HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

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 […]


Whoosh! Leaf vacuum in action

Written November 20th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

With a vacuum like that, keeping your place clear of leaves this fall would be a breeze, assuming you could wrestle the big hose around, which looks easier than it is.


A smooth path for a better life?

Written November 15th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

On a cold but sunny Saturday, with a brisk tailwind from the north, I’m sailing along on Albany’s Periwinkle Bikepath, thinking about — what else? — poverty and federal funds.


Santiam Canal: Where dollars flow

Written September 1st, 2014 by Hasso Hering

A boat, they say, is mostly a hole in the water into which to pour money. At times the Santiam Canal must seem like that to the city of Albany.


Canal dispute: Compromise needed

Written August 13th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

In Texas and maybe elsewhere, they say that whiskey is for drinking and water is for fighting over. Let’s hope a fight can be avoided in the lingering, water-related dispute between the cities of Albany and Lebanon. The impasse is holding up Lebanon’s plans to build a new treatment plant.


The transformation of N. Albany

Written May 31st, 2014 by Hasso Hering

This looks like exactly what it is, a big construction site on what used to be an undeveloped North Albany hillside. They are putting in streets and utilities for 71 single-family houses in Phase III of the Benton Woods Subdivision. So the transformation of North Albany continues. What used to be a rural residential area with fields and […]


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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