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A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

A memorial to a troubled man

Written December 29th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

Dozens of times over the last few months, I’ve ridden the bike past a roadside memorial where the Cox Creek Path comes out on Salem Avenue. Wind and weather have reduced the shrine to a small pile of rubbish, but you can still tell for whom it was put up.

Prolonging Albany demolition controversy

Written December 27th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

The proposed demolition of three old Albany houses remains hung up at the state Land Use Board of Appeals because of procedural objections by an opponent.

There’s that *&%#@ bike again!

Written December 26th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

On Facebook the other day, somebody complained that my bike shows up in many of the photos on hh-today. “Unprofessional,” I believe was the word used. To which I say: Tough.

About our alleys: More than a shortcut?

Written December 24th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

A couple of days before Christmas I took a shortcut through a downtown alley. This made me think of one of the forgotten goals of the Central Albany Revitalization Area.

$13 million to prevent sewer overflows

Written December 22nd, 2018 by Hasso Hering

For years, the city of Albany has posted pollution warnings near sewer outfalls on the Willamette River when heavy rainstorms overloaded the system. To fix this, the city now expects to spend $13 million borrowed from the state.

Caught in the act: Surreptitious dumping

Written December 21st, 2018 by Hasso Hering

Sometimes video surveillance of public property pays off. Consider, for example, the entrance to Albany’s Water Gardens, which not too long ago somebody mistook for a good place to discard a couch.

Owners ask to subdivide Heritage Mall

Written December 20th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

The owners of Heritage Mall have asked the city of Albany to approve their plan to subdivide the acreage and break the mall property into five separate lots.

Carnegie upgrade: Windows that work

Written December 19th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

There’s something noteworthy about the many windows in Albany’s downtown Carnegie library: Most of them didn’t work, but because of a project funded by private money, now they do.

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Albany slows in single-home building

Written December 17th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

Home building in Albany has slowed a little this year just as the Oregon legislature is trying to encourage more housing to be built. And the legislative pressure for more may increase next year.

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City wage hikes: A percentage of what?

Written December 17th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

The Albany City Council and one of the city’s employee unions have been unable to agree on a new labor contract providing, among other things, certain percentage increases in wages. News reports haven’t mentioned to what amounts the percentages would apply, so I asked.

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