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A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Council to lend food company $744,000

Written July 8th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

The Albany city budget is so tight over the next two years that a few positions in police and other departments are going unfilled. But this does not apply to the city’s reserve fund that’s available to goose the local economy.

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Two little requests get city hearings

Written July 7th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

You wouldn’t think that replacing four wooden steps at your back door would require a public hearing, but in Albany’s downtown historic district it does. So does replacing a rear door on another building not far from those steps.


Next on the riverfront: Hiring consultants

Written July 5th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Albany is getting ready to pick a firm of consultants to design a remake of the city’s Willamette riverfront from Calapooia Street in the west to Main Street in the east.


More kinds of housing may be in store

Written July 3rd, 2019 by Hasso Hering

The legislature wants Albany and other Oregon cities to allow more housing, and different kinds of housing, to be built in the space available, which makes sense. But instead of easing up on Oregon’s insanely convoluted land-use laws, it has added new complications with House Bill 2001.


Welcome to Albany: Sign’s getting replaced

Written July 2nd, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Chances are drivers heading for the Ellsworth Street bridge on Highway 20 don’t need a sign to tell them they are entering Albany. But whether they do or don’t, the sign welcoming them to town is gone.


Takena Landing: A gravel bar and boulders

Written July 2nd, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Launching and retrieving boats at Albany’s Takena Landing Park has become a bit more complicated this summer. Low water in the Willamette River has exposed a gravel bar blocking the end of the ramp, and there may be underwater obstacles as well.


The power of lightning, but golf goes on

Written July 1st, 2019 by Hasso Hering

On Monday, the Golf Club of Oregon in North Albany was still showing the effects of what lightning can do — and what it did last Wednesday.


Planning board OKs riverside apartments

Written July 1st, 2019 by Hasso Hering

The site plan for The Banks, a 105-unit housing complex on the Willamette River near Bowman Park, cleared the Albany Planning Commission on Monday night.


City gets ready to foreclose on old house

Written June 29th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

The city of Albany is on the verge of doing something about another old house in the Monteith Historic District. The house had code enforcement issues and has sat empty for some time.


As pickleball gains, tennis seems to fade

Written June 28th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Is tennis going out of style as a recreational sport? You might get that idea if you look at the photo above. But it’s a trick shot and doesn’t say anything about whether tennis is still being played.


 
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