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Councilor vows to block pot sales ban

Written December 2nd, 2015 by Hasso Hering

The evergreen Christmas garland on the dais notwithstanding, the Albany City Council got into a sharp disagreement Wednesday over Councilman Ray Kopczynski’s announced intention to block a ban on retail sales and other commercial activity involving marijuana.

What’s the deal on natural area?

Written December 1st, 2015 by Hasso Hering

In 2009 the city of Albany bought 27 acres of former farmland on the south side of East Thornton Lake for $2.25 million. There once was the thought of building a parking lot and paths so people could enjoy the place as the East Thornton Lake Natural Area. But that prospect has retreated into the […]

Pot ordinance up for council vote

Written November 29th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

On Wednesday the Albany City Council will vote to ban the production, processing, and wholesale and retail selling of recreational marijuana within the city limits. This sets up an election next November in which opponents of recreational marijuana will want to vote yes and supporters will want to vote no. This may not be confusing […]

Albany Hydro: Hoping for better

Written November 26th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

Last year and this, sad to say, have not been money makers for Albany Hydro. The generator had to be shut down much of the time, but it started spinning again this month. And the outlook for next year depends on whether we get a reasonable amount of mountain snow.

Will a mileage tax be mandatory?

Written November 24th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

Oregon’s voluntary road user fee program is puttering along, having produced at least one surprise, and my question is: Now what? Will Oregon take the next step and go for a mandatory system of paying road taxes by the mile?

Till next spring, then …

Written November 21st, 2015 by Hasso Hering

Saturdays won’t be the quite same for the next few months without the Albany Farmers’ Market. Today (Nov. 21), a handful of vendors set up for the last of these events during 2015.

Bikepath system grows, a little

Written November 20th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

Albany’s Periwinkle Bike Path has a new extension, thanks to Lowe’s. The path offers a shortcut of sorts, and I sampled it on Friday afternoon.

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