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Council tables coal train protest

Written March 28th, 2013 by

Albany’s city council, to its credit, is not on record today against coal trains. On Wednesday night the council voted to table a resolution “to oppose the transport of coal through Albany.” Councilor Bessie Johnson’s motion to table called for the measure to come up again in two weeks, on April 10. She said she […]


Voting — or not

Written March 11th, 2013 by

I don’t know why we are always urging people to vote no matter what. If an election is in the offing, it is customary for civic-minded voices in public to say things like: “Regardless of which way you decide, be sure to vote.” And yes, there’s great value attached to the act of voting itself, […]

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Albany update on railroad deal

Written February 12th, 2013 by

A bit of long-awaited Albany news, with an update below: After seven years of trying, including five years of litigation, the city of Albany and the Burlington Northern & Santa Fe Railway Co. have reached agreement on what to do about the railroad track going down the middle of Water Avenue near the Willamette Riverfront. […]

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Good news news for Albany ratepayers — unless

Written January 29th, 2013 by

There’s good news for customers of the Albany city water system, assuming that voters don’t erase part of it with the initiative election that ends March 12. The good news: Last year, when the price of water was raised 3 percent, Albany’s public works department projected the price would have to rise 4 percent in […]


Accessible spaces, continued

Written December 13th, 2012 by

Albany city officials say that federal law requires parking lots to have at least one space accessible to the disabled per 25 spaces. The city requires a permit if those spaces are going to be restriped once the paint has worn out, and in response to business complaints the council has just lowered the permit […]


River’s rise closes Bryant Park

Written November 22nd, 2012 by

Now we know it’s fall. The drive through Albany’s Bryant Park, at the confluence of the Willamette and Calapooia rivers, has been closed to motor traffic because of high water. A city worker closed the gates on the park’s entrance and exit Wednesday afternoon. Running high after two days of occasionally heavy rain, the Calapooia […]


Albany scene: Art outside City Hall

Written November 21st, 2012 by

Checking out an addition on Albany’s City Hall: It looks a little like a flag,

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