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Scenic Albany: Thoughts on the Santiam Canal

Written September 28th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

We’re looking south along the Albany Santiam Canal, from the 12th Avenue bridge. To get this angle, you have to get down on your knees and peer through one of the arches in the concrete railing.

Under canal’s languid flow, an issue lurks

Written August 5th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

Here’s what the Albany-Santiam Canal looked like through the fence at Ninth Avenue on the evening of July 31. Want to see what it looked like without the fence?

A dying man’s wish, unfulfilled

Written June 8th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

Three months ago, I looked at this mess of barbed wire on the Albany-Santiam Canal along with Jim Ketter, who had asked the city to remove it. Now Jim is gone, but the wire is still there.

Salem’s water scare: What we can learn

Written June 4th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

The great Salem water emergency has been over since Saturday. But as usual after such an event, we have to think about it and see what we can learn.

Barbed-wire request meets resistance

Written May 23rd, 2018 by Hasso Hering

Jim Ketter’s request to get rid of the barbed wire along the Albany-Santiam Canal in the Monteith Historic District, and maybe even lower the fences, has gotten nowhere so far.

Albany Hydro: Hoping for better

Written November 26th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

Last year and this, sad to say, have not been money makers for Albany Hydro. The generator had to be shut down much of the time, but it started spinning again this month. And the outlook for next year depends on whether we get a reasonable amount of mountain snow.

Why city’s creeks are still flowing

Written August 13th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

If we needed another reason to value and maintain the Albany-Santiam Canal, we’re seeing it now. We’re seeing it in the creeks that keep flowing through town and are keeping water in the ponds of city parks despite this summer’s drought and unusual heat.

‘Water war’: Lebanon talks sense

Written June 8th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

In the so-called water war between Albany and Lebanon, water is not the issue. Money is, and even more than money, it’s bull-headedness. So Monday’s offer of a compromise from Lebanon comes as a welcome sign that finally at least one side is cooling down and talking sense.

Canal fight getting out of hand

Written June 5th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

It hasn’t come to blows yet, but it may — I’m talking figuratively, I hope — in the fight between city officials of Albany and Lebanon over the Albany-Lebanon Canal. On Friday it looked as though the dispute would reach a boiling point at Cheadle Lake, the former log pond Lebanon has turned into a park-like waterway […]

On canal, let’s be reasonable

Written March 11th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

Albany is sounding tough when it comes to Lebanon and the Santiam canal. It’s one thing to start negotiations with a hard-nosed attitude. But when it comes to two neighboring towns depending on the same asset, some friendly flexibility would not come amiss. And it would sound better.

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