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HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

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 […]


Use those dual lanes while you can

Written October 15th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

Better enjoy it while you can, North Albany drivers, pulling into this extra left-turn lane on Spring Hill Drive at Highway 20. This little traffic feature has been a boon to drivers, but that doesn’t count as much as ODOT regulations and concerns.


Benton jail plan faces doubters

Written July 28th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

Not everybody is convinced that Benton County needs a new jail, even though it does. That’s the way it looks to me after a sparsely attended public “conversation” in North Albany Tuesday.


Benton’s jail: A mess of problems

Written June 11th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

Benton County officials want to build a new jail because the old one is potentially dangerous and hopelessly outdated. Now they’re trying to gauge what voters will accept. To that end the county invited the public to an informal “outreach” session Thursday, and about three dozen people showed up.


Benton GMO ban: Weird notions

Written April 14th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

You don’t have to know anything about growing plants for seed to realize that Benton County Ballot Measure 2-89 is nothing but trouble. All you have to do is read the summary in the Benton County Voters’ Pamphlet.


More bike trail news, sort of

Written April 10th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

On the mid-valley bike-trail front, there are developments and one of them — a bill introduced by Rep. Andy Olson of Albany — could complicate things a bit.


 
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