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Albany briefing: Apartments being built

Written July 29th, 2013 by

Wondering what the heavy earth-moving is all about between Oak Street and the Periwinkle Bike Path on the north side of Albany’s Queen Avenue? A Salem contractor has been preparing the 3.1-acre site for an 81-unit apartment complex. The city’s planning department approved the site plan for the project in May. According to the plans […]


Report: Cougar follows Benton hikers

Written July 29th, 2013 by

If you meet a cougar in the woods, don’t run. “Running triggers a chase response in cougars, which could lead to an attack,” the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife warns. Instead, look at the animal, raise your arms and tell it to go away in a firm voice. Easier said than done, probably, when […]


Woodland Square: An update

Written July 14th, 2013 by

At Albany’s Woodland Square trailer park, the plan is still for Innovative Housing Inc., a Portland developer of affordable housing, to turn the site into a 54-unit complex for working people. But the $10.6 million project hinges on state approval of grants and federal low-income housing tax credits, and that request is “still pending,” Julie Garver […]


Albany Lowe’s beginning to stir

Written July 12th, 2013 by

Lowe’s appears to be about to get started on its long-awaited home improvement center at Ninth Avenue and Oak Street in Albany. And as usual, regulatory compliance has to be obtained. As reported by city Public Works Director Mark Shepard, a consultant for Lowe’s has asked the city to sign a statement that the project […]

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Dog case: Not another Blue

Written July 10th, 2013 by

The city of Albany faces a potential dog dilemma, but it’s nothing like the uproar about Blue. You may recall that Blue was facing euthanasia in 2011 after biting a toddler, while his owner and supporters fought to keep him alive. The battle ended when Blue was broken out of an Albany kennel and disappeared. […]


Private liquor sales? Not yet

Written July 2nd, 2013 by

Hard liquor on sale at Walmart? That’s what the ad insert in the paper on Sunday said. But it isn’t so, I’m pretty sure, at Walmart stores in Oregon. For decades, Oregon has guarded its monopoly on selling spirits through state-licensed agents and stores. Some time ago, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission started a pilot […]

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Warm welcome for new chief

Written June 29th, 2013 by

Albany’s new chief of police got quite a welcome on Friday. The council chamber at City Hall was filled nearly to capacity as Mario Lattanzio, 47, took the oath of office administered by City Clerk Mary Dibble. The job will pay him roughly $137,000 a year. The Lattanzios have bought a house off Crocker Lane […]

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