railroads have put it behind them and embarked on an new era of cooperation. At least that was the hope expressed by city officials Wednesday night when the Albany City Council unanimously gave final approval to a new […]


House wants more ‘voters’

Written June 26th, 2013 by

Over the objections of 28 members, mostly Republicans, the Oregon House has passed a curious bill that aims to get every citizen in the state registered as a voter whether they want to be or not. It would work this way. The DMV has a record of every citizen with a driver’s license. Under HB 3521, if […]


Albany’s CARA poised to restart

Written June 23rd, 2013 by

Albany’s downtown urban renewal program is about to restart with a sharper focus on encouraging job creation and increasing the taxable value of the revitalization district known as CARA. For the past year, the program has been on hold while urban renewal manager Kate Porsche led the 14-member CARA advisory committee in monthly discussions of […]


 
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