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A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Subdivider wins, ancient oaks lose

Written May 10th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

All of the North Albany residents who spoke were against it, but the city council Wednesday approved the Pheasant Run subdivision anyway. It didn’t have much choice, given that the planning staff had recommended approval on the grounds the development met all applicable criteria in Albany’s development code. Hayden Homes wants to build 147 houses […]


No big deal: Noted on the riverfront

Written May 7th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

Some days there is nothing to see on my riverfront beat. But sometimes there is, even if it’s nothing big. Three items caught my attention Monday afternoon.


Albany log yard: The story behind it

Written May 7th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

Sawmills disappeared from Albany decades ago, but a part of the business has returned in the form of a small company that buys logs and resells them to mills in Oregon and as far away as China.


Will ‘scenic’ label ruin Highway 34?

Written May 6th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

Driving on the Alsea Highway through the Coast Range is a blast — especially when there’s no one else on the road except some vultures having a roadkill snack. So why did ODOT have to spoil it, maybe, by calling it a “scenic byway”? The Oregon transportation department made the announcement last week. There are […]


Another N. Albany apartment project

Written May 4th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

The Albany planning division has notified neighbors of a developer’s plan to build 40 apartments of “family housing” on Hickory Street in North Albany.


Riverfront news: Takena’s dock is ready

Written May 3rd, 2018 by Hasso Hering

It took some hard work by the Albany parks crew, but now the new floating dock at Takena Landing on the Willamette River is in the water, ready to be used.


Sunrise Park: Checking on progress

Written May 2nd, 2018 by Hasso Hering

The bike and I took a detour down Thurston Street from Queen Avenue this week. And as expected, the Albany city project to do something for the Sunrise Park neighborhood was well under way.


Storm water problems? Tell the city

Written May 1st, 2018 by Hasso Hering

If you live in Albany and any heavy downpour regularly floods your street, you should tell the city engineers about it. And Thursday you have another chance to do just that.


Hope they catch whoever did this

Written April 30th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

Phyllis Richards was driving down Lyon Street this afternoon on her way home to North Albany. “I was so disappointed to see that someone has damaged many of our new trees,” she told me. “Who would be so destructive as to enjoy doing that?”


Buried rail: Reminder of Oregon Electric

Written April 29th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

If they ever get around to repaving central Albany’s old streets, I hope they don’t tear out this rusty reminder of the city’s history in advanced — for the time — passenger rail.


 
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