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Albany to draft pot dispensary ban

Written December 11th, 2013 by Hasso Hering

The Albany City Council jumped back into the medical marijuana issue Wednesday, asking its staff to draft changes in the city land use law that would ban dispensaries within the city limits. Councilor Bessie Johnson, who said several weeks ago she did not want medical marijuana dispensaries in Albany, prompted the council action, which was not on […]


Pacific to Millersburg: It won’t work

Written December 11th, 2013 by Hasso Hering

Millersburg is contemplating taking over the electric power system within its boundaries in order to allow Wah Chang, the metals plant, to benefit from low-cost preference power sold by the Bonneville Power Administration. Pacific Power has now warned the city council that in the company’s opinion this won’t work.


A shooting on the freeway

Written December 6th, 2013 by Hasso Hering

Another incident in which a law officer is confronted by an armed man and shoots before he himself is shot. It happened Thursday night along I-5 in Linn County, and the Oregon State Police are determining exactly what happened and how.


A life saver is recognized

Written December 4th, 2013 by Hasso Hering

A man talked of suicide and set himself on fire near the roundabout on Albany’s Knox Butte Road last Aug. 20. Police Officer Sam Posthuma kept him from completing that plan, and for that the officer has now been honored for saving the man’s life.


Progress on crucial Albany rail link

Written December 3rd, 2013 by Hasso Hering

Passersby can see that work has resumed on the so-called Santiam Lead, a stretch of new railroad track parallel to the Union Pacific Mainline in Albany. High time, too. Under an agreement between the Portland & Western Railroad and ODOT-Rail, the project is supposed to be completed by Dec. 31.


Senate hopeful pays Albany a visit

Written December 2nd, 2013 by Hasso Hering

Here, state Rep. Jason Conger of Bend talks about why he’s hoping to become a United States senator and his chances in the elections of 2014.


In Albany, a new street of lights

Written November 25th, 2013 by Hasso Hering

As you can see in this video, the downtown segment of Albany’s First Avenue now has new nighttime lighting. Strings of what look like Christmas tree lights have been wound around the trunks of the street trees there and strung partway into the crowns as well. At dusk Monday, the effect was not quite as […]


 
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