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A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Clearing the Bowman Park ramp of debris

Written December 13th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

When you think of all the things the Albany Parks Department has to do, vacuuming the boat ramps on the Willamette River probably doesn’t immediatetely spring to mind. And yet, it appears to be one of the items on the lost of autumn chores.

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Santiam Canal: The problem of the current

Written October 7th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Readers of this site may be aware of my fascination with the Albany-Santiam Canal. The other day I wondered whether in some segments this waterway might be suitable for a little boating, and upon reflection the answer is no, it’s not.

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Removal of Takena gravel bar under way

Written September 19th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

The work to get rid of a big gravel bar at Albany’s Takena Landing boat ramp on the Willamette River was going on this morning, as you can see in the video.

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North Albany Park logging irks some

Written September 18th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Even though it was announced in advance, the extent of logging in Benton County’s North Albany Park surprised and irritated some people.

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Making it official: Sprenger runs for Linn job

Written September 12th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

You may have read it here first, back on June 14. Today it became official, and that’s why all those people were waiting on the Linn County Courthouse steps in Albany this afternoon.

Next year, state to charge for waterway access

Written September 12th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Starting in August 2020, Oregon will start charging a permit fee to get out on the water in motorless boats of 10 feet or longer, such as canoes and drift boats.

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A note of warning: This is LOUD

Written September 9th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

This, in case you can’t tell, is the sight and sound of a pile driver in action. And if you live or work nearby, you might want to try to spend the next several weekdays somewhere else.

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Not a boring walk at all

Written August 31st, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Who says there’s nothing to see on Albany’s Dave Clark Riverside Path? Now and then you can see an osprey sitting high up in the trees, as these people did one sunny afternoon a couple of weeks ago.

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Airport display: Now it’s accomplished

Written August 7th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

A year before he died, Dick Ebbert had a cool idea: Get three old warplanes of the type he had flown as a Marine fighter pilot and put them on display at the historic Albany Municipal Airport. Volunteers worked on the project for a decade, and now it’s been carried out.

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Guess what: It was cooler than last year

Written August 4th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

On a hot summer day, in an era when everything is blamed on global warming, it’s worth noting that sometimes it’s cooler now than it was before.

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