HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Sawing for schools: Oaks find new life

Written November 9th, 2013 by Hasso Hering

The old oaks cut down at the Lowe’s construction site in Albany are not going to waste. Instead their material will help young people in Albany high school woodshop classes learn new skills, and some of it may become sturdy furniture.


Albany news: Woodland Square gets boost

Written November 8th, 2013 by Hasso Hering

Big news for an Albany neighborhood: Woodland Square, an urban renewal project supported by CARA, has won state approval of the tax credits it needed to go ahead. The project will replace the trailer park at Salem Avenue and Pine Street with a 54-unit apartment complex. Construction is expected to start in June 2014, the […]


The slow study of fast trains

Written November 7th, 2013 by Hasso Hering

Planning for more and faster passenger rail service in the Willamette Valley, a process governed by the National Environmental Policy Act, is going much slower than hoped for when it started. It’s like turtles planning a route for hares. Slow or not, there’s plenty of interest in the work, as Thursday’s open house in Albany showed. It was intended as […]


Albany on pot dispensaries: Wait and see

Written November 6th, 2013 by Hasso Hering

Albany won’t jump into trying to prohibit medical marijuana dispensaries once they become legal under state law next spring, at least not right away. The city council Wednesday went along with advice it got from City Attorney Jim Delapoer to wait until legal questions about what cities can do under a new state law are […]


North Albany Road work delay likely (with update)

Written November 4th, 2013 by Hasso Hering

  Engineers and builders have been constructing roads for centuries. But now the process has become so complicated that road projects are facing long delays and higher costs. Take just one local example, the long-planned reconstruction of a section of North Albany Road, the busy link to a fast-growing part of the city of Albany. The reconstruction […]


Albany bond update: Hasty Freez spared!

Written November 2nd, 2013 by Hasso Hering

The good news: Hasty Freez, Albany’s venerable burger, ice cream and shake emporium at the corner of Seventh and Lyon, can stay where it is under the current plan for building a new fire station in place of the old Station 11 downtown. On Wednesday (Nov. 6) the city council will vote on authorizing the […]


Sleep-driving: “Not guilty!”

Written October 30th, 2013 by Hasso Hering

  It took a while, but Mandy Kenney finally got her day in court on Wednesday, and Linn County Circuit Judge Carol Bispham found her not guilty of two misdemeanors, driving under the influence of intoxicants and reckless driving. Kenney, 29, is a mother of three who lives with her parents at a Turner address […]


 
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