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On Albany’s Marion Street: The big lift

Written November 26th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

It took two giant cranes this morning to insert a component of the “Stack HIP” into the building contructed for it on Marion Street in South Albany.


DEQ has new plan to reduce mercury in river

Written November 25th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

The DEQ announced on Monday it had issued its plan for reducing mercury pollution in the Willamette River. Whatever other merits this may have, it also gave me a pretext for using this photo of the river I took last month.


When autumn leaves refuse to leave

Written November 22nd, 2019 by Hasso Hering

This just in, a small item from the Department of Petty Annoyances. As you can see, Republic Services has come by and emptied the yard debris bin, as it does in Albany, without fail, every other week.


Police chief finalists face Albany audience

Written November 21st, 2019 by Hasso Hering

One of these four police officers is likely to become the chief of the Albany Police Department after Mario Lattanzio retires in little more than two months.


Council gives church a porta-pot permit

Written November 21st, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Albany City Council discussions about the portable toilet outside a downtown church are probably over — for one year, at least.


Council hears long-distance plea on trucks

Written November 21st, 2019 by Hasso Hering

In an unusual move, the Albany City Council Wednesday listened to a disembodied voice on the telephone asking it to oppose bigger trucks on the nation’s roads.


All about Albany’s Cathey Creek

Written November 20th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Among Albany’s waterways, there is Cathey Creek in the southwest part of town. It’s not big, but for a while this year it was blamed — unjustly it turned out — for complicating the construction of the new tennis courts at West Albany High.


An Albany corner that needs more light

Written November 18th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

“Have you ever noticed,” the email from Rachel La Brasseur asked on Nov. 11, “how dark it is at night at Grand Prairie and Geary Street, a pretty major intersection in South Albany?”


How state intends to fix Hwy. 20 junctions

Written November 18th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

ODOT is inching ahead with plans for safety upgrades on the Albany-Corvallis Highway, and here is the agency’s concept for improving the junctions at Granger Road and Independence Highway.


Population pressure’s up, but less so here

Written November 17th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

The latest population report from Portland State University gives us yet another reason to be glad about living in the mid-valley instead of the metropolitan hot spots of the state.


 
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