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A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Rear windows: Small bill, big principle

Written May 12th, 2013 by

Because an Albany businessman got an undeserved ticket, Oregon’s law on being able to see through the windows of vehicles will be clarified. On May 13 the state Senate approved, 28-1, House Bill 2406, which previously had unanimously passed the House. Sponsored by Rep. Andy Olson of Albany, the bill removes the current ban on […]


CARA wants to press on

Written May 12th, 2013 by

Albany’s downtown urban renewal district, CARA, expects to have a surplus of $1.25 million next budget year. It could decide to levy that much less in tax, which would benefit mostly the city of Albany, Linn County and indirectly the state school fund. But after discussing it on May 7, the CARA advisory board recommended […]


Park mystery answered

Written May 11th, 2013 by

My bike route takes me through Albany’s Bryant Park almost every day, and I’ve been wondering about something: Why has the lower loop of the park drive near the Willamette River been closed to cars? During the routine wintertime flooding, the entire park road was closed. But the upper loop has been open since some time in March […]

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A message for the council

Written May 9th, 2013 by

For devoted fans of Albany City Council meetings, the one on Wednesday night must have been a disappointment. It took all of 35 minutes and produced no news to speak of. (The appointment of Mario Lattanzio as police chief had been announced before.) Its highlight was the appearance of Jim Clausen, who regularly addresses the […]


The end of the Albany Wye?

Written April 21st, 2013 by

This looks like the end of the Albany Wye, the railroad Y that on a few occasions allowed big steam locomotives to turn around so they didn’t have to run home to Portland backward. Unless it will be restored later, the wye seems to have fallen victim to the Portland & Western’s project — at a standstill […]


Farmers’ Market starts season

Written April 21st, 2013 by

The Farmers’ Market in Albany is back in full swing for another year. It is held every Saturday morning through the fall at the corner of Fourth Avenue and Ellsworth Street. Producers from around the valley offer their farm products including plants, cut flowers, bakery items and, as the season progresses, lots of other edible goods. Usually […]

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State gun bills watered down

Written April 19th, 2013 by

  Four anti-gun bills have cleared the state Senate Judiciary Committee, but they have been almost completely watered down. The panel’s three Democrats backed the bills on Thursday while the two Republicans, including Betsy Close of Albany, opposed them. The bills themselves had been stripped of their most objectionable provisions and in their present form would […]


 
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