HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Long train, long wait at Albany crossings

Written January 21st, 2021 by Hasso Hering

For most of its history Albany has been a railroad town, and I like it that way. For drivers this comes with the occasional inconvenience of long waits at grade crossings, as happened Thursday.


D’s, R’s and Nons: The local numbers

Written October 22nd, 2020 by Hasso Hering

In case it matters, and maybe it does in local politics, Democrats have a slight edge in Albany registrations over Republicans. But both major parties are running behind the number of Albany voters signed up as nonaffiliated.


Out on Pirtle Drive, there’s a new sight

Written October 17th, 2020 by Hasso Hering

It had been some time since the bike took me along Pirtle Drive in the farm country south of Albany. So until Friday I had not seen the long fence topped by barbed wire on the former industrial site where Dirk Olsen of Olsen Honey Farms has set up his apiary. Why the fence, I […]


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.


Water Gardens: Talking again

Written April 28th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

  Albany’s Talking Water Gardens once again has plenty of water after being almost drained over the past few weeks to help get new plants established in the shallow ponds. The plant cover has been an issue, because without it these constructed wetlands can’t meet their intended purpose of reducing the temperature of water being discharged […]


N. Albany Road: This is the year

Written February 26th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

If your daily commute takes you along North Albany Road, enjoy the drive while you can. Starting this spring and continuing through most of the summer, the route will be restricted and eventually blocked entirely so it can be rebuilt and widened.


How to solve fight over canal

Written October 21st, 2014 by Hasso Hering

Albany and Lebanon are in danger of slipping into an un-neighborly fight over the Santiam-Albany Canal. Albany’s latest overture is not likely to help, and already the spat is costing Lebanon more money — on studies and options on land for a new intake — than it should have to spend. For my recommendation for […]

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