HASSO HERING

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Park’s open, so let’s ride through it

Written March 7th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

This should be the last mention of Bryant Park on this site for a while, don’t you think? But since the park’s locked gates were an item on Sunday and Tuesday, it’s only fair to report that the gates are open again now.


Gibson Hill: What is, and isn’t, happening

Written March 6th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

As a North Albany commuter, maybe you thought the construction on Gibson Hill had something to do with the forthcoming resurfacing of the road or even the plans for a signal at nearby Crocker Lane. If so, sorry to disappoint you. No, all the recent digging on the north side of Gibson Hill, west of […]


Repealing time change may save lives

Written March 6th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

For the umpteenth time, we’re losing an hour with the time change come Sunday. And right on cue ODOT is warning us of the potentially fatal effects of drowsy driving that the change might cause.


Another rail crossing to avoid?

Written March 5th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

If Santiam Road on Tuesday is an example, the notorious Queen Avenue railroad crossing is not the only place in Albany where train operations sometimes cause long delays.


Why Bryant Park has remained closed

Written March 5th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Speaking of Bryant Park in Albany, we now have an answer as to why the entrance and exit gates were still locked on Monday: Fear of flooding.


Parking outside the lines: What’s too far?

Written March 4th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

If you park your car on downtown Albany streets on weekdays, it goes without saying that it’s best to park inside the pavement markings and not risk a ticket by straying outside. But what about being just a little outside? And how little is too much?


Gun bill would force difficult choice

Written March 3rd, 2019 by Hasso Hering

This weekend’s gun show in Albany was held while a dozen bills pending in the legislature would add to Oregon’s restrictions on the ownership and legal use of firearms.¬†Outside the show, OregonPushBack called attention to the bills. On its website, the group vows that “We Will Not Comply.” That would be easier said than done.

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Park closed on a sunny, dry day

Written March 3rd, 2019 by Hasso Hering

The weather turned fine on Saturday, but automobile access to Albany’s Bryant Park remained closed. That didn’t keep people from using the park for disc golf, time on the playground, or just walking around. They just left their cars outside the entrance, and outside the exit too.


Bryant Park: It’s been a full century

Written February 28th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

This is a story about how one thing leads to another, among them the spelling of the name of a park, a big anniversary, and the fount of local history that is the Albany Regional Museum.


On the horizon: Albany street utility tax

Written February 27th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

With the support of Mayor Sharon Konopa, Albany officials are working on a “public outreach” campaign that may lead to council action on a surcharge on city utility bills to raise money for street repairs.


 
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