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A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Albany log yard: The story behind it

Written May 7th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

Sawmills disappeared from Albany decades ago, but a part of the business has returned in the form of a small company that buys logs and resells them to mills in Oregon and as far away as China.


Will ‘scenic’ label ruin Highway 34?

Written May 6th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

Driving on the Alsea Highway through the Coast Range is a blast — especially when there’s no one else on the road except some vultures having a roadkill snack. So why did ODOT have to spoil it, maybe, by calling it a “scenic byway”? The Oregon transportation department made the announcement last week. There are […]


Another N. Albany apartment project

Written May 4th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

The Albany planning division has notified neighbors of a developer’s plan to build 40 apartments of “family housing” on Hickory Street in North Albany.


Riverfront news: Takena’s dock is ready

Written May 3rd, 2018 by Hasso Hering

It took some hard work by the Albany parks crew, but now the new floating dock at Takena Landing on the Willamette River is in the water, ready to be used.


Sunrise Park: Checking on progress

Written May 2nd, 2018 by Hasso Hering

The bike and I took a detour down Thurston Street from Queen Avenue this week. And as expected, the Albany city project to do something for the Sunrise Park neighborhood was well under way.


Storm water problems? Tell the city

Written May 1st, 2018 by Hasso Hering

If you live in Albany and any heavy downpour regularly floods your street, you should tell the city engineers about it. And Thursday you have another chance to do just that.


Hope they catch whoever did this

Written April 30th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

Phyllis Richards was driving down Lyon Street this afternoon on her way home to North Albany. “I was so disappointed to see that someone has damaged many of our new trees,” she told me. “Who would be so destructive as to enjoy doing that?”


Boating news, and Millersburg fire deal

Written April 25th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

In other riverfront news, Albany-area boaters are still waiting for the new floating dock at Takena Landing, but the ramp at Bowman Park is once again clear of woody debris and OK for putting boats in and taking them out.


Draft title’s right: Creating criminals

Written April 24th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

The Oregon attorney general’s ballot title drafted for Initiative Petition 43 gets right to the point: “Criminalizes possession or transfer,” it says, of certain weapons and ammunition magazines.


On Second, will radar slow drivers down?

Written April 23rd, 2018 by Hasso Hering

Drivers on Albany’s Second Avenue will soon be seeing something new to catch their attention. The city council Monday called for the installation of a radar speed display sign on Second at Thurston Street, a block before vehicles go over the hump of the railroad track.


 
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