A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

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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Well, that was quick: Three old houses razed

Written June 27th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

The three old houses that occupied Albany city government since 2017 are gone. After the city council cleared the way Wednesday night, homebuilders Mark and Tina Siegner took out a demolition permit this morning and got the structures razed.

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On Wells Fargo site, city goes for big potential

Written June 19th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

A team that includes the owners of the Sybaris restaurant and the builder of Albany’s police and fire stations will get the chance to make plans for redeveloping the former Wells Fargo property into something they promise will be an impressive addition to downtown.

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Council backs health care commission bill, 4-3

Written June 12th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

The Albany City Council waded into the health care debate Wednesday. It voted 4-3 to support a Democrat-sponsored bill to create a commission to design a single-payer medical system, one that covers everybody living in Oregon and is paid for by the state.

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On the Clark Path, a change is coming

Written June 12th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Users of Albany’s riverfront Dave Clark Path will see a change in the popular route with the construction of a sewer pump station over the next few months.

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For rail fans, these will be dream homes

Written June 8th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Talk about having a front-seat view of railroading. Or better yet a front-window view.

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One subdivision and the pressure for housing

Written June 4th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

A new subdivision on the west side of Albany is in the final stages of being approved. Whether it and others like it remain reserved for single-family homes is something the legislature has yet to decide.

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Closing the loop on Albany’s Panera

Written May 29th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Ever since the signs went up more than a year ago, there’s been a certain amount of interest in Panera Bread opening a restaurant in Albany. So for the sake of closing the loop now that it is open, I rode out there for a little snack on Wednesday afternoon.

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Who observes Bryant Park centennial? Just me

Written May 14th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

In a story that appeared here on Feb. 28, I suggested that on May 14, we take note of the 100th anniversary of the beginnings of Albany’s Bryant Park.

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