A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Albany hydro: Why it’s currently shut down

Written April 1st, 2021 by Hasso Hering

Speaking of electricity, what about Albany’s small hydropower plant on the Calapooia River at the end of the Santiam Canal?

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Our EV future and parking on the street

Written March 31st, 2021 by Hasso Hering

In Oregon’s push to electrify the transportation sector, here’s a question we haven’t heard much about: How does on-street parking work when you have to recharge your car every night so next morning it will start?

National chain plans Albany tire store

Written March 30th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

Discount Tire, described as the largest independent tire and wheel retailer in the world, plans to open an Albany store.

New rules for city planning: Climate, equity

Written March 29th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

As if Oregon’s land use regulations were not complicated enough, the state is working on additional rules in order to slow climate change and be fair to “priority populations” such as racial and other minorities.

‘Scenic bikeway:’ Where the signs take you

Written March 28th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

A little green sign on Albany’s Main Street points east on First and says “scenic bikeway.” Really? Scenic? I wondered where it leads.

Tower clocks at Albany Station: Aaaargh!

Written March 27th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

Those clocks on the tower at Albany Station are turning into some kind of headache for the people in city government who have to deal with them again and again.

SB 554 puts gun issue before council

Written March 26th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

A year ago the Albany City Council considered a gun issue and then dropped it. Now guns may come up again, in an entirely different context, if the Oregon House goes along and passes Senate Bill 554.

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