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A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Cool Willamette: Costs may rise

Written October 19th, 2013 by Hasso Hering

Albany borrowed and then spent upwards of $70 million in recent years to comply with clean-water regulations on the Willamette River. The city modernized and expanded its sewage treatment plant and constructed the “Talking Waters” wetlands project. Now there’s a possibility it may not have been enough.


A brighter downtown — on one street

Written October 18th, 2013 by Hasso Hering

Downtown Albany may become brighter during winter nights — or as soon as a new lighting program can be started. But unfortunately, it will be a change limited to just a short stretch of First Avenue. And that brings up an old complaint that has been all but forgotten.


Senator Close makes it official

Written October 17th, 2013 by Hasso Hering

As expected, state Sen. Betsy Close, R-Albany, next year will run for a four-year term in the position to which she was appointed a year ago. She talked to me on camera just before she announced her plans at a reception at the Albany Golf and Event Center Thursday evening. She plans to file on Friday. […]


Towing: Linn board shuns setting rates

Written October 16th, 2013 by Hasso Hering

A new state law allows Oregon counties and cities to set maximum prices that tow companies can charge for giving back cars seized from private parking facilities. House Bill 3159 passed over Republican objections in the 2013 regular session of the legislature and takes effect on Jan. 1, 2014. It’s a response to predatory towing […]


Linn dog control: Sheriff in charge

Written October 15th, 2013 by

Linn County is making a sensible change in its program dealing with problem dogs and other animals. It is putting the sheriff’s office in charge of the small department, which is staffed by five people and works out of the dog pound on Ferry Street in Albany. The sheriff’s office has been in charge of dog control office […]


What’s next for the St. Francis?

Written October 14th, 2013 by

The former St. Francis Hotel in downtown Albany was 101 years old this year. The question now is whether there’s a chance of restoring the vacant upper floors of this four-story landmark — and the adjacent Rhodes block built in 1907 — as apartments or partly as a so-called “boutique hotel.” A team of architects […]


A farm stand worth visiting

Written October 13th, 2013 by

Here’s a brief chat with the owner of a roadside farm stand that’s a bit more elaborate than the usual. It’s at 2901 Oak Grove Drive N.W. in North Albany, about a quarter-mile south of Dumbeck Lane. I’ve driven by the place dozens of times and finally stopped there on Sunday on my way home.


 
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