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Highway access? No problem!

Written November 17th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

Well, if there ever are problems with access to the highway from Albany’s new police headquarters, they can always try this as Plan B. Not really, but the issue caught the satirical eye of Darrell Pepper, the retired chief of police who dabbles as a cartoonist.


A safe place for homeless youth

Written May 31st, 2015 by Hasso Hering

An overnight shelter for homeless youth has been talked about in Albany for years. Now it’s about to become a reality, which I discovered when I was perusing the online records of the city planning commission the other day.


Albany backs off marijuana-store ban

Written February 10th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

Whatever happens with medical-marijuana dispensaries in Oregon, Albany won’t be in the forefront of trying to keep them out, at least for now. The city council Monday voted 4-2 to withdraw its application to change the city development code to prevent marijuana stores from getting started.


Planning panel opposes pot amendment

Written January 28th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

The city council’s attempt to keep medical marijuana dispensaries out of Albany once state rules allowing them take effect in March may have hit a bump. On Monday night, the city planning commission recommended against a proposed change in the city development code intended to ban dispensaries but seemingly banning all pot.


Panel backs Albany ‘bottle drop’

Written January 6th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

Albany could get a “bottle drop” this year if the city council goes along with a unanimous recommendation the city planning commission reached on Monday night, but the city staff does not like the location.


In support of bottle redemption center

Written December 1st, 2013 by Hasso Hering

If the Albany planning staff has its way, there won’t be a Bottle Bill redemption center where the Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative wants to put one. So let’s hope the staff’s reservations can be overcome.


A “bottle bill” redemption center? Make it quick!

Written November 13th, 2013 by Hasso Hering

If you’re tired of having to wait your turn at the bottle-return stations of Albany supermarkets, you will welcome a proposal to establish a central redemption center of the kind already operating elsewhere in Oregon. The Salvation Army has asked the city to allow a “bottle bill” recycling center at the former and long-vacant Salvation Army thrift store […]


 
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