HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

A message for the council

Written May 9th, 2013 by

For devoted fans of Albany City Council meetings, the one on Wednesday night must have been a disappointment. It took all of 35 minutes and produced no news to speak of. (The appointment of Mario Lattanzio as police chief had been announced before.) Its highlight was the appearance of Jim Clausen, who regularly addresses the […]


The end of the Albany Wye?

Written April 21st, 2013 by

This looks like the end of the Albany Wye, the railroad Y that on a few occasions allowed big steam locomotives to turn around so they didn’t have to run home to Portland backward. Unless it will be restored later, the wye seems to have fallen victim to the Portland & Western’s project — at a standstill […]


Farmers’ Market starts season

Written April 21st, 2013 by

The Farmers’ Market in Albany is back in full swing for another year. It is held every Saturday morning through the fall at the corner of Fourth Avenue and Ellsworth Street. Producers from around the valley offer their farm products including plants, cut flowers, bakery items and, as the season progresses, lots of other edible goods. Usually […]

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State gun bills watered down

Written April 19th, 2013 by

  Four anti-gun bills have cleared the state Senate Judiciary Committee, but they have been almost completely watered down. The panel’s three Democrats backed the bills on Thursday while the two Republicans, including Betsy Close of Albany, opposed them. The bills themselves had been stripped of their most objectionable provisions and in their present form would […]


Decision time for CARA

Written April 18th, 2013 by

After lying low for about a year, Albany’s downtown urban renewal district will soon have to make a choice: Look for new projects and regain its momentum or return some of its money to other taxing districts. The advisory board of the Central Albany Revitalization Area started debating this Wednesday. The issue comes up because […]

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CHL bills softened, but still …

Written April 17th, 2013 by

Keeping an eye on — or over — the Capitol. The Oregon Senate Judiciary Committee appears to be taking seriously the arguments against two of the gun-related bills it has been considering. The committee was scheduled to act on the bills Wednesday but instead held them over for another day. The reason appears to be […]


Shooting bill: Why exactly?

Written April 17th, 2013 by

Senate Bill 796 would require applicants for an Oregon concealed handgun license to prove they can shoot a handgun. Who could argue with that? Except that the original bill by Sen. Floyd Prozanski of Eugene was unworkable. It would require applicants to get a score of at least 70 percent on a shooting test almost impossible […]

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