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A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

For an Albany rail fan, a sight to enjoy

Written April 20th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

In case you hadn’t noticed over the years, I enjoy watching railroad operations. And Albany is the place to be in that regard, since the town is crisscrossed with functioning rail lines.

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Phoning while driving can have a stiff price

Written April 16th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

This is supposed to be Distracted Driving Awareness Month, so it pays to be extra careful not to use our hand-held phones while driving, and not just to avoid big fines.

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Work on the rails never stops …

Written March 14th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Lately it seems as though the Portland & Western is doing lots of maintenance on the old Oregon Electric track in and near Albany. Anyway that’s the impression I got on a bike ride in spring-like weather Thursday afternoon.

Landmarks struggle: Is this historic?

Written February 8th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Albany’s Landmarks Advisory Commission needs clarification on this question: When does a garage associated with an historic house qualify as being historic too, so that a demolition permit is required before it can be replaced with a larger one?

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Owners ask to subdivide Heritage Mall

Written December 20th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

The owners of Heritage Mall have asked the city of Albany to approve their plan to subdivide the acreage and break the mall property into five separate lots.

Carnegie upgrade: Windows that work

Written December 19th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

There’s something noteworthy about the many windows in Albany’s downtown Carnegie library: Most of them didn’t work, but because of a project funded by private money, now they do.

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Albany slows in single-home building

Written December 17th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

Home building in Albany has slowed a little this year just as the Oregon legislature is trying to encourage more housing to be built. And the legislative pressure for more may increase next year.

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Before I forget: Checking on the sea

Written August 26th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

When things get slow, go to the beach and check on the level of the ocean. That’s my motto. One of them, anyway.

Tolls could make congestion worse

Written August 16th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

Oregon is preparing to impose tolls on two freeway segments in Portland as a way to reduce congestion. From the standpoint of people in the Willamette Valley who occasionally have to drive to the Portland airport, let’s hope the tolls won’t make congestion worse.

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Getting away from it all: Try this lake

Written June 30th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

What can I say? Leaving Albany briefly behind, I took to the wilds of Upper Klamath Lake with my son Dave. And I can report that the canoe trail there provides an experience that is hard to beat.

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