A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Across Pine, it’ll be a church gym

Written September 20th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

Riding around Albany in glorious weather on the last Saturday of summer, I noticed that construction doesn’t necessarily stop on weekends, at least not on the block of Pine Street between Second and Salem avenues.

A twist, but Hare’s case goes on

Written September 19th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

There’s been an unusual twist in the complaint against Albany City Manager Wes Hare over his alleged electioneering: A private citizen paid Hare’s $75 civil penalty or fine.

CARA: Let’s finish what we started

Written September 18th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

CARA, Albany’s downtown renewal program, wants to complete what it started. That’s why on Thursday, the advisory board of the Central Albany Revitalization Area voted unanimously to authorize that designs be prepared of streetscape improvements along segments of Water, Second and Third avenues as well as Lyon and Ellsworth streets.

Old thrift store will become offices

Written September 18th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

Albany’s downtown neighborhood where Main Street and Santiam Road meet is about to get another big upgrade with the remodeling of the long-vacant former Salvation Army thrift store. Baldwin General Contracting Inc. has bought the building and, after months of working through zoning and other issues, this week took out a permit to rebuild the structure as […]

CARA to help on police, fire buildings

Written September 17th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

If Albany gets to build a new police headquarters and replace the downtown fire station in the next few years, chances are those projects will get some of the city’s urban renewal money to reduce the burden on city taxpayers, at least a little.

City on canal recreation: No way!

Written September 17th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

Albany has told the federal government it has no intention of opening trails or allowing any other recreational use along the 18-mile Albany-Santiam Canal, no matter what it might say in its Town Center Plan or the downtown urban renewal program. And that is just one of the many issues — and a minor one […]

Millersburg power: The saga resumes

Written September 16th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

It was quiet there for a while in Millersburg, but now the struggle over public power in the town is back in the news.

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