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HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

A touch of political news for Linn County

Written June 14th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

From the Capitol in Salem comes word of a likely personnel change next year in the political scene of Linn County.


Plastic bag ban, a boon in disguise?

Written June 11th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

The meddlers in Salem having done what they do, we might as well start stockpiling plastic checkout bags while they’re still available for free.

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Albany searches for street funding ideas

Written June 10th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Bouncing along one of central Albany’s old residential streets, especially on a bike like in the video here, makes you wonder if the city will ever have the means to make repairs, now decades overdue. Monday’s council work session does not signal a solution any time soon.


No carbon will mean mandatory mileage tax

Written June 6th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Drivers in Albany and across Oregon are expected to all be tooling around in electric vehicles in about 30 years. The implication of that gets little discussion as the legislature prepares to pass its plan to force a near-elimination of fossil fuels and the emissions of greenhouse gas.


Free and civil speech: LBCC makes an elite list

Written June 5th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Linn-Benton Community College is in elite company when it comes to upholding the principles of free speech and civil discussion of controversial ideas.

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Apartments on river get Albany staff’s OK

Written June 3rd, 2019 by Hasso Hering

The site plan for a proposed 105-unit apartment complex on the Willamette River has won the tentative approval of the Albany city planning staff.  Neighbors who submitted written comments now have until June 10 to ask for a public hearing before the Albany Planning Commission.


Talking Waters: A little mystery and some news

Written June 2nd, 2019 by Hasso Hering

This is an oak with three trunks, trunks that have grown around what looks like a storm sewer grate. The question is: How come? How did it get there?


The ‘Idaho stop’ stalls in state Senate

Written May 31st, 2019 by Hasso Hering

All you Albany drivers who recoiled at the prospect of an Idaho stop law for bicyclists, you can relax. The bill is dead. Or at least it appears that way.


Those holes in the road: Being fixed

Written May 30th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

No more  sudden jolts when driving on Lyon and Ellsworth Streets in downtown Albany. A contractor for the city is finishing what was left undone when ODOT repaved the downtown couplet of Highway 20 last year.


At Talking Waters, an added feature

Written May 30th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

At Albany’s Talking Water Gardens the other day, I noticed something new: Three spiffy bike racks near the entrance. Is that supposed to be a hint to bike riders to leave their wheels behind and proceed on foot?


 
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