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HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

$13 million to prevent sewer overflows

Written December 22nd, 2018 by Hasso Hering

For years, the city of Albany has posted pollution warnings near sewer outfalls on the Willamette River when heavy rainstorms overloaded the system. To fix this, the city now expects to spend $13 million borrowed from the state.


New warning signs on the Clark Path

Written December 14th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

New signs have sprouted along a segment of Albany’s Dave Clark Path, opening the possibility that people could be cited for trespassing if they camp on the riverbank below.


Eighteen years (or so) of tagging…

Written September 23rd, 2018 by Hasso Hering

If memory serves, these woodchip hopper rail cars got their new paint schemes — honoring the Oregon Ducks and the anti-drug DARE program — in about 2000 or before. And look at the colorful messes created by taggers in all the years since.


Concerns on Clark Path: The city listens

Written September 21st, 2018 by Hasso Hering

Trash left by transients along the riverfront and Dave Clark Path may be an intractable problem, but Albany city officials are not giving up. They will consider even cameras to deter or detect illegal camping.


No big deal: Noted on the riverfront

Written May 7th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

Some days there is nothing to see on my riverfront beat. But sometimes there is, even if it’s nothing big. Three items caught my attention Monday afternoon.


Hate to see that start again

Written November 27th, 2017 by Hasso Hering

That’s the last thing Albany’s struggling downtown needs — taggers. And yet here we are, on Monday afternoon, looking across Second Avenue near Ellsworth, where somebody with a can of red spray paint had gone to work on a cabinet holding, presumably, traffic signal controls.


Riverbank under trash attack again

Written March 30th, 2017 by Hasso Hering

Once again the Willamette riverbank off the Dave Clark Path in Albany has been trashed. This seems to be a regular thing, and the vandals responsible deserve to spend some time in jail.


Repeated chore: Rubbish on the river

Written January 20th, 2017 by Hasso Hering

While the eyes of the world were on the change in U.S. administrations, the Albany parks department was dealing with a more mundane but all too real issue: People camping under a segment of the Dave Clark Path keep fouling the Willamette riverbank below with their leavings, and from time to time the parks people have to clean […]


On DC Path: Look up and see light

Written May 6th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

No, this is not a re-enactment of a scene from War of the Worlds, the one where Tom Cruise and his kid hide in a ruined building and the alien war machine’s tentacle reaches in but somehow misses them. It is, instead, one of the new lighting fixtures on Albany’s Dave Clark Path.


No mystery here: DC Path update

Written May 4th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

Those mysterious chunks of concrete lying along the Dave Clark Path on Albany’s riverfront are no mystery at all when you remember that a contractor is working to install lighting all along the trail.


 
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