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A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Big gas lines: An update

Written September 12th, 2013 by

Driving around the mid-valley now, you encounter pipeline builders on the way north to Independence and south of Albany along Riverside Drive. The crews are digging and drilling on two big projects for Northwest Natural, the gas company. Here’s an update from Melissa Moore, a spokeswoman for the gas company: — The Mid-Valley Feeder is costing […]


Albany briefing: Fire hall land purchase OK’d

Written September 11th, 2013 by

Buying some of the property needed to expand Albany’s main fire hall, Station 11 downtown, was a mere formality Wednesday night. The city council had discussed replacing the fire station in meetings over several years and authorized its staff to offer a price at an executive meeting last month. So Wednesday night, no more discussion […]


Albany briefing: Land for Station 11

Written September 6th, 2013 by

The Albany City Council is poised to acquire some of the land the city will need to replace the main fire station with a bigger one. Fire Chief John Bradner has negotiated a tentative agreement with the owners of two parcels, at 519 and 531 Lyon St. S.E., across Sixth Avenue from Fire Station 11. […]


Albany briefing: Exec session on real estate

Written August 28th, 2013 by

In Albany, the city council got a progress report Wednesday night on negotiations for real estate the city hopes to acquire for an expansion of Station 11, the main fire station on Lyon Street downtown. As usual, and as allowed by the Oregon Public Meetings Law, the discussion was held in “executive session,” from which the […]


Albany briefing: Progress on Water Avenue track

Written August 28th, 2013 by

The Portland & Western Railroad has made good progress on the track rehabilitation project that started this week on Albany’s Water Avenue east of Main Street. As you can see, by Wednesday afternoon the former roller-coaster track had been replaced or straightened. When the track work is done, a contractor for the city, Knife River Corp., will repave the […]


Albany update: Water Avenue rehab under way

Written August 26th, 2013 by

The long-awaited project to rebuild the railroad track and then the pavement on Albany’s Water Avenue is under way. By Monday afternoon, crews working for the Portland & Western Railroad had lifted and moved to the side of the street dozens of concrete and steel plates that made up the driving surface on the track. […]


Vandals, not liberators

Written August 22nd, 2013 by

Animal liberation? No, what the self-styled “masked liberators” of the Animal Liberation Front accomplished instead was to do about $50 worth of damage to the chicken wire enclosing four of the 19 pens at the E.E. Wilson Wildlife Area in Benton County near Albany. They did their ill-considered vandalism on the evening of Aug. 15. […]


 
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