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Albany briefing: Apartments being built

Written July 29th, 2013 by

Wondering what the heavy earth-moving is all about between Oak Street and the Periwinkle Bike Path on the north side of Albany’s Queen Avenue? A Salem contractor has been preparing the 3.1-acre site for an 81-unit apartment complex. The city’s planning department approved the site plan for the project in May. According to the plans […]


Report: Cougar follows Benton hikers

Written July 29th, 2013 by

If you meet a cougar in the woods, don’t run. “Running triggers a chase response in cougars, which could lead to an attack,” the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife warns. Instead, look at the animal, raise your arms and tell it to go away in a firm voice. Easier said than done, probably, when […]


Let’s hear it for tan lawns

Written July 29th, 2013 by

  Who says lawns have to be green in order to look presentable? In and around Albany this time of year, lots of residents have decided that tan or light brown looks just as good. As usual in the summer, western Oregon has had no significant rain for several weeks. There are good reasons not to fight […]


Gee, it’s just a road sign!

Written July 29th, 2013 by

At the risk of sounding petty, the road sign you see above has bugged me for a long time, ever since it was put up, presumably by the Benton County Road Department. It’s east of Adair Village, where Arnold and Ryals avenues meet. Ryals Avenue makes a right turn there, near the tracks of the […]


Albany bonds? Now’s the time

Written July 27th, 2013 by

Albany City Manager Wes Hare makes a good case for asking voters to authorize a bond issue to help finance new fire and police stations. These projects had been on the verge of going ahead about three years ago when Albany received $18.5 million in settlement of its lawsuit over PepsiCo’s planned but not-built Gatorade factory. But the council […]


A good man for governor

Written July 27th, 2013 by

Dennis Richardson would be a good governor. But first he has to get elected. And judging by recent history, that’s likely to be a problem. Richardson is a Republican state representative from Central Point in Jackson County. And Republicans face a huge hurdle in trying for statewide office. The hurdle consists of the Portland metro […]


‘Salmon’ riders can kill you

Written July 26th, 2013 by

The next time somebody claims it’s safer for bicyclists to ride on the left side of the road against the flow of traffic, you might bring up a newspaper report from Pasadena on July 17. The story in the San Gabriel Valley Tribune — pointed out by the BikingInLA blog — said that a 20-year-old man injured […]

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