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Albany update: Water Avenue rehab under way

Written August 26th, 2013 by

The long-awaited project to rebuild the railroad track and then the pavement on Albany’s Water Avenue is under way. By Monday afternoon, crews working for the Portland & Western Railroad had lifted and moved to the side of the street dozens of concrete and steel plates that made up the driving surface on the track. […]

Vandals, not liberators

Written August 22nd, 2013 by

Animal liberation? No, what the self-styled “masked liberators” of the Animal Liberation Front accomplished instead was to do about $50 worth of damage to the chicken wire enclosing four of the 19 pens at the E.E. Wilson Wildlife Area in Benton County near Albany. They did their ill-considered vandalism on the evening of Aug. 15. […]

No bond tax for urban renewal, Albany says

Written August 21st, 2013 by

When Albany voters decide on a bond for new police and fire stations in November, they can be sure that approval of the bond will not benefit the downtown urban renewal district, CARA. Why would it, you might reasonably ask, even though we’ve covered this subject before. Well, money to repay the $20.3 million bond […]

Albany briefing: Neutralizing CARA as bond concern

Written August 18th, 2013 by

The Albany city staff is following through on a pledge made by Wes Hare, the city manager, in connection with the scheduled Nov. 5 bond election for a new police station and main fire hall. Before the city council put that $20.3 million bond on the ballot, Hare said he would recommend that approval of […]

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Albany briefing: Water Avenue fix

Written August 16th, 2013 by

Drivers who use Albany’s Water Avenue have waited for this development for a long time: Repairs on the railroad track running down the middle of the street are about to start and will be followed by restoration of the pavement itself. The city council on Aug. 14 awarded a $168,976 contract to Knife River Corp. […]

Land donation near Oak Creek Trail

Written August 16th, 2013 by

The Albany City Council has accepted the donation of more than 90 acres of undeveloped — and mostly unbuildable — land in the Oak Creek drainage of south Albany. The donation gives the city acreage that links parcels already owned by the city along the creek, an important reach of open space in close proximity to subdivisions […]

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Vagrancy: Enforcement is next

Written August 14th, 2013 by

Now that they have the tools for a renewed campaign against unlawful behavior by vagrants, Albany police will have to use them. The city council Wednesday passed ordinances against open containers of alcohol in public places, and against relieving oneself in public. Having laws is one thing. Applying them is something else. For that, the police […]

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