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A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Albany: In fear of thieves

Written February 26th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

In Albany, residents on average have less to fear from violent crime than elsewhere in the state and nation. But they have to worry about losing their property to criminals more. Residents already know this, and it was confirmed by what Police Chief Mario Lattanzio has told the city council.


Punishing people for facts: It’s wrong

Written February 24th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

Speech control in the name of preventing electioneering by public employees. That’s the issue in the latest dispute over statements by public employees, and this time it involved Albany. The city council on Monday had a chance to be tough about it, but it chose a softer route.


Bike route still blocked? Nope

Written February 21st, 2014 by Hasso Hering

(Please find the update below). This is getting a little old. I keep thinking that the “Road Closed” signs on both ends of Bryant Drive and Bryant Way outside of Albany may be outdated. But no, they’re not.


Union drops hospital initiatives

Written February 20th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

Oregon voters won’t get the chance to learn much more about what hospitals charge and the princely sums they pay their top people after all, at least not this year. The Service Employees International Union had filed five prospective initiative measures dealing with hospital prices and spending, and this promised to shed some public light […]


Road’s not dry, yet

Written February 19th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

As you can see, Bryant Way outside of Albany was still closed on Wednesday afternoon. But the flooding covered only one section of the road instead of two on Monday.


Activity at Edgewater Village!

Written February 18th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

The long-delayed Edgewater Village development on Albany’s riverfront reached a milestone today: A contractor started cleaning up the site and preparing it for the construction of the first five houses. The city noted the occasion by sending out a press release that quoted George Diamond of Edgewater Village LLC: “Finally we get to see results […]


Another victim of technology

Written February 18th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

Here’s another casualty of the digital age. For more than 30 years, this little storefront on Albany’s Ellsworth Street had been the home of Shutterbug, a camera and photo processing business. A generation of family photos got developed and printed here, and the prints remain crammed in albums that provide a look back — and […]


 
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