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A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

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.

Sign wavers: Will machines take over?

Written June 15th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

With too much time on my hands, I scanned the revised Albany sign code that city officials and their consultants have been laboring for months to produce. Hard as I looked, I could find no mention of the latest in business promotions: robot sign wavers like the one above.

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Edgewater Village: A push to finish

Written April 21st, 2018 by Hasso Hering

Edgewater Village, the subdivision on Albany’s formerly industrial riverfront, is making arrangements to step up the pace of home construction after the Albany urban renewal board approved a change in its loan agreement with the developers.

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On the highway Sunday afternoon

Written March 18th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

Here’s what I was talking about a few days ago, when I was singing the blues about trucks on the interstate passing each other and taking their sweet time about getting back in the right lane.

Plastic bags: Take 2, so to speak

Written March 8th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

There it was, an ugly pimple on the face of the broad green bosom (in Tom McCall’s memorable phrase) of the Albany countryside: A discarded plastic grocery bag, limply pulsating in the breeze.

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Queen & Geary: The numbers

Written January 30th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

If you want to waste four minutes of your life, check the video of this intersection, the only one in Albany where cameras watch for drivers running the yellow or red lights. You’ll see no violations during this short span, but during all of last year the cameras sprang to life more than 6,000 times.

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Cities to pursue composting

Written January 18th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

Here’s an update on the Jan. 15 story reporting on the preferred alternative for solving the pesky problem of what to do about undigested solids produced at the Albany-Millersburg Wastewater Treatment Facility — the sewage plant, in other words.

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City receives more marijuana tax

Written January 13th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

Albany has received its second distribution of marijuana taxes, and the amount, while nothing to sneeze at, is underwhelming in comparison to city finances overall.

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