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A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

After the election…

Written November 8th, 2012 by
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Election night: Get over it

Written November 7th, 2012 by
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BPA line replacement: An update

Written November 7th, 2012 by
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Edgewater Village, still waiting

Written November 3rd, 2012 by
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Canal work update

Written November 2nd, 2012 by

The latest on the work to clean out Albany’s Santiam Canal from the Union Pacific tracks to Seventh Avenue, a $384,000 project being done by Richard Phillips Marine Inc. of Boring under contract with the city: This is what it looked like just downstream from Ninth Avenue on Thursday night. Most of the flow goes […]

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Cable barrier: We have to wait

Written October 31st, 2012 by

A week ago I reported on the $2.6 million cable barrier project in the median of Interstate 5 in Lane and Linn counties, from the Harrisburg exit south for 35 miles. I wondered whether ODOT had any plans to extend that feature north, where some of the crossover accidents have happened, the type of crash […]

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The rising price of disposal

Written October 29th, 2012 by

Getting rid of refuse is getting more costly everywhere. In Albany, the price of trash collection jumped more than 10 percent from July 2011 to July 2012. Come January, it will go up again, by 3.6 percent. That makes for roughly a 14 percent jump over a year and a half. Trash and recycling services […]

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Doping and us

Written October 22nd, 2012 by

So what exactly is wrong with performance-enhancing drugs, so-called? I’ve been wondering about that since the Lance Armstrong story unraveled. If we take something to help us stay awake while driving, or to give us extra energy at work, or to power us through a night of cramming for an important test, why exactly do […]

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Yet another worry?

Written October 20th, 2012 by

Here’s something else to worry about. Or maybe not. “The Week,” a news weekly, reports on a new study suggesting that the Earth’s magnetic field may disappear in maybe 500 years. This, it says, might allow more solar radiation to reach the surface of the Earth, harming life and eventually making us look like Mars. […]

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Oops, ballots came out early

Written October 19th, 2012 by

Benton County voters got their general election ballots a couple of days early because the Salem Post Office jumped the gun. I learned this after reporting Thursday night that for me, the election was over. How come, a kind reader asked by email. She didn’t even have her ballot yet. So how come I got […]

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