HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

On Oak Grove, only the kids are missing

Written July 23rd, 2020 by Hasso Hering

The white posts that recently popped up on Oak Grove Drive in North Albany look like, well, white posts. Actually they are “delineators” that Benton County installed to make a safer walkway for children between Oak Grove School and Scenic Drive, about a quarter-mile apart.


First the corona, and then an election

Written April 4th, 2020 by Hasso Hering

As if the coronavirus panic was not bad enough, there’s an election right around the corner. But nobody around here has paid it much attention so far.


Coffin Butte: The price and other concerns

Written December 8th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

Republic Services wants to sharply increase the minimum fee for taking stuff to the Coffin Butte landfill, but the price of dumping is not the only issue that should concern the public.


Hyak Park gets a new restroom

Written April 11th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

Benton County’s Hyak Park on the Willamette River reopened to the public Wednesday after being closed while workers were installing a small new restroom building.


Benton County’s seismic dilemma

Written March 26th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

Imagine the predicament of the Benton County Board of Commissioners. They’re faced with deciding what to with the historic county courthouse, a lovely landmark that is much admired. But it is also unsafe in an earthquake and would cost an arm and a leg to shore up.


Benton County tries its Arabic

Written December 29th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

Benton County officials are as considerate as anyone in making sure that minorities are not left out. Still I was surprised to come across a county press release in Arabic.


Opposites on grass as well

Written October 31st, 2015 by Hasso Hering

Once again we see the contrast between Linn and Benton counties, this time in the official attitude toward marijuana regulation. Linn County is about to make use of the option it has under state law to ban commerce in weed. Benton County is doing the opposite, preparing to amend its land use code to make […]


 
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