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A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

If disaster strikes

Written November 1st, 2012 by

The aftermath of Sandy, the big storm on the East Coast, reminds us all that we ought to be better prepared, even here in the tranquil mid-valley, where severe weather is very rare indeed.Our last really big wind storm was 50 years ago, and though it was bad, it was nothing like what hit the […]


Cable barrier: We have to wait

Written October 31st, 2012 by

A week ago I reported on the $2.6 million cable barrier project in the median of Interstate 5 in Lane and Linn counties, from the Harrisburg exit south for 35 miles. I wondered whether ODOT had any plans to extend that feature north, where some of the crossover accidents have happened, the type of crash […]

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Canal work in progress

Written October 31st, 2012 by

An Albany tidbit from the public works front: What’s that pipe doing in the Santiam Canal? It’s about to the carry as much of the canal water as it can, but that’s only temporary. The snapshot was taken Tuesday afternoon after a contractor had laid the 48-inch-diameter pipe from just above 12th Avenue to just […]


Oregon votes on pot

Written October 30th, 2012 by

Here the general electon is just around the corner and you have heard almost nothing about Ballot Measure 80. That’s the initiative that would legalize marijuana in Oregon — and try to regulate and tax it. Nobody is spending any money for or against its passage. You may have seen an occasional newspaper editorial about […]

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The rising price of disposal

Written October 29th, 2012 by

Getting rid of refuse is getting more costly everywhere. In Albany, the price of trash collection jumped more than 10 percent from July 2011 to July 2012. Come January, it will go up again, by 3.6 percent. That makes for roughly a 14 percent jump over a year and a half. Trash and recycling services […]

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The blame for Benghazi

Written October 26th, 2012 by

The Obama administration keeps excusing its conduct after the September attack on our consulate in Benghazi on the grounds that it was clueless and helpless. That’s a pitiful response in light of what we spend on intelligence and the military. First was the implication by the State Department and the president that the attack was […]

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Those blue containers?

Written October 26th, 2012 by

Here’s a local tidbit for North Albany commuters: What’s in those blue containers we see parked off North Albany Road where a contractor recently completed drilling a hole under the Willamette River and pulled through a water pipeline fromĀ  the Albany side? The question came up in a chat at the Albany Senior Center this […]

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OSU and The Liberty

Written October 25th, 2012 by

Oregon State University said this week it was “reviewing its options” after a federal appeals court reinstated a lawsuit by The Liberty, a right-leaning student paper. Here’s one option for the university to consider in the interest of avoiding further legal delays and expense. It could apologize to the student paper and reimburse it for […]

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On passing cyclists

Written October 25th, 2012 by

For people who ride bikes, there’s bad news from California. The governor, Jerry Brown, has vetoed a bill that would make it unlawful for drivers to pass bicyclists closer than three feet. According to a report in Bycycling magazine, the governor said he was worried about a provision allowing drivers to cross the double centerĀ line […]


Albany news: Sign action put off

Written October 25th, 2012 by

The Albany City Council said “not so fast” Wednesday to the idea of electronic message boards at schools and other institutions in residential zones. At their regular meeting Wednesday night, councilors voted unanimously to table — or postpone action on — an ordinance that would allow the signs. Councilor Floyd Collins was not there, and […]


 
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