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A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Wayfinding price found way too stiff

Written March 15th, 2017 by Hasso Hering

Most members of Albany’s urban renewal board want to install “wayfinding signs” downtown to point out the sights. But they’re not about to pay anything close to $300,000 — which was one estimate — to get it done.

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Road and bridge plan: Check it out

Written December 30th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

It lacks something in entertainment value, but if you use the roads and bridges around the mid-valley, the draft of the next STIP is of interest anyway.

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Tax on gun sales helps keep it open

Written December 24th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

The afternoon of Christmas Eve found me and my bike at the E.E. Wilson Wildlife Area. Even though I didn’t see any wildlife other than birds, having this 1,788-acre tract within easy reach is one of the benefits of living in the Albany area.

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At the truck eater, brighter warnings

Written November 29th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

Albany has started upgrading the signage that’s supposed to keep drivers of tall trucks from ramming their rigs into the Lafayette Street trestle on First Avenue. Brighter blinking lights are part of the work.

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Sidewalk name: Mystery no more

Written November 28th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

The mystery of the name in the sidewalk on Albany’s First Avenue — if a mystery it was —  has been cleared up, as far as I’m concerned.

Hwy. 20: One danger still ignored

Written November 5th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

ODOT has announced more than $8 million in projects to improve safety on the Albany-Corvallis Highway, mostly on the Corvallis end. But the hazards at the junction of Highway 20 with Independence Highway remain unaddressed and unresolved.

If it moves, get out of the way

Written November 1st, 2016 by Hasso Hering

If this train had been moving, it would have been pretty stupid to be standing here taking its photo. But, having crossed the Willamette River on the Albany rail bridge, the train was parked on the track just short of Second Avenue. What an opportunity to take closer look!

Benton initiative: Better way of voting

Written October 15th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

One proposal on the Nov. 8 ballot in Benton County would slightly change the way we vote, and if we adopt it, we might set an example for Oregon that could improve the way our government works.

Expect a rebuild at Wendy’s too

Written October 8th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

Things are happening on the Albany fast-food front. Not only is the Burger King on Geary Street going to be rebuilt, as reported yesterday, but the closed Wendy’s on Pacific will be remodeled as well.

NA Park: Cleanup and new concepts

Written September 30th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

As you can see and hear, the cleanup continues at North Albany County Park after the harvest of scores of ailing and dead Douglas firs. Meanwhile, Benton County is getting ready to unveil its concepts for updating the 22-acre park and dealing with the nearby 10-acre wooded parcel newly donated by the developer of the adjacent Albany Heights subdivision.

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