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HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Those voltage regulators: Looks were an issue

Written November 1st, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Those three big gray canisters on a scaffold along North Albany Road are voltage regulators Pacific Power has been installing over the last few days.


At stake with DEQ: Saving Talking Waters

Written November 1st, 2019 by Hasso Hering

On June 13, the state Department of Environmental Quality gave the city of Albany 90 days to come up with a plan to stop leaks from Talking Water Gardens. The deadline has passed, but evidently it wasn’t meant to be met.


Imagine: A riverboat used to tie up here

Written October 30th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Looking at the steel pilings in the Willamette River off Albany’s Monteith Riverpark, you wonder if they’ll be put to use ever again.


From Oxford House to a family’s home

Written October 28th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

A bike ride in Monday’s sunshine took me past 331 Montgomery St. S.E., an address in Albany’s Hackleman Historic District where a remarkable story is taking place.


Adair: Building suburbs in the country

Written October 26th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

In Adair Village, the transformation of the countryside south of Ryals Avenue into suburbia is well under way, as I could not help noticing as I drove by there on Monday last.


Trees come down at National Energy Lab

Written October 25th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

The leafy campus of the National Energy Technology Laboratory in Albany is a bit less so after a large poplar was cut down Friday afternoon.


Rocks in a hard place: No more camping

Written October 24th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Some 522 tons of rocks and boulders have put a stop — for now at least — to a longstanding problem: Squatters camping under the Pacific Boulevard viaduct in Albany where Jackson Street and Seventh Avenue meet.


Trains blocked by sewer work? Not really

Written October 24th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

For weeks the Portland & Western’s Water Avenue rail line has been blocked by equipment to build a sewer pump station, and you may have thought this has crippled railroad operations. But apparently it hasn’t, because the track is opened up again every night.


Next year, expect to see green lanes here

Written October 23rd, 2019 by Hasso Hering

We’re looking north on Madison Street in Albany from the intersection of Fourth Avenue. It’s one of several points on Madison where green paint is intended to make for fewer crashes involving bicycles and cars.


Grateful for a bench when fixing a flat

Written October 22nd, 2019 by Hasso Hering

It’s nice to find a bench nearby when the rear tire of your bike suddenly goes flat and you have to change the tube. So I’m grateful to the family of the late Robert Stanley Hart for having caused this one to be set up along the Dave Clark Path.


 
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