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Albany resident announces for Senate

Written August 14th, 2013 by

Jo Rae Perkins of Albany, a former chair of the Linn County Republican Central Committee, has filed as a candidate for the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate in the Republican primary in May 2014. Here she talks briefly about her candidacy. Perkins, 57, headed the county central committee from 2009 through most of 2012. She […]


Albany briefing: Police/fire bond vote coming

Written August 5th, 2013 by

For years Albany officials have planned to replace the city’s downtown fire station and the police department on Jackson Street near the Linn County Jail. City voters likely will get a chance this fall to make it possible by voting for a bond issue to raise $20.3 million. The bond proceeds would be added to […]


Thefts in Adair: Better lock up

Written August 2nd, 2013 by

If they aren’t already doing so, people living in Adair Village will want to start locking their doors, especially their car doors. On Aug. 1 the Benton County sheriff got reports of what, in terms of the quiet little village of about 900 residents west of Albany in northern Benton County, amounted to a veritable […]


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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