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Outside IP’s shuttered Albany Mill

Written December 7th, 2012 by

Three years after it was shut down, the work of dismantling the former Albany Mill of International Paper continues, albeit slowly, judging from a cursory look from outside the site on Salem Road on an uncharacteristically sunny December afternoon.


Albany news: City lowers ‘restriping’ fee

Written December 6th, 2012 by

Starting now, city permits to “restripe” a parking lot in Albany will cost a less in most cases. Reacting to business complaints, the city council Wednesday passed a resolution lowering the price of a restriping permit to $75 for parking lots with up to five spaces designated for the disabled — so-called accessible spaces. The […]


Sixty degrees: So?

Written December 5th, 2012 by

Piers Morgan, the Briton who does an interview program on CNN, had two men on the show to debate issues involved in climate change. It was not a helpful segment. The two guests talked over each other, which seems to be the rule on cable talk shows, where manners don’t count. Then the host wound […]

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High water closes Bryant Way

Written December 5th, 2012 by

Once again part of the Calapooia River has swamped Bryant Way outside of Albany, and the road was closed on Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 4. Gates recently installed by Linn County proved their worth by keeping motorists from temptation and out of trouble.


Alert: Tax limit under attack

Written December 4th, 2012 by

Watch out, Oregon homeowners. When the legislature meets starting in February, cities and some school districts will try to persuade lawmakers to refer a change in the property tax system to the voters, and this could cost you. Local governments want to weaken the property tax limits that voters approved in 1990 as Measure 5. […]


Pick up those plastic bags!

Written December 3rd, 2012 by

Hey, if you don’t want the next Oregon legislature to ban the use of plastic grocery bags, quit throwing them around the countryside. Far too often we see plastic bags dangling in the bushes or being blown into ditches. This provides a handy argument for those who want the bags banned. The last legislature narrowly […]

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Stop taxing savings

Written December 3rd, 2012 by

The fiscal cliff might be less steep if Americans were not quite so dependent on the government in their old age. Of course, if we didn’t need the government quite so much when we’re old, the cliff might have not have arisen in the first place. Social Security and Medicare might be in far better […]

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