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Park tree’s life extended — for the birds

Written April 5th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

With orange plastic netting, the Albany Parks Department is trying to keep people away from a dying tree in lower Bryant Park lest they get conked out by falling branches. Why not just cut the tree down? Because birds could be nesting there.

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Hwy. 20 gridlock: Quit making it worse

Written April 4th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Around 6 last Monday night, because of an accident on the Ellsworth Street Bridge, it took half an hour for a car to move 2,200 feet from North Albany Road at Hickory to the signal on Highway 20 and Spring Hill. On Thursday it took a long time too, even though both lanes on the […]

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At Tom’s, couple plan new garden center

Written April 3rd, 2019 by Hasso Hering

After Tom’s Garden Center closes later this spring, a North Albany couple plan to open another in the same location starting in August, they told me Wednesday.

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Albany gets an outline of budget woes

Written April 3rd, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Albany’s city government faces budget cuts and potential layoffs over the next two years. That, in short, was the message City Manager Peter Troedsson had for the city budget committee Tuesday.

Garden center, N. Albany landmark, to close

Written April 2nd, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Since 2005, Tom’s Garden Center is just about the first thing drivers see as they enter North Albany via the Lyon Street bridge, especially at night when the big neon sign is lit. Starting no later than July 31, we will see it no more. (See the update below.)

Website lists Albany as a safe city

Written April 1st, 2019 by Hasso Hering

You may not think so if you were the victim of one of the 1,743 crimes reported last year, but Albany turns out to be among the 100 safest cities in the United States. At least that’s what the people at concluded based on a study of crime statistics published by the FBI.

Self-serve gas: Bill offers the option

Written March 31st, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Gas stations in Albany and elsewhere in western Oregon would be allowed to let customers pump their own gas at some of their pumps if House Bill 3194 becomes law.

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What will become of Mega Foods site?

Written March 28th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Albany’s zoning code makes it difficult to find a use for the former Mega Foods supermarket, so the owners are seeking a zone change that would allow a full range of commercial possibilities.

Flap over a portable toilet: One question

Written March 27th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

If Albany does not allow portable toilets except on a temporary basis, how come they are available year-round at some city parks? That’s one of the questions the city council may want to ask when the flap over one downtown outhouse comes before it next month.

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Train horn complaint lands at city council

Written March 26th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Doug Hiddleson and some of his neighbors on S.W. Washington Street are fed up with the volume of the horn of Switch Engine 1501 of the Portland & Western Railroad, and they’ve turned to the city for help.

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