HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

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.


There’s hope in climate change, maybe

Written February 26th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Under another winter storm warning and with snow coming down on Tuesday night, I’m thinking back to a hopeful report about climate change that OPB broadcast on Feb. 13.


Fuss over veto prolongs spat on ADUs

Written February 25th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

The Albany City Council Monday went through the ritual of hearing the mayor’s veto message in regard to accessory dwelling units. Her opponents may try on Wednesday to override her veto, but at last report they lack the fifth vote to get that done.


20-mph zone on Waverly will be trimmed

Written February 25th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Efforts by some Albany residents to modify or eliminate the school speed zone on Waverly Drive have ended in a partial success. The city council Monday agreed with a staff recommendation to reduce the length of the zone by about two-thirds.


Phase 2: Hill Street contract awarded

Written February 24th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

More than half a mile of Hill Street in southeast Albany will be rebuilt this year, and the cost is substantially less than city engineers had feared.


So just what’s going on here?

Written February 23rd, 2019 by Hasso Hering

To at least one reader, it looked as though Emery & Sons was building some kind of infrastructure on a big vacant lot off Albany’s Santiam Road, just east of the Carriage House Plaza and north of the tracks.


Worth a visit any time, even in winter

Written February 21st, 2019 by Hasso Hering

There’s no bad day to visit Thompson’s Mills, the state park east of Shedd. And if you’re new to the mid-valley, you owe yourself a trip there. As the only remaining water-powered mill in the state, the place shows off the ingenuity of the Oregon pioneers of 160 years ago.


 
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