A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

At Takena Landing, checking out a theft of burls

Written July 29th, 2023 by Hasso Hering

City Manager Peter Troedsson told the Albany City Council in his weekly “Friday Report” about a case of tree vandalism and theft in Takena Landing Park. Saturday I took a ride along the park’s Eagle Trail to see for myself.

What about that call center? Read on

Written July 28th, 2023 by Hasso Hering

Sometimes it takes a while before outsiders notice that a business is gone or has moved. This apparently is the case with a big call center that shared space in the Heritage Plaza commercial center in Albany.

Plan for solar ‘farm’ draws a crowd

Written July 26th, 2023 by Hasso Hering

Judging by the crowd at a meeting in Brownsville Tuesday evening, there’s a great deal of public interest in a proposal for a solar “farm” in south Linn County.

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A riverfront conflict, and the geese have won

Written April 11th, 2023 by Hasso Hering

This is not the first time this has happened, but once again the big nest that generations of ospreys built on the Albany railroad bridge has been taken over by a pair of Canada geese.

Riverfront contractor gets OK to start

Written February 15th, 2023 by Hasso Hering

A contractor now has the green light to construct the Central Albany Revitalization Area’s riverfront project this year.

New playground comes with a ‘warning’

Written January 14th, 2023 by Hasso Hering

The new playground at Albany’s Henderson Park is more elaborate than the one it replaced. It also comes with a warning that falling from the equipment on hard ground could result in death.

From an idea to now: Intermodal center ready

Written November 16th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

It was in February 2017 when I got wind of a plan to turn the vacant former paper mill property in Millersburg into a reloading center to connect Willamette Valley shippers with the rest of the world. It sounded far-fetched at the time, but on Wednesday I got a chance to take a look at […]

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