A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

This budget story saves you some time

Written May 7th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

Budget discussions can make your eyes glaze over, as they did mine as I was trying to follow the city of Albany’s budget committee on Zoom Thursday night. But I came away with a few key points that may affect people living in town.

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Elm Street again: Watching crash repairs

Written May 5th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

  Not all my bike rides in Albany are completely uneventful. On Wednesday night, for example, I watched for a few minutes as Pacific Power dealt with the aftermath of a car crash on Southwest Elm Street near 10th.

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Seven blocks: Bike safety on Madison Street

Written May 1st, 2021 by Hasso Hering

Madison Street in old Albany doesn’t seem particularly unsafe for bike riders like me. But the city says there have been five car-bike crashes over five years, so ODOT is paying for most of a safety upgrade planned to be constructed in 2022.

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Albany hydro: Why it’s currently shut down

Written April 1st, 2021 by Hasso Hering

Speaking of electricity, what about Albany’s small hydropower plant on the Calapooia River at the end of the Santiam Canal?

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On a dirt trail close to — actually in — town

Written March 12th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

Because the ground is still soggy, mid-March may not be the best time to ride a bike on the dirt track from Simpson to Bowman Park. But I thought I would try it anyway.

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Bike boulevard: Ride all eight blocks

Written February 21st, 2021 by Hasso Hering

In the last story on this subject a couple days ago, we went for a short video ride on Madison Street, where the city of Albany is planning a project to enhance bike safety. Here’s a slightly longer ride along all eight blocks of Madison from Pacific Boulevard to Water Avenue.

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That’s supposed to be a public meeting?

Written February 4th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

This is a screenshot from the virtual meeting of the Albany Planning Commission on February 1. It may give you an idea how hard it was to follow this ostensibly “public” meeting of a local governing body during this Terrible Time of Covid.

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