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Albany update: Water Avenue rehab under way

Written August 26th, 2013 by

The long-awaited project to rebuild the railroad track and then the pavement on Albany’s Water Avenue is under way. By Monday afternoon, crews working for the Portland & Western Railroad had lifted and moved to the side of the street dozens of concrete and steel plates that made up the driving surface on the track. […]


Book report: Following Joe Pickett

Written August 26th, 2013 by

Summer’s almost over, but that’s all right. When the rains come back this fall and winter, you can find a comfortable chair under a good reading light and lose yourself in the wilds of Wyoming and the life-threatening adventures of Joe Pickett. That’s the name of the Wyoming game warden who is the protagonist in […]

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Let the public listen and watch

Written August 25th, 2013 by

  It’s a mystery why the legislature and many Oregon governing boards still insist that the public can be kept in the dark when governments are considering spending money to buy real estate. The Albany City Council, for instance, has scheduled another executive session closed to the public for Wednesday night. The purpose: “To discuss […]


Oregon farming: It’s a big deal!

Written August 22nd, 2013 by

You should hear far more than you do about Oregon farms. Why? Because Oregon would be much poorer without agriculture, and the country would be less well fed. Late August is a good time to think about this. The harvest is winding up and city people can see some of the work going on in […]


Vandals, not liberators

Written August 22nd, 2013 by

Animal liberation? No, what the self-styled “masked liberators” of the Animal Liberation Front accomplished instead was to do about $50 worth of damage to the chicken wire enclosing four of the 19 pens at the E.E. Wilson Wildlife Area in Benton County near Albany. They did their ill-considered vandalism on the evening of Aug. 15. […]


No bond tax for urban renewal, Albany says

Written August 21st, 2013 by

When Albany voters decide on a bond for new police and fire stations in November, they can be sure that approval of the bond will not benefit the downtown urban renewal district, CARA. Why would it, you might reasonably ask, even though we’ve covered this subject before. Well, money to repay the $20.3 million bond […]


‘Crossing’: No we can’t

Written August 21st, 2013 by

What’s happening with the Columbia River Crossing, the proposed new interstate bridge in Portland, looks like a symptom of what’s wrong with America. We just can’t get things done any more, especially big things. The twin I-5 bridges in Portland have to be replaced or fixed. So for more than 10 years, planning has taken […]


 
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