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Next Albany chief may be local

Written March 19th, 2013 by

If the other two candidates for Albany police chief are as good as Dan Hendrickson, the city will be in good shape no matter which of the three finalists eventually gets the job. Albany announced the finalists Monday. Hendricksen is a captain with the Corvallis police department. He has led National Guard troops from Oregon […]


Sportsman’s Warehouse eyes Albany

Written February 24th, 2013 by

Albany city planning officials have met with developers for Sportsman’s Warehouse, a nationwide sporting goods chain that has its eyes on space in the Albertsons shopping plaza off Waverly Drive. The planning department says no land use applications have yet been submitted, but the city has pending building permit requests for interior relocation and remodeling […]


The gun issue: DeFazio responds

Written February 21st, 2013 by

Our two mid-valley congressmen responded very differently on an issue of current concern. I asked Reps. Kurt Schrader in the 5th District and Peter DeFazio of the 4th what they thought of the current gun control proposals. I sent each one an email via the contact addresses provided on their congressional websites. Schrader’s office replied, […]


Site being prepared in North Albany

Written February 15th, 2013 by

Work has started to prepare a site for a proposed apartment development in North Albany between the western end of Hickory Street and the Albany-Corvallis Highway (Highway 20). The city planning department says it has issued a fill permit for the site. Developers have had a pre-application meeting with the department about what officials expect […]


Albany update on railroad deal

Written February 12th, 2013 by

A bit of long-awaited Albany news, with an update below: After seven years of trying, including five years of litigation, the city of Albany and the Burlington Northern & Santa Fe Railway Co. have reached agreement on what to do about the railroad track going down the middle of Water Avenue near the Willamette Riverfront. […]

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O&C Panel: No conclusion

Written February 8th, 2013 by Hasso Hering

If you didn’t expect much from Governor Kitzhaber’s O&C Panel, you were not disappointed when the group’s report came out on Feb. 7. Still, the report was useful in one respect. It summarized once again the long and convoluted history of the O&C lands, the forest lands originally granted to the Oregon & California Railroad […]


O&C Panel: No conclusion

Written February 8th, 2013 by

If you didn’t expect much from Governor Kitzhaber’s O&C Panel, you were not disappointed when the group’s report came out on Feb. 7. Still, the report was useful in one respect. It summarized once again the long and convoluted history of the O&C lands, the forest lands originally granted to the Oregon & California Railroad […]


Albany issue: What kind of majority?

Written January 10th, 2013 by

A big question still hangs over the upcoming special election in Albany, according to the city council. But the council won’t seek to have it resolved until after the vote. As you remember, the city of Albany scheduled a special election for March 12 on two initiatives successfully sent to the voters by city resident […]


Albany news: City lowers ‘restriping’ fee

Written December 6th, 2012 by

Starting now, city permits to “restripe” a parking lot in Albany will cost a less in most cases. Reacting to business complaints, the city council Wednesday passed a resolution lowering the price of a restriping permit to $75 for parking lots with up to five spaces designated for the disabled — so-called accessible spaces. The […]


High water closes Bryant Way

Written December 5th, 2012 by

Once again part of the Calapooia River has swamped Bryant Way outside of Albany, and the road was closed on Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 4. Gates recently installed by Linn County proved their worth by keeping motorists from temptation and out of trouble.


 
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