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Police called over candidate’s lawn signs

Written April 29th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Acting on the complaint of a rival candidate, Albany police last Thursday caused the removal of campaign signs for school board candidate Miriam Cummins outside four businesses. But it was a mistake, and when I checked on Monday afternoon the signs were back.

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Albany lists city wages paid last year

Written April 29th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

At City Hall, the staff has compiled a list of Albany city employees and how much each earned last year, then furnished the information to

Santa Maria Ave.: A shortcut to new school

Written April 26th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

It had been a while since I last visited Draperville in Albany’s northeast corner. The bike took me there this week for a look at where the city is building a new street.

Albany gets plan for riverside apartments

Written April 25th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Owners of about six acres along the Willamette River in east Albany have filed their long-awaited plan for “The Banks,” an apartment complex on the former industrial site and neighboring lots.

Checking out the camas on Albany’s federal site

Written April 24th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Today’s comment by Tom Cutsforth — on the story about the HIP construction, below — sent me back on the road to check out the flowering camas in the meadow south of the former Bureau of Mines. The result, such as it is, you see here.

‘HIP’ project in South Albany: Taking a look

Written April 24th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Inside a deep pit near the end of Southeast Marion Street, construction is well underway on the foundations of a high-pressure furnace for the Albany metals industry. On Tuesday I took a look at the site.

A hotbed of construction east of I-5

Written April 23rd, 2019 by Hasso Hering

The bike took me to the wide-open spaces of northeast Albany this week, and they’e no longer wide open. Everywhere I went, there’s construction– new streets, houses, apartments, and of course the new Meadow Ridge School itself.

On Queen, smoother ride is two years away

Written April 23rd, 2019 by Hasso Hering

If you mention railroads in Albany, the reaction you get most likely is a complaint about the grade crossing on Queen Avenue. So here’s another update on how much longer you and your vehicle can expect to endure the bumpy ride across those tracks.

This is what Albany wants to discourage

Written April 22nd, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Scenes like this — people camping downtown on public and private property — are what some members of the Albany City Council don’t want to encourage. That’s why they worry about a portable toilet that’s been set up outside the First Christian Church since last fall.

For an Albany rail fan, a sight to enjoy

Written April 20th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

In case you hadn’t noticed over the years, I enjoy watching railroad operations. And Albany is the place to be in that regard, since the town is crisscrossed with functioning rail lines.

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