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A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

The final link to Albany Station

Written March 12th, 2013 by

  The final element in Albany’s long-running project to restore and rebuild Albany Station is about to be added, if the Oregon Transportation Committee goes along. The commission meets in Salem on March 20. It’s scheduled to act on a request to allocate $335,530 in federal grant funds toward the construction of a walking and […]

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The trouble with narrow streets

Written March 9th, 2013 by

Narrow residential streets may be quaint, but in Albany they have caused a problem for school bus drivers. The problem is that in some newer subdivisions, school buses cannot get around corners because the streets are choked with parked vehicles and the space that is left is too narrow for buses to get through. The […]

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Why the daytime lighting?

Written March 7th, 2013 by

Remember that North Albany park-and-ride lot the city of Albany recently completed? It’s being used, and it also just got 10 stylish new light fixtures. They look impressive, but I’m wondering why they remain lighted throughout the day. (Councilman Ray Kopczynski found the answer from Public Works and let me know Thursday morning:  “Because Park and Ride is built […]

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Bike fee? It’s not practical

Written March 6th, 2013 by

What would be wrong with the state charging bicyclists a fee for the use of public roads? After all, the state charges plenty in connection with cars and trucks. Because bikes are thought to get a free ride, there’s long been tension on Oregon roads between motor traffic and bicycles, which also count as vehicles under […]

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Photo radar in school zones?

Written March 5th, 2013 by

Say it’s 10 in the morning and you’re driving through a school zone. You’re supposed to slow down to 20 miles an hour, but you ask yourself why. All the children are safely tucked in their classrooms, or maybe the gym. The point is that they’re not walking to or from school. Okay, some of […]

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Noisy idling: UP engines in Albany

Written March 4th, 2013 by

Union Pacific locomotives, kept idling off the main line under Albany’s viaduct, are making considerable noise, as this March 3 report shows. A few days ago I reported them having been shut down and sitting there quietly, but evidently that is not always the case. A neighbor had complained about the persistent noise from parked […]

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Coal dust fears go up in smoke

Written March 3rd, 2013 by

Coal dust? We’ve heard a lot about dust in the propaganda campaign against coal exports via ports in Oregon and Washington. Now we have another clue that this is a phony issue, dreamed up to stop the export plans on the grounds of climate change. The clue comes in a March 1 story in the […]

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